“I warmly congratulate Mr McClelland on behalf of the solicitors of NSW,” said Law Society of NSW president John Eades.
“As Commonwealth Attorney-General, Mr McClelland championed the national profession and sponsored the project as a key element of the then government’s micro-economic reform agenda.
“Mr McClelland’s appointment to the Family Court is timely, given that we are now fast approaching a common legal market in New South Wales and Victoria, which is due to commence on 1 July.”
Mr McClelland (pictured) won in the Sydney electorate of Barton in 1996, serving as attorney-general between 2007 and 2011.
“During his term as attorney-general, Mr McClelland demonstrated a commitment to improving the family law system,” said Attorney-General George Brandis.
“He instituted a number of changes to the Family Law Act 1975 to better support separated and separating families and improve the way that the family law system responds to family violence and child abuse.”
Mr McClelland is a partner at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers and was admitted as a barrister in 2011. He will replace Justice Stuart Fowler, who retires on 16 June.