The Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) hosted its 38th Annual Awards dinner on Friday 21st October at the Hilton Hotel Brisbane.
Professor Sarah Derrington, Dean of Law, UQ TC Beirne School of Law presented Sue Brown QC, Barrister-at-Law, with the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award.
This year’s finalists for the UQ TC Beirne School of Law sponsored award included Kirsten Bowe (King & Wood Mallesons), Helen Clarke (Corrs Chambers Westgarth), Kathryn McMillan QC (Barrister-at-Law) and Nola Pearce (Carter Newell Lawyers).
Professor Derrington was delighted to be able to present the award to such an outstanding alumna of the School and acknowledged the significant achievements of all the nominees and winners in other award categories.
“The TC Beirne School of Law is privileged to be associated with such a worthy recipient of the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award.”
This years' event saw over 240 members of the legal profession attend, with Jonathan Horton QC as Master of Ceremonies and Caroline Overington as guest speaker.
Cassandra Heilbronn, President of WLAQ highlighted the importance of the Annual Awards Dinner and championed change in the legal profession in her President’s Address. “The finalists among us tonight are those who have encouraged change in the profession. In the case of Emerging Woman Lawyer Finalists, they have not let youth discourage them, the Regional Finalists have implemented measures to overcome the difficulties associated with their location and the Woman Lawyer Finalists, some would say have had the most difficult path, but they are warriors and have made it the top.“
A copy of Cassandra’s President’s Address can be found here.
Woman Lawyer of the Year
Sponsored by TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
Sue Brown QC | Barrister-at-Law
Woman in Excellence
Sponsored by the College of Law Queensland
Judge Sarah Bradley | Retired Judge of the District Court of Queensland and the Children's Court of Queensland.
Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year
Sponsored by Faculty of Law, Bond University
Tracy Fantin | Barrister-at-Law
Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year
Sponsored by Griffith Law School, Griffith University
Kristy Dobson | McKays Solicitors