Laura Edwards

Associate

  • ledwards@jfklaw.ca
  • P 250-405-1865
  • C 780-977-6207
  • 816-1175 Douglas Street, Victoria BC V8W 2E1

Laura Edwards is an associate at the Victoria office. Originally from Red Deer, Alberta/Treaty 6 and 7 territory, they are grateful to be living as a guest on Coast Salish territory.

Laura holds a Juris Doctor specializing in Environmental Law and Sustainability from the University of Victoria. During law school, Laura completed a clinical intensive term with UVic’s Environmental Law Centre and they were the president of OUTLaws and the Law Students’ Society.

Laura is committed to using their legal practice to support Indigenous communities to assert their inherent right to self governance and to protect and defend their Aboriginal and treaty rights. They are drawn to the practice of Aboriginal law because they believe that advancing Indigenous rights and supporting Indigenous peoples is the only way to repair the social and environmental damages done by the colonial legal system. Their work is driven by compassion and respect for Indigenous communities and a recognition that as a settler they must use their skills and resources to continually work towards decolonizing themself and the land around them.

Laura is also passionate about social justice, intersectional equality, and LGBTQ2SI issues. They have volunteered extensively with LGBTQ2SI organizations and clubs and they currently volunteer with PBSC’s Trans-ID Clinic.

Prior to law, Laura worked as a field biologist/ecologist in Alberta specializing in wetlands, riparian areas, and impacts to freshwater ecosystems. Through their work experience and education they have developed a deep appreciation of the environmental challenges that intersect with the law and communities.

In Laura’s spare time they love to travel and be outside as much as possible. They enjoy hiking, cycling, swimming, crafting, watching sci-fi/fantasy shows, and hanging out with their cat.

Practice Focus:

Aboriginal and Treaty Rights

Consultation and Accommodation

Administrative Law & Judicial Review

Environmental Assessments and Regulatory Proceedings

Water Law

Education and Professional Affiliations

University of Victoria, Juris Doctor, with a specialization in Environmental Law and Sustainability, 2019

University of Alberta, Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biological Sciences – Ecology, 2013

Member of the Law Society of British Columbia, 2020 – present

Member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, 2014 – present

 

Highlights

Publications

West Face Capital Inc. v. Chieftain Metals Inc., 2020 ONSC 5161

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently issued a decision that highlights how the interests of First Nations as

JFK Welcomes Christina Gray and Patti Dahl!

JFK Law is pleased to introduce Christina Gray and Patti Dahl to our team. Christina Gray joins us as