First Nations Law Awards

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2022 First Nations Law Awards

This year, Ngalaya is launching our annual First Nations Law Awards to acknowledge the contribution of the 800 Indigenous lawyers and law students to our communities, the legal profession, and to legal research and law reform across NSW and the ACT.

Nominations are now closed. Award winners will be announced in-person at the 2022 Ngalaya Ball.

Nominations and selection criteria

This award is open to any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who is currently practicing as a solicitor or barrister in New South Wales or the Australian Capital Territory.

This award is sponsored by Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation and includes a $4,000 cash prize to support the winner’s continued professional development.

Nominees will be assessed based on their:

  • Advocacy for the rights of First Nations people in a legal environment;
  • Contributions to the First Nations community through legal services (e.g. pro bono work, advocating for access to justice); and
  • Demonstrated involvement and support for First Nations people and communities

Lawyers can self-nominate or be nominated by others from 1 July 2022.

Required documentation:

  • Nominee’s current CV;
  • Letter of support if Nominee is being nominated;
  • Name and contact details of two referees;
  • Proof of admission & current practicing certificate; and
  • A personal statement of up to 1000 words written by the Nominee to address how they meet the selection criteria.

This award is open to any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person with a law degree, currently working in academia, law reform or pursuing a legal research degree (e.g. LLM, PhD) in New South Wales or the Australian Capital Territory.

This award is sponsored by Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation and includes a $4,000 cash prize to support the winner’s continued professional development.

Nominees will be assessed based on their:

  • Advocacy for the rights of First Nations people through research and law reform;
  • Contributions to the First Nations community through academia, research or advocacy (e.g. advocating for access to justice, community legal education, significant academic research on legal issues affecting First Nations communities); and
  • Demonstrated involvement and support for First Nations people and communities

Legal Researchers can self-nominate or be nominated by others from 1 July 2022.

Required documentation:

  • Nominee’s current CV;
  • Letter of support if Nominee is being nominated;
  • Name and contact details of two referees;
  • List of publications and/or non-typical research outputs (e.g. community presentations, law reform advocacy, participation in law reform reports and/or processes); and
  • A personal statement of up to 1000 words written by the Nominee to address how they meet the selection criteria.

This award is open to any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person currently enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (3rd year+) or Juris Doctor (2nd year+) at a recognised law school in New South Wales or the Australian Capital Territory.

This award is sponsored by Colin, Biggers & Paisley and includes a $2,500 cash prize to support the winner’s continuing legal education.

Applicants will be assessed based on their:

  • Demonstrated commitment to First Nations justice;
  • Involvement in work to support First Nations communities;
  • Academic performance; and
  • Potential to advance First Nations interests in their career.

Required documentation:

  • Current CV;
  • Name and contact detail of two referees;
  • Proof of current enrolment;
  • Academic transcript; and
  • A personal statement of no more than 1000 words addressing the selection criteria.

This award is open to any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person currently enrolled in their first year of a Juris Doctor or first two years of a Bachelor of Laws at a recognised law school in New South Wales or the Australian Capital Territory.

This award is sponsored by Terri Janke and Company and includes a $2,500 cash prize to support the winner’s continuing legal education.

Applicants will be assessed based on their:

  • Demonstrated commitment to First Nations justice;
  • Involvement in work to support First Nations communities;
  • Academic performance; and
  • Potential to advance First Nations interests in their career.

Required documentation:

  • Current CV;
  • Name and contact detail of two referees;
  • Proof of current enrolment;
  • Academic transcript; and
  • A personal statement of no more than 1000 words addressing the selection criteria.
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