National Pro Bono Day and
Walk for Justice 2015
The 8th Walk for Justice 2015 was held on National Pro Bono Day (12 May) in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and, for the first time, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba. Over 2,500 people participated in the 8th Walk for Justice held on 12 May 2015 in Queensland, South Australia, NSW and Victoria, raising a total of over $111,000 to support the work of pro bono clearing houses QPILCH, JusticeNet SA and Justice Connect.
Not only does the event raise the public profile of the pro bono legal work undertaken by members of the profession, and much needed funds for the pro bono clearing houses but also serves as an opportunity for the sector to leisurely network in their joggers before breakfast.
In South Australia over $53,000 was raised for JusticeNet SA by lawyers, librarians, students and many others from across the legal profession and beyond, including The Honourable Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia. Lipman Karas again won the Walk for Justice Cup as the highest fundraising team and Bec Welling from Cowell Clarke won individual honours. The inaugural Walk for Justice University Shield was presented to the highest fundraising University team being the Flinders University Law Students’ Association and the Flinders Criminal Justice Student Association. Tania Puccio from that team was rewarded as the highest fundraising University student. Glenunga High International High School was the highest fundraising Secondary School.
JusticeNet SA thanks their sponsors (The Law Society, Taylor & Holmes, Coffee Central, Data Mobility Voice, BankSA, Ferrier Hodgson, Adelaide Central Market and Wavals) for fully covering the cost of the event and providing prizes for fundraisers.For more reports and photos from the Walk, visit JusticeNet SA’s Facebook page.
The walk took place in a record seven locations in Queensland this year, with over 1,000 walkers, including The Hon Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Training and Skills, and Chief Justice Tim Carmody participating to raise more than $30,000. Congratulations to the team from North Quarter Lane Chambers who took the Justice Cup for the second year running for the highest team and to Hayley Grossberg, a law student and QPILCH volunteer for being the highest individual fund raiser.
QPILCH would like to thank the Bar Association of Queensland and The Queensland Law Society for sponsoring the Walk, and Clayton Utz for donating 1,000 bottles of water to appreciative walkers.For photos from the Walk please visit QPILCH’s Facebook page.
More than 900 walkers participated in events held in Victoria and New South Wales, raising over $30,000 to support Justice Connect. The top fundraising team for 2015 was Justice Connect’s own Homeless Law, while Helen Green was the highest individual fund raiser. Honourable mentions were made of Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers who led the Sydney walk alongside the ACU MacKillop Law Students Society, and DLA Piper who carried the Melbourne flag with the University of Melbourne Law School representatives.
The walks that took place in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle were generously supported by Delaware North, the Law Society of NSW, Denver’s, Young’s, Foley’s, Green’s, Lyus LeGal’s and List A from the Victorian Bar. For more reports on these Walks please visit Justice Connect’s Walk for Justice page.
Contemporary reports on the Walk for Justice 2015 can also be found in the following issues of National Pro Bono News (now Australian Pro Bono News):
- National Pro Bono News: Issue 99 (June 2015)
- National Pro Bono News: Issue 98 (May 2015)
- National Pro Bono News: Issue 96 (March 2015)
The 9th Walk for Justice will take place on Tuesday 10 May 2016.