Tasmanian Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Tasmanian Women Lawyers present the Biennial Achievement Award in acknowledgement and celebration of Tasmanian women who have demonstrated outstanding contribution or achievement to the practice, development or education of law, social justice, volunteering or charity. The award recognises qualities of excellence.

The award was presented for the first time in 2010, and has continued to be awarded biennially since. The awards are presented at the Tasmanian Women Lawyers Biennial Gala Dinner. The nomination period opens at least two months prior to the award event. The next Award night is Friday 23 November 2018.

To be eligible for nomination, the woman must have served or contributed to the law, social justice, volunteering or charity for a period of at least 2 years. The Award recipient is a woman who meets all or most of the following criteria to the highest standard.
Individual achievement of professional excellence;

  • ​Outstanding contribution to the advancement of women within the practice, development or education of law, social justice, volunteering or charity;
  • Encouragement of and influence on other women to pursue excellence and achievement in the practice, development or education of law, social justice, volunteering or charity;
  • Commitment to the support, encouragement and promotion of careers of women including but not limited to mentoring of women, establishment of flexible work practices and balancing children and work commitments;

Understands and supports legal rights of all women including commitment to promotion of justice and equality for all women and/or the identification, exposure and eradication of discrimination against women in the legal system and the community generally.

Terese Henning (2016)

Terese Henning, Tasmania Law Reform Institute Director and long-time Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law was announced the winner of the 2016 Tasmanian Women’s Lawyers Achievement Award. Justice Shan Tennant described Terese as a distinguished and outstanding member of the Tasmanian legal profession who is respected by colleagues around the state, nationally and internationally. Justice Tennent stated ‘As a feminist lawyer, advocate, academic and law reformer, Terese can be credited with a range of key achievements including being a founding member of Tasmanian Women Lawyers (TWL) and the Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS).’

Terese is also one of Australia’s foremost experts in Evidence Law and her textbooks and journal articles are widely used in undergraduate and ongoing legal education in universities across most Commonwealth jurisdictions. Her research output includes: 5 co-authored and 2 sole- authored research books; 10 book chapters; 22 journal articles in peer-reviewed journals; 23 law reform reports and issues papers; and 20 conference papers.

Terese is a tireless advocate for gender equality and changes that empower women. In the legal system, this has transformed the way in which women are treated in court, under the law and, to a great extent, in the profession.

Susan Fahey (2014)

Many will know Susan Fahey as the face of the Women’s Legal Service in Tasmania and as an energetically staunch advocate for justice and equality for all women. Susan’s work in building the Women’s Legal Service from a small, primarily telephone legal advice service to an organisation that now provides advice and representation to over 1,000 women a year, and her role as a leader in law reform and social justice for women, was recognised in 2011 when she was a finalist in the Tasmanian Telstra Business Women Awards.

Under Susan’s leadership, the Women’s Legal Service has produced publications that are used extensively by both the legal profession and women Tasmania-wide. These include: A Lawyer’s Research Guide to Assisting Clients with Disabilities, Legal Health Check-Up (what shape is your legal health in?), Things You Need to Know (legal information for women over 50 and their families), and It’s All About the Kids (for separating parents making arrangements for the children). Another initiative of Susan’s is the mobile app, Girls Gotta Know, which has been developed to engage young women and teenagers in the law. This website and app has been nominated for several awards in Tasmania and interstate and is recognised as the most comprehensive legal website for women in Australia.

Kate Warner (2012)

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, was awarded the Tasmanian Achievement Award in 2012 when she was Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute, and Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania. At this university, Professor Warner has also held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of School. 

Professor Warner is recognised for her leading contributions to the legal community, to law reform, to higher education as an academic, researcher and publisher and as a supporter of the arts and environmental and social justice initiatives. Her teaching interests included Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminology and Sentencing, and her research interests included Sentencing and Criminal Justice. 

She was a Commissioner of the Tasmanian Gaming Commission, with a particular interest in regulation, gaming policy and harm minimisation. Professor Warner had been a Member of the Sentencing Advisory Council since 2010, and she was a Member of the Board of Legal Education; a Member of the Council of Law Reporting; and Director, Centre for Legal Studies. As the former President of the Alcorso Foundation, Professor Warner supported social and cultural advancement in the community through its programs in the Arts, Environment and Social Justice.

She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and law reform reports. She first published Sentencing in Tasmania in 1991, which has since become an indispensable tool for judges and magistrates. She is a member of the editorial boards of Current Issues in Criminal Justice; Women Against Violence; and the Criminal Law Journal. She contributed to the annual Sentencing Review and to the Criminal Law Journal from 1998 until 2014. Related to her role with the Tasmania Law Reform Institute, she has written a number of papers and reports.

Tamara Jago (2010)

Magistrate Tamara Jago holds the distinction of being the first woman in Tasmania to be made Senior Counsel. She was honoured by this achievement in 2010, in the same year in which she was nominated for and awarded the inaugural Tasmanian Women Lawyers Achievement Award. 

Magistrate Jago was born, raised and educated in the North-West of Tasmania, and graduated with a BA/LLB in 1993 from the University of Tasmania. She went on to specialise in criminal law in a private practice in Burnie before taking a position at the Legal Aid Commission in 2000. Throughout her career, Magistrate Jago has recognised the importance of providing justice no matter who is being defended.

In terms of contributing to society, Magistrate Jago has said that in her role as a Legal Aid lawyer it was always essential to speak up for people who, by virtue of circumstances often very much outside of their control, could not speak for themselves. As a senior Legal Aid lawyer, Magistrate Jago also valued the opportunities to mentor young advocates.