Young legal professionals will have the opportunity to gain national recognition for their achievements. The Law Council of Australia (LCA) recently opened nominations for the 2014 Australian Young Lawyer Award.
The Australian Young Lawyer Award is conducted each year by the LCA’s Young Lawyer’s Committee and aims to recognise excellence among young lawyers and young lawyer organisations.
The Law Council of Australia President, Mr. Michael Collbran, said the award “highlights the important contribution young lawyers make in the Australian community on both an individual and organisational level.”
The individual award is granted to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession and the community. To be eligible for the award, nominees must be under the age of 36 and admitted to legal practice in Australia.
The other category for the award is open to young lawyer organisations that have initiated a program addressing professional or community issues. In order to qualify, the projects must have been launched during the previous financial year.
The 2013 individual winner Stephen Mitchell was selected for both his commitment to professional networking and his support for innovative community projects.
Mr. Mitchell was one of the founding members of a young professional network now known as Tier 1.
Stephen Mitchell also co-founded Renew Adelaide Incorporated; a not-for-profit organisation striving to use empty buildings and spaces for projects that will benefit the community. Working with property owners, Renew Adelaide establishes short-term, non-commercial arrangements to provide a space for young entrepreneurs.
The organisation award was granted to the New South Wales Young Lawyers who introduced the Justice Education Conference Program. The program is a full-day workshop aimed at children from late primary school to early high-school.
Chair of the Law Council’s Australian Young Lawyers Committee, Mr. Matthew Keogh, said that each of the award recipients “stand as an example to all young lawyers to continue their volunteer contribution.”
The Australian Young Lawyer Award winner for this year will be announced at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 12 September 2014.
Applications for the Australian Young Lawyer Award close on August 28.
The nomination form and criteria are available from the Law Council of Australia website.