2007: Mr Lex Lasry QC
The inaugural winner of the medal, Melbourne barrister Mr Lex Lasry QC, was presented with the award at the 35th Australian Legal Convention in March 2007.
Mr Lasry was nominated for his pro bono representation of convicted Australian drug trafficker Van Nguyen in 2005, and for his outstanding work as Independent Legal Observer for the Law Council at the Military Commission hearings for David Hicks in 2004 and 2005.
A Victorian barrister with more than 30 years experience in the law, Mr Lasry was admitted to practice in 1973 and appointed Queens Counsel in 1990.
He was counsel assisting in a coronial inquiry into the fatal police shootings in Victoria. He was involved in the trial of two Australian National University law students who were charged with the murder of an ACT man, and has been acting as senior counsel assisting the coroner in relation to the Canberra bushfire disaster.
In presenting the award, Law Council President, Tim Bugg, said Mr Lasry was an outstanding criminal barrister who, throughout his career, had demonstrated a dedication to issues beyond his practice.
"He has been involved in a great deal of pro bono work and his commitment to the protection of the rule of law is well-known. This makes him a very appropriate candidate and richly-deserving recipient of this award," Mr Bugg said.