Queensland Law Society

Regional legal pioneer recognised for leadership

Queensland Law Society is proud to announce Queensland legal pioneer, Vicki Jackson as this year’s Agnes McWhinney Award winner.

Ms Jackson, a senior partner at South & Geldard, Rockhampton commenced her articles with the firm in 1974 and was the first woman to undertake and complete her articles of clerkship in Rockhampton and be admitted as a solicitor.

Queensland Law Society president Ian Brown remarked that lawyers such as Ms Jackson paved the way for a new generation.

“In the 40 years since Ms Jackson commenced articles, the demographics of the legal profession have shifted so significantly that now more than 60% of law graduates are women,” Mr Brown said.

“Role models like Ms Jackson have helped inspire young women to seek a career in the law with the result that there will be more women than men practising law in a few years’ time.

“In 1994, she was the first woman to hold the position of President of the Central Queensland Law Association.

“Ms Jackson was appointed a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor in 1996 and achieved QLS specialist accreditation in family law in 1997.

“An accomplished and noted equestrian enthusiast, she has provided pro bono advice for a variety of regional organisations including pony clubs, riding for the disabled, country amateur race committees, and country sporting bodies, all while serving as a panel solicitor for both national and Queensland legal aid offices during a 20 year period.”

The Agnes McWhinney award recognises outstanding professional and community contributions from a female practitioner.

Ms Jackson was presented with her award at the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland’s 36th Annual Awards Dinner on 24 October 2014.