AWL Award

The Australian Women Lawyers Award (AWL Award) recognises women who have provided long term leadership and commitment in the support and advancement of women in the legal profession.

The founder of the AWL Award is the Patron of Australian Women Lawyers the 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 4th 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.

Previous Winners

2012 – Elizabeth Heenan (WA)

2014 – Rosalind Croucher (NSW)

2016 – Hon Dr Robyn Layton AO QC (SA)

2018 – Fiona McLeod SC (Vic)

Judging Panel

Patron of AWL

President of AWL

Representative from AGS (Award sponsor)

Representative from the host State of the AWL National Conference

Representative from the Judiciary