Law Society of NSW

President's Medal

The Law Society of New South Wales President's Medal has been recognising our most outstanding members since 2009. This annual award acknowledges a NSW solicitor and member of the Law Society of NSW who has made a significant personal and professional contribution to the improvement of law and justice in the community.

Congratulations to:

2019 Winner:  Jason Behrendt from Chalk & Behrendt 

2019 Highly Commended: Anne O'Donoghue from Immigration Solutions Lawyers
 

Previous recipients of this medal include:

2018 Theodora Ahilas

2017 John and Nicola Ellis

2016 Deng Adut

2015 Tony Cahill and Frere Green (joint winners)

2014 Lieutenant Commander Shannon Richards

2013 Sam Macedone

2012 Stuart Tipple

2011 Matthew Myers

2010 Glenn Thompson

2009 David Giddy

Eligibility criteria

A person may be nominated for the Law Society’s President’s Medal if the following criteria are satisfied:

  • The person must be a current or former NSW solicitor and a member of The Law Society of New South Wales.  However, currently serving Law Society Councillors are excluded from nomination.
  • The person is of high standing in the NSW legal profession.
  • The person has made a personal and professional contribution which demonstrates achievements in one of more of the following areas:
    • improvement in community access to justice
    • improvement in NSW or national legal policy or legislation which delivers significant benefits to the NSW community
    • significant service or support to NSW solicitors
    • promotion or defence of the rule of law
    • improvements in the administration of justice in NSW.

Nomination process

Nominations should be made by email to President@lawsociety.com.au or by letter addressed to The President, The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney or DX 362 Sydney.

Persons may self nominate or be nominated by another person.  Currently serving Law Society Councillors are excluded from nomination. Each nomination must be accompanied by documentation which:

  • outlines relevant current and previous professional positions held by the nominee
  • explicitly addresses each of the three eligibility criteria
  • provides the names and contact details of at least two referees who may be asked to attest to the achievements on which the nomination is based.

Selection panel

Nominations are assessed and the successful candidate determined by a selection panel comprising three people. It is be chaired by the President of the Law Society.

The selection panel receives written applications and may elect to undertake interviews with candidates or to seek further information from those nominating the person. Cross checks are also made with Professional Standards to ensure that those being considered are fit and proper persons.

Personal Information Collection Notice

By completing the nomination process you are providing personal information to the Law Society of New South Wales. We collect personal information to fulfil our role as a professional association including communicating with you in relation to our programs, services and benefits. The information which you provide in this nomination form will be used by the President of the Law Society of New South Wales and relevant Law Society staff members to evaluate and judge the nomination for the President’s Medal. 

Without your personal information we will not be able to evaluate this nomination for the President’s Medal.  The personal information you provide by completing this nomination process will not be disclosed by the Law Society of New South Wales to any third party.

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