Maddocks partners with organisations within the communities we operate, with a focus on the arts, conservation and diversity and inclusion.
Australian Council for the Arts
Maddocks has supported Australia’s contribution at the Venice Biennale, the world’s premier contemporary art event, since 2001.
More information on the Australian representation is available from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Maddocks also sponsors the Maddocks Art Prize which enables two emerging Australian artists to attend the Venice Biennale. The prize includes accommodation and a stipend for a week in Venice.
The winners of the 2019 Maddocks Art Prize were Zoë Croggon and Anna McMahon.
Maddocks is a Presidential sponsor of Taronga Zoo, a sponsor of the Twilight at Taronga Series and a sponsor of the Tasmanian Devils at Taronga Zoo. All proceeds from the Twilight at Taronga concert series go towards Taronga Zoo’s ongoing conservation and research work.
Indigenous Marathon Foundation
Maddocks continues its alliance with Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), a social change program that uses marathon running as a vehicle to promote the benefits of healthy living and lifestyles to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Each year a group of young Indigenous men and women are selected to run in the world’s biggest marathon in New York City Marathon – the world’s biggest. With six months of intense training, these young people have the opportunity to compete in a significant international sporting event and also serve as ambassadors to their communities.
Maddocks provides pro bono legal, marketing, professional development, research and library services to the IMF team, managed by our Canberra office.
William Ah Ket Scholarship
Maddocks sponsors the William Ah Ket Scholarship, an initiative fostered by the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.
William completed his articled clerkship at Maddocks (then called Maddock, Johnson & Jamieson) in 1903, before joining the Bar in 1904. He is believed to be one of the first people of Chinese heritage to practise as a lawyer in Australia.
The annual $6,000 scholarship is awarded to a young lawyer for the most outstanding essay on a topic related to equality and diversity in the law. The 2021 recipient is Sarah Webster, and her essay on unconscious biases and uncomfortable truths: Reassessing institutional values and professionalism in the law.
The Asian Australian Lawyers Association in partnership with Maddocks, The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Bar have launched 2022 The William Ah Ket Scholarship.
Expressions of Interest are due by 7 July 2022 and Papers are due by 29 August 2022.