SCU lawyer wins prestigious award
By EMMA O'NEILL firstname.lastname@example.org
FAR from the city high-rises occupied by most corporate lawyers, Madeleine Love's office can be found within the lush surroundings of Southern Cross University in Lismore.
However, this peaceful setting didn't stop Ms Love beating her high-rise colleagues to take out the Australian In-house Lawyer Young Achiever of the Year Award.
The award recognised excellence in the provision of legal services by in-house lawyers employed in both the corporate and government sector.
Ms Love said she was delighted to win the award, and felt it was a major achievement because she worked in a regional area and for a university.
"Usually the award goes to a city-based lawyer who is working for a major corporate company like Qantas," she said.
The chief executive officer of the Australian Corporate Lawyers' Association (ACLA), Peter Turner, said the award was highly regarded within the profession and Mrs Love should be very proud.
The awards have run for 12 years and Mr Turner said the win by Ms Love for her work within the university sector was proof that university lawyers were now among of the best in the country.
"University's these days are like small cities, there are so many different roles and egos to deal with," he said.
Ms Love said her role as in-house legal representative often required 45 hours a week engaged in problem-solving.
"The biggest challenge of the role is trying to explain legal terms and practices to people who don't know the legal system," she said.
The mother of one said keeping a fair, objective and ethical eye on her corporate decisions was the key to her successful career.