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Cudgarees and Canapes 

EVENT 2019 - NATIONAL INDIGENOUS LEGAL CONFERENCE 

Teela Reid | Charo Weldon |  Emcees - Gabrielle Hill & Kelly McCann

Cudgarees and Canapes is an annual event held by the Bilata Legal Pathways Program which is attended by women from across the legal sector including Judges and Justices, as well as high school students interested in studying law, current and future Indigenous law students. The event hosts two female guest speakers, usually at least one Indidgenous Lawyer or Solicitor who talk about their journey to and through law and how they came to be where they are today. The event for 2019 heard from Charo Weldon and Teela Reid as our guest speakers and was emceed by two current Indigenous Law Students, Gabrielle Hill and Kelly McCann.

Charo Weldon 

Charo is a proud larrakia woman who commenced studying law as a mature aged student, after following in her sister, Ms Shahleena Musk's footsteps.
Before her admission as a lawyer, she had previous roles as a settlements clerk, receptionist and completing a cadetship with the Solicitor for the Northern Territory.
Charo worked for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal service in civil law for three years before joining as a  Civil  Lawyer for QLD Legal Aid focusing on the areas of Anti Discrimination and Consumer Protection.
These two specific areas of law allow Charo to educate clients in their rights with the law and help advocate for those who have no voice. She is passionate about seeing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the legal service to help shape better access to justice for women.

Teela Reid 

Teela is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman and solicitor at Legal Aid NSW. She has experience practicing in criminal, civil and administrative law. She was born and raised in Gilgandra western NSW and comes from a family of advocates in the NSW Land rights movement.

Teela completed her postgraduate Juris Doctor from UNSW Law Sydney and was named on the UNSW Law Deans Women of Excellence List. Upon graduation, Teela was appointed tipstaff to her Honour Justice Lucy McCallum in the NSW Supreme Court. Teela was the first Aboriginal person to be elected on the UNSW Law Society as Vice-President (Social Justice), where she was the founding director of the UNSW Law First Peoples Moot. She was also the Inaugural recipient of the NSW Indigenous Barristers Trust award.

Teela was involved as a working group leader on s 51(xxvi) in the Constitutional dialogue process that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Previously, Teela was Australia’s Female Indigenous Youth Delegate to the United Nations Permanent Forum in New York that inspired her journey to become a lawyer.

In 2017, Teela was selected to attend Harvard University as a global Emerging Leader. On her return to Australia, Teela fearlessly took Prime Minister Turnbull to task on Q&A after his dismissal of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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