Francine V. McNiff – A Monash scholarship story (2)

Francine V. McNiff – A Monash scholarship story (2)

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– I suppose the question can
often be asked and that’s, why should people give
back to their university? What I’ve learned from this process is the value that can be attained from experience and wealth of
the alumni from a university and how that can be channelled
to benefit future alumni. – Francine McNiff was
a trailblazer in law, both in law schools and also in the legal
profession more broadly. She had a particular
expertise in juvenile justice, she was one of our alumna, and she was also a lecturer
here in the law school, teaching in criminal law. She was the first female
magistrate appointed in Victoria at the age of 35 years and she became the first
Monash law graduate to be appointed to that office. – I think Francine loved Monash because that’s where she did her degree. They were great days at Monash. She never forget,
obviously never forgot it. Francine established a chair
in criminal jurisprudence, which I think was one
of her real passions. – And a huge scholarship fund for post-graduate study and criminology. – So, having a named chair, that we named Francine V. McNiff Chair in Criminal Jurisprudence, allows us to do a number of things. First of all, it’s a
legacy honouring Francine. The second thing is that, over the more than 50
years of our history, we’ve had a proud
tradition in criminal law and criminal jurisprudence. So, to have a named chair,
which is very attractive in the international academic community, for someone who can come
to maintain and enhance what we do in criminal law
and criminal jurisprudence, is a tremendous boon for the faculty as it launches into its next 50 years. – Francine wanted to support excellent post-graduate students in having the opportunity
to undertake further study. This scholarship, the Francine
V. McNiff Scholarship, will make that possible. – And maybe she realised that she could do such a wonderful thing. If alumni were aware of
how wonderful Monash is now and give some thought about
doing what Francine did and making a bequest in their will. It doesn’t matter how much it is. Think about Monash. Think about what a bequest could do and do it. – We thank Francine for
prioritising students and we will look after her legacy and ensure that those students
are able to go forward and transform our communities and lives in just the way that Francine did herself.

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