Launch of the program by Mr Tony McAvoy SC

14th December 2017

Drawing on the partnership approach and to ensure support and the involvement of senior people across the legal system the program is guided by a Reference group comprising:

  • The Hon. Trevor Riley (co-chair)

  • North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency CEO, Priscilla Atkins (co-chair)

  • Chief Justice The Hon. Michael Grant QC

  • Chief Judge Dr John Lowndes

  • Law Society NT CEO, Kellie Grainger

  • Charles Darwin University, Prof Ned Aughterson

  • Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Sally Sievers

  • Barrister, Mr. John Lawrence SC

  • Lawyer, Ms. Amanda Nobbs

We are grateful for the support of Reference group members

and the time and contributions they make to the program.

Co-chair of the Reference group The Hon. Trevor Riley with participants and personnel of the 2018 Charles Darwin University School of Law 'Indigenous Pre-Law Program'.

We were privileged to have Australia's first Aboriginal person appointed as Senior Counsel, Mr Tony McAvoy SC, formally launch the program at the Supreme Court in Darwin on 14th December 2017.  

The speech to launch the program connected with many attendees as it was a rare example of the journey and insights of an Aboriginal person serving a senior role within the legal system.  

Along with launching the program, Mr McAvoy SC gave his time during the day to interact with participants and share in detail and in closed conversation the opportunities and challenges of studying and practising law at a senior level.  These interactions are greatly appreciated and go a long way to inspiring participants and helping to create a community of interest.

The speech stands as a rare example of insights resonating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the Territory and as a voice from a senior level within the legal profession.    

A copy of the speech is below.  


Preparing for the launch.


Mr McAvoy SC delivering his speech.


The day following the speech Mr McAvoy SC shared his time with participants.