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ELLYSE BORGHI

ELLYSE BORGHI

MY EXPERIENCE AT NAAFLS

In my penultimate year of my Arts/Law degree at Monash University I interned for the month of July with NAAFLS in their Katherine office. Even before arriving NAAFLS staff were helpful; they sent me contacts so that I could find accommodation in Katherine. Once I began interning I got to know Kate and Marina very well. Most days were filled with preparing for the next trip to a remote community or following up on developments from the previous trip to the last community. This involved calling clients, arranging doctors' appointments or interviews, liaising with police and prosecutors. From there I would sometimes conduct research into a particular legal question and then move on to drafting affidavits or initiating applications. The work was interesting and challenging. The highlight of the internship though, was the trip to Timber Creek. Spending the day at the bush courts gave me a whole new perspective on the justice system in remote and regional Australia. I was given the opportunity to interview clients and to assist them. It was very rewarding and satisfying work. From the internship I learned not only about the legal system in the Northern Territory, the internship didn't just improve my legal skills, but more than that I learned about Indigenous culture and community in a way that would have never be available to me in Melbourne. It was really an eye-opening and career changing opportunity. For that I am very thankful to NAAFLS.