The Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation is delighted to announce that Justine Autour has won the 2016 Pro Bono Award in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards.
Our Foundation also congratulates Sharell O’Brien (North Queensland Women’s Legal Service) and Sara Lane (Ashurst) who jointly won the Pro Bono Award with Ms Autour.
We acknowledge and thank Ms Autour for her exceptional pro bono contribution to our legal practice, which has greatly assisted our Foundation’s key objective of promoting and protecting the rights of women and children in Australia and abroad.
This financial year, Ms Autour generously completed more than three times our internal pro bono benchmark (50 hours per lawyer per year). That figure represents the highest number of pro bono hours recorded by any one lawyer at our legal practice in a single year. It is a truly remarkable achievement, particularly when one considers that Ms Autour has also juggled a number of competing demands and achieved her commercial fee budget.
Ms Autour has led our involvement in three major pro bono projects which are principally focused in the area of human rights. The clients in these projects are Amnesty International Australia, the International Centre for Advocates Against Discrimination and Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation. Ms Autour has led teams of more than eight staff in each of these projects, acted as a point of call for our clients and provided strategic oversight of the work being performed.
Ms Autour also completed a short-term secondment to our national community partner, Save the Children Australia, based in the Policy & Public Affairs Team.
Ms Autour has offered constructive suggestions, built community client relationships, acted as a champion and ambassador of our pro bono practice and has worked tirelessly to assist our community clients to achieve their aims and objectives.
In 2015, our Foundation named Ms Autour as the Colin Biggers Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in recognition of her outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services, both in terms of the work and projects she has undertaken, the number of pro bono hours achieved, her understanding of access to justice issues and her role in championing the work of our Foundation.
Once again, the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation congratulates and thanks Justine Autour for her exceptional pro bono contribution. This most recent award is testament to her commitment to pro bono, hard work, legal acumen and expertise in the area of pro bono, human rights and access to justice.
For more information, please contact Daniel Creasey, Partner, Head of Pro Bono and Responsible Business via firstname.lastname@example.org