Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    Outstanding legal practitioners sought

    10/03/2008 12:00 AM
     

    The search is on for Western Australia’s most outstanding pro bono legal practitioner.

     

    Attorney General Jim McGinty is inviting legal practices, practitioners and community organisations to nominate candidates for the 2008 Attorney General’s Community Service Law Award.

     

    “The award recognises those legal practitioners who have volunteered their legal skills and expertise to help others in the community,” Mr McGinty said.

     

    “Presented for the first time last year, the award acknowledges those who quietly work to help the most socially disadvantaged in our community - the poor, the disenfranchised and the marginalised.”

     

    Woodvale lawyer Graham Castledine received the 2007 award for his 10 years of pro bono work, particularly with asylum seekers and refugees.

     

    “Doing pro bono work is so rewarding, because you can make a real difference to the lives of those in need,” Mr Castledine said.

     

    “One case which I found particularly fulfilling related to an Afghani refugee who was being held in an immigration detention centre and wrongly accused of being involved in a riot.

     

    “A colleague and I joined forces to secure the man’s release, and we also acted for him in later proceedings in the High Court and before the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.

     

    “The man told me that without our intervention, he did not think he would still be alive today.”

     

    The winner of this year’s Community Service Law Award will be announced at a function during Law Week in May.

     

    Nominations forms are available on the Attorney General’s website at http://www.ministers.wa.gov.au/mcginty

     

    Click ‘Features’ on the left-hand banner.

     

    Nominations close 5pm, Friday, March 28.

     

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