JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba Campus.
by Tehgan Gee (Year 12, Legal Studies)

On Friday 19 August, a group of Year 11 and 12 students, accompanied by Ms. Gloudemans and Ms. Avery, had the opportunity to attend the JCU Legal Studies Conference. Along with several other schools from our region, we listened to lectures from erudite professors, solicitors, and prosecutors. We heard from multi-disciplinary artist and daughter of the renowned Eddie Mabo, Gail Mabo; Senior Prosecutor of the Police Service, Mark Fenlon, and Legal Officer of the Royal Australian Airforce, Travis Schmitt.

In honour of the 30-year anniversary of the landmark Mabo Decision, we gained knowledge of its continuing significance in native title, the concerning disproportion of Indigenous people within our legal system, and the power of Art Therapy used in the justice system. In addition, we were informed of the ranging study paths available at JCU in this area and were provided with examples of the endless career opportunities within the legal field.

I am sure those who also attended would agree it was a very interesting and beneficial day and were grateful to attend.

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