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Honoured to serve

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Cite as: (2009) 83(03) LIJ, p.16


Three long-time LIV stalwarts were recognised in the 2009 Australia Day Honours List.

Retired Supreme Court Justice and twice former LIV president Bernard George Teague was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the judiciary and the law, particularly through the LIV, the Parole Board of Victoria and Forensicare.

Justice Teague, who in 1987 became the first practising solicitor to be appointed to the Victorian Supreme Court, said he was proud to have been recognised but believed his contemporaries should hold an equal share of the award.

“I love the law and we were all interested in showing what we were capable of and solving some interesting problems facing the profession,” Justice Teague said.

Melbourne solicitor and Member of the Order of Australia (AM) recipient Annemarie Lanteri received her award for service to family law, legal education and professional organisations.

Ms Lanteri helped form and had a long association with the Specialisation Board.

“You receive awards like this for unpaid service, but working for the LIV has repaid me many times over in forging connections and helping the law in Victoria,” she said.

Also recognised was Erskine Hamilton Rodan who received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the law, particularly through the LIV, and to the community through legal aid and as an advocate for refugees.

Mr Rodan helped found the LIV Administrative Law and Human Rights Section “that helped ensure the profession responded to human rights issues in a knowledgeable and timely way with strong advice, views and ideas”.

Other Victorian lawyers recognised include 2009 Australian of the Year Professor Mick Dodson, Melbourne barrister Julian Burnside QC and Professor Michael Crommelin, a former Melbourne School of Law dean recognised as a tertiary educator and through the development of Australian mining and petroleum law.

Philip Henry Napoleon Opas QC, who died last year aged 91, was given an AM for service to the law and to the community through a range of charitable, historical and sporting organisations.

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