Julie has worked as an Associate with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, one of Canada’s largest aboriginal law firms, where she gained experience in a variety of civil litigation matters, including complex aboriginal and treaty rights litigation. She also advised clients in respect of human rights law, administrative and employment law, and corporate, non-profit, and charitable law matters.
Julie’s experience in the Canadian media industry spans over 13 years and, before becoming a lawyer she worked with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and several divisions of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). She has been awarded for her work as a documentary filmmaker, and is the recipient of grants from the NFB and the Ontario Arts Council.
As a compliment to her love of law, Julie has a passionate interest in the use of art and media as tools for social change. Her most recent installation works, collectively titled, ‘Fragments & Sightings‘, were exhibited as part of the City of Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and featured in NOW Magazine’s Top 10 picks for Nuit Blanche 2010. ‘Fragments & Sightings’ involved contributions from Maher Arar and K’naan and was designed to generate public awareness and support of international human rights issues and the efforts of the Canadian Centre for International Justice.
Julie’s latest project applies collaborative design strategy to innovation in the delivery of legal services to low-income Ontarians.