Nominations for students graduating in 2023 are now open.

The name of this perpetual award is Randal Dennings Award, formerly known as the Pro Bono Publico Award.

This award recognises and celebrates one graduating student each year who has made an exceptional contribution to the community through their pro bono legal work.

The award will comprise a $500 grant to go towards the registration fee and associated costs of attending a national conference relating to access to justice / pro bono matters.

Further, the recipient’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy to be kept in the UQ Pro Bono Centre office in the School of Law.

This perpetual award is funded by a generous alumni donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

    The award recipient will be a student who:

    • Throughout their pro bono efforts, embodies the values of humility, devotion and service;
    • Demonstrates leadership and inspires other students to participate in pro bono activities; and
    • Is an outstanding ambassador for the UQ Pro Bono Centre and its mission.

    The award recipient will have participated in at least one pro bono activity.  Regard will be had to the quantity of pro bono activities undertaken, however this criterion is not decisive. 

    The award recipient will be a UQ law student who is graduating in the academic year (2023) for the award ceremony (2024).


    1. Call for nominations in the previous academic year;
    2. Students will self-nominate or be recommended to nominate by another student or staff member.  All nominated students must complete a nomination form by Friday, 8 December 2023;
    3. A shortlist of nominees will be compiled by Pro Bono Centre staff (Director and Administration Officer) in consultation with supervising academic staff and community partners;
    4. The list of shortlisted nominees will be presented to the Centre Advisory Board for consideration and final selection;
    5. A member of the Advisory Board will present the award at the Law Awards Ceremony.

    Download the nomination form here