DIRECTORS

David Woodroffe

David Woodroffe is the Principal Legal Officer of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency with 17 years criminal law expertise for Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

 

He is a descendant of the Stolen Generation for Retta Dixon Home and Kahlin Compound. He is a respected advocate and manager of legal services to remote regions of the Northern Territory and in 2013 was awarded the National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year.

His main interest is the bringing about of a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture in the legal profession and improving the standards of advocacy involving Aboriginal witnesses and defendants.  David demonstrates how knowledge of Aboriginal culture and legal expertise go hand in hand.

President

Stephanie Monck

Stephanie Monck is a local Kungarrakan/Warramungu woman. Stephanie studied for a Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University (WA), and while studying, held various positions with the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, tutored in the Kulbardi Aboriginal Tertiary Entrance Course, and was the student support officer for Indigenous students enrolled in mainstream tertiary studies.

 

After completing her Degree, Stephanie joined Murdoch University as a Lecturer in Law, and co-ordinated their 2002 Koora Kuditj Pre-Law Program.

 

Stephanie left Murdoch University in mid 2002 to be the Associate to the former Judge Mary Ann Yeats in the Perth District Court, and then completed her Articles of Clerkship and Restricted Practice with Dwyer Durack Lawyers.

 

From July 2007 to October 2015, Stephanie had her own legal practice specialising in Criminal Law. During that period Stephanie was also contracted by the Kimberley Land Council and WAARDI Limited to facilitate Native Title meetings, and has also assisted in evidence gathering for the Warralong Community of the South East Pilbara region in support of their application for Native Title determination.

 

Currently, Stephanie is employed with the Department of Attorney General and Justice in the Litigation Division of the Solicitor for the Northern Territory.

Director

Brionee Noonan

Brionee Noonan is a Gurnu Barkindji woman of the Darling river region of Western New South Wales, but spent her childhood on the southern beaches of Adelaide on Kaurna country. For the past nine years, Brionee has resided on Larrakia country, in Darwin.  

Brionee completed a double degree in a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at University of Canberra and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Australian National University. Brionee also studied a Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Policy Development and a Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Knowledges at Charles Darwin University and the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE). Brionee was admitted to practice at the Darwin Supreme Court in April 2011, moved by Jonathon Hunyor.

Brionee currently holds the position of APO NT Coordinator with the Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the Northern Territory. She coordinates the three member alliance and drafts submissions to the Australian and NT governments on a wide range of issues that impact on Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

Director

Jasmin Onus

Gunditjmara and Bindal woman originally from Townsville, North Queensland living on Larrakia country for the last 5 years.

 

Double degree Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business at James Cook University Townsville and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice,  Australian National University.

 

Currently working in Investments at Indigenous Business Australia, assisting Indigenous groups and organisations achieve their investment objectives with a view to economic sustainability and independence. Previously an in house solicitor at the Northern Land Council, providing legal advice to the organisation and Traditional Owners in the Top End. As an in house solicitor, Jasmin worked on a broad range of matters including settling land claims, commercial transactions and negotiations concerning Aboriginal land.

 

Interests include Indigenous Affairs matters at both the Territory and national level. Volunteering in various roles including as a mentor to Indigenous youth and aspiring law students/lawyers and raising awareness of the impacts of intergenerational trauma as a result of stolen generation and colonisation policies. Also enjoy playing netball in local social and competitive comps.

Director

Tamika Williams

Tamika Williams is an Iwaija/Larrakia woman from North West Arnhem Land/Darwin.  Tamika has completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies at the Northern Territory University (now the Charles Darwin University). While studying Tamika worked at the Central Land Council Legal Section assisting with land claim matters and attending country with Traditional Owners. 

 

After completing her law degree in 2003, Tamika undertook her Articles of Clerkship with the Northern Territory Department of Justice.  Tamika has undertaken a role as a Federal Court Judge’s Research Associate attending as Associate, and researching a range of issues within the jurisdiction of the Federal Court concerning Native Title, Taxation, Corporations and Intellectual Property.  Subsequently she returned to the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney-General and Justice where she has practiced for the last 13 years and as a Senior Policy Lawyer.

 

Currently, Tamika is employed with the Menzies School of Health Research as the in-house Principal Legal Advisor.

Director

John Rawnsley

John is Larrakia and Anmatjerre and was born in Darwin and mainly grew up there attending Darwin High School and Charles Darwin University.  Until aged eight he lived at the Ranger station behind Uluru and briefly at Kakadu before his father passed away.  As an adult he lived in Alice Springs for several years.

John is the Manager of the Law and Justice Projects section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).  Prior to this he worked in various legal roles and in leadership development.  John is a Director of the Larrakia Development Corporation, the Northern Territory Primary Health Network, and is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee and Indigenous Incarceration Working Group. 

 

John is the Chair of the Smith Family’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.  He has extensive board and committee experience including former Board Member for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (sacred site authority for the Northern Territory, 2013-2015) and former Alderman of the Alice Springs Town Council (2008-2012) and Deputy Mayor of Alice Springs (2009-2010).  

John has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies from Charles Darwin University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Australian National University.  His admission was moved by Larrakia lawyer Nigel Browne at the Supreme Court in Alice Springs in June 2012.​

Director

Trish Rigby

Trish Rigby is a descendant of the Mitakoodi people from the Cloncurry area in North West Queensland and has lived and worked in Darwin and remote areas of the Northern Territory since about 1980.  Trish has family in Queensland and in the Northern Territory where her children were born and bred.

 

She worked for the Northern Land Council for over 25 years and has significant experience, networks and corporate knowledge about land council functions.   Prior to going on leave without pay in 2018, Trish  was their senior research and policy officer.

 

Trish studied in Darwin and was admitted to the Supreme Court in 2008.  Until recently her legal knowledge was applied to management,  advocacy and  policy advice to Land Council members, staff and traditional  Aboriginal owners.

 

She is currently a Solicitor with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and provides civil law advice to Aboriginal clients  in the Groote Eylandt and Daly River Port Keats Aboriginal Land Trust communities and represents clients in child protection court matters.

Director

Micah Kickett

Micah is a member of the Wajuk Ballardong Nyungah community from the South West of WA, and the Wilyakali Barkindji community from Broken Hill NSW. 

 

Micah completed a combined Arts / Law degree majoring in Communication Studies at the University of Western Australia.  While studying, he was a student member of the Indigenous Legal Issues Committee of WA and the Indigenous Officer for Blackstone’s Law Students’ Society of UWA.

 

Micah completed a Law Graduate Program with the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice and was admitted to practise as a Legal Practitioner in 2018.  He is currently working as a Criminal Solicitor with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, with a focus on Youth Justice.

Micah won the 2017 National Golden Gavel, the first contestant from the Northern Territory to win the prestigious national public speaking prize for young lawyers.  He is passionate about mentoring and inspiring other young Indigenous students in pursing higher education.

Director

Nick Espie

Nick Espie is an Arrernte man and has practiced as lawyer for 16 years throughout the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia working extensively with Aboriginal people. Much of this work has been in the area of criminal law. 

 

He has recently worked on the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory.

 

He was involved in the development of the WA Blurred Borders Project and gave evidence to the Coronial Inquest into Aboriginal Youth Suicide in the Kimberley. He is presently working on law reform for the Northern Territory Government. Nick is also a Board member of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.

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