Teela joined Chalk & Behrendt in 2021 as a Senior Lawyer and has experience in litigation and public advocacy. She is also a Practitioner in Residence at the University of Sydney Law School.
Teela is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman born and raised in western NSW. She has lived experienced in the NSW Land Rights movement and extensive knowledge working with First Nations communities to achieve systemic reform.
Highlights of her career include:
- UNSW Young Alumni 2020 Award for her advocacy as working group leader on section 51(xxvi), the Race Power, in the Constitutional Dialogue process culminating in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the design of the NSW Walama Court proposal.
- Working with Jason Behrendt in the successful land claim over Nine Mile Hill (2021), one of NSW’s oldest contested Aboriginal land claims filed in 1995.
- Organising Australia’s inaugural Rebellious Lawyers Conference (2021).
Previously, Teela was Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Lucy McCallum of the New South Wales Supreme Court. She has also represented clients in criminal defence and civil litigation.