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Congratulations to Robert Reed, Special Counsel at Minter Ellison in Brisbane, for being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List.
Rob was instrumental in developing the Community Investment Program at Minter Ellison to coordinate the pro bono and community engagement efforts of the firm. His humble and passionate commitment to social justice and the law is inspirational to many.
Rob was a director of the Australian Pro Bono Centre from 2007-2016 where his contribution was insightful, practical and enduring. He was also a founding member of the QPILCH (now LawRight) steering/management committee from 2001, where he acted as President from 2010 until 2013, and from 2013 until 2016 he was Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Access to Justice and Pro Bono Committee.
In 2012 Rob founded the Darkness to Daylight Challenge run of 110km to raise money for victims of domestic violence, which last year raised in excess of $180,000. 110km represents one kilometre for every life lost to domestic violence in Australia in 2011. He ran the first 100km essentially alone and through the night, representing the dark and lonely life of the person in a domestic violence relationship – not knowing if they are going to make it through the night.
He now says his focus “is running all night and seeing how far I get – last year it was 80km.” He continues to do this run and you can support him in this endeavour.