find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Indigenous magistrate welcomed

Indigenous magistrate welcomed

Australia’s first Indigenous federal magistrate was welcomed to the Federal Magistrates Court on Friday (10 February) in a special sitting of the court.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon officially congratulated Matthew Myers in a statement released on Friday.

“While all appointments to the federal judiciary are important, this particular appointment is a significant one,” she said.

“Mr Myers’ Indigenous heritage will add to the diversity of the Court and inspire young Australians from all cultural backgrounds to aspire to the federal judiciary.”

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, also congratulated Myers on his appointment and commented on the impact his presence would have on diversity within the courts and community.

“Mr Myers is a leader in his community and a positive role model for young Indigenous Australians,” Macklin said.

“This is an historic appointment, and will encourage others to take on leadership roles and make positive contributions to their communities.”

The Government announced Myers’ appointment in December last year, and he took up the role on 23 January.

Myers was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1997, after which he worked as a solicitor at Strain Kernan Cameron Solicitors in Terrigal, undertaking Legal Aid and private family law work in parenting and property matters.

In 1999, he commenced in partnership with Malcolm Cameron, continuing with Legal Aid and private family law work in parenting and property matters, up until his appointment to the Federal Magistrates Court.

Myers, who is also a nationally accredited mediator, will be based at the Newcastle registry.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Indigenous magistrate welcomed
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice
Oct 19 2017
‘Ego status’ compelled ex-lawyer to defraud $2.97m, court told
Debarred lawyer John Gordon Bradfield told an NSW District Court that he was driven by “ego status...
Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA), Queensland’s new industrial manslaughter legislation,
Oct 19 2017
ALA welcomes ‘tough’ Qld manslaughter laws
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has welcomed Queensland’s new industrial manslaughter legisl...
Legal podcasts, tune in, microphone
Oct 19 2017
Legal podcasts you have to tune in to right now
The rise of the internet has hailed in a new dawn for storytelling. Here’s our top pick of podcast...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...