Why I'm Good At What I Do
My law degree is from Windsor Law with an Hons. B.Sc. & B.A. from the University of Toronto in Psychology & Criminology. My focus is on making the law easier for people to access and treating all people with dignity and respect.
I have been in private practice since 2019. My practice focuses on criminal and housing defence, as well as select civil litigation related to my criminal and housing law practice. I also work as Tenant Duty Counsel at the Landlord and Tenant Board. I have benefited from the mentorship of Linda McCurdy and Ken Marley, and formerly Sharon Murphy (now Justice Murphy).
My articling was done as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice (2017 - 2018) for judges from Windsor to Woodstock. I provided the judges with legal research & analysis, case summaries, and copy-editing. I also assisted the Chief Justice's Office in designing an educational program for Superior Court judges on sexual assault law in Canada.
I worked as the Research Assistant to Professor David M. Tanovich (2014 - 2017), and as the senior Research Assistant for the Canadian Bar Review (2016 - 2017; 2020 Colton Bushie edition). The Canadian Bar Review is the legal journal that is most often cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.
I did my undergrad studies at the University of Toronto and earned a Hons. B.Sc. in Psychology & Criminology. My focus was on neuroscience and how the development of a person's brain impacts their decision-making, particularly in youth. I also attended Oxford University for a course on Comparative International Human Rights (2008).
In 2017 I was one of the national coordinators of the Women's March on Washington - Canadian Contingent. We moved 1000 people from across Canada to Washington, D.C. to participate in the inaugural Women's March on Washington. We went to show support for American women who were demanding that their rights be respected. I continue to work with the Women's March & March On branches from Windsor, ON.
In 2010, I interned for the Minister of the Attorney General of Ontario. I wrote a report on proactive strategies for crime reduction, and compiled and analyzed a decade's worth of crime statistics to inform policy focus.
From 2012 to 2014, I got involved in legal work again as an administrative and event staff with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA). I planned CCLA's annual Celebrating Canada gala, their queer rights panel event during WorldPride (2014), and assisted with donor relations and fundraising.
From 2011 to 2014, I worked in retail banking at ING Direct (now Tangerine), where I helped clients gain control over their money, understand mortgages and navigate the settling of financial elements of estates.