Queensland Law Society

First Nations Awards

First Nations Awards

Queensland Law Society is committed to achieving real and positive change in the lives of Australia’s First Nations people, in particular those who contribute to justice and the rule of law. The First Nations Awards aim to recognise the outstanding contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners who are committed to promoting justice within their community and beyond.

Queensland First Nations Lawyer of the Year
Queensland First Nations Legal Student of the Year

Queensland First Nations Lawyer of the Year

Presented to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individual for outstanding achievements in the law and for pursuing justice outcomes in the legal profession for First Nations People in Queensland.

2019 award winner - William Munro

Bill is founder of Munro Legal, where he is now Special Counsel. He has practised law for 39 years in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Bill’s extensive experience includes representing Indigenous clients across a broad spectrum of legal issues including wills and estates, personal injuries, litigation, property, family and criminal law. Bill is the Past Board Chairman of Murwillumbah District Hospital and he is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injuries Law. Bill’s community endeavours over an extended period of years are in Indigenous health, childcare and sponsorship of Indigenous tertiary students who study law. He is currently the Immediate Past President of the local law association (Downs and South West Queensland Law Association).


Queensland First Nations Legal Student of the Year

This award identifies an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander legal student who displays outstanding commitment to achieving a positive role in the legal community.

2019 award winner - Giselle Kilner-Parmenter

Giselle is a proud Gumbaynggirr woman in her second year of a Bachelor of Laws. She completed high school on the Gold Coast and was a recipient of a 2017 Excellence Scholarship that is allowing her to complete an undergraduate degree at Bond University. Over the last two years, she has seized opportunities to involve herself in community groups, legal events and establish the foundations for her future career. As the President of the Student Society for Indigenous Awareness, she is in a position to promote Australia’s unique Indigenous culture to her university cohort and wider community.



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