About Kristen Dunbar Tobin
Kristen was called to the Bar of Ontario on January of 2016. She holds a common law degree (Juris Doctor, J.D.) with Honour from the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, with a Double-Major in International Development Studies and African Studies, and a Minor in Hispanic Languages.
Following law school, Kristen was pleased to complete her Articling at Gerami Law PC between December of 2014 and October of 2015. She was then employed as a Legal Analyst at the firm, until she was called to the Bar. Kristen is thrilled to continue working at Gerami Law PC as a Barrister-at-Law, and is particularly interested in practicing immigration and refugee law from a human rights perspective and with cultural and gender sensitivity.
Before joining Gerami Law PC, Kristen undertook a Clerkship with the Regional Senior Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice in January 2014, where she worked exclusively on criminal law matters. During her legal studies, Kristen worked as a legal intern on discrimination matters with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and on public interest law, including in the fields of immigration and refugee law, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She also worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Manirakiza at the University of Ottawa, primarily on the topic of incorporating Ugandan traditional justice mechanisms into international criminal law procedure.
Kristen was proud to volunteer with the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers for two years during law school, as Student Coordinator and as Co-Chair of Research and Advocacy, for the University of Ottawa Chapter. Throughout her schooling, she also volunteered with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, the First Nations Caring Society, and AIDS Community Care Montreal. She enjoyed participating in a course on Inuit legal and social issues in Iqaluit, Nunavut, in January 2013.
Outside of work, Kristen likes cooking and spending time with her husband and family. She aspires to do as much travelling and hiking across the globe as she possibly can.