Vale The Hon Mahla Pearlman AO (1937-2011)

BA 1957, LLB 1960

Sydney Law School mourns the death of Mahla Pearlman AO, first female president of the Law Society of NSW (1981-1982) and former chief judge of the Land and Environment Court (1992-2003).

The Hon Mahla Pearlman is remembered for her significant contribution to the legal profession and to the community. She was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 1985 for services to the legal profession; awarded the Centenary Medal for service to the law in April 2003; and in 2004 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the law, the judiciary and the community.

She graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 196o, and in 2008 was awarded a an honorary LLD by the University of Newcastle in recognition of her work in improving the administration of the NSW Land and Environment Court during her time as its chief judge.

The Hon Mahla Pearlman practised as a solicitor throughout her professional life and held a number of roles in conjunction with her legal practice, including her appointment as the first female President of the Law Society of NSW and the first female President of the Law Council of Australia.

Her contributions to community were many and a testament to her altruism. She served as Chairman of the Board of the War Widows Guild of Australia (NSW) Ltd, Deputy President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, and as a member of the Alzheimer's Advisory Board.

Ms Pearlman was a highly respected and admired colleague to many in the profession, and will be sadly missed.