Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Former Attorney General; Minister for Commerce

    Two pro bono champions for the price of none

    16/05/2016 9:30 AM
    • Arts industry lawyer and legal firm win community service awards
    • 2016 Law Week runs from today until May 20 

    A lawyer and a legal firm who have donated hundreds of hours of time and effort to help their local communities have been honoured at a Law Week awards ceremony today.


    Attorney General Michael Mischin announced Cottesloe resident Michael Tucak, who runs creative|legal, as this year's winner in the individual category of the annual Attorney General's Community Service Law Award.


    "Now in its 10th year, the award honours the WA legal practitioner who does the most outstanding pro bono legal work for their local community," the Attorney General said.


    "Mr Tucak has been providing pro bono legal services to the WA arts and cultural community for 20 years.  He has organised regular free, pop-up legal clinics for artists, as well making available free or reduced-fee legal consultations to artists, project teams and cultural communities.


    "Through his business, Mr Tucak regularly contributes to the pro bono sector by providing free lectures, workshops and legal information sessions on arts law issues to students and professional practitioners."


    Mr Mischin said a new category of the Attorney General's Law Award was added this year to recognise work carried out free of charge by organisations.


    "I'm pleased to announce the inaugural winner of the organisational category was King & Wood Mallesons," he said.


    "Since 2011, the company has provided advice on 114 pro bono matters, representing more than $1.7 million in fees, which equates to more than 5,580 hours in pro bono time.


    "The company has a particular interest in complex matters which affect the wider community and the interests of justice, ranging from forfeiture matters under the Commonwealth Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, to property matters, contract disputes and employment law."


    The Attorney General also congratulated individual award finalists Judy Harrison, from Kununurra; and Mary McComish, from Cottesloe; as well as the finalists in the organisational category, Jackson McDonald and Clayton Utz.


    Fact File

    • Pro bono comes from the Latin term 'pro bono publico' or 'for the public good' 

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