Leading Community Lawyers Win NSW Justice Awards
The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) has welcomed the announcement last night of Prue Gregory, the Principal Lawyer at knowmore, as the 2017 recipient of the NSW Justice Medal.
A number of other community legal centre (CLC) lawyers and volunteers were also recognised at the NSW Law and Justice Foundation Awards, including a group of six volunteers from the Illawarra Community Legal Centre who were awarded the Community Legal Centres NSW Award.
“The nomination of 16 community legal centre representatives in the award categories last night, including five of the seven Justice Medal nominees, is a reminder of the central role our centres play in working with communities and facilitating access to justice” said Nassim Arrage, Chief Executive Officer of NACLC.
The contribution of CLCs to access to justice was also acknowledged by Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE, who gave the Law and Justice Address, who drew upon the work of NACLC and commented: “my own view is that, with increased funding, CLCs can make an even greater contribution to improve delivery of legal service, in particular to disadvantaged people”.
The main award, the Justice Medal, is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in improving access to justice in NSW. NACLC is pleased that Prue Gregory is the recipient of the 2017 Justice Medal.
Ms Gregory, who was presented the award by Attorney-General Mark Speakman, is the Principal Lawyer at knowmore, a legal service that provides free legal help to people engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
“We welcome recognition of Prue’s work and the work of knowmore in this way” said Mr Arrage.
“knowmore has been at the frontline of ensuring that thousands of survivors of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions have been able to come forward and tell their stories, many for the first time” he added.
“There is no question that Prue’s work has changed the lives of many extremely vulnerable people in prisons and communities across Australia” said Warren Strange, Executive Officer of knowmore.
“Prue has lead a national team of lawyers, social workers and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander engagement advisors to provide trauma-informed and culturally safe services thousands of survivors of child sexual abuse” he said.
“Prue’s work at knowmore is part of her long career in delivering legal services to vulnerable people, including many years as Principal Lawyer of the MacArthur Legal Centre” added Mr Strange.
“We congratulate Prue and the knowmore team who will continue to provide support to survivors of child sexual abuse, and ensure survivors are aware of their rights to seek redress. We also congratulate the other CLCs nominated across the award categories and acknowledge their outstanding contribution to ensuring access to justice for people across New South Wales every day” concluded Mr Arrage.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Nassim Arrage, NACLC CEO, 0408 092 256
Warren Strange, Executive Officer knowmore, 0488 448 182
List of Community Legal Centre Nominees for NSW Law and Justice Foundation Awards 2017
- Prue Gregory, knowmore
- Rosemary Kayess, Australian Centre for Disability Law
- Dixie Link-Gordon, Women’s Legal Service NSW
- Peter Multari, South West Sydney Legal Centre
- Elly Raffo, South West Sydney Legal Centre
Aboriginal Justice Award
- Bobbi Murray, Central Coast Community Legal Centre
Pro Bono Partnership Award
- Arts Law Centre of Australia with Colin Biggers & Paisley
- Justice Connect with Clayton Utz, Hall & Wilcox, K&L Gates, King & Wood Mallesons, Lander & Rogers, Sparke Helmore, Wotton & Kearney
- Public Interest Advocacy Centre with Allens
Community Legal Centres NSW Award
- Elise Briggs, Hunter Community Legal Centre
- Julie Deane, Chair, Macarthur Legal Centre
- ‘Group of 6’ volunteer solicitors, Illawarra Legal Centre
- HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) volunteers
- Tom Lynch, Arts Law Centre of Australia
- Petrina Slaytor, Welfare Rights Centre
- Sue Whitehead, Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS)
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