Leah Cameron from Marrawah Law Pty Ltd was awarded the 2016 National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year Award (NILA). Johanna Byrne from Southern Cross University won the National Indigenous Law Student of the Year Prize. Both of these deserving recipients demonstrate commitment to improving justice for Indigenous Australians and high achievements in legal practice and study.
Leah graduated from UTAS with a BA/LLB in 2006.
Leah is a Palawa woman from Tasmania and the Principal Solicitor and Co-owner of Marrawah Law. Marrawah Law is certified by Supply Nation as a majority Indigenous-owned, controlled and managed legal practice. The firm was the second firm in Australia to reach this milestone and remains the only certified Indigenous legal practice in Queensland.
Leah’s primary areas of practice are native title, cultural heritage, future acts and commercial law. Leah is a regular contributor to the National Talk Black radio program presenting on topical legal issues through the National Indigenous Radio Service.
The passion Leah has for her work is unwavering and has assisted her in achieving six native title consent determinations to date. Leah’s efforts were recognised in 2016 when she was nominated as a finalist in the Cairns Business Women’s Club Awards and in 2008 when she was awarded the Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Award in the category of Trade and Career Achievement.
Her commitment has also led to her being awarded the Centenary Medal of Australia and the Robert Riley Law Scholarship whilst studying at the University of Tasmania. Her greatest honour was being asked to negotiate and repatriate her ancestors’ remains from the British Museum in London on behalf of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
Leah is a director of Access Community Housing and a member of the Queensland Law Societies’ Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group. Leah is also a member of the North Queensland Law Association, Far North Queensland Law Association and Queensland Law Society.
For more information about the awards visit the NILA website.
The information on Leah's background is from her LinkedIn profile.