The President is elected by the members of the Society. Elections are held annually, and results are announced at the AGM in September each year.

The President:

  • Chairs the Executive Committee and oversees the implementation of its decisions.
  • Is spokesperson for the Society.
  • Responds to enquiries or concerns from members.
  • Appoints the members of the Society's Committees.
  • Liaises with politicians, government agencies, the Law Council of Australia and its constituent bodies (i.e. other Law Societies and Bar Associations), the media, other professional and industry bodies, and members of the public.

Chris Donohue, President of the ACT Law SocietyChris Donohue

Chris Donohue is the current president of the ACT Law Society. His election was declared at the Society’s AGM on Thursday 27 September 2018.

Chris has been a sole practitioner in the ACT since July 1978. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, commercial, conveyancing and probate. He has been involved with numerous community groups, including serving as president of the Commercial and Retail Tenants Association. Chris has served on Council for eight years, both as a councillor and executive member, including for two years as Vice President. He has also served on the Society’s Complaints Committee and the Commercial Leases Committee. 

  • Sarah Avery — 2016-2018
  • Martin Hockridge — 2013-2016
  • Noor Blumer — 2012-2013
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