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Bill Mitchell

Portrait of Bill Mitchell

2012 College Recipient. College of Business, Law and Governance

Mr Bill Mitchell is the Principal Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent at the Townsville Community Legal Service, which provides free legal services and is one of only two no-cost migration services in North Queensland.

Bill graduated from JCU in 1992 with a Bachelor of Laws. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Graduate Certificate of Practice Management and Master of Laws. His involvement in human rights is longstanding and he has been involved with community legal centres since the start of his career. For his work in promoting human rights he won the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2008.

In the same year he was also short-listed for the Australian Human Rights Commission's Award in the Community (Individual) category.

Bill has been a sessional lecturer at JCU in Indigenous Legal Studies and Legal Ethics and is currently responsible for the clinical legal studies program at JCU. He has written for a number of law publishers and legal education publications. The current chapters on Human Rights in the Queensland Law Handbook and the Queensland Lawyers Practice Manual were written by him.

He was convenor of the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services from 2001 to 2006 and a member of the QAILS committee for 15 years. He recently helped the National Association of Community Legal Centres write a risk management and community law practice guide for 200 centres across Australia.

He has been a board member with many community organisations including those assisting young people, people with a disability and prisoners.

Bill's unwavering sense of social justice, and commitment to his clients has been a crucial part of his 20 years of service to the most vulnerable people in our community.

Updated 2012