Pauline Wright – President 2017
BA LLB GAICD Spec Acc Local Government & Planning Law
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.
President's 2017 charity – Bara Barang Aboriginal Corporation
Pauline came to know the work of the Bara Barang Aboriginal Corporation 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, celebrating culture and how it connects people-to-people and people-to-place.
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