On the evening of Wednesday 21 April Arts Law held our annual Pro Bono Awards, generously hosted by King & Wood Mallesons at their Sydney offices. This was a fantastic opportunity to catch up, in person, with our valued pro bono lawyers, coordinators and other professionals who give their time to Arts Law. There was a great buzz and feeling off good will through the crowd after the 2020 event was inevitably cancelled.
Michael West of Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council kicked off the evening with stirring and uplifting Welcome to Country that highlighted the ongoing need for cooperation, community and kindness. Amanda Chen and Sophie Nickel from Ensemble Apex treated us to a special performance of The Halvorsen Passacaglia. It was so wonderful to be able to host and hear live music. You can find Ensemble Apex on social media @ensembleapex.
We were also honoured to hear a few words from Berkeley Cox, Chief Executive Partner Australia KWM, and Arts Law President, The Honorable Justice John Sackar.
The evening was even capped off with an impromptu fireworks display!
Congratulations to all our Pro Bono Award Winners. Each of these individuals has made an extraordinary contribution to Arts Law by volunteering their time and expertise. Without each of you we would not have the reach and impact that we do. We have also given three awards to firms who have given exceptional support over the last year.
2021 Pro Bono Award Winners – Individuals:
Howard Adams CornerSoul
Derek Baigent Griffith Hack
Emilie Blake Marque Lawyers
Elizabeth Burrows Influence Legal
Rachel Chua Australian Government Solicitor
Tiernan Christensen Allens
Jack Collings Griffith Hack
Harry Croft Hall & Wilcox
Stephen Dodd Dentons
Guy Donovan Holding Redlich
Michael Easton Easton Legal
Juliet Evans Griffith Hack
Katherine Giles MinterEllison
Jennifer Goh Lander & Rogers
Jesse Gordes Solubility
Tina Guan Sparke Helmore
Luke Hawthorne King & Wood Mallesons
Lyn Kemmis SBS
Nicholas Linke Dentons
Thomas Lynch Kay & Hughes
EdLyons Lander & Rogers
Ian McDonald Simpsons Solicitors
Moira McKenzie Sanicki Lawyers
Shariqa Mestroni Bird & Bird
Patricia Monemvasitis Carroll & O’Dea
Jules Munro Simpsons Solicitors
YasminNaghavi Media Arts Lawyers
Richard Potter 153 Phillip Barristers
Darren Sanicki Sanicki Lawyers
Tamara Sims Colin Biggers & Paisley
Michael Tucak Creative Legal
Mark Williamson Quest Legal
2021 Pro Bono Award Winners – Firms:
Australian Government Solicitor
King & Wood Mallesons