Smokeball Community Hero Award

Celebrating Our Unsung Legal Community Heroes

To acknowledge the impactful work that small law firms conduct in their communities, we are proud to present the third annual Smokeball Community Hero Award. The winner will receive a $5,000 travel voucher* for a trip of their choice!

Every day, members of the Australian legal industry go above and beyond to serve and enrich their local communities. At Smokeball, we recognise these individuals as the true heroes of our communities and wish to celebrate the important and inspiring work they are performing in the following fields:
  • Providing pro bono services and closing the justice access gap
  • Promoting inclusion and diversity for underrepresented groups
  • Supporting charities and community groups
  • Sustainability initiatives for the environment
  • Random acts of kindness
We wish to acknowledge an exemplary act or contribution with the presentation of the Smokeball Community Hero Award and reward the winner with a $5,000 travel voucher* to go towards a trip of their choosing.

View last year's Community Hero Award winner and runners-up.
Nominate Now

Applications close Tuesday 30 April 2024. You can nominate yourself or a legal colleague. The Community Hero Award winner will be announced on Tuesday 7 May 2024.

Apply or nominate now

Win a $5,000 Travel Voucher

The 2024 Smokeball Community Hero Award winner will receive a $5,000 travel voucher* to go towards a trip of their choosing.

Community Hero Award Prize


To be eligible for the Smokeball Community Hero Award, the entrant must be:

  • Employed in a job within the legal industry
  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Resides in Australia
  • Open to both Smokeball clients and non-users

Award Criteria

The Smokeball Community Hero Award will be judged based on the supporting information provided in the below form. The following can be outlined in the submission:

  • Examples of achievements, initiative, planning, management and leadership
  • Approximate hours contributed (paid and/or unpaid)
  • Achievements and contribution to the community
  • Impact on the community/workplace
  • Specific reference to how actions have inspired the community or workplace
  • Barriers or difficulties faced and how they have been overcome
  • Self-development and/or training (if applicable) ​​​​
Key Dates

Applications open
Friday, 23 February, 2024

Applications close
Tuesday, 30 April, 2024 COB

​Winner announced

Tuesday, 7 May, 2024

The Judging Panel

All Smokeball Community Hero Award nominations will be evaluated by our panel of esteemed industry experts.

Hunter Steele,
Smokeball CEO

Jane Oxley,
Smokeball CRO

Bowron-Cuthill, ​
Smokeball GM

Sheetal Deo,
Shakti Legal Solutions Founder and Principal Owner

Please submit the below information to apply, or nominate a colleague for the Community Hero Award.

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Terms and Conditions

*The winner of the Smokeball Community Hero Award will receive a travel voucher valued at up to $5,000* to go towards a trip of their choosing.  The Smokeball Community Hero Award applications open Friday, 23 February 2024, and close Tuesday, 30 April 2024, COB. The winner will be announced and contacted on Tuesday 7 May 2024. Award Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges on a variety of criteria, including contribution, achievements, innovation and overall impact. To be eligible for the award the entrant must be employed in a job within the legal industry, aged 18 years or older, and resides in Australia.

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