Call for a Free InitIal Consultation 613 702 3328
McElroy Law McElroy Law

August 2016 Archives

On feminism and criminal defence

I recently met with a law student who was interested in doing an internship with me. As we finished our conversation, she expressed her excitement about the opportunity to work with a feminist criminal defence lawyer. Her eyes sparkled as she said this, as if she had spotted some sort of elusive rainbow unicorn. I sort of shrugged it off at the time, but the comment stuck with me. I realize that when I finished law school and was grappling with how to merge my own goals of social justice with actually paying my bills, that I had not yet identified any feminist practitioners to look to as role models. That being said, I would count many of my own colleagues as feminists, whether they self-identify or not. And while merging feminist analysis with criminal defence work certainly comes with its own set of challenges, I've found that it has strengthened my practice. 

Take Action On Your Defence

McElroy Law provides friendly and approachable criminal law defence to the residents of Ottawa, Perth, Pembroke, Renfrew, Cornwall, L’Orignal, Smith Falls, Brockville and Kemptville .

305 - 185 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON K2P 0J2

Phone: 613-702-3328
Fax: 613-230-2705
Map & Directions