Aboriginal business woman and solicitor, Leah Cameron Wins Queensland Law Society’s First Nations Lawyer of the Year Award.

Cairns-based solicitor Leah Cameron, owner and Principal Solicitor of Marrawah Law, has won the Queensland Law Society’s First Nations Lawyer of the Year Award.

It is the first time the award has been presented and is given 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.

The award recognised Leah’s demonstrated passion and commitment in advocating for the rights of First Nations people and communities and her dedicated contribution to First Nations peoples and communities through legal services including access to justice, pro bono work and education.

Leah, a Palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) woman, established her firm in 2013 and it is the only Supply Nation certified Indigenous Legal Practice in Queensland.

Leah said “it is such an incredible honour to receive this award. It re-affirms the hard work the Marrawah Law team has put into practising law the right way, not the easy way. We are ensuring we don’t just give our clients a voice. We let them speak through us in accordance with their laws and customs, on country.”

The firm employs 80% Indigenous staff and is rapidly expanding the size of its operation and practice areas. The firm currently practices in the areas of commercial, property, family and civil litigation law.

Outside the day to day running of legal matters one of the firm’s aims is to continue driving a conversation about the importance of buying from Indigenous businesses as a means of effecting social change.

Leah hopes the exposure from the award will bring more clients through the door of Marrawah Law and, in turn, enable them to hire more Indigenous lawyers and increase their pro bono work.

Leah speaks every Friday on Bumma Bippera Media and the National Indigenous Radio Service’s Talk Black Program presenting on topical legal issues ranging from consumer law to road safety regulations.

For Gimuy Walubara Yidinji elder and Associate Professor at CQ University Henrietta Marrie AM, Leah Cameron’s award is “fitting recognition for the hard work, dedication and service to the community, she is an outstanding leader who will no doubt inspire other young women to take up law as a way of creating change for the betterment of our communities”.

Tania Major the trailblazing Indigenous business woman and 2007 recipient of the Young Australian of the Year Award said “the accolade is very deserving” and that Leah’s firm “has a genuine focus on helping Indigenous people to succeed in their businesses”.   As a fellow indigenous professional woman Tania said “Leah forms part of a network of high achieving professional women who provide such incredible support to one another in achieving their goals”.

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