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Award for children’s lawyer

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Cite as: (2002) 76(11) LIJ, p.14

Chair of the Law Institute’s Children and Youth Issues Committee Tim Mulvany has been honoured for his work with children and young people.

Mr Mulvany was presented with the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre Award for Outstanding Representation of Children and Young People in Victoria on 27 October.

Mr Mulvany said he was honoured to receive the award and was grateful to those people who had nominated him.

“The awards recognise the importance of the difficult work of advocating the rights of children and ensuring that judicial processes regarding children are a means to an end and not an end in itself,” he said.

During his 30-year career, Mr Mulvany has been involved in many organisations and projects linked to children and families. In particular, he has been a member of the Advisory Committee to the Chief Justice of the Family Court on representation of children and has been the Institute’s Family Law Section representative on the Refugee Law Reform Committee.

The awards were presented at the Children’s Court of Victoria as part of the 16th World Congress of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates held from 26-31 October in Melbourne. The awards honour lawyers, legal volunteers, legal policy workers, organisations and departments working in the area of children and young people and the law.

Apart from state and territory awards, the recipients of two national awards were also announced. The Woomera Lawyers Group, which worked with children in immigration detention centres, received the National Award for Excellent and Outstanding Legal Representation of Children and Young People.

Sydney Regional Aboriginal Corporation Legal Service solicitor Troy Edwards received the National Award for Excellent and Outstanding Legal Representation of Indigenous Children and Young People.

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