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About 90 people, including several senior lawyers from throughout the country, converged on the university campus to participate in the two-day festivities, which end today.
Yesterday’s activities included a keynote address by Otago University law graduate and Animation Research Ltd chief executive Ian Taylor.
Later, a panel of law graduates discussed aspects of family law, in honour of former Otago law dean Prof Mark Henaghan, who has long taken a keen interest in family law.
Senior Otago law student Kaahu White was yesterday awarded the latest annual Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave $3000 scholarship for Maori leadership in law.
Ms White said the scholarship was "humbling" and the funding was a "huge help" with her studies.
Prof Ruru said Te Roopu Whai Putake, the Otago Maori Law Students Society, had played a "really important" support and mentoring role for Maori law students over the years.
The society had long provided "a really strong mentoring process that takes place among first-year students through to final-year students".
The society had also helped support a significant increase in Maori law student numbers at Otago, from about 20 when the society began 25 years ago, to about 100 now, she said. There had also been a big increase in the range and variety of the work undertaken by Otago Maori law graduates, she said.