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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.

Calling for nominations

Nominations for the Australian Young Lawyer Awards are now closed. 

2016 Winner

27-year-old Adelaide solicitor Natalie Wade has won the Individual 2016 Australian Young Lawyer Award, for her advocacy for equality within the legal profession and more broadly. Ms Wade works as a solicitor in the Child Protection System Royal Commission, with a focus on children with a disability and their vulnerabilities within the State Care System. She has conducted academic research on the participation of individuals with communication difficulties in courts and her work has been published in the Alternative Law Journal. Please see the Law Council's Media Release for further information. You can also read Ms Wade's acceptance speech here.

The 2017 Award will be presented at the National Golden Gavel Dinner in October. More information will be provided in due course. 


For more information about the Award, please contact:

Mr John Farrell
T. 02 6246 3714
E. John.Farrell@lawcouncil.asn.au


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