- Attorney General presents the annual Attorney General's Community Service Law Awards to launch WA Law Week
- Law Week runs from May 14-18, 2018
Attorney General John Quigley has announced the winners of the annual Attorney General's Community Service Law Awards at a Law Week breakfast function in Perth this morning.
Lawyer David Blades and tenant advocacy service Tenancy WA have been named this year's individual and organisational winners respectively.
Other finalists were legal firm Estrin Saul, and lawyers Thomas Scutt and Raya Stanton.
Mr Blades was nominated for his legal advocacy work for asylum seekers, approaching his pro bono work with vigour and an unwavering commitment to justice.
Tenancy WA was honoured for helping women, children and young people in precarious living arrangements, often as a result of family violence.
The organisation gives specialist legal advice, representation and education to this group to stop them falling into homelessness.
The award program is in its 12th year and recognises the individual lawyer and legal practice who have done the most outstanding pro bono legal work, donating their time and legal expertise.
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"These awards recognise those individual members of the legal profession as well as legal organisations who have devoted their time and efforts to pro bono work.
"I believe, as recent high-profile legal cases have shown, it is particularly important in the legal field, as it is often those who have the least capacity to access legal help who need it the most.
"Mr Blades has been called the most consistent counsel running pro bono cases for asylum seekers in Federal courts, and one of the first practitioners in WA to highlight the unmet need for legal assistance for asylum seekers at judicial review.
"He also donates his time to teaching and mentoring law students and graduates, and advocates for the mental health of lawyers.
"Tenancy WA assists more than 4,000 tenants a year, mainly women, children and young people.
"The agency provides specialist legal advice, representation and education to this group who are at greater risk of homelessness than others in the community.
"I'd like to congratulate both Mr Blades and Tenancy WA for devoting their time and efforts to providing high-standard pro bono work to those in greatest need."
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