Satoko Doi

Barristers/Legal Firms
Winter 2016

I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of the Aurora Internship Program for the third time. From late July to September of 2016, I had the immense pleasure of working with Ms. Susan Phillips, a native title barrister working on the 13th Floor of St James Hall. I was thrilled to be placed with Susan given her expertise in native title and administrative law. I was excited to start since I had just completed my units in property law and administrative law.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Susan. She was very thoughtful of what I would get out of the internship and she assigned me to a project I could see through from beginning to end. For the duration of my internship, I assisted Susan by drafting a report required by the Minister under s 10 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Act in relation to an application for protection of sites of significance made by Aboriginal claimants. It was very rewarding to see some of my work in the final copy of the report.

My internship was not limited to my work in chambers. Susan was incredibly generous and took me along to the National Indigenous Legal Conference in Canberra. She also organised for me to join her in Gunnedah to hear oral representations in relation to another s 10 application. By meeting the claimants in person, I gained a deep appreciation of how significant these claims are to the claimants. It was a privilege visiting the grinding grooves and scarred trees with Aboriginal elders of the area.

I cannot thank Susan enough for the knowledge and insight I gained from the three months I worked with her.  

Applications for the for the Aurora Internship Program winter 2017 round of internships are open from now through the 31st March, 2017. For more information, please visit