Lawyer, activist and storyteller
Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman and lawyer with experience practising in criminal, civil and administrative law. She is a proud activist and story teller, who is committed to eliminating systemic racism in our society. Teela was involved as a working group leader in the Constitutional dialogue process that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In 2020 she was warded the UNSW Young Achiever for her contributions to community, and her advocacy work. She has also been recognised for her work as a key thinker and leading advocate behind Walama Court, a proposal to establish an Aboriginal sentencing court at the NSW District Court jurisdiction, in addition to her full-time job as a criminal defence lawyer at Legal Aid NSW. She has also recently been awarded the 2020 Daisy Utemorrah Prize for her unpublished manuscript "Our Matriarchs Matter", a tribute to the women that have shared her life.