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F E A T U R E L A W S O C I E T Y N T Cudgarees Canaps event: 23 November 2017 The Cudgarees and Canaps event aims to encourage and inspire ATSI women to undertake careers in law by connecting motivational guest speakers with attendees and the legal profession. This year we were very fortunate to have Her Honour Justice Jenny Blokland and Leanne Liddle from the Aboriginal Justice Unit of the Department of Attorney-General and Justice speak at the event. The event was emceed by Stephanie Monck. Thank you to the sponsors: Northern Territory Government Office of Womens Policy, Bowden McCormack Lawyers + Advisors, Halfpennys Lawyers and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. Program days and official launch: 14 & 15 December 2017 Applicants who applied for sponsorship from Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs attended program activities in Darwin and the official launch. The program days included a range of activities where participants heard from guest speakers including Aboriginal lawyers and received an introduction to CDUs Law School pre-law program. The official launch of the program was held at the Supreme Court on 14 December 2017 and Australias first Aboriginal person appointed as Senior Counsel, Mr Tony McAvoy SC, officially launched the program. The Bilata program, this program which helps the spear fly fast and true, is an acknowledgement that the present state of affairs is unacceptable and that the legal profession must transform itself. It will happen, of that I am confident. () The Bilata program also importantly focuses on the need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students to have two-way education. By this it is meant that the students are encouraged to continue their education in their own law as well as learning the imported British legal system. I cannot stress how important this aspect of the program is. I say this because I have an unerring belief that our future self-determination will be experienced through the negotiation and performance of treaties. As lawyers, if we are to be of real value to our communities [and] to our first nations, we must be proficient in both legal systems. () To the students If I can impart just three lessons [the first lesson is to] concentrate on the task at hand. Do not worry too much about promotion or recognition, if you concentrate on the doing the best you can at each step those things will follow. () The second lesson is to work in the area of law you are passionate about. () The third lesson is do not be ashamed to ask for help and make the most of your mentors. () We also thank The Honourable Chief Justice Michael Grant QC and North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency CEO Priscilla Atkins for speaking at the event. Sponsorship for applicants to attend to Darwin from regional areas was made possible with support from the Law Society Public Purposes Trust. We want to thank the sponsors of this event: Marsh Insurance through the Law Society NT, Ashurst, who also support the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency; and law firm partners including Bowden McCormack Lawyers + Advisors, Clayton Utz and Halfpennys Lawyers.