Desiree Leha



Desiree recently graduated from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws. She is expecting to be admitted as a solicitor by the end of 2019.


Desiree has diverse volunteer and employment experience. She has held positions in the public, private and community sectors which has contributed to her passion for social justice.

Photo by Jamie James
Artwork: Rene Kulitja, 'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019)

Prior to working at TJC, she completed her practical legal training with the NSW Public Defenders. Through both her practical legal training and a federal government cadetship she maintained throughout her tertiary education, Desiree has invaluable insight into the planning and implementation of projects.


Desiree has also had experience in case management and has developed great interpersonal and critical thinking skills with her background in social work. She believes that the law can and should be used to empower, protect and liberate people. She is particularly interested in the evolution of intellectual property law and Indigenous cultural and intellectual property.



Desiree is a descendent of the Birri Gubba and Wakka Wakka people of Queensland and has ties to the pacific island of Tonga. She was born and nurtured on Gadigal land in the inner west of Sydney and enjoys spending time with her family. Desiree loves to travel and learn about different cultures and communities. She also enjoys team sports and is currently exploring gridiron with the UNSW Raiders.

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All professional photography is by Jamie James at James Photographic Services.

The painting  'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019) by Rene Kulitja has been used under license in the firm photographs on the TJC website homepage, staff profiles and careers page. See Maruku Arts for more work by Rene Kulitja.

The visual artwork ‘Freshwater Lagoon 1’ by Lisa Michl Ko-manggen has been used under license in some photographs and videos. See Cape York Art for more work by Ko-manggen.

The painting ‘My Country’ by Bibi Barba has been used under license in some photographs and Law Way videos. Visit her website to see more.

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