Keiisha Pillai first became interested in criminal law while living in Texas, where she worked with death penalty defence lawyers specializing in capital punishment appeals. Working closely with clients waiting on death row opened her eyes to the importance of a vigorous defence and the often up-hill battle that accused persons face in the criminal justice system.
Today, she is an associate who aims to provide a full and energetic defence for all of her clients. She first joined Derstine Penman as a summer student and went on to complete her articles of clerkship at the firm.
Keiisha graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Houston in Texas. Shortly after, she attended McGill Faculty of Law where she obtained both her common and civil law degrees. At the Faculty, she received a National Program Scholarship and studied in both English and French.
During law school, Keiisha pursued her passion for criminal law by volunteering at Innocence McGill, where she advocated for those who had been wrongfully convicted. She was also an executive member of Criminal Law McGill and worked as a senior advocate at the McGill Legal Information Clinic.
Keiisha is a former Canadian Lawyers Abroad Intern, who was selected to work at the Yukon Human Rights Commission in Whitehorse. There she gained an intimate understanding of the discrimination and human rights abuses that those in the criminal justice system often face. At the Commission, she helped prepare numerous files against detention centres and jails, alleging the mistreatment of inmates and focusing on the misuse of solitary confinement.
When Keiisha is not working hard in the office, she is often training for or dreaming about running marathons: To date, she has run four marathons and an ultra-marathon.
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