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Sydney Law School alumni honoured on Australia Day



31 January 2012

The Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC (LLB 1977) was awarded the country's highest honour- a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia- for eminent service to the judiciary and to the law through leadership in criminal law reform and public policy development, to judicial administration, and as an advocate for the economically and socially disadvantaged.

Justice Bell has been a Justice of High Court of Australia since 2009, before which she was a Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW from 1999 until 2009. She began her career at the Redfern Legal Centre in 1978, initially as a volunteer, and is a leading light in criminal law advocacy. Justice Bell is also the patron of the Sydney Law School Social Justice Program.

The Honourable Jennifer Boland AM (LLM 1992) was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the judiciary through the Family Court of Australia, to legal education, and to the community, particularly through social welfare organisations.

Professor Boland was a Justice of the Family Court of Australia from 1999 until February 2011. Prior to this, she was an Acting Judge of the District Court of NSW for two years. She is a leading advocate in family law and children's rights, and was Director of the World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights from 1993 to 2001; Chair of the Family Law Council from 1995 to 1998; and NSW representative for the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia from 1992 to 1995.

Professor Boland is an Adjunct Professor of Sydney Law School in the area of family law.

The Honourable Kevin Edmund Lindgren AM QC, an Adjunct Professor of Sydney Law School in the area of the rule of law, was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the judiciary and the administration of justice through the Federal Court of Australia, and to legal education in the area of commercial law.

Justice Lindgren was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1994 to 2010 and an Acting Judge of Appeal in the NSW Court of Appeal in 2010. He has led a number of high profile committees and made a significant contribution to legal education, including as a Professor at the University of Newcastle and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney in addition to his position at Sydney Law School. He is widely published, and is also a member of the editorial boards of a number of legal journals.

He was admitted to the Bar in 1984, and made Queen's Counsel in 1991.

Also honoured were:

Mr Richard Michael Haddock, AM (LLB 1974): for service to business through executive roles with financial institutions, to the law, and to the community, particularly as an adviser to the social welfare organisations of the Catholic Church in Australia.

The Hon Gregory Reginald James, AM QC (LLB1971): for service to the judiciary and to the law as a contributor to mental health reform, to the administration of criminal justice, and to the international community.

Mr Peter James Prineas, OAM (LLB 1973): for service to conservation and the environment in New South Wales through executive and advocacy roles.

Mr John Malbon Ralston, OAM (LLB 1975): for service to education through the Independent Schools Council of Australia and the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales.

Ms Inaam Tabbaa, AM (DipLabRel&Law 1987): for service to industrial relations in New South Wales, and to the community, particularly through the Australian Council of Women Affairs.

The Ver Rev William James Uren, AO SJ (GradDipJur 1968): for distinguished service to education as a philosopher and bioethicist, as a commentator on contemporary issues in Australian society, as a scholar and mentor, and to the Catholic Church in Australia.

Sydney Law School extends warm congratulations to our alumni and colleagues on this richly deserved honour.


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