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About the LIV Legal Awards Recognition Framework

Nominations for the LIV’s revamped legal awards open 1 April 2021.

Following a review seeking to strengthen recognition of members. The  LIV's recognition framework has been updated to better align with the organisation’s wish to celebrate and acknowledge the work of members.

The three LIV Council awards available for nomination are:

  • Honorary Life Membership
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Service

The structure of the three awards is now explicit in terms of identifying and assessing candidates, nominations, voting process and confidentiality.

An added element to these awards is that they may form the basis of a recipient’s nomination for an Australian honour or commendation to government by the LIV.

Honorary Life Membership

Honorary Life Membership of the LIV, the highest honour the organisation gives, is decided by Council. It is bestowed on a member who, in the board’s opinion, has made a significant contribution to the LIV, the profession and/or the community over a significant period.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award, decided by Council, acknowledges members and other individuals who have provided valuable service over a sustained period to the LIV and significantly contributed to the advancement, promotion and improvement of the Victorian legal profession. No more than three of these awards will be given each year.

President's Award for Outstanding Service

The President’s Award for Outstanding Service, nominated by members, directors and management and decided by Council, recognises members and other individuals who have gone over and above in service to the LIV or the profession in a particular field or endeavour.

History

Historically, the LIV has provided a range of event opportunities to recognise members’ efforts and celebrate career and personal milestones. As well as the annual awards event, there have been member milestone events, new member welcome functions and other award presentations.

Following the 2019 Victorian Legal Awards, the LIV began a strategic review of the awards program. Consulting widely with staff, management and members, the LIV considered how it might better recognise members in future, streamline the awards process including any events and ensure awards were prestigious and engendered pride and engagement.

As part of the review, various options and models were considered. The result is a streamlined rewards and recognition structure that provides for three LIV Council awards, specific purpose awards and membership recognition certificates.

As a whole, the awards will reinforce one of the key goals of the LIV Strategic Plan 2019-2022, which is to promote the value of members in the community.

Nominations

Any member can nominate someone for an award. Nominations are assessed by LIV management, considered by the LIV Nominations and Remuneration Committee and recommendations made to the LIV board. All award winners will be ratified by the LIV board.

Specific related criteria as well as membership of the LIV, seniority, length of service and nature of the contribution will be taken into account when assessing nominations. Recipients can come from across the LIV membership and all areas of the legal profession.

While some well-known members may receive awards, others may be known only to some in the profession because of their efforts day-in, day-out. However, all recipients will be worthy of recognition and celebration.

Members are encouraged to nominate candidates.

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Other Awards 

In addition to the three major board-appointed awards, there are important specific-purpose awards aimed at recognising member contributions to the community or LIV Sections or Committees. They include the Stephen Myall Award and the Paul Baker Award, also membership milestones which build on the tradition of the 50-year membership ceremony.

Stephen Myall Award

The Steve Myall Award is an annual award in memory of former Magistrate Steve Myall and recognises the significant achievement or outstanding contribution of a person who, has by their efforts, demonstrated an ongoing commitment to social justice issues preferably, but not limited to prison and sentence reform being an issue very close to former Magistrate Myall’s heart. The aim of this award is to encourage others to continue the work undertaken and the initiatives established by Steve into the future.

Examples of appropriate criteria include:

  • Providing exceptional service to those who are most vulnerable in the community facing hardship and disadvantage.
  • Making an outstanding contribution to the general community through involvement in either access to justice or pro bono work

The inaugural award will be presented at an appropriate event marking the occasion of the launch of the award. A guest speaker will be invited to present the award and address those attending on current social justice issues including prison reform and rehabilitation initiatives and sentencing practices.

Award Oversight & Management

The “Steve Myall Award Committee” will oversee the award selection and presentation. The composition of this group includes representation from the Victorian Magistrates’ Association, the LIV Criminal Law Section and a representative from a relevant community organisation, for example the VACRO (Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) or the Salvation Army.

Awards Procedure

  • Nominations for the Steve Myall Award will be open between 1st April and 31st May 2021
  • Nominators are requested to submit their nomination in writing to:

The Chair, Steve Myall Award Committee
Email: membership@liv.asn.au
Telephone: (03) 9607 9470

Statements of Nomination must be in writing and include:

  • The full name of the Nominee
  • Reasons for the nomination including a summary of their experience and reference to how the nominee meets the established criteria
  • Background as to how their service goes beyond the expectation for their role
  • Any other relevant information that support the nomination and
  • Contact details (for follow up if required).
  • The Steve Myall Award Committee will review all nominations received by the end of the nomination period and will make a final decision on the recipient of the award in 2021
  • The Steve Myall Award recipient will receive a monetary prize and be presented with their award at a suitable LIV event or at a time most convenient for the recipient
  • Nominees for the Steve Myall Award do not have to be members of the LIV.

Paul Baker Award

The Paul Baker Award is in memory of former LIV Administrative Law and Human Rights Section Chair Paul Baker, a lawyer who dedicated countless hours, effort and passion to LIV Committee work and other welfare agencies in pursuit of social justice and human rights. Paul was a brave and passionate lawyer working in migration, refugee and gender equality who had a strong determination to ensure that people could articulate and exercise their rights. The award recognises the significant achievement or outstanding contribution of a person in the field of administrative or human rights law, for example:

  • A person who has made a particular noteworthy contribution to the Administrative Law & Human Rights Section;
  • A top student in administrative and human rights law at a university in Victoria;
  • A person who has undertaken substantial pro bono or voluntary work in the field of administrative or human rights law; or
  • A person who has written a distinguished article or treatise on administrative or human rights law.

Awards Procedure

  • Nominations for the Paul Baker Award will be open between 1st April and 31st May 2021
  • Nominators are requested to submit their nomination in writing to:

The Chair, LIV Administrative Law and Human Rights Executive Committee
Email: membership@liv.asn.au
Telephone: (03) 9607 9470

  • Statements of Nomination must be in writing and include:
    • The full name of the Nominee
    • Reasons for the nomination including a summary of their experience (including reference to pro bono or voluntary work or articles published)
    • Background as to how their service goes beyond the expectation for their role
    • Any other relevant information that support the nomination and
    • Contact details (for follow up if required)
  • The LIV ALHR (Administrative Law and Human Rights) Executive Committee will review all nominations received by the end of the nomination period and will make a final decision on the recipient of the award by June 2021
  • Due to their involvement in reviewing nominations for the Paul Baker Award, members of the ALHR Executive Committee are excluded as potential candidates
  • The Paul Baker Award recipient will receive monetary prize and be presented with their award at a suitable LIV event or at a time most convenient for the recipient
  • Nominees for the Paul Baker Award do not have to be members of the LIV.