Government Solicitor

Awards

John Hennessy Legal Scholarship

The John Hennessy Legal Scholarship is awarded to a public sector solicitor interested in undertaking a research project into legal systems in another jurisdiction or undertaking further study.

The scholarship, established by the Government Solicitors Committee, is an 'occasional scholarship' that is offered from time to time and covers travel, study and other approved expenses up to a maximum value of $10,000.

How to apply

  • 1 June 2020 – Applications open
  • 1 August 2020 – Applications close
  • 10 September 2020 – Successful applicants will be announced at the Government Solicitors Awards ceremony on Thursday 10 September at 5.30pm

Applications closed

Learn more about our 201920182017 and 2016 winners.

Michelle Crowther PSM Excellence in Government Legal Service Award

This annual award recognises a public sector solicitor, or group of solicitors, who perform above and beyond their usual responsibilities, and is judged by the Law Society's Government Solicitors Committee. 

How to apply

  • 1 June 2020 – Nominations open
  • 1 August 2020 – Nominations close
  • 10 September 2020 – Successful applicants will be announced at the Government Solicitors Awards ceremony on Thursday 10 September at 5.30pm

Nominations closed

Learn more about our 2019 and 2018 winners.

Government solicitors honoured

The Law Society of NSW presented two awards to outstanding solicitors at the Government Solicitors Week in September 2020.

The John Hennessy Legal Scholarship was presented to Sarah Wyatt, a solicitor in the Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW and the 2020 Michelle Crowther PSM Excellence in Government Legal Service Award to Emma Langton, a Senior Legal Officer in the Aboriginal Services Branch of Legal Aid NSW.

Congratulations to Sarah and Emma, and also to Felicity Dougherty, General Counsel at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, who was awarded a highly commended nomination in the Michelle Crowther PSM Award.