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2007 Justice Awards


The 2007 Justice Awards were presented at a dinner at Parliament House, Sydney on 31 October 2007. The 2007 Law and Justice Address was delivered by The Hon Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE.

Justice Medal

Winner - Michael Raper
Michael Raper was awarded the Justice Medal for his campaigning and advocacy for reductions in levels of poverty, inequality and hardship for more than 30 years. Michael was the Director of the NSW Welfare Rights Centre for 17 years, a community legal centre that specialises in Social Security and Family Tax Benefit law and helped the most disadvantaged people access their entitlements. He was also President of the Australian Council of Social Services for many years.

Nominees
  • Jenny Bargen
  • Joy Connor
  • Robyn Cotterell-Jones
  • Mary Crock
  • Faye Druett
  • Tania Evers
  • Danny Gilbert
  • Atef Hamie
  • Beverley Lazarou
  • Michael Raper
  • Steve Snelgrove
  • Faye Westwood

Aboriginal Justice Award

Winner - Paul Teerman
Paul received the Award for his work helping young people to better understand the legal system and avoid the criminal justice system. Paul set up a mentoring program with community groups and schools, to identify opportunities for young people to pursue further education or a trade.

Highly Commended - Terri Janke

Nominees
  • Neva Collings
  • Terri Janke
  • Roger Knox
  • Mark Spinks
  • Paul Teerman
  • Nancy Walke

Law and Justice Volunteer Award

Winner - Brenda McKinnon
Brenda received the award for her volunteer work as the manager of the Albury-Wodonga Community Information Referral Centre for nine years and in establishing the Centre’s Community Legal Aid Assistance Scheme. The scheme assisted disadvantaged clients to access legal assistance and supported clients at court.

Nominees
  • Gina Dumas
  • Brenda McKinnon
  • Wendy Neill
  • Ngareta Rossell
  • Volunteers, Mission Australia Court Support Service

Pro Bono Partnership Award

Winners - Homicide Victim's Support Group with Henry Davis York
This partnership provides a unique service in assisting the families and friends of homicide victims to deal with the array of legal issues they face at a terribly distressing time. Their service includes preparing for coronial inquests, wills, estate and property issues, and investigating compensation for family members.

Nominees
  • Blinky Bill Portland Child Care Centre with Barry F Cosier & Associates
  • Central West Cooperative Legal Service Delivery (CLSD) Program with Blake Dawson Waldron
  • Homeless Persons' Legal Service (a project of PIAC and PILCH) with Allens Arthur Robinson, Baker & McKenzie, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Deacons, DLA Phillips Fox, Ebsworth & Ebsworth, Gilbert + Tobin, Henry Davis York, Legal Aid Parramatta, Minter Ellison and Edward Eagar Lodge, Matthew Talbot Hostel, Newtown Mission, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Norman Andrews House, Parramatta Missions, Streetlevel Cafe, The Station, Wayside Chapel, Women's and Girls' Emergency Centre
  • Homicide Victim's Support Group with Henry Davis York
  • Australian Huntingdon's Disease Association (NSW) with DLA Phillips Fox
  • Kingsford Legal Centre with Freehills
  • Lou's Place with Blake Dawson Waldron
  • Mission Australia Newcastle with Sparke Helmore
  • Salvation Army Auburn with Mills Oakley

Law Society President's Award

Winner - David Roth

Combined Community Legal Centres Group Award

Winner - Linda Wright

Highly Commended - Susan Mordaunt

LIAC Centre of Excellence Awards

Winners - Richmond- Upper Clarence Regional Library and Maitland City Library

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