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Dr Virginia Marshall is the first Aboriginal woman to gain a PhD in Law from Macquarie University, winning the 2015 Stanner Award for her doctoral thesis. Virginia has completed six degrees encompassing law, sociology, communications, and vocational education. Virginia has worked as a civil and criminal lawyer, an associate to Federal Court of Australia judges, a senior legal officer with the Australian Law Reform Commission, a trainer to legal professionals, and as principal solicitor of her own legal firm.