2009: Mr Bret Walker SC
Sydney barrister Bret Walker SC won the 2009 Law Council Presidents Medal. Law Council President, John Corcoran, made the announcement at the 36th Australian Legal Convention in Perth.
Mr Walker was nominated for his outstanding service to the legal profession and the wider community in his various capacities as a community lawyer, barrister, senior counsel and philanthropist.
A practising barrister for nearly 30 years, his extensive list of clients includes many household names, and he regularly advises the Australian Government on a wide variety of constitutional issues. Mr Walker's contribution to social justice and to the rule of law in Australia has also been extraordinary.
In presenting the medal, Mr Corcoran said, "Both his practice at the Bar and his time spent giving pro bono assistance to a wide range of causes reflect both his incredible legal skill and deep understanding of people from all walks of life."
"His commitment to social justice and his ability to interpret and apply the law at the highest level make him an invaluable member of the profession, as well of the wider community," he said.
"On behalf of the Law Council and the wider profession, I congratulate Mr Walker on this award. It is a formal recognition of his substantial contribution to the law and the community," Mr Corcoran concluded.