Justice will build on event’s success

Justice Louise Taylor

History-making Justice Louise Taylor will build on the success of the last year’s inaugural Mullenjaiwakka (Lloyd McDermott) Oration as featured speaker next Tuesday.

The second Mullenjaiwakka (Lloyd McDermott) Oration is being organised by the Indigenous Lawyers Association Queensland (ILAQ) on 28 May at the Banco Court.

The Honourable Justice Taylor first made history in 2018 when she was appointed as the ACT’s first Indigenous magistrate, and last year she became the first female indigenous judge appointed to the Supreme Court of ACT. 

Oration co-organiser, and lawyer at Ashurst Australia, Wyatt Cook-Revell said the inaugural Oration, delivered by Tony McAvoy SC in August 2023, was a “resounding success”.  

“The oration drew approximately 200 attendees, showcasing its significance and widespread interest,” Wyatt said.

“The funds generated from ticket sales and sponsorship of the oration allowed ILAQ to make a substantial contribution to the Bar Association of Queensland’s Mullenjaiwakka Trust.


“We believe that Justice Taylor’s distinguished career made Her Honour an ideal person to build upon the success of the oration and to continue fostering dialogue on pressing legal issues, promoting law reform, and celebrating the accomplishments of Indigenous leaders in the legal profession.

“We believe that Justice Taylor’s story (as both a lawyer and judicial officer) will inspire and contribute significantly to our mission of raising awareness of the achievements of First Nations peoples in the legal profession.

“Justice Taylor will share her experiences during the oration and offer valuable insights on her time as a lawyer and the challenges and triumphs that led to her historic appointment as the first Aboriginal woman to be appointed to a superior court.”

Wyatt said this year’s Oration included a hybrid delivery.

“We are offering both in-person and online registrations as the oration will be livestreamed,” he said.

“ILAQ also thanks Her Honour Judge Fantin who is livestreaming the oration to a courtroom in Cairns and inviting the legal profession in Cairns to attend.”


This year’s oration will be held on Tuesday, 28 May 2024 with those attending in person asked to arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.  It will take place from 6pm to 7pm, followed by drinks and nibbles from 7pm to 8pm in the Gallery, Banco Court, Level 3, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George Street, Brisbane.

Registrations close noon on Monday, 27 May 2024.

Contact the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland on with any queries.

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