Keiisha Pillai first became interested in criminal law when living in Texas, where she worked with death penalty defence lawyers who specialized in capital punishment appeals. The experience of working closely with clients sitting on death row opened her eyes to the importance of a vigorous defence and the often up-hill battle that accused persons in the criminal justice system face.
After graduating summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Houston in Texas, Keiisha moved to Montreal and studied law at the McGill Faculty of Law, where she studied in both English and French.
During law school, Keiisha continued to pursue her passion for criminal law by volunteering at Innocence McGill, Criminal Law McGill and also took the time to hone her advocacy skills by working as a senior advocate at the student advocates branch at the Legal Information Clinic.
While studying, Keiisha was also selected as a Canadian Lawyers Abroad Intern and moved to the Yukon briefly towork at the Yukon Human Rights Commission. At the Commission, Keiisha gained an intimate understanding of the discrimination and human rights abuses that those in the criminal justice system face. She prepared numerous cases against Correctional Centres alleging the mistreatment of inmates and in particular, focused on the misuse of solitary confinement.
When Keiisha is not working hard at the office, she is often training for or dreaming about running long distances: To date, she has run four marathons and an ultra-marathon.
Keiisha first joined Derstine Penman as a summer student and returned for her articles after graduating from law school. She aims to provide a full, energetic and vigorous defence for our clients.
Derstine Penman Criminal Lawyers
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