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Diversity & Inclusion Awards 

The Queensland Law Society Diversity & Inclusion Awards are designed to recognise individuals, in-house teams, departments and firms that embrace the changing nature of the profession and promote positive firm cultures that celebrate diversity of thought.

Equity Advocate Award
Large and Medium Legal Practice Award
Small Legal Practice Award

Equity Advocate Award

This award recognises individuals or team from a legal practice who have successfully promoted equity and diversity in the legal profession whether by way of:

  • Effective and innovative initiative(s) within the workplace to generate positive change
  • The individual’s or team’s activities in the wider profession and / or the community.

2018 award winner - Terrence Stedman

Terry is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people. He completed school at Corinda High School and became a trade qualified Plumber and Gas Fitter. He subsequently became a Prison Officer and worked in the notorious Boggo Road Gaol and as a Commissioner of the Queensland Corrective Services Board. He also went on to work in Gaols in NSW, and joined the law profession later in life, when he graduated from Griffith University in 2005. After working as an Associate Lecturer, Terry returned to Inala where he grew up and began a 10 year career as a solicitor with South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre. He has volunteered on numerous boards providing a significant contribution to the community.

Large & Medium Legal Practice Award

Presented to a legal practice with 20 or more solicitors that promote sustainable, healthy workplace cultures in the profession, engage in inclusive and equitable workplace practices and embrace workplace diversity in a meaningful way. 

2018 award winners - Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Maurice Blackburn is Australia’s leading social justice law firm. They believe legal action that supports social justice contributes to a better society, and everyone should have access to the law, not just those who can afford it. Maurice Blackburn uses plaintiff law to challenge the excesses of government and business, and champion the rights of those who are disadvantaged. They expect everyone to be ‘all in’, which means clients and those they work with in the community commit to the firm’s values, fostering and promoting a work environment that is safe, inclusive, free from discrimination and reflective of our diverse community.

Small Legal Practice Award

Presented to a legal practice with 19 or fewer solicitors that promote equity in the profession, engage in inclusive and equitable workplace practices and embrace workplace diversity in a meaningful way.

2018 award winners - Miller Harris Lawyers

Miller Harris Lawyers is a regional based law firm that has been operating for over 25 years. Their lawyers demonstrate a commitment to excellence through continued professional development to ensure they are at the forefront of emerging issues that impact their clients. This is evidenced by the number of specialist accreditations and post-graduate qualifications held by members of their team. Miller Harris Lawyers pride themselves on their approach to service excellence for clients, an engaging and flexible workplace for their staff and a continued commitment to giving back to the local community.

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