James Farrell is the Director of Community Legal Centres Queensland, where he provides leadership and support to Queensland’s community legal centres.
James has worked as a manager/principal lawyer, volunteer and/or board member at many community legal centres, and is currently a director of Relationships Australia Queensland, and member of the Queensland Legal Assistance Forum, the Griffith Law School visiting committee and the advisory board of the UQ Pro Bono Centre.
From 2011 to 2016, James was a lecturer with the Deakin University School of Law, and a fellow of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice. James' research has been published in the International Journal of the Legal Profession, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, the Monash University Law Review, the Family Law Review, Parity, and the Alternative Law Journal, where he was a member of the editorial board. James was a director of the National Association of Community Legal Centres from 2012 to 2016.
In 2012 James received an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2014 received a Churchill Fellowship to examine lawyers' roles in community-led campaigns for change. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours for services to the community, particularly social welfare and legal access programs.