LawRight holds several events during the year to raise valuable funds for our services, to showcase our work and highlight matters of public interest.
Public Interest Address
The annual Public Interest Address is LawRight's (formerly QPILCH) flagship event. Prominent speakers are asked to address LawRight members and invited guests on topics of current interest or concern.
The 2016 Public Interest Address was delivered on Wednesday 8 June by Jacqueline Reed, CEO of Create Foundation and 2014 Churchill Fellow, and The Honourable Margaret J White AO.
The 2014 Public Interest Address was held on Thursday 7 August at Customs House, where we aimed to shine the spotlight on mental illness, our services and the role of lawyers. The audience consisted of members of the legal profession and business leaders who share our commitment to equal access to justice for all Queenslanders. Our speakers were 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.
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.
Queensland Legal Walk
On 17 May 2016, as part of National Law Week, communities across Queensland walked together to fundraise for Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) and celebrate the legal profession’s commitment to ensuring all Queenslanders have access to the legal system when they most need it.
Over 2,000 disadvantaged Queenslanders turn to QPILCH every year – people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, people with mental illness, refugees and self-represented litigants. Your fundraising efforts will ensure QPILCH can continue to assist these individuals and help remove the barriers to justice that reinforce poverty and exclusion.
The 5km Walk was held simultaneously in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Walkers were treated to a complimentary breakfast and prizes were awarded to the top fundraising teams and individuals.
HPLC Street Soccer
The fifth annual HPLC Street Soccer Tournament was held on 20 July 2016 at Brisbane’s New Farm Park.
HPLC Street Soccer is an annual social inclusion event run in partnership with the Big Issue.
The soccer tournament and BBQ involves HPLC partner firms, host agencies, other supporters and players from the Big Issue's Street Soccer Program for people experiencing homelessness and related forms of marginalisation.
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.