Emanuela Bocancea

Law Student

Emanuela worked at Acheson as a summer student in 2018 and she is excited to return to the firm to complete her articles. Currently in her final semester of law school at the University of Victoria, Emanuela is working at the Law Centre where she represent clients in criminal law, civil law, family law, and human rights cases. While in law school Emanuela enjoyed writing numerous research papers on law-related topics, for which she was recognized with the David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing, the Ronald F. MacIsaac Paper Prize, and the Professor Maneesha Deckha Award in Animals, Culture & the Law.

Upon graduation, Emanuela will temporarily relocate to Edmonton (where she grew up) to complete a clerkship at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. As a clerk she will work closely with the judges of Alberta’s superior trial court on their cases, assisting them with research and editing, and observing all manner of court proceedings. After this experience, she looks forward to her return to lovely Victoria.

Prior to law school Emanuela completed a BA (Honours) and MA at the University of Alberta, and a PhD in Archaeology at Brown University (in Providence, Rhode Island, USA). While studying at Brown, she conducted research, co-directed fieldwork, and engaged in community outreach at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra (in Jordan), and on the island of Montserrat (British West Indies). She was also a diver in an underwater survey on the island of Menorca (Spain), and a surveyor and excavator on ancient sites in Romania and Greece. Through diverse life experiences and international fieldwork Emanuela was exposed to many forms of systemic injustice. A desire to ensure access to justice for those who have been harmed through the fault of others led her to law school and to Acheson.

When not doing legal work, Emanuela can be found exploring Vancouver Island with her family and spending as much time outdoors as possible. She is also an avid podcast listener, and a binge-watcher of documentaries and cooking competition shows.

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