September 1, 2010
A lawyer who defended David Hicks against the US military and who regularly works pro bono for refugees, asylum seekers and native title groups has been recognised for helping the disadvantaged.
Adelaide lawyer Stephen Kenny has won the Law Society of South Australia's justice award for 2010.
Society president Richard Mellows said Mr Kenny should be praised for his selfless dedication and passion for helping others in the community.
"While Mr Kenny will be known for his pro bono representation of David Hicks, the award also recognised his tireless efforts on behalf of other socially and economically disadvantaged members of our community," the society said in a statement.
Mr Kenny was the first Australian lawyer to represent Hicks after he was detained by the US military in Afghanistan and taken to Guantanamo Bay.
He has also acted for refugees and as the legal adviser to the Foreign Prisoner Support Services which works to help Australians imprisoned in various countries around the world.
Mr Kenny currently acts for former Australian soldier Robert Langdon who has been jailed in Afghanistan after being convicted of killing a fellow security guard.
Langdon maintains he acted in self-defence and is waiting for the Afghan Supreme Court to hear his appeal.
Mr Kenny said he was pleased to receive the award as recognition for his efforts from other local lawyers.
"South Australian lawyers have a very good track record of providing pro bono work," he said.
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