Proctor : December 2017
7 PROCTOR | December 2017 News Celebrating women in law Women Lawyers Association Queensland (WLAQ) held their annual awards dinner in October, with over 250 attendees, five awards presented and nearly $6000 raised for Women’s Legal Service. Men and women from Queensland’s legal profession, joined together to celebrate the achievements of female legal practitioners in 2017, at the 39th awards dinner. This year, award winners included a high ranking member of the judiciary, an experienced barrister and Queensland solicitors. The full list of awards and winners are below: • Woman in Excellence Award: Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, the High Court of Australia • Woman Lawyer of the Year: Kerri Mellifont QC, Barrister-at-Law • Trailblazer of the Year 2017: Clarissa Rayward, director of Brisbane Family Law Centre • Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year: Catherine Cheek of Clewett Lawyers • Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year: Tanya Diessel of Gold Coast Community Legal Centre & Advice Bureau. President Cassandra Heilbronn was pleased at the success of the event, and the calibre of award winners for 2017. “Each year we have seen the WLAQ Annual Awards Dinner gain momentum and the current level of support and sponsorship is overwhelming,” she said. She went on to thank this year’s sponsors, including Queensland Law Society, who once again provided their support of the event. “Queensland Law Society has provided continuing support year in and year out through its dedicated team designing our Awards Book, place settings and seating charts. This assistance is invaluable and I was so pleased to see Jason and members of his team in attendance at the Dinner.” WLAQ has a full calendar of events for 2018, including the 80th Anniversary of the graduation of Una Prentice from the TC Beirne School of Law, and the release of their inaugural Top 15 Women Lawyers in Queensland list. “In 10 years’ time I hope that we all look back at 2016 and 2017 and say that was when it all changed for women in Queensland’s legal profession,” Ms Heilbronn said. “Let it be said that this is the beginning of the way it should be.” ELECTRONIC COSTING Portal Fast Safe & Secure Streamline your process by uploading your file & documents via our portal above, saving you time & hassle. Contact Michael Graham on 0418 194 734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss in-house legal costing services for your firm.