Gadens hosts Indigenous Lawyers Conference

Gadens' ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for indigenous lawyers was recently reinforced by its hosting and co-sponsorship of the 2012 Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland Conference at their Brisbane premises.
On Friday 3 March Gadens Brisbane, as joint sponsors with Leighton Contractors, hosted the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland (ILAQ) Conference. The half-day conference was well attended by many supporters, including Queensland academic leaders, Senior Counsel and Magistrates of the Queensland Courts.
Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland
The ILAQ, with the goal of increasing the number of Indigenous Australians practising in the legal profession, provides ongoing support and career advice to Indigenous law students and lawyers in Queensland.
Gadens partner, Jim Gurry, who is a strong supporter of this cause, said he was thrilled to have participated in the organisation of such an important event and he hopes that it highlights the role that each firm must play in ensuring continued opportunities for indigenous people.
ILAQ Conference
Following a charismatic, traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ by Indigenous Elder Uncle Des Sandy, The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice of Queensland highlighted the importance of increasing the participation of indigenous Australians in Queensland’s legal profession.
Presentations were also given by Joshua Creamer, President of ILAQ and Barrister-at-Law, and representatives from Leighton Contractors and Gadens, who shared their positive approaches to indigenous participation.
Gadens’ involvement
Gadens is a strong advocate of indigenous lawyers and is committed to providing ongoing support to their advancement within the legal profession. We believe that creating role models is a critical success factor on the long road to reducing indigenous disadvantage. Gadens started their Indigenous Cadetship Program in 2006, and in this time have seen 15 indigenous cadets and lawyers work within the corporate and commercial legal practice in Brisbane.
During the conference Emma Dalley, a graduate solicitor at Gadens, spoke of her personal experiences since starting with the firm as an Indigenous Cadet more than four years ago. Emma’s initial cadet interview was the first time she had been exposed to the office environment and interacted with senior legal professionals. Since joining Gadens as a cadet, Emma has had extensive mentoring and training, which she credits to her smooth transition into the legal profession and her ensuing success at Gadens.


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