2008: The Hon Ted Mullighan QC
Former judge the Honourable Ted Mullighan QC won the second annual Law Council Presidents Medal for his outstanding contribution to the Australian legal profession, particularly for his active promotion of cultural awareness amongst his peers.
Mr Mullighan, who was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1989, began his legal career in 1962, taking Silk at the South Australian Bar in 1978.
He has been a leader in the establishment of advocacy training programs in South Australia and has been instrumental in inspiring instructors and hundreds of young advocates to develop and enhance their skills.
Since the early 1990s, he has supported innovation in the sentencing of Aboriginal defendants and championed Aboriginal Reconciliation among his peers and within the community in general.
In 2004, he was appointed by the South Australian Government as Commissioner of the Inquiry into Children in State Care. In 2007 he was also made Commissioner of the Children on APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Lands Inquiry. Both inquiries dealt with the abuse of young children in South Australia.
Law Council President Ross Ray QC said that “He carried out his duties in an extremely conscientious and thoughtful manner and gained the confidence of a section of the population who had never before been able to speak about their experiences.”
“Mr Mullighan is clearly a man of compassion and commitment, as well as being an excellent role model for all lawyers. He is a very worthy recipient of this award,” Mr Ray concluded.