Stephanie is a Quandamooka person from Minjerribah (also known as North Stradbroke Island) where most of her family still live and work. On her mother’s side she is a descendant of the Martin and Delaney families from Minjerribah, while her father’s family hails from Gippsland, Victoria.
In 2012, shortly after graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws and Justice (majoring in criminology), Stephanie began working for leading Brisbane law firm McCullough Robertson Lawyers. For the last three years, the focus of her work has been on Intellectual Property and Competition. She believes that intellectual property in particular plays a vital role in protecting and developing the cultural and artistic expression of all artists and their works. Since joining the law firm, Stephanie has assisted a variety of clients (including some from not-for-profit organisations) with their intellectual property and commercial needs. She has also been involved in and presented at a number of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee events, including the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs business industry event.
This young lawyer has a particular interest in building and bringing further awareness to intellectual property rights, protection and ongoing benefits for Indigenous artists and their artistic expressions. Within her own family and community, there are a range of artists who at different levels have been able to develop and showcase their skills to the community more broadly, which she believes is an ongoing demonstration and expression of their culture. Through her role with Access Art, Stephanie hopes to contribute to this ongoing demonstration in a different way, both within the Indigenous community and the artistic community more broadly.