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 most recently held the position of Criminal Practice Lead, focusing on practice management, file administration, and peer review and support within the criminal law practice.
From 2020-21, Lana spent a year with the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, as the 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 offered the NLP students the opportunity to gain practical experience with local legal organizations.
Lana is an active volunteer in the legal community and thoroughly enjoys putting together professional development and networking events for law students and the local bar. She is a practicing member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Nunavut. She is also a member of the Kamloops Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia since 2022. In August 2021, Lana relocated to Kamloops after two decades away. She is delighted to call Kamloops home once again and to raise her family here.