Although Melia’s experience is focused in criminal law, she’s happy to pursue other areas of practice as well as continue to practice in criminal defence — something Melia says, “is the freedom being at the Bar gives you”.
Earlier this year, Melia assisted in a test case before the Federal Court in Adelaide.
“It was an Anti-Discrimination action involving Native Title holders and a poll for a potential nuclear waste site on native title land.”
Melia’s passion for learning and protecting the vulnerable has taken her to a variety of roles, including working as the Counsel Assisting the Coroner and The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before becoming a barrister. Melia’s experience is an example of the incredible career opportunities studying a Bachelor of Laws at JCU can offer.
“You can never know enough. There is just so much to learn, so much to do, so much to change.”
JCU Law graduate Melia Benn