26 September 2023

Searches on for community legal champions

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Nominations are now open for the Community Service Law Awards — the State’s highest law awards recognising outstanding community service contributions through pro bono and community legal work.

Attorney General, John Quigley said the awards put voluntary legal work in the spotlight, acknowledging individuals, legal firms, not-for-profit organisations and Legal Aid practitioners.

“Last year’s winners include veteran barrister, Robert Lindsay, who took out the Individual Award, and criminal lawyer, Kate Turtley-Chappel, who was chosen for the inaugural Legal Aid Panel Member Award,” Mr Quigley said.

“Mr Lindsay is a former Director of Legal Aid Western Australia who became an independent barrister in 2000 and continues to act for clients on a pro bono or discounted basis.”

He said Ms Turtley-Chappel (pictured) was a former Legal Aid and Aboriginal Legal Service WA lawyer who, in private practice, remained committed to serving clients of both Agencies.

“The 2022 Not-for-Profit Award went to Kimberley Community Legal Services, while Clayton Utz won the Legal Firm Award,” Mr Quigley said.

“This is the 17th time the awards have been staged in the State and winners will be announced at a dinner on 27 October.”

He invited legal practices, practitioners and community organisations to nominate candidates by 28 August. Nominations can be made at this PS News link.

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