LLB, B.Int Stud
Rhiannon is a proud Wonnarua woman of the Hunter Valley region. She is passionate about representing and protecting the rights of First Nations people. Rhiannon graduated with distinction from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Laws and International Studies. Rhiannon has cross-cultural and international experience. She majored in Spanish language and completed a 6-month exchange in Germany where she studied international law and political science at Mannheim University. She holds a Legal Practising Certificate and is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.
Artwork: Bibi Barba, 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' (2020)
Rhiannon has exposure working in audit and risk management, financial investigations, litigation settings and has worked in the legal practice areas of education, civil and family law. She has acted as a Paralegal at Catholic Schools NSW Audit and Risk division, worked as a Paralegal Intern and Financial Investigations Assistant at the Department of Communities and Justice and as a Paralegal in Legal Aid’s Appeals and Complex Litigation Unit.
Rhiannon’s more recent experience has included commercial and governance matters:
She has assisted in the research and drafting government reports on the protection and management of intellectual property and Indigenous cultural and intellectual property;
Drafting Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) Protocols;
Drafting and advising on licensing agreements for use by Indigenous authors;
Advising on and facilitating the registration of trade mark applications; and
Drafting advice on intellectual property and copyright issues.
Rhiannon also has hospitality experience working as a Hotel Host Supervisor. She credits her warm and empathic approach in liaising with clients to her time working in the hospitality industry.
Rhiannon grew up in Jervis Bay NSW where she maintained an active role in the community. During high school she volunteered and participated in triathlon events. She is a member of the Career Trackers Alumni and remains involved in community events. At the University of Wollongong she was a member of the Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs Society and an Editor of Frontier Journal of International Affairs. She was also part of the First Nations Law Students NSW Bar Association mentorship scheme. In 2019 Rhiannon was a recipient of the Indigenous Barrister’ Trust Mum Shirl Fund sponsorship to attend the National Indigenous Legal Conference in Darwin. Rhiannon enjoys cooking, arts, travelling and visiting her family on the South Coast.