Queensland Law Society

Agnes McWhinney Award

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With over 60% of law graduates being women, the future of the legal profession will increasingly be dominated by female practitioners.

With the gender balance in Queensland’s legal profession set to tip in the next five years, it is vital that the profession recognise the valued contribution of Queensland’s women lawyers.

The Agnes McWhinney Award, named for Queensland’s first admitted female solicitor, recognises outstanding professional or community contribution by a woman lawyer and the significant involvement of women in the legal profession and the community.

The award acknowledges a modern legal pioneer who will leave a meaningful professional legacy for women following in her footsteps.

As a state-wide award, we encourage nominations from across Queensland, particularly from those in regional and rural communities. 

Nominees must be a current member Queensland Law Society and demonstrated outstanding achievement in both community and legal endeavours. Past, present and continuing contributions and achievements will be considered.

The 2013 Queensland Law Society Agnes McWhinney Award winner was Michelle James.

Nominations for the 2014 Agnes McWhinney Award have now closed. The winner will be announced at the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland’s 36th Annual Awards Dinner on 24 October 2014.