WHAT I DO
I an associate at Goldblatt Partners LLP, where I maintain a broad public law practice with a particular focus on constitutional litigation, public international law, and appellate litigation.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PRO BONO WORK
The majority of my pro bono work is spent working on constitutional test case litigation in the Superior Court and intervention work in courts of appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada on a wide range of issues including sex workers' rights, physician assisted dying, religious liberties, human rights protections for trade unions, and remedies for victims of torture.
I have represented local, national and international organizations including Amnesty International, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, the Criminal Lawyers Association, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario, the International Trade Union Confederation, Pivot Legal Society, Prisoners' Legal Services, and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.
WHY I DO THIS PRO BONO WORK
When I made the choice to go to law school, I never believed that I would actually end up practicing law. Instead, I assumed that I would use my legal skills in an NGO or other environment where I could work for progressive social change.
Luckily, as it turns out, there exist law firms whose commitment to social justice is more than just a marketing tool, and I managed to find a job at one of them. My employers have given me the space to devote a very significant portion of my time to pro bono social cause lawyering.
ONE COMMENT TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS
All too often it is the people and communities who can afford your legal services the least who need your skills the most. Pro bono work allows you to empower others to achieve justice, equality and respect.