QPILCH holds several events during the year to showcase our work, highlight matters of public interest and raise funds for our services.
Queensland Legal Walk
Every year in conjunction with Law Week and legal walks around Australian and in the UK, QPILCH holds the Queensland Legal Walk, an event to raise funds for services for people who cannot afford a lawyer or obtain legal aid. Walkers pay a registration fee, fundraise and then take a scenic 5km walk around the city. This year the Walk will be held on Tuesday 13 May and registration will open soon.
In 2013, the Walk was again led by QPILCH's Patron, The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice of Queensland. The Walk started and finished at the new Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law. A record 990 walkers registered to walk and over $45,000 was raised. The highest fundraising team was announced as the Carbolic Group Chambers. Major sponsors included the Bar Association of Queensland, Queensland Law Society, QUT, Qantas and the Coffee Club.
The Walk not only raises much needed funds but is also a celebration of the work done by QPILCH members and community legal centres, as well as the legal profession's ongoing commitment to providing access to justice in Queensland.
HPLC & RCLC Street Soccer
HPLC & RCLC Street Soccer is an annual social inclusion event run in partnership with the Big Issue. The soccer tournament and BBQ involves Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic & Refugee Civil Law Clinic firms, host agencies, other supporters and players from the Big Issue's Street Soccer Program for people experiencing homelessness.
In 2013, the event was successfully held on 17 July at New Farm Park and we thank all participating teams, spectators and the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice of Queensland for presenting the winners' trophies.
Public Interest Address
The annual Public Interest Address is QPILCH's flagship event. Prominent speakers are asked to address QPILCH members and invited guests on topics of current interest or concern.
The 2014 Public Interest Address will be held on Thursday 7 August 2014 at Customs House. This year, we aim to shine the spotlight on mental illness, our services and the role of lawyers. The audience will consist of members of the legal profession and business leaders who share our commitment to equal access to justice for all Queenslanders. Our speakers are Professor Brett McDermott, Executive Director of the Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service and Director of Beyond Blue and Mr Allan English, Chair and Founder of the English Family Foundation. Tickets are $100 for a single ticket and $1,000 for a table of 10.
In 2011 the Address was presented by QPILCH's patron, The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice of Queensland. We thank Chief Justice de Jersey for his address, which marked QPILCH's 10th year of operation.
Copies of previous addresses are available below.
Sir Anthony Clarke MR (PIA4, 12 September 2006) and Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO (PIA5, 29 August 2007) did not provide a written speech.
- Christine Rau (18 October 2005) (PDF 72K)
- Lex Lasry QC - 27 October 2004 (PDF 35KB)
- David Marr, 20 August 2003 (PDF 35KB)
- Chief Justice Keane, 16 June 2010 (Word 83KB)
Red Wine for Justice
Red Wine for Justice is a biennial event and a highlight of the legal social calendar. The event is limited to 150 guests, including judges, barristers and solicitors. Features of this exclusive event include a fine wine auction of donated wine, lively competitions and tastings. Several expert guests provide commentary on the wines being served and auctioned.
Red Wine for Justice was held on Friday 23 August 2013 at King & Wood Mallesons in Brisbane. Our distinguished guest speaker was The Hon Patrick Anthony Keane, Justice of the High Court of Australia. It was a very successful night and raised approximatley $20,000.
The very first Red Wine for Justice was held on 23 July 2010 and raised funds for QPILCH's vulnerable clients. The second Red Wine for Justice was held on 14 October 2011 and raised money for QPILCH's Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic. Both years, wine enthusiasts gathered at Law Society House and enjoyed fine wine auctions, wine tastings, competitions and talks by wine aficionados.