2012: Mr Mark Woods
Victorian lawyer Mr Mark Woods was awarded the 2012 Law Council of Australia President's Medal in recognition of his enduring commitment to the law and the advancement of justice for the Australian community.
Mr Woods is a partner at the leading regional Victorian law practice law firm, Tyler Tipping & Woods, and has 30 years' experience in the legal profession.
He played an integral role in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria by helping coordinate a group of Gippsland legal practitioners to offer pro bono advice and assistance to both community groups and individuals.
Mr Woods was integral in establishing and implementing the Law Aid Trust and served as its founding Chairman; has made an extraordinary contribution to the Law Council as a Director and through its Access to Justice Committee, which he currently Chairs; and he was also the first country President of the Law Institute of Victoria and is the longest serving member of its Council.
"Recognition by one's peers that you've made a contribution is the most exciting thing about winning the award," Mr Woods said.
"Mr Woods is clearly a man of compassion and commitment, as well as an excellent role model for all lawyers - I congratulate him for everything he has achieved throughout his distinguished career in the law," said Law Council of Australia President, Ms Catherine Gale.