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Margaret McMurdo AC appointed new Legal Aid Queensland Board chair

Posted June 12, 2017

Justice Margaret McMurdo AC.

Legal Aid Queensland welcomes the appointment of retired Justice Margaret McMurdo AC as the new Legal Aid Queensland Board chair.

We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Justice McMurdo’s calibre lead our organisation following her highly influential and respected career in the legal profession in Queensland.

Justice McMurdo retired in March after 26 years as a judge. She has a long standing connection with legal assistance in the state, having first worked in the legal profession more than 40 years ago as a law student with the then newly formed Aboriginal Legal Service. She was the Public Defender’s Office’s first female paralegal and went on to become an Assistant Public Defender for 13 years.

She was the first woman and the youngest judge ever commissioned in Queensland’s District Court in 1991 and was appointed as President of the Court of Appeal in Queensland in 1998—the first woman in Australia to preside over an intermediate court of appeal. In 2015, she was Acting Chief Justice of Queensland.

Justice McMurdo will now work with the Legal Aid Queensland Board and management team in continuing to deliver quality, cost effective legal services to vulnerable Queenslanders.

We also thank former board chair Brian Stewart for his leadership and support during the past 3 years