Karen is an associate at Derstine Penman, where her practice focuses on criminal litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Since joining the firm, Karen has been counsel on a number of appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also conducted trials and preliminary inquiries, as well as preparing constitutional applications in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. Most recently Karen has acted as junior counsel in a homicide trial.
Karen received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 2014 and graduated cum laude. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Political Science from Dalhousie University.
During her legal studies, Karen volunteered for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity, chaired by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire. She also participated in an internship at the Washington College of Law at American University as a researcher for the War Crimes Research Office. She spent a semester with Global Affairs Canada, in the treaty law division.
Before joining Derstine Penman, Karen completed her articles with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto as a Judicial Law Clerk and was called to the bar in 2015. She also worked with the Prosecution Division at the International Criminal Court and worked on the defence team of Ratko Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, both in The Hague, Netherlands.
v. Durham Regional Crime Stoppers Inc., 2017 SCC 45 (hyperlink: https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/16786/index.do)
v. Perkins, 2017 ONCA 152 (hyperlink: https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onca/doc/2017/2017onca152/2017onca152.html)
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