First Nations Solicitor of the Year Award

The First Nations Solicitor of the Year Award celebrates an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander practitioner for their leadership and contribution to justice outcomes for First Nations people in Queensland. Through their work, they have demonstrated a passion for the advancement of First Nations people and their communities, and their commitment to change and advocacy has resulted in meaningful impacts on the legal rights and interests of the First Nations people in Queensland

Criteria 

Outstanding achievement (marked out of 10)

Nominee must demonstrate outstanding achievement in a field of legal endeavour.

Commitment to advancement (marked out of 10)

Nominee must demonstrate a passion and commitment towards the advancement of First Nations people and communities in Queensland.

Leadership (marked out of 10)

Nominee must demonstrate leadership and substantial involvement in advocating for the rights of First Nations people and communities in Queensland within the legal sector.

Commitment to change (marked out of 10)

Nominee must demonstrate a commitment to change, and advancement of First Nations people legal rights and interests in Queensland.

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Eligibility 

Eligible

  • Nominee must be nominated (no self-nominations) and:
    • be an individual (organisations can nominate an individual)
    • hold a current practising certificate issued by QLS
    • be a full member of QLS
    • be Queensland-based.
  • Nominees are to meet the following two criteria:
    • be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
    • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
  • Nominees must be of good character. Nominations are reviewed by Queensland Law Society's regulation division and the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre. The due diligence will include (but is not limited to) legal review of the nominee's disciplinary history.
  • The nominee has not previously won this award.
  • Required with the nomination:
    • a brief curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages)
    • Two referees (one referee must be from community)
    • A short bio
    • Headshot in jpeg format.

Not eligible

  • Judging panel members
  • Queensland Law Society Council members or employees are not eligible for nomination.
  • Teams or firms are not eligible. This award is open to individuals only.

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QLS excellence in law awards. First Nations solicitor award

Key dates

Wednesday 25 May Nominations open 

Sunday 3 July Nominations close 

Thursday 14 July Finalists announced

Saturday 20 August Winners announced