Diane Ruhl

2012 Early Career Recipient. College of Business, Law and Governance

Diane Ruhl is the Principal / Director of a Boutique Law Firm – Ruhl Family Law Centre. The firm opened in June 2016 and is located at 47 Ingham Road Townsville. When Diane was awarded the Early Career Alumni Award she was the Associate of a Law Firm in Townsville. In just a few short years Diane had gained the respect of the legal fraternity for her integrity, hard work and passion for helping other young lawyers. Diane graduated from JCU with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2007.

During her degree she won the Macrossan & Amiet Prize A and B, the Roberts Nehmer McKee prize, the RJ Douglas Chambers Prize in law of Practice, the LexisNexis Prize H and the Queensland Law Society Prize.

After graduating she secured the sought-after position of Associate to the Honourable Justice Cullinane - a position only awarded to those with exceptional academic records.   She was then offered a graduate role at a Law Firm in Townsville and shortly progressed through the ranks being appointed Associate after just two years with the firm, and then Senior Associate and Partner.

Diane is an exemplary role model, and keenly promotes and mentors young female practitioners. Diane was a sessional tutor and lecturer at James Cook University. She commenced in this role in 2009 and since 2011 taught the subject Family Law (LA4032). In 2022 Diane resigned from this role after assisting the University as a sessional tutor and lecturer for than 10 years.

In 2010 Diane was awarded a Sessional Staff Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Diane has served as President of both the Townsville District Law Association and North Queensland Law Association. She has been an volunteer at the Townsville Community Legal Service and the Homeless Persons Legal clinic.

Diane was named Queensland's Emergent Woman Lawyer in September 2011 -  the first time the Award was provided to a person from regional Queensland. In 2018 Diane was nominated as a Finalist of the Regional / Suburban Lawyer of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly, Australian Law Awards.

Diane is a highly motivated individual who continues to make an outstanding contribution to the legal and wider community.

Updated April 2023