Students to help bridge pro bono gap with prize-winning idea

2 Nov 2020

Four entrepreneurially minded students have taken home $10,000 after winning the 2020 #TransformLaw KWM Prize with their pro bono digital marketplace concept ‘Elysian’.

Winning team at the pitch final KWM Law prize
KWM Partner John Swinson and the Elysian team (L-R): Melanie Karibasic, Abi Ketheeswaran, Tristan Latcham and Anastasia Laczko.

#TransformLaw is a UQ Law School and King & Wood Mallesons initiative that encourages outside the box thinking.

Over eight weeks, teams comprised of interdisciplinary students set about developing and pitching innovative proposals that used technology to address a shortfall in legal practice. This was part of an incubator-style program designed and run by the Ventures team at UQ.

Elysian team members Tristan Latcham (Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours)), Anastasia Laczko (Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Information Technology), Abi Ketheeswaran (Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours)) and Melanie Karibasic (Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours)) were thrilled that their hard work was recognised.

“It’s all very exciting,” winning team member Ms Karibasic said.

“We are optimistic that the prize money will enable us to get Elysian up and running.

“Hopefully, in the long term, we can further develop the platform to apply to different legal jurisdictions, and perhaps to different industries.”

Read the full article on the UQ School of Law website