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President 2017

Pauline Wright

BA LLB GAICD Spec Acc Local Government & Planning Law

2017 charity

Pauline Wright came to know the work of the Bara Barang Corporation Ltd through her involvement with the 5 Lands Walk, an annual cultural festival which includes members of the Aboriginal community working together with the broader community and celebrating culture and how it connects people to people and people to place.

Unleash your inner artist

Matisse, Tchaikovsky and Kandinsky were lawyers. What's stopping you? 

We know lawyers are creative thinkers. Any practitioner who’s tried to free their client from a tightly worded contract can tell you that.

We also know lawyers don’t often get a chance to work outside the boundaries of black-letter law. That’s why we’ve launched the Law Society’s Just Art and Just Music competitions.

Help us celebrate the creativity of the legal profession and raise much-needed funds for the President’s 2017 charity Bara Barang by entering an artwork or musical composition online.

Your artwork can be in any form – think painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking or photography. Likewise, we welcome musical compositions of any genre, from 90s electro-pop to classical violin melodies.

Entry is open to lawyers, law students and those with an interest in the law. Entries will be judged in August and the finalists will be showcased at two illustrious charity events in September. An art exhibition for the Just Art finalists and a musical concert for Just Music.

Announcing our charity event venues

The Just Art exhibition will be held at Gauge Gallery, Glebe from September 6-16.

The Just Music concert will be held at the City Recital Hall, Sydney on the evening of September 28.

Event details

Just Art opening night – RSVP now

Join us to celebrate the launch of the Just Art exhibition. All artworks will be for sale on the night. Register to attend here.

Just Music concert

Information about ticket sales for the Just Music concert will be released soon.

How to enter

Just Art - Entries close 31 July

Take a photo of your artwork and submit the image as a JPEG along with your description via the Just Art webpage.

Just Music - Entries close 14 August (Extended!)

Record your composition in a WAV music file and submit using the Just Music webpage.

Any entry for either competition must be an original work and not be under consideration for any other prize in any other competition.

Entries close soon so dust off those paints, pencils, easels and instruments and get creative for a cause! And like the good lawyer you are, don’t forget to read our terms and conditions below before submitting your entry.

Good luck!

    Pauline's profile

    Pauline graduated in Arts Law in 1985 from Macquarie University. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1985 and has been in private practice since then. She is an accredited specialist in Local Government and Planning Law and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Pauline served on the Council of the Law Society almost continuously since 1997. She chairs the Environmental Planning & Development Law committee and is Deputy Chair of the Future Committee

    A recent appointment to the Executive of the Law Council of Australia, Pauline sits on the LCA’s Access to Justice, National Criminal Law Liaison and Equality of Opportunity in the Law committees. She is also a past Director of the Law and Justice Foundation and the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, chairs Legal Aid’s Monitoring Committee and has sat on a number of panel selection committees for Legal Aid as well as its Human Rights committee.

    Pauline has also been President of the Central Coast Chapter of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW Division) for the past several years and is the Senior Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, having been actively involved with the Council since 1988.

    Apart from her wide experience in local government, planning and environmental law, Pauline also has considerable experience in property law and commercial litigation and an extensive background in criminal law.

    Pauline's main interests outside the law are theatre, music, ocean swimming and surf lifesaving and she was a founder of the 5 Lands Walk community cultural festival on the Central Coast of NSW in 2005. She was, until taking up her appointment this year with the Law Society of NSW, Vice President of the 5 Lands Walk Inc and President of the 5 Lands Artists Collective Inc.

    Requests for media interviews
    Requests for media interviews with the President should be directed to the Law Society of New South Wales Media Adviser on phone: (02) 9926 0288 or mobile 0413440699.