Suzie received her J.D/LL.L. from the University of Ottawa in May 2017. Prior to law school, Suzie spent four years working in the field of international government contract management after obtaining her Honours Bachelor of Commerce.
Suzie credits much of her academic success to her extracurricular activities. Notably, she worked as a Senior Editor for the French-language edition of the Ottawa Law Review and participated in the Laskin Moot Competition (Best Factum – University of Ottawa, Civil Law). Suzie volunteered as a workshop facilitator for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund to promote the advancement of gender equality and to proactively contribute to the fight against sexual violence. During her studies, Suzie also worked as research assistant to Professor Pascale Fournier, with whom she co-authored a chapter on Quebec family law procedure.
Suzie is an avid motorcycle enthusiast.
As I prepared cover letters for on-campus interviews, the prospect of transitioning from law school to practice seemed daunting. McCarthy Tétrault is outstandingly proactive in providing its students with all of the training and guidance needed to work efficiently at the firm. Throughout my summer, I found that every lawyer I worked with takes their formal or informal mentoring role to heart and took the time to explain what was needed from me and, more importantly, why they needed it. It was when I understood how my work fit into the bigger picture – the trial, the transaction, the business development project – that I started to understand what legal practice is really like. It encouraged me to take ownership of my contribution to the firm’s mandates. The highlight of my summer was working with a lawyer who gave me the opportunity to work on all of his files with an important client undergoing significant restructuring. By the end of the summer, it felt like this particular client was “my” client.