Asha Keaney

Aboriginal Legal Services
Summer 2019

The time I spent at NAAJA in Darwin was a truly exceptional experience. Spending six weeks in the Law and Justice team was both educative and personally inspiring. Having previously worked in the community legal sector in advisory and advocacy services, working in a Law and Justice team was a new space for me. The work they undertake is primarily community legal education and law reform, focussing on changing structures through querying the foundational problems in our legal system and developing solutions. I was involved in updating legal education programs for Indigenous youth in detention and sessions delivered in community, organising and attending the National Indigenous Legal Conference hosted in Darwin, coordinating the NAAJA NAIDOC week stall, and leading the research and drafting of NAAJA’s submission on reforming the sexual violence framework for the Northern Territory.


Any student or graduate pursuing an Aurora internship will understand that this work can be very challenging, however I found there to be a remarkable sense of hope in this team. I was struck by the generosity of people I met at NAAJA to invite me in to their ways of working and share their knowledge and experiences.


The generosity I experienced at NAAJA was reflected in the hospitality of Darwin. Darwin is a beautiful place to visit, filled with warm nights, breathtaking sunsets and incredible surrounds. It was wonderful to be involved in the community of Darwin through events such as the NAIDOC march which was full of strength, power and hope. I spent several weeks following my internship travelling around the Northern Territory, through Kakadu, Katherine, Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta and much more! I would highly recommend travelling around the Northern Territory to anyone who has the chance, it is a truly extraordinary part of the world.


A valuable aspect of doing an internship through Aurora is that you are part of a network of other interns and then alumni. From even before I arrived in Darwin, I was in touch with other interns. We spent many nights and weekends together, exploring the city, going on weekend trips, and sharing our experiences. These relationships are invaluable in enhancing the internship and providing a support network while you are away from home.


I would highly encourage anyone interested to pursue an Aurora internship, particularly at NAAJA. It is a remarkable opportunity to listen, learn and unpack how you think. My experience will forever shape how I understand and practice the law, as well as how I see this country and the world.


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