The Management Committee

Meet the Board!

The newly elected 2021 ILAQ Management Committee wish to take this opportunity to thank the previous committee members for their commitment to Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Professionals and Law Students.  We undertake to continue to promote our professional association and enhance the presence of Indigenous Lawyers within the Queensland legal community.


Avelina Tarrago, President

Avelina is a Wangkamadla woman from central-west Queensland but grew up in Brisbane.  Avelina is one of two Aboriginal women at the Queensland Bar. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology and has been admitted in the Supreme Court of Queensland since 2009 and was called to the Queensland Bar in 2017.

 

 

Cassie Lang, Vice-President

Cassie’s facassie-2mily are from the Bundjalung People on the north coast of New South Wales. She grew up in Brisbane. She holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Justice and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology, and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

 

 

Mikaela French, Executive Officer

Mikaela is a proud Torres Strait Islander from Mabuiag Island with family connections to the Wagadagem and Ngaragi Tribe.  Mikaela holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the Queensland University of Technology and is admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Queensland. She is passionate about working in the areas of Indigenous land law (native title, land rights, cultural heritage) and assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations with their legal and governance obligations.

 

Kristen Hodge, Secretary

Kristen is a Wiradjuri woman from central west NSW but has lived in Brisbane for the last 12 years. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University and is currently studying her Masters with Macquarie University. Kristen has worked in native title, cultural heritage and economic participation for the past eleven years. She is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people achieving success in the legal industry and looks forward to contributing to this through her position.

 

Wyatt Cook-Revell, Treasurer

Wyatt has family connections to the Birri Gubba, Goreng Goreng, Wangan Jagalingou and Wakka Wakka people, and was born and raised on Yugara country. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology. Wyatt is passionate about the need the Queensland legal profession to have greater representation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal professionals.  

 

 

Lachlan Ryan, Student Representative

Lachlan is a proud Kamilaroi man from Dubbo, New South Wales, and is actively involved in programs to help Indigenous youth.  He is passionate about politics and law. Lachlan is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at Griffith University. Lachlan is fuelled by his passion for understanding how policy and the law may impact various cultures and people. He believes that regardless of your background, we are stronger as a united force.

 

Vacant, Student Representative

 

2020

President: Avelina Tarrago
Vice-President: Cassie Lang
Treasurer: Bianca Hill-Jarro
Secretary: Kristen Hodge
Executive Member: Candice Hughes
Student Representative: Kat Dorante
Student Representative: Lachlan Ryan

2019

President: Avelina Tarrago
Vice-President: Cassie Lang
Treasurer: Bianca Hill-Jarro
Secretary: Kristen Hodge
Executive Member: Candice Hughes
Student Representative: Vacant

2018

President: Avelina Tarrago
Vice-President: Cassie Lang
Treasurer: Bianca Hill-Jarro
Secretary: Kristen Hodge
Executive Member: Candice Hughes
Student Representative: Michelle Rabbidge
Student Representative: Steven Maloney

2017

President: Linda Ryle
Vice-President: Avelina Tarrago
Treasurer: Ivan Ingram
Secretary: Leon Filewood/Samantha Cooper
Executive Member: Cassie Lang
Student Representative: Michelle Rabbidge
Student Representative: Samantha Cooper/Vacant

2016

President: Linda Ryle
Vice-President: Cassie Lang
Treasurer: Terry Stedman/Ivan Ingram
Secretary: Bianca Hill
Executive Member: Vacant
Student Representative: Samantha Cooper
Student Representative: Davina Lucas

2015

President: Linda Ryle
Vice-President: Cassie Lang
Treasurer: Marcelle Burns (August 2014 – March 2015) and Avelina Tarrago
Secretary: Bianca Hill
Executive Member: Terry Stedman
Student Representative: Candice Hughes
Student Representative: Ivan Ingram (August 2014 – August 2015)

2014

President: Josh Creamer
Vice-President: Cassie Lang
Treasurer: Stephanie Parkin
Secretary: Emma Daley

2013

President: Josh Creamer
Vice-President: Cassie Lang
Treasurer: Stephanie Parkin
Secretary: Emma Daley

2012

President: Josh Creamer
Vice-President: Cassie Lang
Treasurer: Stephanie Parkin
Secretary: Emma Daley

2011

President: Josh Creamer
Vice-President: Terry Stedman
Treasurer: Avelina Tarrago
Secretary: Avelina Tarrago

2010

President: Josh Creamer
Vice-President: John Tapp
Treasurer: Avelina Tarrago
Secretary: Susan Hamilton