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Walk for justice runaway success

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Going for an early morning walk on a chilly Melbourne Monday is not everyone’s idea of fun, but for the walkers who took part in the inaugural Law Walk for Justice in May, it was an ideal way to kick off their week.

Nearly 1000 walkers in four states – including 200 in Melbourne – took part in the 5km event on 19 May to raise money for the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) in each state.

Victoria’s lawyers, barristers and members of the judiciary raised $4000 of the $30,000 total. The funds will go towards providing access to justice for disadvantaged individuals and community groups.

The Melbourne event, which started on the Parliament House steps before winding along the Yarra River and through the legal precinct to finish in the Flagstaff Gardens, was led by Victorian Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Warren and Court of Appeal president Chris Maxwell.

“Joining the Walk for Justice was an enjoyable way to not only start the day and working week, but to help send a powerful message about the importance of pro bono,” Chief Justice Warren said.

“Many people cannot afford legal representation and therefore are denied justice which is a fundamental right. And it was a wonderful opportunity to meet some young lawyers as we walked along the pathways.”

PILCH’s Michael McKiterick said the walk was a great success.

“We are incredibly pleased with the Walk for Justice. Not only has it enabled PILCH to raise much needed funds, it also goes a long way to raising PILCH’s profile within the legal community and we cannot thank our patron and supporters enough,” he said.

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