Allens' pro bono work recognised with prestigious award
12 November 2008
Allens Arthur Robinson's (Allens) pro bono work has been recognised by the Victoria Law Foundation with the awarding of a Distinguished Pro Bono Award 2008.
The award was presented to Allens by the Chief Justice of the Victorian Supreme Court, Marilyn Warren, at a ceremony held on 11 November.
National Coordinator of the firm's Pro Bono & Community Programs, Nicky Friedman, said the award was given for the firm's work with the Human Rights Law Resource Centre (the HRLRC).
This work included our involvement in the matter of Roach v The Electoral Commissioner, in which Allens acted with the HRLRC to represent Vickie Roach, an Aboriginal woman imprisoned at the Dame Phyllis Frost Prison in Melbourne.
Ms Roach challenged the constitutionality of federal legislation that denied all prisoners the right to vote. In a landmark decision, the High Court found that the laws were invalid and struck down the blanket prohibition on prisoners voting.
Allens has also supported the HRLRC in other ways, including providing them with a secondee.
Ms Friedman said our Melbourne and Perth offices have also worked closely with the HRLRC to draft submissions to inquiries held by the Western Australian and Tasmanian governments into the viability of a charter of human rights.
'It is a source of honour and pride for the work that we do to be recognised by the community, by the Victoria Law Foundation and by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,' Nicky said.
'We value the opportunity to partner the HRLRC because we consider that their work is important in the debate on human rights in this country.'
- Nicky FriedmanNational Coordinator, Pro Bono & Community Programs,
Ph: + 61 3 9613 8338
Notes for editors.
Allens Arthur Robinson has staff in 14 cities and eight countries across the Asia Pacific.