Queensland Law Society

First Nations Awards

First Nations Awards

Queensland Law Society is committed to achieving real and positive change in the lives of Australia’s First Nations people, in particular those who contribute to justice and the rule of law. The First Nations Awards aim to recognise the outstanding contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners who are committed to promoting justice within their community and beyond.

Queensland First Nations Lawyer of the Year
Queensland First Nations Legal Student of the Year

Queensland First Nations Lawyer of the Year

Presented to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individual for outstanding achievements in the law and for pursuing justice outcomes in the legal profession for First Nations People in Queensland.

2018 award winner - Leah Cameron

Leah is the current recipient of the Attorney General’s Indigenous Legal Practitioner of the Year Award and the owner of Marrawah Law, Queensland’s only Supply Nation certified Indigenous legal practice. Leah’s business employs over 75% Indigenous staff. Leah was a finalist in the Cairns Business Women’s Club Awards and AIM Leadership Awards in 2016/2017. Other accolades include Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Award in the category of Trade and Career Achievement (2008) and the Centenary Medal of Australia. Her greatest honour was negotiating and repatriating her ancestors’ remains from the British Museum in London on behalf of her community.

Queensland First Nations Legal Student of the Year

This award identifies an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander legal student who displays outstanding commitment to achieving a positive role in the legal community.

2018 award winner - Nareeta Davis

Nareeta is an Indigenous name that means ‘Wild Waterlilly’, named by Oodgerodoo Nooncuccal. Nareeta, whilst enjoying the challenges of working in insolvency for 24 years, always wanted to be a solicitor. This dream has nearly been achieved after the spiritual connection of meeting her indigenous siblings at age 35, as the youngest of 10. Nareeta is proud to demonstrate to her children and the community, who she regularly volunteers and engages with, the importance of academic study and to follow your dreams by overcoming adversity. Nareeta will be admitted as a solicitor in 2018 and will pursue a Masters Degree in Applied Law in 2018.


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