The Management Committee

Meet the Board!

The newly elected 2017 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.


Linda Ryle, President

Linda is an Aboriginal woman of Birrigubba (Bowen Qld) and Kamilaroi (Monaro NSW) heritage; mother to one son, and makes her home with her husband in the Sunshine Coast hinterland (on traditional Jinibara  country). In addition to a number of formal qualifications Linda has been professionally engaged in the area of Indigenous Affairs since the late 1990s. The amplification of the voices and perspectives of Aboriginal women is a key element of Linda’s advocacy commitment – Diversity being more than merely a gender issue. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander equitable access to justice, education and economic advancement (through First Nation entrepreneurial excellence) comprise some of Linda’s many community and volunteer contributions.

Avelina Tarrago, Vice-President

Avelina is a Wangkamadla woman from central-west Queensland but grew up in Brisbane.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology and has been admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland since 2009.  Avelina previously worked for many years as a Federal Prosecutor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and currently works in health regulation. Avelina is also a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee.

 

Cassie Lang, Executive Officer

cassie-2Cassie’s family 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.

 

 

Samantha Cooper, Secretary

Samantha is a Gumbaynggirr woman from north coast New South Wales.
She is currently involved with the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program; was the Premier of the Queensland Indigenous Youth Parliament; an Inidgenous set of the YMCA Parliament and completing a Bachelor of Laws at Griffith. She has a Cadetship with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, works for Legal Aid Queensland in their First Advice Contact Team and is working with Oxfam Australia developing a Domestic Violence prevention program.

 

Ivan Ingram, Treasurer

Ivan is a Filipino and Wirradjuri man from New South Wales.  He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.  He is currently a Doctor of Juridical Science Candidate in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the James E Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, in the United States looking at the intersect between Australian Native Title Law and International Human Rights Law. He is currently a practising Native Title lawyer, admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Michelle Rabbidge, Student Representative

Michelle Rabbidge is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi and Gayiri peoples, but grew up in the ACT and  Far North NSW, and now lives in Brisbane QLD. She is currently a law student at the Queensland University of Technology, and in 2017 commences work as legal intern. She is a mother of one, and has a keen interest in human rights, criminal law, and youth justice.

 

 

Student Representative, 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