LAURA SNOWDON

Associate

Laura is a tireless advocate for gender equality. She has worked to safeguard and advance human rights in Canada and abroad, on issues of sexual violence, reproductive justice and gender-based discrimination. Her litigation experience includes protecting the rights of women athletes abused by coaches in Canada and challenging restrictive abortion policies in the United States.

 

Laura received her LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University, which she attended as a Hauser Global Scholar, the Thomas M. Franck Scholar in International Law, and the Canadian Federation of University Women’s Ruth Binnie Fellow. She earned her J.D. from Western University. During law school, Laura volunteered with the Family Law Project at Pro Bono Students Canada and for the Sexual Assault Center London. She also worked as a legal research assistant to Professor Melanie Randall, specializing in human rights law, intimate partner sexual violence and trauma-informed approaches to law.

 

Laura articled as a clerk to Chief Justice Strathy, Justice Gillese and Justice Watt at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The following year, she clerked for Justice Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada.

 

In addition to her files at the firm, Laura has joined Gillian on the Commission Counsel Team at the Mass Casualty Commission. The Commission is an independent public inquiry created to examine the April 18-19, 2020 mass casualty in Nova Scotia and to provide meaningful recommendations to help protect Canadians in the future.

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AWARDS

Western University Caucus on Women's Issues Essay Award (2016)

Aird & Berlis Award in Contracts (2015)

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Award (2015)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Ontario (2018)

EDUCATION

New York University, LL.M., 2020

Western University, J.D. (Distinction), 2017

Queen's University, B.Sc. (Honours), 2014

MEMBERSHIPS

Ontario Bar Association

Canadian Bar Association

The Advocates' Society

Toronto Lawyers Association