Agnes McWhinney Award
This year we’re proud to announce Kelly Roggenkamp is the 2012 Queensland Law Society Agnes McWhinney Award winner.
The award, named for Australia’s first 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.
Kelly has worked for 20 years with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, supporting those who are arguably Queensland’s most marginalised client base.
ATSILS provides legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, primarily in the area of criminal justice.
Kelly oversees all adult criminal superior court files within ATSILS’ Brisbane Office – a demanding role in which her leadership and passion for community welfare shines.
We congratulate Kelly on her well-deserved win and are proud to have her as a member of Queensland’s legal community.
This year it was great to see a number of top performing female lawyers nominated for the award:
- Rowena McNally
- Tracy-Lynne Geysen
- Julie Gilfoyle
- Lisa O’Neill
- Jeneve Dibden Frizzo
All nominees represented the high calibre of female practitioners in Queensland.
Other 2012 winners at the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) Women Lawyers of the Year Awards were:
- WLAQ Woman Lawyer - tied result
Gillian Brown, Partner, Minter Ellison Lawyers
Rosalind Williams, Solicitor, Caxton Legal Centre
- WLAQ Regional Woman Lawyer
Melissa Sinopoli, Associate, MacDonnells Lawyers
- WLAQ Emergent Woman Lawyer
Kara Cook, Solicitor, Womens Legal Service.
The awards were presented by QLS at the Queensland Women Lawyers of the Year Award dinner held at The Landing at Dockside, Kangaroo Point Brisbane on the 9 November 2012.
To view photos of the night, please visit our Facebook page.
Access the QLS media release "Page in history for working in margins".