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Former Law Society of NSW President Elizabeth Espinosa has been appointed a commissioner of the state’s Land and Environment Court.

Commissioner Espinosa took up the new position on 1 June, after a 20-plus-year career as a solicitor specialising in local government, planning and environmental law. She served as President of the Law Society of NSW in 2019 and has been a councillor at the Law Society since 2013, a member of numerous Law Society committees since 2007 and was the local government representative on the Law Society’s Government Committee in 2003 and 2004.

President of the Law Society of NSW Richard Harvey extended his congratulations to Espinosa on her new appointment.

“In her time as Law Society President and as a Councillor of the Law Society, Ms Espinosa worked hard to safeguard the rights of the community, defend the rule of law and promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” he said.

“Her achievements in progressing the Law Society’s initiatives on the Future of Law and Innovation in the Legal Profession were particularly noteworthy.

“On behalf of the state’s 35,000 solicitors, I wish Ms Espinosa every success in her new role.”