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 and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law where she teaches a course entitled Charter and Strategic Rights Litigation. She has published a number of articles on issues concerning public law. Some of her recent contributions include:
Faculty, “Judicial Review and Religious Organizations”, (2018) CLEBC Administrative Law Conference
Faculty, “Groia v. Law Society: Civility & Proportionality, Advocacy & the Charter (...But Mostly Standard of Review)”, (2018) Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Cutting Edge Topics for Trial Lawyers Conference
Panelist, "Human Rights and Corrections", (2018) Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies Conference
Panelist, "The Scope of Charter Rights and Redress", (2018) Osgoode 2017 Constitutional Cases Conference
Panelist, "Challenging Solitary Confinement", (2018) Asper Centre Public Interest Litigation Conference
Faculty, "The Line Between Zealous Advocacy and Misconduct", (2017) CLEBC Litigation Misconduct Conference
Faculty, "Year in Review: British Columbia Administrative Law Decisions of Note", (2017) CLEBC Administrative Law Conference
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)