Bill Mitchell

Bill Mitchell

2012 College Recipient. College of Business, Law and Governance

Mr Bill Mitchell was among the first graduates of James Cook University’s Law School in 1991 and was JCU’s first admitted solicitor in 1992. He has a Master of Laws from QUT. James Cook University made Bill an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 2021. He holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with JCU’s College of Law, Business and Governance.

Bill is Principal Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent at Townsville Community Law. He has been involved with community legal centres since 1991. Bill has been a Panel Member with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority since 2007. He was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2008 for his work in promoting and advancing human rights in Australia through the practice of law. Bill was made an Outstanding Alumni of James Cook University in 2012.

Bill has written on a wide range of consumer and human rights and related topics for community, academic and professional publications and regularly presents at conferences. He has written and presented extensively on the human rights of older persons and has been involved in program service design in diverse areas including elder abuse and disaster legal response. He has been an expert contributor and presenter to national, regional, and international processes on human rights issues.

Bill was awarded a 25-year pin from Queensland Law Society in 2017 and made a Life member of the Townsville District Law Association in 2018. He was shortlisted for the International Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award in 2018. Bill was awarded Queensland Law Society’s Community Legal Centre Member of the Year in 2019. Bill was awarded the Law Council of Australia’s President’s Medal in 2019. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2020. He received the Queensland Law Society’s Community Legal Centre Access to Justice Award in 2022.

Bill has represented Community Legal Centres Australia in various UN processes including ten times before the United Nations in New York in debates around a new Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

Updated 2023