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First Nations Lawyer of the Year

Leah Cameron, a palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) woman has been recognised for outstanding achievements in the law by winning the Queensland Law Society’s First Nations Lawyer of the Year Award.

It is the first time the award has been presented and is awarded to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individual for outstanding achievements in the law and for pursuing justice outcomes in the legal profession for First Nations People in Queensland.

The award recognised Leah’s demonstrated passion and commitment in advocating for the rights of First Nations people and communities and her dedicated contribution to First Nations peoples and communities through legal services including access to justice, pro bono work and education.

Leah is a Cairns-based solicitor and the owner and Principal Solicitor of Marrawah Law, a firm she established in 2013.

Leah has also been a recipient of the Attorney General’s Indigenous Legal Practitioner of the Year Award.

Since graduating from the University of Tasmania, in 2006, Leah has received a number of accolades including Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Award in the category of Trade and Career Achievement (2008) and the Centenary Medal of Australia.

One of Leah’s greatest honours was negotiating and repatriating her ancestors’ remains from the British Museum in London on behalf of her community.

Read Leah Cameron’s biography.