The founder of the AWL Award is the former Patron of Australian Women Lawyers the former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia the Hon. Diana Bryant AO QC who established the Award to recognise the long term contribution that women have made to the profession through non-traditional pathways and in supporting the development of female practitioners.
The Award was first conferred at AWL’s forth National Conference held in Canberra in 2012.
Nominations for the AWL Award are open every two years and the recipient is announced at AWL’s bienniel national conference Gala Dinner.
The award was not conveyed at the 2020 online conference due to the pandemic and not having an in person event at which the Board felt the recipient would deserve to receive such an award.