I was offered a CNTA Guided Research Placement in 2016. My research topic focussed on principles of succession and the preservation of rights and interests in country within the context of native title. I am very grateful for the opportunity the CNTA Research Placement afforded me. Overall I found the experience invaluable in developing my publication-focussed writing and analysis skills. I benefited enormously from the guidance and generous advice provided by Julie and Nic, as well as that which I received from other researchers I connected with at ANU.