Jess Hamdorf on the left holding her award and Robyn Glindemann on the right. Both are smiling.

Presentation of award by Ms Robyn Glindemann, Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Environmental Law Group.

The Mahla Pearlman Oration and award, honour the memory of the late Honourable Mahla Pearlman AO, the former Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales (1992-2003), and former President of the Law Council of Australia (1989-90).

This year’s event included the presentation of the 2021 Mahla Pearlman Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year award to Jess Hamdorf of Glen McLeod Legal in recognition of her exceptional contribution to planning and environmental law, including her presidency of the National Environmental Law Association.

The 2021 Oration was delivered by Zoom to an online gathering of 160 people Australia-wide by the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC, QC. Her Excellency provided a thought-provoking oration on the emerging significance of space debris and international law frameworks that address the sustainability of outer space.