This year, the school’s Leadership team has great pleasure in awarding the Vitae Medal to Stephen Mitchell.
While a student at Adelaide High School, Stephen was the captain of Debating for which he won a School Blue; he played football for the school, represented the school in swimming and athletics and was a member of the Melbourne Exchange’s theatre sports, debating and football teams. As well as being Head Prefect, he was also in the SRC, was a member of the year book committee, and won various prizes in the Westpac Maths competitions, Australian School Science competitions and ACER Languages competitions.
Stephen was Head Prefect in 1998 and went on to study Law at the University of Adelaide, graduating with a first class honours Degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Stephen was admitted as admitted to the Bar as Barrister after five years as a solicitor at Fox Tucker.
In 2013, Stephen received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award for South Australia and also the Young Lawyer of the Year for Australia for his significant contribution to the profession and outstanding individual contribution to Renew Adelaide. In 2013 he was described by the media as ‘one of South Australia’s rising young stars’.
Since becoming a lawyer, Stephen has volunteered his time at the University of Adelaide’s guest seminar for students in their final year of Law, has given of his time to AHS Old Scholars Committee and more recently to the AHS PLP Evening where he shared information about his role as a barrister with students in Year 10. He also undertakes pro bono work, offering free counsel for those in need.
It is clear that in a relatively short period of time, Stephen has contributed a great deal to the school and to our community and models the school’s motto and values of respect, resilience and compassion. He is a worthy recipient of the Vitae Medal.