Thursday, 22 November 2018
Current Law Society of Western Australia Senior Vice President Greg McIntyre SC has been elected President for 2019 by the Law Society’s members, as announced earlier today.
Current Law Society President Hayley Cormann said, “I congratulate Greg McIntyre SC on his election as President of the Law Society. I have worked closely with Greg on the Law Society’s Council and Executive for a number of years and I believe he is ideally suited to the task of representing members of the Law Society and the broader legal profession. I have no doubt that Greg will do an excellent job in continuing the important work that the Law Society does on behalf of the legal profession and the wider community.”
Greg McIntyre SC said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected President of the Law Society for 2019. As President I will be a strong advocate in support of the recommendations in the report of the Law Council of Australia Justice Project chaired by the Hon Robert French AC. The recommendations speak of ways to improve the legal system to better provide justice to the 13 identified groups of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society. I will also maintain an eye on ensuring that legal practitioners are supported in their role as professionals and as guardians of the Rule of Law.”
Mr McIntyre SC is a barrister practising from John Toohey Chambers. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1974, was admitted to practice in 1976, joined the independent bar in 1993 and took silk in 2002. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame since 2001 and the University of Western Australia since 2017.
His early years of practice were with Aboriginal Legal Services in Western Australia and Far North Queensland, focusing on criminal law. He conducted the Mabo case over its 10 year history and has had a practice in Native title since that time. He had the conduct of the case of Koowarta v Bjelke Petersen in 1982 and has had a practice in human rights matters with a focus on racial discrimination and racial vilification since that time. In 1990 he took the case of Bropho v WA to the High Court and his practice has involved a number of Aboriginal Heritage and Environmental protection cases.
Also elected to the Law Society’s Council in 2019 are the following:
Senior Vice President
Nicholas van Hattem
Junior Vice President and Treasurer
Matthew Howard SC
The complete list of Council members can be found at this link.
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