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Sharleigh Crittenden, First Nations Senior Law Student of the Year

2023 First Nations Law Awards

On October 16, Wiradjuri woman Sharleigh Crittenden was named First Nations Senior Law Student of the Year at the 2023 Ngalaya Ball.

Sharleigh is a Wiradjuri woman and final year Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Laws student at UNSW Law & Justice.

Sharleigh was most recently working as Indigenous Research Cadet at UNSW Faculty of Law and Justice. She has published a journal article in the law&history, and co-authored The Australian Jury in Black and White: Barriers to Indigenous representation in juries report with Professor Jill Hunter, for the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration.

Kyle Fox accepts the First Nations Senior Law Student of the Year Award on stage at the 2022 Ngalaya Ball

Sharleigh Crittenden accepting her award from Tamara Sims of Colin Biggers & Paisley at the 2023 Ngalaya Ball

Reflecting after receiving the award, Sharleigh said: "Law school has been a long road for me, this year being my 12th year. I’ve made so many incredible connections with other mob over that time, including those who I started law school with and those I have met only in this last year, who have supported, inspired and uplifted me: thank you. I also want to thank my family, and my husband James, who has always supported my passion and my work, and who has made so much of it possible with two little kids. This is very much a shared accomplishment. I look forward continuing this walk together towards a better future."

Sharleigh was presented her award by Tamara Sims, from Colin Biggers & Paisley as the sponsor for the 2023 First Nations Senior Law Student of the Year Award.

Kyle Fox, First Nations Senior Law Student of the Year, pictured with Kevin Williams (First Chairperson of Ngalaya) and fellow student, Oliver Williams.

Sharleigh Crittenden receiving her award from Jason O'Neil, Executive Director of Ngalaya at the 2023 Ngalaya Ball.


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