Associate, Mandell Pinder LLP
Assistant: Jennifer Allan | email@example.com
Leah joined Mandell Pinder LLP as an Articling Student in 2009, and has quickly developed a diverse Aboriginal law practice. Her work includes advocacy, negotiations, research, and strategic advice. She has been involved in litigation involving election codes and issues of self-governance, property and taxation, and a variety of environmental issues. In addition, Leah has assisted with a number of criminal files, including fishing prosecutions, and sentencing.
Leah grew up on Vancouver Island. Prior to attending law school she obtained a degree in English and professional writing. In 1999 Leah moved to New York City to work as an editor at Blue, an adventure travel magazine. Eager to apply her journalistic skills to the realm of social justice, Leah decided to return to British Columbia to pursue a law degree.
During law school, Leah participated in UVic's co-operative education program, through which she worked for the Law Commission of Canada, in the field of immigration law, and with the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit. She also participated in the Environmental Law Clinic, and completed a directed study in Aboriginal law focusing on the concept of the honour of the Crown.
Leah believes in the possibilities of the law for advancing First Nations rights and prosperity and is committed to finding creative ways to assist her clients to meet their goals.
|LL.B||University of Victoria, 2009|
|B.A.||University of Victoria, 2002|
Member, Law Society of BC (2010)
Mooting coach, UBC Law, National Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Law Moot (2009-2011)
Pro-bono students Canada and West Coast LEAF (2007-2008)
Victoria Separation and Divorce Resource Centre (2005-2007)
Greater Victoria Police Victim Services (2003-2006)
In her life outside the legal world, Leah enjoys dancing, practicing yoga, hiking and traveling.