Greens Senator-Elect recognized for environmental law contributions
The award was made to Ms. Waters in March by the Australian Environment and Planning Law Group of the Law Council of Australia.
It recognizes Larissa’s considerable contribution to public interest environmental law, in the fields of community legal education, law reform, legal work and case work during her 9 years working as a solicitor for the Queensland Environmental Defenders Office.
In that role, which Larissa held through her successful 2010 federal election campaign, she has also gained recognition for delivering numerous presentations to urban and rural community groups interested in environmental protection.
Announcing the award, Law Council of Australia President Alexander Ward said;
“Ms Waters’ outstanding contribution to the environment continues to be an inspiration, and it’s a great pleasure to announce her as this year’s recipient of the Young Australian Environmental Lawyer of the Year.
Her legal analysis of reform proposals made a major contribution to the conservation debate on landmark Queensland vegetation protection legislation in 2004.
She is also a skilled litigator and has worked as a solicitor on a number of highly significant environmental cases, including the Nathan Dam and Flying Fox cases."
The award comes as Larissa makes the transition from her time in public interest law to assuming the role of Queensland’s first Greens Senator on July 1st.
Ms. Waters expressed thanks for the professional recognition of public interest environment law;
“It’s wonderful that other members of the profession can recognise and value the contribution that public interest environment law makes to society and our environment."