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.

We are currently accepting nominations for the First Nations Solicitor of the Year Award and First Nations Student Award. Nominations will remain open until 5pm Friday 25 June.

View category criteria and start your nomination today.

2021 Awards


2021 Awards

Nominations are now open for the First Nations Solicitor of the Year and First Nations Student Award! Start your nomination today.

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.

Lodge a nomination


2021 winners

President's Medal

President's Medal

Terry O'Gorman AM
Robertson O'Gorman Solicitors

QLS Agnes McWhinney Award

QLS Agnes McWhinney Award

Zinta Harris
Resolve Estate Law

QLS Emerging Leader Award

QLS Emerging Leader Award

Michael Murray
Townsville Community Law


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