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Queen’s Birthday honours

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Cite as: (2005) 79(7) LIJ, p. 18

The Victorian legal fraternity was well-represented in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours.

Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) stalwarts County Court Judge Gordon Lewis and solicitor Geoff Gronow were among Victorian legal professionals who received Queen’s Birthday honours last month.

Judge Lewis, who was a recipient of the Member (AM) in the General Division honours, said he was thrilled and flattered by the award.

He has had an impressive career in the law, serving 16 years as a solicitor in private practice, 11 years as executive director of the LIV, a year as Victorian Commissioner for Corporate Affairs and three years as Victorian Government Solicitor. He was appointed to the County Court Bench in June 1990 and officially retired in March last year.

The award citation acknowledges Judge Lewis’ service to the law through the judiciary and as a practitioner, particularly in the area of professional accountability, and to the community through a range of sporting and social welfare organisations.

Judge Lewis said he was keen on promoting legal education and assisting young practitioners understand the day-to-day practice of law as distinct from the academic learning.

In the area of professional accountability, while he was LIV executive director in the mid-70s, the LIV set up a compulsory indemnity insurance scheme to cover all claims, a management advisory service, a team of qualified office inspectors to check solicitors’ trust accounts, as well as employment and locum services.

His extra-curricular activities include serving as the Australian Cricket Board Senior Code of Behaviour Commissioner, chair of Racing Analytical Services (which oversees the drug testing of animals) and a member of the Greyhound Adoption Program, which finds homes for greyhounds after their racing career is over.

Judge Lewis said he was honoured by the award but he also paid tribute to the many people in the community who gave up their time to serve on committees but did not receive any recognition.

Geoff Gronow, who has been a member of the LIV since 1967, received a Victorian Emergency Services Medal (ESM) for his involvement with the Volunteer Marine Emergency Services. A member of the Westernport Safety Council, he has been involved with a variety of marine rescue organisations.

Mr Gronow served on the LIV Council from 1988 until 1999 and was made an honorary life member in 2002. He has always been an active member of LIV committees and is currently on the Ethics, LIJ, Awards and Medico-Legal Joint Committees.

Mr Gronow said he was pleased with the honour which acknowledged his involvement in the area of marine search and rescue.

Victorian Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Warren was appointed a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Chief Justice Warren received her award for service to the judiciary and to the legal profession, particularly the delivery and administration of law in Victoria, to the community in areas affecting the social and economic conditions of women and to forensic medicine internationally.

Chief Justice Warren said she saw her own award as not only a personal tribute, but more significantly as a wonderful honour for the Supreme Court as a whole, and “one I share with all my judicial colleagues”.

She paid tribute to other Supreme Court honourees, Justice Murray Kellam and former Supreme Court Justice Clive Tadgell (AO) and Master Thomas Bruce (AM).

Chief Justice Warren said the awards were a wonderful recognition of the contribution that they, in particular, and judges generally, make to the community.

“Justice Kellam’s award acknowledged his extraordinary dedication to improving legal systems in the Asia-Pacific region. Apart from his appointment as inaugural president of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and keen involvement with the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA).

“He has led AIJA mediation training teams in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere in the South Pacific; the annual Australian Bar Association’s advocacy training team in Bangladesh for several years, and is heavily involved in judicial education closer to home,”her Honour said.

Chief Justice Warren said Master Bruce’s award recognised his excellent work on taxation of costs over many years and Mr Tadgell’s award not only recognised him as an eminent jurist, but demonstrated judges’ wider interests – in this case, in the Anglican Church in Australia.

Victorian legal profession honourees were:

Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC.

Justices Alan Goldberg, Murray Kellam and Clive Tadgell were appointed Officers (AO) in the General Division, as was former lawyer and Baptist minister Reverend Tim Costello.

Federal Court Justice Goldberg received his award for service to the judiciary, particularly in the areas of competition law and equity, and to the community as a contributor to debate on human rights and civil liberties, and as a supporter of the arts.

Supreme Court Justice Kellam was appointed AO for service to the law through a range of judicial and legal training roles in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and to the community, particularly through support for the activities of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Thailand and for disadvantaged people in Melbourne.

Service to the judiciary, law and the community through contributions to higher education institutions and the Anglican Church in Australia earned retired Supreme Court Justice Clive Tadgell an AO.

Rev Costello received his award for service to the community through contributions to social justice, health and welfare issues, international development assistance, and to the Baptist Church.

Member (AM) in the General Division recipients were Taxing Master Thomas Bruce, William Forrest, County Court Judge Gordon Lewis, Banking and Financial Services Ombudsman Colin Neave and retired Federal Court Justice Howard Olney QC.

Master Bruce was acknowledged for his service to the law, particularly in the area of assessment of costs and litigation, and to post-secondary education.

Former solicitor William Forrest was honoured for his service to the community through support for arts and charitable organisations as a benefactor and adviser.

Judge Lewis received his award for service to the law through the judiciary and as a practitioner, particularly in the area of professional accountability, and to the community through a range of sporting and social welfare organisations.

Colin Neave was honoured for service to public administration and to the banking and finance industry, particularly through dispute resolution.

Justice Olney was awarded his honour for service to the law and judiciary, particularly in relation to indigenous land issues.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal senior member Joan Dwyer and public notary Alexander Garsa were awarded the Medal (OAM) in the General Division.

Ms Dwyer received her award for service to the community, particularly through the DEAL Communication Centre and to the law, and Mr Garsa was honoured for his service to the community, particularly through the provision of honorary legal advice to ethnic community members and organisations.

Chief Parliamentary Counsel Eamonn Moran QC was awarded a Victoria Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to legislative drafting and public law, and to the promotion of plain legal language.

LIV life member Geoff Gronow ESM.

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