Esteemed Townsville human rights lawyer Michael Murray has been elected the new President of the Townsville District Law Association, as Queensland Police Service Senior Prosecutor Mark Fenlon steps down.
Mr Murray, a solicitor at Townsville Community Law, has practised law in both private practice and pro bono community legal services for many years. He has always had a keen passion for human rights and is keen to share that passion with North Queensland as President.
“The profession in Townsville does an absolutely fantastic job in undertaking Pro Bono (legal work completed without charge; especially for clients on low or disadvantaged incomes) work,” he said.
From Coronavirus to the 2019 Townsville floods, it’s certainly been a rocky 12 months for the North Queensland legal profession, but Mr Murray said he’s keen to get things back on track.
His presidential goals are to work closely with the Townsville legal community to continue delivering fantastic member-based services to the legal profession, increase Pro Bono visibility and opportunities in North Queensland, as well as providing educational opportunities for members on a range of topical issues, including the new Queensland Human Rights Act.
“I’m looking forward to working with our local state and national stakeholders to lead the profession out of this and get things back to normal.”
Reflecting on his leadership, Immediate Past President Mr Fenlon, said he was proud to have acted on behalf of Townsville’s legal profession.
“We’re very lucky to have the members that we have who comprise the largest district law association in the state,” he said.
Mr Fenlon – who held the President post from 2018 – introduced the ‘First Nations Lecture to improve cultural understanding for matters involving Indigenous people.