St Francis College, Crestmead Teacher Sparked Love of the Law for Supreme Court Solicitor

Past St Francis College, Crestmead student, Mr Ernesto Gutierrez, has been admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Mr Gutierrez attended St Francis College during his high school years and recently contacted his legal studies teacher, Ms Christine Rolfe to share his good news with her.

“I wanted to send you an email to thank you for always believing in me, even though I was very difficult in high school,” Mr Gutierrez wrote in his email to Ms Rolfe.

“I still remember our legal studies classes and doing closed book rental agreement exams, which were probably harder than some of my (law) exams.”

After graduating from St Francis College, Mr Gutierrez studied law at Griffith University and took on a traineeship as a law clerk for Corney and Lind Lawyers within their criminal law section.

Practising as a solicitor in Queensland requires completing a law degree and a supervised traineeship – before applying for admission to the Roll of Lawyers. All of which Mr Gutierrez completed in order to be accepted by the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Ms Rolfe reflected on the news from Mr Gutierrez saying: “Teachers rarely get to see the impact of their actions, however, this time I have the privilege of doing so.”

“Ernesto was a funny, cheeky, and friendly student during his time in my classes.

“I always take the kids to the courts in legal studies classes, so in 2019, I can’t wait to see Ernesto in action,” shared a proud Miss Rolfe.

Mr Gutierrez specifically contacted Miss Rolfe upon his acceptance by the Supreme Court, saying: “You sparked my love for law in high school and I thank you for that.”

Mr Gutierrez is currently working as a civil litigator at Kemp Law, primarily with insurance disputes in the District and Supreme Court.