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Australian Young Lawyer Awards

The Australian Young Lawyer Awards is conducted annually by the Law Council of Australia's Young Lawyers' Committee and recognises excellence in young lawyers and young lawyer organisations.

To be eligible for the award, a nominee must either be a young lawyer who has made a continuous and outstanding contribution to the profession and the community, or alternatively, a young lawyer organisation that has implemented a program relating to professional or community issues over the preceding financial calendar year.

Call for nominations

The 2021 round for the Australian Young Lawyer Awards is now open. Nominations close COB, 13 August 2021.

Download a nomination form here.

For information on the Awards, including nomination criteria please see the 2021 Australian Young Lawyer Awards Guide.

2020 Winners

Queensland lawyer, Dean Clifford-Jones, has won the 2020 Australian Young Lawyer Award, commended for his outstanding contribution to the legal profession through his work in advancing the rights of the LGBTIQ+ legal community.  

Dean Clifford-Jones founded Pride in Law in 2017, which advocates for tolerance and equality across the legal profession. Mr Clifford-Jones has grown the organisation into a national LGBTIQ+ Law Association running workshops and providing training that is helping to transform practices across the country.

The 2020 Australian Young Lawyer Organisation Award was presented to the NSW Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee for its program, “Addressing Sexual Harassment in Australian Legal Workplaces” and to the Law Institute of Victoria’s Young Lawyers, for its program “Physically Distant, Professionally Close: How to thrive in a virtual world”.

Please see the Law Council's media release for further information.

Videos and Interviews

Dean Clifford-Jones

Read Dean Clifford-Jones' interview here.

Alice Cooney, President, LIV Young Lawyers 

Read the interview with the LIV Young Lawyers here

Simon Bruck, President, NSW Young Lawyers

Read the interview with the NSW Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee here.


For more information about the Awards, or to submit your nomination, please contact:

Ms Alex Wormald
T. 02 6246 3724


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