Aurora placement cements Native Title pursuits

Aurora Intern Casey Wooderson, a Dunghutti woman, joined the ALRC for a four week placement in June this year.

Casey is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast, majoring in Tourism, Leisure and Event Management, having completed the first semester of her third year. To expand her knowledge of the ‘legal-life’, Casey committed to a placement during her mid-semester break.

“I was tremendously fortunate and grateful to be given the opportunity to intern under the incredible people at the ALRC.  Throughout this endeavour, my knowledge of the legal environment has increased immensely and my interest in pursuing a career as a native title lawyer has only grown. In my time with the commission I have contributed to both the Judicial Impartiality Inquiry and the Financial Services Inquiry. I conducted research into submissions and academic materials concerning the perceptions of bias in the court system held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, procedures for judicial recusal in other jurisdictions, and recent cases on exceptions to the bias rule. I’ve also had the opportunity to attend hearings in the Federal Court and National Native Title Tribunal.”

Upon completing my degree, I hope to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to address challenges they face achieving justice in the legal system. “The ALRC team has been more than welcoming and has aided in expanding my knowledge and connections to achieve my career goals,” she said.

ALRC President Justice Sarah Derrington was pleased to host the second Aurora placement for 2021.

“Casey has been a welcome addition to the team during a very busy period for both of our current inquiries,” Justice Derrington said

“Casey’s intelligence, professionalism, and willingness to learn are attributes that will prepare her well for her future career aspirations.”

The Aurora Internship at the ALRC provides students with an opportunity to contribute to current inquiries, as well as to explore past inquiries, most of which have instigated debate and resulted in substantial reform of Australian laws. The ALRC is pleased to once again provide this opportunity in 2021.

The ALRC would like to thank Justice Rangiah, Registrar Grant, Registrar Fewings and the National Native Title Tribunal for their assistance.

Further information about the Aurora Intern Program.

Read about Aurora Intern Sharna Willie, a Nunukul and Barada Kabalbara woman, who had a six week placement with the ALRC.