“I’ve wanted to be a lawyer from the age of nine… Today, I’m a lawyer because I enjoy helping people solve the problems that they face every day.”
Proud Bundjalung woman, Cassie Lang is a force within the Native Title and Indigenous Cultural Heritage legal space. Driven by her innate need to tell a full story, Cassie’s tailored approach to law allows her to effectively navigate the layers of politics between community, government, and other stakeholders.
In Cassie’s fourteen years of legal expertise, she has helped Registered Native Title Body Corporates (RNTBCs) incorporate their cultural governance framework into negotiations and the way they wish to do business.
Cassie’s expertise extends to providing detailed and complex strategic advice on cultural heritage management and its interaction with relevant native title issues. Cassie has practical experience in Indigenous engagement, resolution of intra-Indigenous dispute and community consultations. All of her roles have involved her travelling to remote Indigenous communities.
As back-to-back recipient of the Rising Star, Native Title Awarded by Doyle’s Guide (2015 & 2016 and 2020), Cassie’s impact in the legal profession is not only recognised by her clients but by her colleagues as well. In 2020 she was listed in the Doyle’s Guide for leading Australian Native Title Lawyers (Traditional Owner Representation). She was once again listed back to back in the Chambers and Partners rankings as Associate to Watch in Native Title law in 2021 and 2022.
Cassie is community minded and invested in supporting future First Nations lawyers. She tutors QUT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law and Business Students, and mentors junior lawyers to help build their capabilities and resilience. Outside of her profession, she provides secretary support to the board of the Murri School in Brisbane and the board of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Body.
Cassie co-founded Parallax Legal to work with First Nations communities to ensure that they understand their legal options and are empowered in their decision-making processes.
“I knew that whatever I wanted to do in life, it was to give back to my community. As a lawyer, I can do just that.”
Stephanie Parkin is a well-respected Intellectual Property Lawyer dedicated to promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and protocols within the arts and broader industries.
As a proud Quandamooka woman of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Stephanie understands the importance of protecting the intellectual and cultural property of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities.
She believes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is an “expression of identity” underpinned by knowledge, experience and connection to country.
With almost a decade of combined legal and engagement experience, Stephanie has provided advice to a range of clients with regards to their commercial arrangements including drafting and negotiating intellectual property licensing agreements, product supply and services agreements, confidentiality agreements, research and development agreements, advising in relation to IP ownership, infringement and protection and on franchising, privacy and data protection matters. Stephanie’s experience extends to delivering educational workshops in regards to IP and ICIP management and protocols when engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
In 2020, Stephanie completed a Master of Philosophy at QUT where in her thesis she addressed the issue of fake Aboriginal art and craft explored relevant IP and consumer laws and the colonial influences and power imbalances that contribute to the lack of law reform and change.
Stephanie has also worked for the Copyright Agency, a not-for-profit licensing agency where she assisted artists with a range of matters. Today, Stephanie is the Chairperson of the Indigenous Art Code, a national voluntary industry code of conduct aimed at promoting ethical and transparent dealings between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and those who sell and licence their works. Within her own Quandamooka community, Stephanie is a director of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation and President of the North Stradbroke Museum on Minjerribah.
Stephanie has co-founded Parallax Legal to focus on advocacy and assist in all legal matters pertaining to Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property.