Downs and South Western Queensland Law Association

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District Court Circuit Dinner

Posted on 13 May, 2016 at 19:10 Comments comments (0)

A fantastic evening was held at the Toowoomba Downs Club on 12 May 2016, with His Honour Judge Everson DCJ and Her Honour Judge Kingham DCJ of the District Court of Queensland. 

Members were treated to an evening of socialising with both the judiciary and other members of the legal community, outside of the usual confines of work. 

The Association would like to thank both His Honour Judge Everson and Her Honour Judge Kingham for attending; and also members of our fine Association who were able to attend.

The Association looks forward to other events of this nature being arrnaged with future Judiciary who may be visiting on circuit. We will endeavour to keep all members updated as to the details of same in due course.


Posted on 6 June, 2015 at 1:15 Comments comments (0)

On 12 May 2015, the Downs & South Western Law Association Members participated in a brisk early morning walk to raise funds for QPILCH and to celebrate Law Week.

QPILCH is a not-for-profit, community-based legal organisation that helps to provide pro bono legal services for individuals and community groups in Queensland. QPILCH is well known for running the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic, as well as providing assistance to lawyers conducting pro bono legal work.

The Association is greatful to all persons who attended and hopes to make this walk an annual event. 

Results of the Annual General Meeting

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Results of Annual General Meeting



Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM on Friday 14 December 2018. The results of the election are as follows:


President Sarah-Jane MacDonald

Vice President Naomi Cox

Secretary Amie-Mish Wills

Treasurer Georgia Stafford

Family Law Rep Max Sutton

Immediate Past President Bill Munro

Management Committee:

Emily Hawthorne

Carolyn Howe

Darren Lewis

Wesley Seewald

Catherine Cheek

Sue Westall


Thank you to everyone who nominated or participated in the AGM process. We are proud to announce for the 2019 year we will have all females in the top 4 primary positions of President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer.


Thank you to all of the outgoing committee for your hard work and commitment to the association in 2018. We look forward to a an even bigger and better year in 2019!




Committee Members attend the WLAQ Gala

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The DSWQLA has been fortunate to share a wonderful relationship with the WLAQ over the past couple of years.

This year, Committee Members Amie Mish-Wills, Catherine Cheek and Naomi Cox attended the WLAQ Gala event.

It is great to see such support from both organisations.

Ladies in Law Lunch, a success!

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The Association would like to formally thank everyone for the support of our Ladies in Law Lunch which took place on Friday, 12 October 2018 at Gips Restaurant.

The Event was a fabulous success and provided fantastic networking opportunities. 

Attendees included the Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Member Peta Stilgoe of the Land Court of Queensland, Magistrate Kay Ryan and Magistrate Catherine Pirie. Their wonderful support of, not only this event, but also of Ladies in the Law generally, is genuinely appreciated. 

We cannot wait until the event next year, which is sure to be another great success.

Special mention to our Ladies in Law Committee who organised everything, and without whom the event would not be a success: Amie Mish-Wills, Catherine Cheek, Naomi Cox & Sarah Adams.


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Thank you to all members who participated in the #LawRightWalk this morning. We had a great turn out for the ebvent, and members enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by the South Toowoomba Apex Club. So far we have raised $387.01 for LawRight. There is still time to donate !

Why we walk...

We were disappointed when the LawRight Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic closed last year due to funding cuts, however LawRight still provides pro bono help to the Darling Downs community through Pro Bono Connect and the Self Representation Service.

Funds raised from regional Walks support LawRight’s Disbursement Fund, which helps clients of pro bono lawyers and community legal centres with the costs associated with their legal matters, such as expert reports and travel.