Much-loved lawyer honoured with portrait

Richard Roweds family next to his portrait, painted by Sam Wortelhock, in the Lismore courthouse.

On Friday a new but familiar face joined the Lismore courthouse.

Close to 100 family members and friends were at the courthouse for the unveiling of a portrait of Richard Rowed, a local solicitor with McKenzie Cox who died in October last year.

Richards colleague Sophie Anderson said she felt it was appropriate to have Richard hanging in the courthouse because he always loved watching what was going on.

Richard had a great way of convincing people of his way of thinking, Ms Anderson said. There were many times when youd think a case had no hope and Richard would turn it around.

We should all remember, as Richard showed us, whenever were at any place of judgement, that there are people of greater needs.

Richard was a strong advocate for mental health issues and indigent people.

Coorabell artist Sam Wortelhock said it had been a privilege working with the Rowed family Richards wife Loretta and their children, Max 19, Jayne, 17, Madeleine, 13, and Nicholas, 11.

I didnt know Richard but his family made him come to life, Ms Wortelhock said.

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