The WLAQ promotes the interests and advancement of Queensland’s female legal practitioners by enhancing awareness of the valuable contribution that women make to the practice and development of the law.
We celebrate the outstanding women practitioners who have made a significant contribution to Queensland’s legal profession.
The WLAQ Awards are open to any woman holding a law degree who is actively involved in the legal profession or a law-related field in Queensland (including private practice, community legal service work, government, academia, in-house practice or self-employed). Current WLAQ Committee Members are not eligible to be nominated for an Award.
In addition to the criteria required by each award category, nominees should demonstrate professional excellence and integrity in her chosen field and, through her work and activities, have displayed an awareness for the needs and concerns of women and contributed to the advancement of women in the law.
In the case of the Leneen Forde AC WLAQ Woman Lawyer of the Year, the nominee should have achieved a high level of skill and/or office in her chosen field and contributed to the advancement of the women generally and/or within the legal profession. Previous winners have included former Queensland Law Society President Megan Mahon, Margaret Brown, The Honourable Ann Lyons, Professor Rosemary Hunter, Susan Francis, Clare Endicott, Rachael Field, Samantha Betzien, The Hon Justice Sue Brown QC, Dr Kerri Mellifont QC, Anne-Marie Rice and Bridget Cullen.
The WLAQ Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year award celebrates women involved in the legal profession or a related field in Regional Queensland. “Regional Queensland” means anywhere in Queensland except within a 50km radius Brisbane (which includes Ipswich and Caboolture), as determined by WLAQ Committee at its discretion. The award is designed to recognise women who have overcome the difficulties related to working in regional Queensland as well as recognising their personal achievements. Previous winners include Magistrate Sandra Pearson, Maxine Baldwin, Kristyn Everett, Catherine Cheek, Thelma Schwartz and Tanya Straguszi.
The WLAQ Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year award recognises women who has been admitted as a legal practitioner for five years or less as at the date of the Awards or, if not admitted, who has completed a law degree not more than seven years ago. Previous winners include Genevieve Dee, Samantha Carroll, Carla Klease, Sylvia Ng, Sunni Dawson, Tanya Diessel, Charlotte Campbell and Amie Mish-Wills.
The awards selection panel will comprise of senior representatives of the legal profession in Queensland. All nominations will remain confidential. The decision of the selection panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
In order to be nominated for any of the awards, you must be a female holding a law degree who is actively involved in the legal profession or a law-related field in Queensland (including private practice, community legal service work, government, academia, in-house or self-employed).
There is no restriction on who the nominator (proposer) is, that is the nominator can be anyone.
The Criteria, and information on how to nominate is available in the WLAQ Awards Criteria.
Nominations for the 44th Annual Awards will open in 2022.
Please email any questions direct to the WLAQ Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.