Robin Parker is a recognized authority on trial and appellate advocacy and strategy.
Robin was a federal Crown from 1996 to 2009, when she left government for the challenges and excitement of private practice. She knows the system inside out. As a former wiretap agent, she was appointed by the federal court to assist with security certificate litigation, and had the highest level of security clearance. She has advised the Prime Minister’s office, and been involved in sensitive diplomatic efforts. During her time with government she was given an Award of Merit for her service.
Robin has argued countless trials and appeals across Ontario, Iqaluit and the Northwest Territories, including murders, wiretap and organized crime cases with domestic and internationally gathered evidence, complex fraud and regulatory cases. She is an authority in international criminal law issues, including extradition, mutual legal assistances, terrorism and war crimes. She is trusted by her colleagues when they are in difficulty, defending Law Society and Law Pro cases.
Robin was called to the Bar in 1996, after completing her law degree at Dalhousie. In 2008 she received an award of Distinction from Oxford University when she completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law.
Robin is a sought after legal educator. She is a regular speaker for the Law Society, the Advocate’s Society and the National Judicial Institute, as well as a teacher in the LLM Program at Osgoode (International Criminal Law), a trial advocacy instructor in the undergraduate law program, and team leader in the annual Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop.
Robin is a member of the International Council of Jurists and a former Director of the Criminal Lawyers Association.
A foremost authority on youth criminal justice. Emma is a top negotiator who fights for the underdog and teaches future lawyers. She is a member of the executive for the Ontario Bar Association’s Children and Youth Law section and she is on the Board of Directors for Justice for Children and Youth.
Emma is a leader in her field and cowrote the book on youth and the law: Emma is a co-author of Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases, Edmond Publishing.
Emma has sat on numerous panels focusing on youth justice issues including for Legal Aid Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ministry of the Attorney General, and the Ontario Bar Association.
Emma is a top negotiator and often solves cases outside the courtroom to save her clients the stress of a trial. When a fair resolution can’t be reached, she is a talented litigator who has done thousands of criminal law trials over her career.
Emma is an effective communicator with unparalleled thoroughness. She has been called to testify on the overrepresentation of visible minority youth in the criminal system in front of the Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Emma has also been appointed amicus curiae in Superior Court proceedings and has represented sexual assault survivors in third party records applications.
As a teacher of future lawyers, Emma has served as a University of Toronto adjunct professor and is an instructor of trial advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Emma’s peers recognize her as a leader in her field. She is often called upon to give strategic advice and perspective on youth justice issues. Emma is the Criminal Lawyers’ Association representative for youth criminal justice issues for all of Ontario. She is also a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and was selected to be part of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario’s Independent Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors Pilot Program.