The Champions of Pride — like all of our programs — has a robust methodology that factors in myriad criteria, including but not limited to the nature and scope of events and activities to promote diversity and inclusion, the creativity of such initiatives, responses to such initiatives from those within the firm and also the broader community, success of external partnerships and employee testimonials of such advancement of diversity and inclusion as it pertains to LGBTQI+ professionals in law.


Any firm/organisation wishing to enter the awards is asked to complete a detailed submission answering key criteria items.

If you would like to nominate a firm or organisation, the process is easy and will take less than a minute.

All submissions must be received through our secure awards platform by the due date.

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Finalists are announced and will be contacted directly as well as published on Lawyers Weekly and the Champions of Pride website.

Submissions will be delivered to a panel of respected industry professionals and business leaders who will assess and rank each submission.

The winner will be revealed.


Alana Heffernan

National Legal Counsel
Electrical Trades Union of Australia

Dean Clifford-Jones

Professional Board Member
Parole Board Queensland

Gabriela Christian-Hare

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Pro Bono Centre

Jonathon Ellis

DLA Piper

Luke Furness

Senior Associate
Clayton Utz

Maddison Harrington

Gilchrist Connell

Matt Floro

Senior Solicitor
Environmental Defenders Office

Matthew Littlejohn

William Forster Chambers

Phillip Hunter

Director – Legal In-house
Carlyle Kingswood Global

Stacey Dowson

Managing Partner
Dowson Turco Lawyers

Stephen Page

Page Provan

Raymond Trau

Senior Lecturer
Macquarie University

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