Allison is currently an articling student at Derstine Penman. She initially joined the firm as a summer student in 2016 while completing her law degree at McGill University.
During her time in law school, Allison worked tirelessly to defend of civil liberties and human rights. As a member of Lawyers Without Borders McGill, Allison managed multiple research projects dedicated to international criminal justice. She also published articles for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association with respect to predictive policing practices in Canada and the impact of Canada-UN relations on civil liberties.
Allison is a huge proponent of access to justice for all. To this end, she participated in various clinical programs to provide free legal information to low-income individuals. At the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, she worked on cases from which diverse issues arose, including employment law, family law, and immigration law. During her time with the Shield of Athena women’s shelter in Montreal, she provided legal information to women facing a variety of hardships.
After completing a human rights internship in Accra, Ghana, where she was tasked with reviewing criminal legislation and conducting research on sentencing and police practice, Allison’s passion for criminal defence work solidified. Allison has a particular interest in constitutional and mental health cases. She looks forward to broadening her knowledge in criminal matters and deepening her passion in this area.
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