Meagan graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2016, and is very grateful to be welcomed as part of the team at Woodward & Company for her articling term.
Meagan wishes to dedicate her legal education to work that prioritizes the protection of rights, particularly where they are established but systemically not respected. She is interested in the legal avenues of addressing Aboriginal overrepresentation in Canada’s criminal justice system, and the roles that First Nation governance and protection of Indigenous legal traditions have in forwarding this. During law school, she published editorial articles, policy papers, and a peer-reviewed article with Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform, on the topic.
With a background in international human rights law, Meagan is able to contextualize the importance that protecting rights and legal traditions has for social justice. Prior to law school, she worked at the United Nations Development Program in Istanbul, on a project actualizing refugee education rights in Turkey. She completed a certificate in Public International Law from the Bader International Study Centre, and worked in the Department of Legal Affairs of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Jerusalem, where she assisted the team’s work on international human rights issues—including refugee consideration, child protection, human rights-compliant contracting, and protection of cultural property.
Meagan is new to the coast and to Vancouver Island, and spends all her free time sketching the landscape in awe.