FLPA supports, acknowledges and provides professional development opportunities to outstanding current and next generation family law practitioners by offering a number of annual awards.
Each year, FLPA presents the following awards to a number of deserving members.
The Honourable Travis Lindenmayer Award
The Honourable Travis Lindenmayer Award is presented to a long-time family law practitioner and FLPA member who embodies ‘integrity, intellect and industry’. Recognising the recipient’s outstanding contribution to the family law profession, the award recipient is decided by the FLPA Board in consultation with the Courts and the Honourable Travis Lindenmayer who served as a Justice of the Family Court for 26 years and was a member of the Appeal Division of the Court for 15 years.
Previous recipients include Margaret Cassidy, psychologist Peter Jordan, the Honourable Brian Jordan, the Honourable Justice Graham Bell, Judicial Registrar Dianne Smith, mediator Rob Grant and family lawyer Vicki Jackson.
PLT Student Scholarship
The FLPA and College of Law Practical Legal Training Student Scholarship was established in 2020 to provide development assistance to the next generation of family lawyers.
Presented each year to a law graduate or young family lawyer, the recipient of the scholarship receives the equivalent of the fee for undertaking the College of Law Practical Legal Training course, $1,000 cash and mentoring and a work experience placement during the practical component of the College of Law PLT. An experienced FLPA member provides the mentoring which helps the winning student attain the practical legal training component required for completion of the course requirements.
The College of Law PLT course is the leading program in Australia for law graduates preparing for admission to practice and is worth almost $10,000. Completion of this program leads to the award of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP). Coupled with the cash prize and the mentoring opportunities, this scholarship is an outstanding opportunity for young practitioners. Applications are open in August each year and the winner is announced towards the end of the year.
With the aim to encourage high achieving undergraduate law students to pursue careers in family law, FLPA maintains relationships with almost all of the university law schools in Queensland and sponsors prizes for students who are excelling in family law.
Currently, FLPA sponsors the following university prizes which are presented at each university’s prize ceremony, often by a FLPA Board member:
- QUT – The Federal Magistrate Keith Slack Memorial Prize
- CQU – FLPA Academic Prize in Family Law
- JCU – Susan Thomson Memorial Prize in Family Law
- UniSQ – FLPA Family Law Prize