THE who's who of the legal profession, or what the Queen thinks of them, was revealed yesterday in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. At least eight Australian lawyers were sprinkled with accolades over the long weekend.
Geoffrey Michael Eames was handed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the law and to the judiciary, particularly as an advocate for the advancement of Indigenous Australians in the legal profession.
Victorian Arie Freiberg, who was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Law at Monash University in 2004, was handed the same accolade for his service to the law, particularly in criminology and reform relating to sentencing and legal education.
Albert Griffin was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to administrative law, particularly through his work with the Australian Defence Force, while Alan Hemingway was handed a Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement as an operations and international law expert.
Judge David Hodgson, of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia, for service to the judiciary and the law. Another judge, John Mansfield from South Australia, was handed the Member of the Order of Australia, also for service to the law and judiciary.
Newcastle University professor, Warren Pengilley, was given the same accolade for service to the law as a practitioner, regulator, academic and commentator.
The Hon Chief Justice Peter Underwood, of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, was handed a Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the judiciary, legal scholarship and administration.