Not content to just talk the talk, lawyers and judges across the country hit the pavement last Tuesday to promote the work of pro bono lawyers.
As part of Law Week, the Walk for Justice event brought together members of the legal community for an early morning stroll to raise awareness for the contribution of the pro bono sector – which is a lot to achieve before breakfast, in Folklaw's humble opinion.
High-profile walkers at this year’s event included Victorian attorney-general Martin Pakula, Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs and NSW Supreme Court chief justice Tom Bathurst.
Walks were organised in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle by Justice Connect, as well as in Brisbane and regional Queensland by QPLICH and Adelaide by JusticeNet SA.
Justice Connect CEO Fiona McLeay said the organisation was committed to increasing access to justice by linking Australia's commercial legal sector with those in need.
“Without the generosity of barristers, law firms and their teams volunteering their time, combined with the hard work of community lawyers, huge numbers of people would be denied justice,” Ms McLeay said.
“Justice Connect is determined to grow this culture of collaboration and connection, and the Walk for Justice is a key moment for us to highlight just how important it is.”
The team from DLA Piper
The Justice Connect flag flies high
Colin Biggers & Paisley put in a strong showing
Crowds turn out for the Melbourne event
Vic attorney-general Martin Pakula and Justice Connect president Mitzi Gilligan