Queensland Law Society

First Nations Awards

First Nations Awards

Queensland Law Society is committed to achieving real and positive change in the lives of Australia’s First Nations people, in particular those who contribute to justice and the rule of law. The First Nations Awards aim to recognise the outstanding contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners who are committed to promoting justice within their community and beyond.

Queensland First Nations Lawyer of the Year
Queensland First Nations Legal Student of the Year


Queensland First Nations Lawyer of the Year

Presented to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individual for outstanding achievements in the law and for pursuing justice outcomes in the legal profession for First Nations People in Queensland.

To be eligible for the award, the nominee must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Meet the usually accepted three ‘working criteria’ as proof or confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage. All of these things must apply:
    • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
    • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
    • Be accepted as such by the community in which you live, or formerly lived.
  • Be eligible to hold a practising certificate
  • Be a current full or associate member of the Queensland Law Society
  • Apply individually
  • Have a demonstrated passion and commitment towards the advancement of First Nations people and communities in Queensland
  • Have a demonstrated commitment in advocating for the rights of First Nations people and communities in Queensland within the legal environment
  • Demonstrate a dedicated contribution to First Nations peoples and communities through the legal service e.g. including access to justice, committee participation, pro bono work, education
  • Demonstrate a commitment to further professional development.

Queensland First Nations Legal Student of the Year

Presented to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individual for outstanding achievements in the law and for pursuing justice outcomes in the legal profession for First Nations People in Queensland.

To be eligible for the award, the nominee must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Meet the usually accepted three ‘working criteria’ as proof or confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage. All of these things must apply:
    • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
    • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
    • Be accepted as such by the community in which you live, or formerly lived.
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate law degree
  • Have maintained full-time or part-time study load for a minimum of two semesters, achieving academic consistency
  • Relevant extra-curricular activities and involvement in First Nations communities that demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of First Nations peoples in Queensland e.g. pro bono work, volunteering, student placements, mentoring work
  • Have a commitment for further professional development and involvement in promoting First Nations people and communities.

 

 Nominations must be completed online at qls.awardsplatform.com and close Friday 2 February 2018 at 5pm (AEST).