We are incredibly proud to announce that our Managing Partner, Luke Geary, has been nominated as a finalist in this year’s Human Rights Law Award presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission and sponsored by the Law Council of Australia.
This award recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in promoting and advancing human rights in Australia through the practice of law, particularly through the provision of free legal services. Notable recipients of the award include Adjunct Professor Greg McIntyre SC (Counsel for Eddie Mabo in the High Court of Australia), Julian Burnside AO QC (Counsel for Liberty Australia in the Tampa litigation and Bruce Trevorro, a member of the Indigenous stolen generation) and organisations such as the Human Rights Law Centre and Refugee Immigration and Legal Centre (RILC).
This announcement is not only timely, but also extremely worthy, as we have just celebrated 10 years since the founding of Courtyard Legal, then Salvos Legal and Salvos Legal Humanitarian. Luke’s hard work in establishing each of these organisations, coupled with the significant sacrifice he has made to allow us to get to where we are today has now finally been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission through this nomination. Luke followed his passions, brought to life the vision of William Booth and, most of all, did so with the goal of ensuring that some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community would have a trusted advisor in their time of need to protect and advance their human rights. We wish Luke the very best of luck with his nomination.
The winner will be announced on 10 December 2015, at the award ceremony held at the Westin Hotel, by Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs.
View the full list of finalists on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s website here.