Shelina Alisali @ ilercampbell.com
416-598-0103 ext. 136
As with many of the lawyers at Iler Campbell, my path to becoming a lawyer was not direct. I began my university education with a degree in International Development Studies, focusing on gender inequality in developing countries and continued my focus on gender equality and policy development during my Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration, where I explored the impact of gender equality policy and programming on human security and failed and fragile states.
My academic research led to my work for the Canadian International Development Agency in the Gender Equity Division and later as a Research Intern on the Human Security in Cities Program with the Department of Foreign Affairs. These positions provided me with an amazing experience, but also motivated me to find a career where I could further my commitment to social justice. I also wanted to work directly with people and affect change first hand. Law school had always been at the back of my mind and practicing law seemed to offer a way to contribute to building healthy communities focused on social justice.
While completing law school at Queen's University, I worked with Queen's Legal Aid, and took on research and teaching assistant positions as they became available. I was apprehensive about getting pulled into the "big law firm thing."
When I interviewed at Iler Campbell I immediately noticed the passion that every member of the team brought to their work and when I was offered the opportunity to article here, I knew I had found a rare opportunity to work with a progressive and community focused law firm. Now that I've worked here, I've come to know that passion for our work first hand and I've met so many dedicated clients. I am excited to continue developing my practice with the firm and be a part of such a socially innovative group.