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Illawarra Legal Centre 30-year volunteers win 2017 CLCNSW Justice Award

Justice Awards 2017

Community Legal Centres NSW Award winners

Community Legal Centres NSW (CLCNSW) congratulates the group of six volunteers from the Illawarra Legal Centre who were last week awarded the Community Legal Centres NSW Award at the 2017 Justice Awards. Highly commended for the award were Elise Briggs, volunteer at Hunter Community Legal Centre, and Sue Whitehead, volunteer at Refugee Advice and Casework Service.

CLCNSW also welcomed the announcement of Prue Gregory, Principal Lawyer at knowmore, as the 2017 recipient of the NSW Justice Medal. 

This year’s Justice Awards received nominations from 16 community legal centre representatives across all award categories, including seven nominations for the Community Legal Centres NSW Award.

The Community Legal Centres NSW Award in 2017 sought to recognise an individual volunteer or group of volunteers for their demonstrated commitment to improving access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

Illawarra Legal Centre has conducted a weekly free service of face-to-face appointments with volunteer solicitors, including the “group of 6” winners of this year’s Community Legal Centres NSW award – Robert Davidson, Mick Davies, James Isabella, Kerry Kyriakoudes, Michael McGrath and Linda Wright – since the community legal centre started in 1985.

Illawarra Legal Centre Coordinator Truda Gray said: “This group of volunteer solicitors have been quietly supporting the Illawarra Legal Centre for over thirty years each, without mentioning it, without the need for recognition and without the need for the centre to continually elicit their support. They have always filled in for others if needed as well as doing their own rostered shifts.”

Illawarra Legal Centre Volunteer Michael McGrath said: “It has been a privilege to be of assistance. The years seem to slip by without really noticing. It has been a source of considerable pride for myself and the other volunteers to contribute to the service provided by The Illawarra Legal Centre in providing access to justice to thousands of people living with disadvantage in the region.”

CLCNSW congratulates the winners of this year’s Community Legal Centres NSW award, those highly commended, and all volunteers nominated for this award.

Polly Porteous, Executive Director of CLCNSW said, “volunteers like these are the heart of community legal centres. Every year across NSW hundreds of volunteers help thousands of people gain access to justice.

“The generosity and community spirit of volunteers make CLCs a trusted community service for people in vulnerable situations,” she said.

During the event, the contribution of CLCs to access to justice was acknowledged by Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE, who gave the Law and Justice Address, who 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”.

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More information:

Mark Riboldi – Advocacy & Communications Coordinator, CLCNSW

0433 753 376

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