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Trailblazer honoured


Cite as: December 2015 89 (12) LIJ, p.12

Family, friends and colleagues of the Hon Bernie Teague gathered at the National Gallery of Victoria on 27 October to celebrate another first in his long and illustrious career.

The first solicitor to become a Supreme Court judge became the first judge to have a portrait commissioned by the LIV.

The portrait is by Archibald Prize winning artist Lewis Miller and will hang at the LIV. It is accompanied by a 14-minute film about Mr Teague by creative director Michel Lawrence.

Mr Teague was nominated for the honour by Justice Emilios Kyrou, who thought his great friend’s life-long contribution to the law, judiciary and the community should be recognised.

The 77-year-old is currently leading the re-opened Hazelwood Mine Fire inquiry and is chair of the Victorian Legal Admissions Board.

At the unveiling, Mr Teague expressed gratitude to his many families, as he described the various groups of people he holds dear professionally and personally, for their “company, camaraderie and love” over the years. That included the LIV, where he was president twice and on council for 13 years.

LIV president-elect Steven Sapountsis said the unique commission was appropriate as Mr Teague holds a special place in the ranks of solicitors.

“Bernie has a reputation for being a trailblazer,” Mr Sapountsis said.

“When you consider the long list of achievements in his more than 50-year legal career – including 20 on the Supreme Court bench – it is hard to imagine anyone more deserving of such an honour.”


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