Eleanor Taylor, a second year student at Notre Dame last year, has been awarded the Sonia McMahon Memorial Award for 2014. The award, now in its third year, continues to assist talented students aiming for a career in law who meet certain social mobility criteria. The award was set up in memory of Sonia McMahon, a partner at law firm Addleshaw Goddard which is partnered with Notre Dame as part of the firm’s diversity and community outreach programme.
Eleanor’s application impressed the three judges, Monica Burch, Ged Barnes and Mary Gallagher, all of whom hold senior positions at Addleshaw Goddard. They agreed that Eleanor demonstrated clear ambition and the determination to pursue a legal career, which was evidenced through her hard work and commitment to her studies.
The award means that Eleanor will receive a bursary of £2000 towards the cost of studying for a degree in Law at the University of Leeds, access to a mentor at Addleshaw Goddard and a period of work experience during her time as a student.