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Legal aid lawyer takes national youth award

Legal aid lawyer takes national youth award

Principal solicitor for Queensland’s Women’s Legal Service Kara Cook has won the individual category of the LCA’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

Principal solicitor for Queensland’s Women’s Legal Service Kara Cook has won the individual category of the Law Council of Australia’s (LCA) Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

Cook advises on family law issues and offers legal aid to women who are victims of domestic violence.

“Working in this area of law requires great compassion, resilience and commitment – qualities that exemplify the best standards of the profession and for which Kara is duly recognised,” said Queensland Law Society president Ian Brown.

Cook was listed as one of YWCA’s 125 Leading Queensland Women in 2013. In 2012 she was named the Women Lawyers’ Association of Queensland’s Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year.

The organisation category of the LCA’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award was awarded to the NSW Young Lawyers’ Workplace and Safety Committee.

The LCA wanted to recognise the organisation’s work in establishing a pro bono scheme at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney, which assists disadvantaged or unrepresented parties that go before the Commission.

“This scheme reduces the time spent in hearings at the Commission and results in a fairer outcome for litigants,” said LCA secretary-general Martyn Hagan (pictured).

“I congratulate Ms Cook and the New South Wales Young Lawyers’ Workplace and Safety Committee for their outstanding achievements,” he said.

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