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Legal honours


Cite as: (2007) 81(3) LIJ, p. 16

Two longstanding regional solicitors were acknowledged in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Geelong’s Dr John Backhouse and Ballarat’s William McGregor both received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their work in their communities.

Baird & McGregor partner William McGregor received the award for service to tertiary education, and to the community of Ballarat through a range of tourism, health, legal and arts organisations.

Mr McGregor said the honour largely acknowledged his work with the University of Ballarat, but also his work as a solicitor.

“Like most country lawyers we do a fair bit of pro bono work, especially for community organisations and Baird & McGregor is proud to work with its community,” the lawyer of 47 years said.

Dr Backhouse said it was a thrill to receive the award.

The award acknowledged his service to the community of Geelong through a range of arts, educational and aged care organisations, and to the law.

“It is much easier to be able to work in a variety of fields in a regional centre,” he said.

Dr Backhouse practised as a lawyer for 51 years, retiring from Harwood Andrews in 2002.

Victorian Court of Appeal Justice Frank Vincent was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the judiciary and the law as a contributor to the reform of penal and parole systems, the rehabilitation of offenders, and Indigenous Australians involved with the criminal justice system; and to education as Chancellor of Victoria University.

Professor Susan Campbell, who last year headed the Legal Education Review Panel which recommended substantial changes to legal education in Victoria, was made a Member in the General Division (AM).

Melbourne magistrate Peter Power received an OAM for service to the community as a magistrate, particularly through developing improved case management procedures and training programs for bail justices, and raising public awareness of court processes.

Cornwall Stodart consultant John Date received an OAM for service to the community through providing assistance and support for the programs for a range of Catholic religious orders.


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