Proctor : June 2018
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Submissions with legal content are subject to approval by the Proctor editorial committee, and guidelines for contributors are available at qls.com.au Advertising deadline: 1st of the month prior. Subscriptions: $110 (inc. GST) a year (A$210 overseas) Circulation: CAB, 30 September 2017 – 10,028 (print) plus 775 (digital) by Queensland Law Society CEO Rolf Moses with organisations on the ground dealing with those issues. That meant we could create informed and effective opportunities that resonated with our people. I think it’s fair to say that our staff have derived immense satisfaction from being part of something that they know will and does make a difference to others. It seems to me also that spending time on pro bono matters or volunteering helps develop a well-rounded professional experience and personal growth. More broadly, previously having been part of the QPILCH (now LawRight) management committee, the QLS Access to Justice Committee and the Australian Pro Bono Centre Board, and still meeting with community legal centres and pro bono coordinators locally and nationally, has brought home to me how many lawyers are passionate about pro bono and social justice and doing something about it. We work together and draw inspiration from each other constantly – it is like that community of runners in Japan all those years ago coming together to cover big distances and make big changes. What has been your biggest achievement – or the achievement you are most proud of? Every win, every time we help someone, it is an accomplishment – no matter how minor. And whatever it is, I always see it as a group accomplishment – there are always so many people involved in any achievement. If I had to choose any one particular achievement, it would be the Darkness to Daylight Challenge. This 110-kilometre overnight run symbolises for each kilometre the number of lives lost to domestic and family violence (DFV) in Australia every year and people can participate in a number of different ways. Together, we’re literally bringing the issue of DFV out of darkness and into the daylight. The initial inspiration for this event came to me as a result of my Sacred Run experience in Japan all those decades ago. I took this inspiration to our long-standing community partner, Australia’s CEO Challenge (on whose board I sit), and they embraced it. I am proud of how the vision became a reality so quickly – from a single runner with a handful of people joining for the last 10km in the 2012 pilot to over 2000 participants last year and even more registered runners for this year’s event. This is because of the effort, contributions and commitment of many, in particular Australia’s CEO Challenge, and I have been extremely proud to see our other community partner, Glenala State High School, take part in the event in such a big way over the last few years. You determined as an early career lawyer to contribute to the community sector. What suggestions or advice would give others who are looking to make a contribution to, or to build a career in this field? To make your interests known – if you are passionate about an issue or if you want to engage generally in social justice causes, let people know. Explore where you work right now and get involved with their programs. If you perceive there is a gap, then work out ways to fill it and make that known. The more I put it out there that I was passionate about making a difference, the more I found others willing to provide advice, support and ideas, and the more opportunities opened up. The key to getting involved is networking with others internally and externally, getting informed and finding a support base, and making yourself known, demonstrating your passions and interests. You have worked hard and achieved much, which has been recognised with an OAM – what support have you had along the way? What or who has inspired you? The award is a tremendous honour. But I have never for one moment thought that it is just about me. I am the first to say that in everything I have done I have had support internally in the firm and from outside. So many people have offered inspiration, ideas, got involved and made things happen. My inspiration and wisdom comes from working with others. Just like the Sacred Run, community effort is required to make a real difference and we can all do our bit.