A Northern Territory lawyer has been acknowledged for his dedication to promoting the interests of disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community.
Russell Goldflam from the Indigenous Law Centre was awarded the 2017 Fitzgerald Justice Award – Individual last month in a special ceremony held in Darwin for his efforts in promoting human rights.
"This Fitzgerald Award is well deserved recognition of Mr Goldflam's untiring commitment to promoting the interests of disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community throughout the Northern Territory and in particular in central Australia," said NT Law Society president Maria Savvas.
"His passion for advocating for the rights of all Territorians and defending the administration is well known.
"He is a highly regarded court advocate and, with more than 20 years' experience as a Northern Territory lawyer, he fulfils an invaluable role as a mentor and leader to junior legal practitioners in Alice Springs."
In addition, Ms Savvas said Mr Goldflam's dedication to speaking out about social justice challenges facing parts of the NT community is reflected by his lengthy period of service as a committee member of the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory, including as its president and spokesperson for four years between 2013 and 2017.
"He is a valued contributor to the society's work, especially as a member of the society's social justice committee for more than five years and should be acknowledged for his longstanding work as a ember of the People's Alcohol Action Coalition and as a White Ribbon Day ambassador," she said.
"The way that Mr Goldflam applies his attitude and immense knowledge and skills to his work as a legal practitioner and as an advocate for change in the community is the embodiment of how lawyers can make a difference in improving their communities.
"The society commends Mr Goldflam on receiving this Fitzgerald Award and his unfailing work for the welfare of others."