Prof. Lana comes to TRU Law after working as a criminal defence lawyer for over a decade. Originally from Kamloops, British Columbia, she studied Criminology at Simon Fraser University earning her Bachelor of Arts in 2003. She went on to study law, obtaining her Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 2006. Lana completed her articles at a large criminal defence firm in Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008. Lana worked as a trial lawyer in Ontario for several years before relocating to Iqaluit, Nunavut, in 2015 to work as a staff criminal lawyer for Nunavut Legal Aid. She currently holds a senior counsel position with legal aid, focusing on practice management, file administration, and peer review and support within the criminal law practice.
Lana recently took a sabbatical from Nunavut Legal Aid and spent a year with the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, where she held the position of Director of the Nunavut Law Program. Lana guided the Program through its last year of delivery, taught several upper year law courses, and designed a clinical law externship course, which allowed the NLP students to gain some practical legal experience before graduation.
Lana is an active volunteer in the legal community. She is a member of the Kamloops Bar Association, sits on the Law Society of Nunavut’s Discipline Committee, and was the 2020-21 President of the Canadian Bar Association’s Nunavut Branch. From 2018-21, Lana was the co-chair of the CBA-Nunavut's Criminal Law Section. Throughout her time with the CBA, Lana enjoyed putting together professional development and networking events for law students and the local bar. Lana has recently relocated to Kamloops after over two decades away. She is delighted to call Kamloops home once again and to raise her family here. Lana is looking forward to contributing to the faculty of law at Thompson Rivers University and getting to know the local legal community.