The 2015 Walk for Justice

6 March 2015
Nine hundred walked for Justice

Once again we walked, and it was a stunning success! 

Over 900 of us in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle took part in the 2015 Walk for Justice. Undeterred by the early start, we raised over $30,000 to help Justice Connect provide access to justice for people facing disadvantage and the organisations that support them.  

Sydney and Newcastle Walkers reveled in glorious autumn sunshine, while light showers during the Melbourne breakfast failed to dampen spirits. The dedication and spirit of all kept any dark clouds away.

Sincere thanks to all those who woke up, dressed up and brought their families (and family pets) along.

Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers led the walk in Sydney alongside the ACU MacKillop Law Students Society who registered 48 brilliant students. 

In Melbourne, meanwhile, DLA Piper (pictured at the top featuring bonus incredible track suit) carried the leaders' flag alongside the University of Melbourne Law School.

Walkers were rewarded by a breakfast at the end which was generously sponsored by Delaware North, the Law Society of NSW and six fantastic Barrister lists; Denver’s, Young’s, Foley’s, Green’s, Lyus LeGal’s and List A.

This year we were joined by some generous ambassadors for justice, including:

  • Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula
  • Hon. Tom Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW
  • Hon Justice Chris Maxwell, President Victorian Court of Appeal
  • Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Andrew Cappie-Wood, Secretary of the NSW Department of Justice
  • John Pesutto MP, Federal Shadow Attorney General
  • Ben Carroll MP, Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Justice
  • Samantha Marks QC, Victorian Bar
  • Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School
  • Katie Miller, President of the LIV
  • Liana Buchanan, Executive Officer, FCLC
  • Alastair McEwin, Executive Director of CLC's NSW
  • Paul Lynch, NSW Shadow Attorney-General
  • Peter Butler, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Special thanks also to Jenny Richards from the Newcastle Law Society for coordinating the Newcastle walk, and our highest individual fundraiser Helen Green in Melbourne.

The Walk for Justice, a vital fundraiser for Justice Connect, was held as part of National Law Week as a demonstration of our commitment to fairness, access to justice and a thriving pro bono culture. Walks were held in ten locations across Australia to help support the vital work of Justice Connect, JusticeNet SA and QPILCH. 

We look forward to continuing to work with you towards our shared goal of ensuring access to justice for disadvantaged Australians.

In the words of our CEO Fiona McLeay, “change can come if only we work – and walk – together.”

Where does the money go?

Funds raised will help Justice Connect provide free legal assistance to people experiencing unmet legal need as well as not-for-profit community organisations in Victoria and New South Wales. 

It’s not too late to donate to this year’s Walk – just click here