Justice Award Winners

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Law and Justice Foundation of NSW


02 9221 3900

Level 14, 130 Pitt Street


02 9221 6280



02 9223 4229

GPO Box 4264


Sydney NSW 2001





54 227 668 981

1 October 2009

Justice the real winner at Awards

The 2009 Justice Awards were presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW at the

annual Justice Awards dinner at Parliament House, Sydney on 1 October. In their 11th year, the

Justice Awards recognize the contributions everyday people are making to improve access to

justice in NSW, especially for disadvantaged people. The winners of this year’s awards are:

Justice Medal: Dr Eileen Baldry

The Justice Medal is the pre-eminent Award for outstanding individual achievement in improving

access to justice especially for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

Dr Baldry is an academic and activist who has made a major contribution to improving access to

justice for prisoners and people in the criminal justice system with mental disorders and cognitive

disabilities. Her work informs government policy development. She is generous in sharing her

knowledge and indefatigable in her support of many justice-related committees and causes. As a

colleague said: “It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do in the field of criminal justice, she is

either there or has been there.”

Aboriginal Justice Award: has been awarded to the 12 Aboriginal elders and community

representatives who have committed so much to bring their cultural knowledge and wisdom to the

successful pilot of circle sentencing, through which better understanding and respect between the

court and community is building. 

Pro Bono Partnership Award: has been awarded to Mills Oakley Lawyers and the Salvation

Army, Auburn for their partnership aimed at providing free legal advice and representation for

marginalised people in Western Sydney.

Law and Justice Volunteer Award: has been awarded to the Southern Women’s Group, who

have made a real difference over 20 years to the lives of women and children on the South Coast,

especially those who are victims of domestic violence.

Law Society President’s Award: This award recognises the outstanding commitment to pro bono

work by Mr Oleh Suchowersky of Northern Suburbs Lawyers.

Community Legal Centres NSW Award: has been awarded to a group of organisations that, in

partnership, provides regular free legal advice and workshops at three women’s correctional

facilities in Sydney. The partners in this Legal Education and Advice in Prison for Women Project

are the Women’s Legal Services NSW, Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre and

Hawkesbury Nepean Community Legal Centre. 

LIAC Centre of Excellence Award: Auburn City Library and Coffs Harbour City Library for their

engaging and well-attended Law Week programs.

The full text of the 2009 Law and Justice Address by the Hon Murray Gleeson AM is available on 

the Foundation website. 

Media enquiries: Richard Wood, 02 8227 3207, or 0431 863 987

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