2020: Mr Stephen Keim SC
Law Council President, Pauline Wright, presented the 2020 President’s Award to Queensland barrister, Stephen Keim SC, at the annual Law Council Director’s Meeting, held virtually on 5 December.
“I am honoured to present the President’s Award to Stephen Keim SC who has spent his career fighting injustice. He’s never been afraid to take on cases that attract controversy and the public eye,” said Ms Wright.
“Skillful advocacy on behalf of our clients is an essential tool for lawyers. But what makes a truly great legal advocate is the ability to engage with heart and passion where the case demands it. Someone whose skills lead not just to just outcomes for their clients, but to the transformation of public opinion and a fairer society.
“Stephen has never been afraid to take on the hard cases, those that invite public debate – even when they threaten his self-interest.
Read more here.
Caption: Mr Stephen Keim SC (2020 President's Award winner), Dr Jacoba Brasch QC (President-elect), Dean Clifford Jones (2020 Australian Young Lawyer Award winner).
The Law Council had the opportunity to interview Stephen and ask how he felt about winning the President’s Award; what has been his career highlights so far; and what are some of the key legal issues and challenges the legal profession needs to focus on? Read his interview here.
You can also watch Mr Keim's acceptance speech below.