noorOUR very own Noor Blumer has won the inaugural ACT Woman Lawyer of the Year award.

The first of its kind, Noor was nominated for the award for “her tireless advocacy” for the interests of women lawyers and the significant contributions she has made to the ACT legal community.

Becoming the first and only woman lawyer in Griffith, Noor finished school at 16 and had her first child a year later.  Noor completed her initial studies in law via correspondence, in a time when the internet was barely conceived of while working full-time and caring for her four children.

She went on to become the first female law partner in the Riverina Law Society district of NSW and soon after moved to Canberra with her husband Mark where the pair established Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers.

Noor’s list of achievements and appointments is impressive.  She was president of the ACT Law Society in 2011-13 – the second woman ever to be elected – and is a current board member of the Brave Foundation, a charity that provides education and support for teenage and unplanned pregnancy. Noor was president of Australian Women Lawyers in 2004-05 and is also a former vice president of Civil Liberties Australia.

She is active in mentoring young lawyers on her own staff and in the wider profession, and remains an active proponent of gender equity in local practices and courts.

Noor was presented the award by ACT Supreme Court Judge Hilary Penfold and critically acclaimed political journalist Annabel Crabb at the Women Lawyers Awards Gala. The event was the first of its kind, hosted by the Women Lawyers Association ACT at Old Parliament House.

We congratulate Noor on her outstanding achievement.