On November 17, 2016, representatives of the ACC Australia Legal Profession Uniform Law Subcommittee were officially presented with the ACC Advocacy Award at the 2016 Australian In-house Lawyer Awards held in Canberra, Australia. The subcommittee and Randy Milch, former executive vice president and general counsel, Verizon, were announced as the two winners of the inaugural ACC Advocacy Award this past April in New York, but due to distance, the subcommittee was unable to attend the initial ceremony.
The award was presented by ACC Australia President Gillian Wong, who acknowledged the work of the subcommittee in ensuring the Legal Profession Uniform Law fully considered the unique position of in-house legal practice
With the support of ACC Australia, the subcommittee was comprised of the following ACC Australia members:
· Tony de Govrik, College of Law
· Bernard Lankes, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
· Lori Middlehurst, VMware
· Nick Willetts, Landis+Gyr (Toshiba)
Because of their efforts in representing the voice of in-house lawyers, regulations have been implemented to assist the in-house legal profession throughout Australia with transitioning into the new regulatory system. Furthermore, the Legal Profession Admission Board has provided assistance to foreign admitted lawyers in an effort to help obtain either full or conditional admission to practice.
Nominations are currently open for the 2016 Advocacy Award and will close January 20, 2017. Click here to download a nomination form.