Trailblazers in their fields, these 10 legal minds have worked tirelessly to advance Indigenous people’s rights and serve as leaders in the profession.
Karly Warner grew up in regional north-east Victoria, on Yorta-Yorta and Dhudhuroa country. Warner is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) in NSW/ACT. She joined the ALS after leading the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) for a number of years advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country. Previously, she practised as a lawyer at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Limited, working across criminal, civil, child protection and family law. She has also worked in the public service and legal policy roles. Warner sits on the board of the Centre for Australian Progress and is an advisor on the Aboriginal Advisory Council at Lander and Rogers.
Prof Megan Davis
Megan Davis is a Cobble Cobble woman. She is the Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous and a Professor of Law at the University of NSW. Davis was formerly Chair and an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues. She currently serves as a United Nations expert with the UN Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous peoples. Davis is an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She is a leading constitutional lawyer and delivered the Uluru Statement from the Heart.