Monday, 29 August 2016

2016 Government Law Award

The Vice President of the ACT Law Society, Sarah Avery, awarded the 2016 Government Law Award to Elizabeth Carroll at the Society’s Annual Dinner on Friday 26 August. The Award recognises the achievements of outstanding lawyers working in or for government.

Elizabeth Carroll is Chief Legal Counsel at IP Australia. She has also led the legal teams of two other Commonwealth agencies, serving as General Counsel and Executive Director of Legal and Compliance at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, and Principal Lawyer at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

She was appointed by the Attorney-General to the Australian Government Legal Network (AGLN) Board in 2012, and has been the Chair since 2015. She instigated the innovative Legal Circles Programme, a cross-agency mentoring program for Commonwealth lawyers. Approximately 40 lawyers took part in the first round, and participants reported significant benefits to being involved, thanks to the support and professional expertise of a senior practitioner mentor. The program had its second intake in 2015 and will accept a third this year.

She has been an active member and Board Sponsor of the AGLN’s Professional Development Committee, including contributing to the Government Lawyers’ Education Seminar Series, which was launched by the Solicitor-General in March this year.

She led the development of the AGLN’s response to the Attorney-General’s Department’s Review of Legal Services, focusing on enhancing coordination between government legal teams and increasing professional development opportunities.

The Law Society commends Elizabeth for her leadership, her mentoring innovations, and her valuable contributions to the legal profession.

For further information contact:
Mr Martin Hockridge, President, ACT Law Society, M 0405 064 541