Emanuela Bocancea is a law student returning to Acheson Sweeney Foley Sahota to complete her articles.

Emanuela Bocancea

Law Student

Emanuela worked at Acheson Law as a summer student in 2018 and she is excited to return to the firm in 2020 to complete her articles. She graduated with a JD from the University of Victoria in 2019. Emanuela is currently clerking at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton. As a judicial law clerk she works closely with the justices of Alberta’s superior court on their cases – assisting with legal research, providing opinions, and editing judgements in all areas of the law. The clerkship constitutes an unrivalled opportunity to observe all manner of court proceedings at all levels of court, and to gain insight into the administration of justice from behind the bench.

During her final semester of law school Emanuela worked at the Law Centre in downtown Victoria, where she represented clients in criminal law, civil law, family law, and human rights cases. For her work at the Law Centre Emanuela was recognized with the YLaw Best Lawyering Award, which is awarded to “a student who has demonstrated outstanding skills attending to clients’ needs, representing clients at the Supreme Court and Provincial Court levels, and who knows the value of proper legal representation.

While in law school Emanuela greatly enjoyed writing research papers on diverse 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.

Prior to law school Emanuela completed a BA (Honours) and MA at the University of Alberta, followed by 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 of a Roman harbour 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 Law.

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 an avid podcast listener, a voracious reader, and a big documentary film fan.

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