Queensland Law Society

Townsville Lawyer wins LCA President’s Award

Queensland Law Society congratulates Bill Mitchell of the Townsville Legal Service on co-winning the Law Council of Australia’s President’s Award.

As a leading Australian human rights lawyer, Bill has engaged in public interest litigation and law reform across most areas of human rights and poverty law, promoting the rights of vulnerable Australians in law reform advocacy at a local, national and international level.

Bill has represented the National Association of Community Legal Centres seven times before the United Nations in New York in debates about a new Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC commended the human rights lawyer saying, “Bill is an outstanding advocate for human rights. His advocacy on human rights and the rights of older persons at a local, national and international level is to be commended.”

Bill won the award alongside legal aid lawyer Haley Allan from Western Australia.

Bill Mitchell’s acceptance speech can be read here.