2019: Ms Haley Allan and Mr Bill Mitchell
Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC, presented the award at the Law Council's Gala Dinner in Canberra to legal aid lawyer Haley Allan from Western Australia, and to human rights advocate Bill Mitchell from Queensland.
Mr Moses SC said Ms Allan and Mr Mitchell are exemplars of lawyers who the profession should honour as recipients of this award.
“It is a humbling experience to read of the work undertaken by Haley and Bill. They do the profession proud,” Mr Moses SC said. “Both have made selfless contributions to their community and provided assistance to the most vulnerable in the Australia.
“Importantly, they have been advocates of access to justice in regional and remote Australia helping those that face significant barriers when interacting with the justice system. Haley Allan and Bill Mitchell provide a voice for those who are powerless and marginalised in our community. That is what we as lawyers are meant to do in our vocation.”
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Caption: Haley Allan, Arthur Moses SC and Bill Mitchell.
Caption: 2019 President's Award winner, Haley Allan.
Caption: 2019 President's Award winner, Bill Mitchell.
*Images credited to Ashley St George.