Queensland Law Society
Awards

QLS Awards

Our awards shine a light on the exemplary efforts of Queensland’s legal professionals—highlighting good law, good lawyers, for the public good. They provide the opportunity for outstanding solicitors, teams and organisations to showcase their ingenuity and contribution to both the legal profession and the broader community.

The awards program includes twelve individual award categories that recognise outstanding work, professionalism and commitment to the profession. Nominations for each award category are peer-reviewed by an expert judging panel. The judging panels comprise a diverse group of highly-regarded and experienced legal professionals.

Prior to judging, each award nomination enters a detailed and independent review process. This process ensures the nomination form has been completed correctly, and that each submission clearly meets the strict criteria and guidelines of the award.

Pride in Law


Outstanding Accredited Specialist Award

The Outstanding Accredited Specialist Award recognises an exceptional Accredited Specialist in Queensland's legal profession.

Meet our judges

The QLS Awards are peer-reviewed. Each year, we invite well-respected and knowledgeable legal professionals to join our award judging panels.

How to nominate

Queensland Law Society’s diverse program of awards embrace and recognise the outstanding contributions of the legal sector.

As a QLS member, you can be nominated for an award by a peer. Each award is guided by differing criteria. Nominations are only accepted via an online platform. Category criteria, a list of judges and nomination guidelines can be accessed via this platform.

Read through our Frequently Asked Questions to get information about our awards program faster. We open nominations for different awards at certain points throughout the year.

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2020 winners

President's Medal

President's Medal

Denis McMahon
Legal Aid Queensland

QLS Agnes McWhinney Award

QLS Agnes McWhinney Award

Jo-Anne Bragg
Environmental Defenders Office

Access to Justice Award

Access to Justice Award

Jo-Anne Bragg
Environmental Defenders Office

QLS Emerging Leader Award

QLS Emerging Leader Award

Paloma Cole
Maurice Blackburn

First Nations Solicitor of the Year Award

First Nations Solicitor of the Year Award

Keryn Ruska
Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

First Nations Student Award

First Nations Student Award

Kathryn Dorante

Regional Practitioner of the Year Award

Regional Practitioner of the Year Award

Kellie Walker
Legal Aid Queensland

Workplace Culture and Health Award

Workplace Culture and Health Award—Individual category

Kiley Hodges
Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Workplace Culture and Health Award

Workplace Culture and Health Award—Organisational category

Clayton Utz

Proctor—Best Feature Article Award

Proctor—Best Feature Article Award

Monica Taylor
UQ Pro Bono Centre