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Salute to legal community


Cite as: Cite as: March 2012 86 (03) LIJ, p.13

LIV Family Law Section member Tim Mulvany was one of a host of Victorian legal luminaries recognised in the 2012 Australia Day honours.

Mr Mulvany received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the law, the protection of children and the community.

The principal of Melbourne-based law firm TJ Mulvany & Co. served on the LIV Family Law Section executive from 2001 to 2009 and is a current Section member.

The LIV certificate of service recipient said he was both shocked and thrilled to have been recognised in the Australia Day awards during his 40th year of practice.

“This recognition is probably symbolic of so many other people who do the extra yards for those things that they believe in and it is nice to know that you have been recognised,” Mr Mulvany said.

“It has been a pleasure to work within a profession that does so much good in society.

“It has allowed me to advocate for the interests of children and it has been fantastic to see the law [over 40 years] adapt with societal changes, [such as] children in same-sex households, assisted reproduction technology and gender discrimination.”

Mr Mulvany is also a Family Court of Australia Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee member, a Victoria Legal Aid Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel member, Marillac Family Services acting chairperson and Children’s Protection Society former chair and current board member.

In 2002, he received the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre Victorian award for Outstanding Representation of Children and Young People.

Many other respected lawyers were recognised in the honours list, with Victorian Governor Alex Chernov AO QC and High Court judge Virginia Bell receiving the top honour of Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant received a Medal of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the judiciary, the law and to the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Former Supreme Court of Victoria judge Rosemary Balmford was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), as were former Allens Arthur Robinson partner and University of Melbourne Chancellor Ian Renard, former University of Melbourne law professor Geoffrey Lindell and Victorian barristers Peter Heerey QC, Gregory James QC, Bryan Keon-Cohen QC and David Russell QC.

Long-serving Victorian magistrate Brian Barrow received an OAM.

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