WLWA presents awards to outstanding women lawyers in a number of categories. The Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards are announced at our annual Honours Dinner held in March each year (to coincide with International Women's Day).

Since 2006, WLWA has presented awards in three categories, being the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, the Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and the Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year Award. Awards are not always presented each year.

Since 2014 we have also presented an award in a new category, the Rural, Regional and Remote Woman Lawyer of the Year.

The awards recognise women who have made an outstanding contribution in their various careers, whether or not their career has led to the traditional route of partnership, taking silk or an appointment to the bench. In this way, we recognise achievement and success that may not have been otherwise recognised.

Nominate an Outstanding Woman Lawyer!

Nominations for the 2017 Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards are now open, and will close on 16 February 2017.

Nominations are accepted from any member of the public or legal profession, and nominees do not need to be current members of WLWA to be eligible for the awards.

A copy of the 2017 Selection Criteria is available HERE.

We encourage you to nominate remarkable women for the awards!

Award Categories

Our Woman Lawyer of the Year awards are open in the following categories:

(full details regarding each category are included in the Selection Criteria)

1) Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year

The Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year award recognises women who have provided leadership in the legal profession over a long period of time, whether in Australia or overseas.

2) Woman Lawyer of the Year

The Woman Lawyer of the Year award recognises those women who have made significant recent contributions to the promotion of justice for all women, and the participation of women in the legal profession.

3) Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year

This Award recognises those women who have been admitted to practice for less than 5 years who have made an outstanding contribution towards the legal profession.

4) rural, regional and remote woman lawyer of the year

This award recognises women working in rural, regional and remote areas of Western Australia who have made an outstanding contribution towards the legal profession.

Our Women Lawyers of the Year

There are many women lawyers who have excelled professionally and in the community, who may not have received the public recognition they deserve. We congratulate our Women Lawyers of the Year:

2014: Emma Cavanagh (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Dr Sue Gordon AM (Senior Woman Lawyer of the year), Melanie Cave (Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Carmel McKenzie (inaugural Rural Regional and Remote Woman Lawyer of the Year)

2013: Anna Johnson (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Anne Durack (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Jane Ensor (Woman Lawyer of the Year)

2012: Tammie Solonec (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Debbie Taylor (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Clare Thompson (Woman Lawyer of the Year)

2011: Seranie Gamble (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Karen Farley (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Amanda Burrows and Jenni Hill (joint Women Lawyers of the Year)

2010: Jolleen Hicks (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Linda Savage (Woman Lawyer of the Year)

2009: Maria Mansour (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Katrina Banks-Smith (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Julie Jackson (Woman Lawyer of the Year)

2008: Kate Davis (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Donna Percy (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Celia Long (Woman Lawyer of the Year)

2007: Penny Keeley (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Anna Liscia (Woman Lawyer of the Year)

2006: Maria Fifield (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Helen Cogan (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Elizabeth Heenan (Woman Lawyer of the Year)

WLWA presents awards to outstanding women lawyers in a number of categories. The Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards are announced at our annual Honours Dinner held in March each year (to coincide with International Women's Day).

Since 2006, WLWA has presented awards in three categories, being the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, the Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and the Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year Award.  Awards are not always presented each year.

Since 2014 we have a new category, the Rural, Regional and Remote Woman Lawyer of the Year.

The awards recognise women who have made an outstanding contribution in their various careers, whether or not their career has led to the traditional route of partnership, taking silk or an appointment to the bench. In this way, we recognise achievement and success that may not have been otherwise recognised.

Nominate an Outstanding Woman Lawyer!

Nominations for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards are now open, and will close at 5pm on Monday 20 February 2017 (previously 16 February 2017).

Nominations are accepted from any member of the public or legal profession, and nominees do not need to be current members of WLWA to be eligible for the awards.

A copy of the Selection Criteria is available HERE. A copy of the Nomination consent form is available HERE. 

We encourage you to nominate remarkable women for the awards!

Award Categories

Our Woman Lawyer of the Year awards are open in the following categories:

(full details regarding each category are included in the Selection Criteria)

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Since 2006, we have presented Women Lawyers of the Year Awards in three categories, being the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, the Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and the Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year Award. Awards are not always presented each year.

The awards recognise women who have made an outstanding contribution in their various careers, whether or not their career has lead to partnership, taking silk or an appointment to the bench.  In this way, we recognise quality and success that may not have been otherwise recognised.

There are many women lawyers who have excelled professionally and in their community, who may not have received the public recognition they deserve.  We congratulate the Women Lawyers of the Year.

  • 2006: Maria Fifield (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Helen Cogan (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Elizabeth Heenan (Woman Lawyer of the Year)
  • 2007: Penny Keeley (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Anna Liscia (Woman Lawyer of the Year)
  • 2008: Kate Davis (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Donna Percy (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Celia Long (Woman Lawyer of the Year)
  • 2009: Maria Mansour (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Katrina Banks-Smith (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Julie Jackson (Woman Lawyer of the Year)
  • 2010: Jolleen Hicks (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Linda Savage (Woman Lawyer of the Year)
  • 2011: Seranie Gamble (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Karen Farley (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Amanda Burrows and Jenni Hill (joint Women Lawyers of the Year)
  • 2012: Tammie Solonec (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Debbie Taylor (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Clare Thompson (Woman Lawyer of the Year
  • 2013: Anna Johnson (Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year), Anne Durack (Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year) and Jane Ensor (Woman Lawyer of the Year).

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