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New award to honour pro bono work in WA Law firms and legal organisations to be recognised for their free assistance The State Government has announced a new award to recognise organisations which provide pro bono legal services to members of the Western Australian community.

Fact File Nominations for the 2016 awards are now open and must be received by the Department of the Attorney General by 11am on Friday, April 15 2016. For more information, visit dotag.wa.gov.au/lawaward

Now in its 10th year, the previous winners of the individual award include: •

Adam Levine (2015) who co-ordinated pro bono work for K&L Gates Perth office and provided pro bono legal services to Manna Inc.

Elspeth Hensler (2014) who acted for refugees, foster carers and war veterans.

David Jenaway (2013) who handled the day-to-day management of Herbert-Smith Freehills' pro bono programme.

Kylie Groves (2012) who used her legal skills and experience to provide pro bono legal services to individuals, charities and not-forprofit organisations.

Attorney General Michael Mischin said there was a substantial amount of free legal happening in Western Australia. "It is important we recognise the generosity of organisations providing this valuable service for the public good," Mr Mischin said. "I am delighted to announce the inaugural Attorney General's Community Service Law Award for an organisation, which recognises the commitment of firms and other groups which contribute their expertise and support to pro bono legal work." The new award complements the existing award for an individual, presented during WA Law Week in May. Criteria for both awards focus on demonstrating an outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal work to benefit the Western Australian community.

Attorney General Hon Michael Mischin MLC with Adam Levine, winner of the 2015 Attorney General's Community Law Service Award.

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