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Mahla Pearlman Award

The Mahla Pearlman Award for the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year is awarded to a young lawyer who has made a significant contribution to environmental law. Each recipient is recognised not only for their contribution to the practice of environmental law but also for their contribution to the legal and wider community.

The award is named in honour of the former Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, and former President of the Law Council of Australia, the late honourable Mahla Pearlman AO.

The award is conducted annually by the Australian Environment and Planning Law Group of the Law Council's Legal Practice Section.


Calls for nominations for the 2021 award are now closed.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be:

The key criteria for the award are:

There is no set form for a nomination – a letter or document that describes how the nominee meets the criteria described above is sufficient. References, while not essential, are appreciated.

The recipient of the award will be invited to be an observer on the Law Council’s Australian Environment and Planning Law Group for the following year.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients have demonstrated a range of skills, interests, and contributions to the legal profession and the community at large.

Accordion Container : Mahla Pearlman Award Recipients


For more infomation, please contact:

Ms Chelsea De Silva
Section Administrator
T. 02 6246 3722