Monday, 29 August 2016

2016 President’s Medal

The President of the ACT Law Society, Martin Hockridge, awarded the 2016 President’s Medal to Michael Phelps at the Society’s Annual Dinner on Friday 26 August.

Michael Phelps has been in private practice for 45 years, the last 40 of which have been in Canberra. He has been a panel solicitor for the Law Society for the past 20 years, representing the Law Society in disciplinary proceedings against practitioners.

He served as President of the Law Society for two years from 1989-91, with 16 years on the Council, including 12 years on the Executive. He was also President of the Law Council of Australia in 1995/96 and was the Law Council’s representative on the International Bar Association Council and country representative for six years.

He has served on many Law Society and Law Council Committees, and currently chairs the Society’s Legal Practitioners Act and Ethics Committee. He is also the Society’s representative on the Law Council’s Professional Ethics Committee.

In the Canberra community more broadly, he has been, and continues to be, an active and financial contributor to a number of charities, including the Salvation Army, the Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research, the Fred Hollows Foundation and, in particular, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation through the Canberra Cancerians Committee, where he has served both as a committee member, and several terms as President.

The ACT Law Society commends Michael for his significant contributions to the legal profession and to the ACT community over a long legal career. 

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