14 March 2018
Supporting good lawyers, advocating for good law, all for the public good. That is our mission at the Society, and we were able to showcase some of the excellent work that our members have contributed to at various events last week.
We celebrated the impact of women in our profession on International Women’s Day, when we held a panel discussion with four esteemed legal representatives who shared their experiences. Our panel featured president Fleur Kingham of the Land Court Queensland, 2018 QLS Agnes McWhinney Award winner Ann-Maree David, Linda Ryle of our RAP committees, Michele Sheehan of enTrust Law and Sheehan & Co, and QLS Councillor Chloe Kopilovic. This event provided a great opportunity to come together to celebrate not only women in Queensland’s legal profession, but also women throughout every industry across the world.
Earlier that day we met with our district law association presidents from across Queensland to hear about key issues they have come across in their regions. I have been fortunate to have travelled to Gladstone, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Townsville and the Gold Coast already this year to meet with our regional members and judiciary. I look forward to a western corridor tour as well as visits to the Sunshine Coast and Cairns in the coming months.
The connection we have to our regional practitioners is one that QLS is eager to continue building on and learning from.
We capped off the week with our annual QLS Symposium over two days, with the Legal Profession Dinner and Awards following the first day. Symposium provided – as it always does – an excellent variety of streams and exceptional speakers. With over 400 delegates, it was also an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from experts in their areas.
The dinner and awards night allowed us to recognise the excellent achievements of some of our finest members. With such high-calibre nominations, it was difficult for our judges to decide on the winners. Nominations opened on 30 November 2017, and at close on Friday 2 February 2018, there were 75 nominations in progress across 10 award categories. From that 75, 36 were shortlisted across 9 of the 10 categories.
I would like to once again congratulate all of our award winners and highlight our flagship awards the President’s Medal and the QLS Agnes McWhinney Award. Congratulations to Kurt Fowler and Ann-Maree David respectively. Both Kurt and Ann-Maree have a long history with the Society and the profession, and are excellent examples of the spirit that both these awards exemplify.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time with your feedback or even your stories about the great work being done by solicitors in their communities.
Ken Taylor, QLS president