Telephone: 604.696.9828 Ext. 6
Alison is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer with a general litigation practice that focuses on areas of public law. She was called to the bar in 2009 and has argued cases at all levels of court in British Columbia, Alberta, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Her litigation practice engages a wide variety of practice areas including areas of constitutional law, administrative law, aboriginal law, environmental law, civil forfeiture and criminal law, among others.
Alison has been counsel in significant constitutional and criminal cases involving:
A constitutional challenge to the federal laws authorizing solitary confinement (BCCLA & JHS v AG);
The constitutional right to die (Carter v. AG);
Police entrapment of individuals charged with terrorism offences (R. v. Nuttall);
Free speech during elections (BC FIPA v. AG);
The right of drug addicts to access pharmaceutical grade heroin (Providence Health Care Society v. Canada);
Charter damages arising from wrongful conviction and incarceration (Henry v. AG).
Alison is a frequent lecturer at law schools and legal conferences including acting as a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law for a course entitled Charter and Strategic Rights Litigation. She coaches the Allard Law (UBC) Wilson Moot team, a moot which focuses on equality rights under the Charter.
She has published a number of articles on issues concerning public law. Some of that published work is available here:
Co-author, "The Constitutional Infirmity of the Laws Prohibiting Criminal Negligence" (2016), 63 C.L.Q. 325. Available here.
Podcast Guest, "Punishment Unlimited? The Use and Abuse of Solitary Confinement in Canada" (2015), McGill L.J. Podcast. Available here.
Co-author, "Proportionality and the Public Law" (2015), Can. J. Admin. L. & Prac. 23. Available here.
Co-author, "Why we need a constitutional challenge on judicial appointments", The Globe and Mail (6 August 2015). Available here.
Author, “A Positive Future for Section 7? Children and Charter Change” (2014), 67 S.C.L.R. (2d) 537. Available here.
Co-Author, “Stare Decisis and Constitutional Supremacy: Will Our Charter Past Become an Obstacle to Our Charter Future?” (2012), 58 S.C.L.R. (2d) 61. Available here.
Co-Author, “Cost Strategies for Litigants: The Significance of R. v. Caron” (2011), 54 S.C.L.R. 427. Available here.
University of Victoria (LL.B., 2008, and B.F.A., 2001)