The Management Committee

Meet the Board!

The newly elected 2018 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.  In 2017, Avelina was called to the Queensland bar and is one of three Indigenous women to do so. 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.  Avelina previously worked for many years as a Federal Prosecutor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and currently works for the Office of the Health Ombudsman. Avelina is also a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee.

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.

 

 

Candice Hughes, Executive Officer

Candice Hughes is a proud Kamilaroi woman, mother and wife.  Candice is a Solicitor with the Bayside Community Legal Service and tutors Indigenous law students.  Candice holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry), and a Bachelor of Arts (Justice Studies) from QUT.  She has previously worked as a sworn and unsworn member of the QPS.  Candice is passionate about increasing the opportunities and support given to our First Nations peoples in the legal profession and those wanting to enter it.

 

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.

 

Bianca Hill-Jarro, Treasurer

Born of the Kabi Kabi and Wakka Wakka peoples and a mother of one, Bianca has been working in the higher education sector for over nine years. Bianca is a QUT law graduate and works with QUT Faculty of Law. In her role as an Indigenous Project Officer, Bianca provides support services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students. Prior to joining the higher education sector, Bianca worked in a number of positions with the Queensland Government. Bianca has a keen interest to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enrolling and completing law degrees and in turn increasing numbers moving into the legal profession.

Michelle Rabbidge, Student Representative

Michelle Rabbidge is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi and Gayiri peoples, and is currently in her final year of the Bachelor of Laws program at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.  She is a mother of one, and has a keen interest in human rights, social justice, and criminal law. She believes that the increased participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals in the legal profession, particularly through all facets of the criminal justice system, will lead to crucial positive change for our peoples.

 

 

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