2014 Community Recognition Program Nominees
The Law Institute of Victoria is pleased to launch Real Law, a community recognition program highlighting the contribution many lawyers make within their communities through advocacy, charitable works and volunteering.
LIV has shortlisted five outstanding lawyers who have made a substantial contribution to their communities. The LIV features the candidates on the new LIV Find Your Lawyer Facebook page. The candidate garnering the most votes receiving a charitable contribution of $5,000 to the organisation of their choice.
Personal injury lawyers Peter Burt and Clara Davies are the driving force behind a unique hot air balloon specially designed for people with a disability.
Client Kiff Saunders, the director of Global Ballooning, was badly injured in a motorbike accident in 2010 and engaged Burt and Davies, a boutique law firm providing specialized services to seriously injured transport accident victims, to represent him. READ MORE
Family lawyer Linda Rayment has, for seven years, been involved with a charity improving the lives of children in Melbourne's inner-city public housing.
These children, exposed to drugs, crime and violence on the estates, learn everything from computer skills to rap, graphics, street art and photography at Operation Stitches workshops aimed at boosting their self-confidence. READ MORE
Kairsty Wilson's belief in justice for those with disabilities has made her the driving force behind a Melbourne legal centre helping them achieve a fairer deal at work and in education.
Kairsty, legal manager with the Association for Employees with a Disability (AED) Legal Centre, draws on her training as a nurse and a lawyer, her experience as a trade union advocate and in a personal injury private practice in her work. And being a single mother was good training for early mornings spent fundraising for a centre. READ MORE
Wills and estates lawyer Daniel Kelliher is helping make it easier for those who want to give something back to the community they care about.
For the past nine years he has offered his services to not-for-profit organisation the Australian Community Foundation (ACF). It makes philanthropy more accessible, with donors able to set up a philanthropic fund which supports worthwhile community projects. READ MORE