Lipman Karas co-founder appointed chair of SA Legal Services Commission
The principal and co-founder of Lipman Karas has been named as the new chair for the Legal Services Commission in South Australia.
Jason Karas, who is a principal and co-founder of international firm Lipman Karas, has assumed his new role as chair of SA’s LSC, taking over from Michael Abbott QC.
Mr Abbott has chaired the commission since December 2013, and has warmly welcomed the appointment of Mr Karas.
“Jason has extensive experience in the management of a large and complex legal practice and those skills will assist the governance of the commission,” Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said.
“I thank Mr Abbott for his excellent service as LSC chairperson. The commission’s outstanding reputation and sound governance are due in no small part to Michael’s work as chair.”
The commission’s director, Gabrielle Canny, also welcomed the appointment of Mr Karas and also acknowledged Mr Abbott’s outstanding contribution.
“Michael’s energy, expertise, leadership and dedication have greatly assisted the commission’s development since he joined its board in late 2013,” Ms Canny said.
“Michael has [helped build] and refine our operations and the services we provide to the community. Jason’s diverse skills will help the commission build on its strong track record and meet the challenges of providing legal help in the next decade.”
Mr Karas said that he was honoured to serve South Australia in this important role: “The commission’s legal assistance ensures South Australians, particularly the most disadvantaged members of our community, have access to justice.”
“This is essential work and I look forward to supporting the commission’s delivery of those services,” he said.
The commission provides vital legal aid assistance to South Australians – including legal education, advice and representation. It delivers more than 100,000 legal assistance services each year and has a particular focus on providing access to justice for those facing disadvantage.