Prominent Darwin-based silk Colin McDonald QC has been awarded the 2010 Law Council of Australia Presidents Medal at a gala dinner held in Canberra on Friday (26 November).
The Presidents Medal is an annual award, first started by the LCA in 2007, which recognises an Australian lawyer who has made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession.
Law Council president Glenn Ferguson said McDonald was a deserving winner of the award and, in particular, he praised McDonald's work with Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory.
"Colin has a well-earned reputation of fighting for justice issues for Aboriginal Australians and has also worked extensively in the fields of refugee law, immigration, workers compensation and criminal law," he said.
"Colin is a compassionate lawyer and throughout his 35 years of legal life has given generously both to his colleagues and clients. He has been a great mentor to countless members of the legal profession over the years - a considerable number of whom have gone on to become QCs and even judicial members."
McDonald is one of Australia's most experienced barristers and takes a particular interest in human rights - including acting for convicted drug smuggler and member of the Bali Nine Scott Rush - and cross-cultural professional engagement.