The Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP with Executive Dean of Law, Professor Brian Fitzgerald and first year law students
The Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP, recently gave an address to the inaugural law class.
He spoke about his career in law, his current role as the Attorney-General of Australia and the benefit of pro-bono legal work experience.
“I was delighted to hear that ACU’s Law course incorporates pro-bono work as some of the most satisfying aspects of my legal career have involved pro-bono experiences with various environmental, community and Indigenous groups,” he said.
“One of the priorities of my role as Attorney-General is that people have access to justice – and this means much more than just having access to legal services. Access to justice is a broad concept encompassing the way the legal system works, the way our laws work together, and the way in which a government relates to its citizens.”
The Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP was appointed as Cabinet Secretary as well as Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in 2010. He took on additional responsibilities in 2011 when he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation. He was promoted to Attorney-General in February 2013, with additional responsibilities as Special Minister of State, Minister for Emergency Management and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity.
The Executive Dean of ACU’s Faculty of Law, Professor Brian Fitzgerald, said that recognising the role lawyers can play in their communities through pro-bono service is an integral component of ACU’s law programs.
“All students are required to complete a minimum of 240 and as much as 320 hours of pro-bono legal professional experience throughout their law program. This allows students to give back to their communities and make a difference while gaining practical legal experience,” Professor Fitzgerald said.