David Woodroffe is descended from the Jingilli Modburra clan group whose traditional lands are at Newcastle Waters 300 kilometres south of Katherine in black soil country.

David’s passion and vision has seen him succeed as a lawyer, an advocate and a leader for his people. His dedication and skill in these roles has earned him the respect of his colleagues and the communities in which he has worked.

David was the Managing Criminal Solicitor for the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, a position he has held since 2010. David managed the largest criminal defence practice in the Northern Territory.

He led a team that provides high quality, culturally appropriate legal services for Aboriginal people and advocates to change to laws, programs and policies that affect Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system

David has worked for over 16 years in five different Aboriginal legal organisations: the North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Darwin, the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Alice Springs, the Katherine Regional Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Katherine, the Aboriginal Legal Service Western Australia in Kununurra and currently the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin.

In each legal environment, David has established and built upon his reputation for incredible hard work on behalf of his clients and a passion for protecting and promoting the rights of Indigenous people.

We are really excited to have David as our new Principal Legal Officer.