She has only just finished her studies but Maria Lovison, the first Indigenous bursary graduate of the College of Law Victoria, has some ambitious plans for the provision of legal services to Indigenous Australians.
After being admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria in November 2009, Lovison said she plans to return to her career assisting Indigenous Australians in the Kimberley Region.
"I hope that my training with the College makes me a stronger advocate for Indigenous people who come in contact with our legal system," she said.
Having just visited the Kimberley Region and Beagle Bay, Lovison said she has found plenty of opportunities to discuss solutions for the communities that may assist them in becoming self-sufficient - especially via the distribution of legal services.
"During these visits I discussed personal and general legal issues with people, suggest service providers and explain both legal and non-legal avenues that people may want to explore," said Lovison.
She added that upon her to return to the region, she plan to assist in implementing strategies that can assist with such ambitions, such as an Indigenous law/consultancy firm that will assist practitioners in providing culturally appropriate legal services.
The College of Law scholarship allows recipient to gain necessary practical experience and legal knowledge as well as complete Practical Legal Training without needing to take out a loan.