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Tim McCoy Dinner & Award

The 2016 Tim McCoy Dinner & Award

Tim McCoy (1956-1987) was a much-loved worker in CLCs who was a tireless advocate for CLCs and their clients in areas as diverse as police powers, prisons, privacy, young people and legal aid. In his all too short CLC life, Tim was an articled clerk, volunteer, salaried solicitor and law tutor at legal centres all across Melbourne. In 1986 he spent two weeks of his leave helping establish the Hobart Legal Service. Tim was also the sole national representative of CLCs for three years.

Tim's sudden passing aged 31 was a shock and keenly felt by his friends and the CLC community. To ensure that Tim's memory and work lives on an informal trust was established that focuses its efforts on the Annual Tim McCoy Dinner, the award of the annual Tim McCoy prize to causes that Tim would have supported.

Each year a dinner is held to commemorate the life and work of Tim McCoy. The Tim McCoy award is presented at each dinner to recognise the work of individuals, groups or organisations within the community law or legal aid movement.

The 30th Dinner is scheduled for Friday 10 November 2017.

Past Guest Speakers & Award Winners
  Guest Speaker Award Winner
1989   Barney Cooney  
1990 Jim Muirhead  
1991 Tim Anderson Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre
1992 Geoff Eames Refugee Advice & Casework Service
1993 Duncan Kerr Essendon Legal Service
1994 Sharon Firebrace Women’s Legal Resources Group
1995 Joan Kirner Fitzroy Legal Service
Western Suburbs Legal Service
1996 Noel Pearson Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic)
1997 Tim Costello Western Suburbs Legal Service
1998 Jennie George Alternative Law Journal
Coburg Legal Service
1999 Rod Quantock Amanda George (Brimbank)
2000 Rob Hulls S11 Defence Team (c/- Fitzroy Legal Service)
2001 Ian Gray PILCH (MV Tampa Defence Team)
2002 Gay Alcorn PILCH (The Homeless Persons Legal Clinic)
2003 Julian Burnside Springvale Legal Service (Corrections Group)
2004 Nicola Roxon Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre (c/- VLA)
2005 Richard Meeran Julian Gardner
2006 Julian Gardner Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre
2007 Stephen Keim Vicki Roach & Charandev Singh
2008 Julia Gillard Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
2009 Virginia Bell Jan Pentland (Consumer Action Law Centre)
2010 Robert Stary Denis Nelthorpe (West Heidelberg Legal Centre)
2011 Nick Xenophon Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre, Allens Arthur Robinson
and barrister team (M61 and M70 asylum seeker defence team)
2012 Stephen Mayne 'Occupy Melbourne' legal defence team
2013 Jennifer Coate AED Legal Centre
2014 Deborah Glass Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre
2015 Peter Gordon Anna Brown (Human Rights Law Centre)
2016 Denise Gardner  Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre
  Megan Fitzgerald  Fitzroy Legal Service
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