Amelia Weidner has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 Women in Law Awards!

Amelia Weidner has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 Women in Law Awards!
8th October, 2018

Amelia Weidner, a Senior Associate at Salvos Legal Humanitarian, has been named a finalist for the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year category at the 2018 Women in Law Awards, one of the profession’s premier events.

In partnership with Taylor Root, the Lawyers Weekly 2018 Women in Law Awards covers 20 individual and group categories. Winners in the individual categories are automatically shortlisted for the coveted Women in Law Excellence Award.

Lawyers Weekly editor Emma Ryan said the awards recognises female legal professionals who have demonstrated strength and excellence in their field, and highlights women’s contributions to their respective organisations and communities.

“It is my honour to congratulate all of the finalists for this year’s Women in Law Awards,” Ms Ryan said.

“Being a woman in the business of law isn’t always easy; however, these finalists represent all of those who have broken down the barriers, challenged the status quo and enhanced the practice of law in Australia for the better.”

“They have gone to incredible lengths to demonstrate exceptional performance in their respective areas of expertise, as well as made an outstanding contribution to their organisations, clients and the community at large.”

Salvos Legal is a unique award-winning social enterprise law firm – all profits from the commercial firm fund the pro bono work of its ‘sister’ law firm, Salvos Legal Humanitarian, which provides free legal services to people who are unable to afford private legal services and are ineligible for legal aid. The commercial firm focuses on corporate and commercial law, property law, privacy and data, aged care, technology/IP law and immigration law.  Clients include ASX 200 companies, NSW and Commonwealth Government agencies, multinationals, SMEs, Not-for-Profits and individuals.  Salvos Legal and Salvos Legal Humanitarian are owned by The Salvation Army.

Amelia works across civil, family and criminal law, delivering legal services to disadvantaged clients primarily in densely culturally and linguistically diverse areas of Sydney, with a particular focus on matters involving family violence, refugee claims, trafficking, the care and protection jurisdiction and judicial review. Amelia has also had considerable success in ‘early intervention’ through her advocacy for clients who cannot effectively represent themselves in matters in the Local Court, in circumstances where legal aid is not available because the client is low-waged and/or unlikely to receive a custodial sentence, but where a criminal conviction would have devastating civil consequences for the client, for reasons including visa status or employment.

Salvos Legal Partner, Mary Anne Ireland, said “We are very proud of Amelia who works tirelessly with our humanitarian team to help people who are in need of legal assistance and access to justice.  Amelia demonstrates purposefulness and conviction in how she approaches our clients and the challenging work she undertakes on their behalf. We thank our commercial clients who choose to use us for their legal requirements and in turn help to make this invaluable work for humanitarian clients possible.”

Amelia Weidner commented “It is both humbling and an honour to be recognised for my legal work with people in our community who are in desperate need but who otherwise ‘fall between the gaps’ of other services in the pro bono sector. It is a privilege to work with our clients who often present with complex needs and to do so alongside my colleagues who share the commitment of our firm to attaining the best possible outcomes for our clients.”

The winners will be announced at a black tie awards dinner on Thursday, 22 November at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

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Amelia Weidner has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 Women in Law Awards!