Meryl Friedland received her Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Psychology and English from the University of Alberta in 2011. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Western University in 2015 where she graduated on the Dean’s Honour List. She completed her articles of clerkship at Greenspan Humphrey Lavine in Toronto, where she assisted with trial and appellate work on Criminal Code and regulatory offences as well as extradition matters. Meryl returned to her home province of Alberta in September 2016 to join the team of Wolch Watts Wilson & Jugnauth.
Meryl gained criminal law experience throughout her three years of law school at Western’s Community Legal Services clinic, where she worked as a caseworker, student supervisor, and then as head supervisor. In these roles she represented clients on a variety of summary conviction matters, including violent offences and drug matters. She developed a particular interest in drafting and arguing Charter motions when her clients’ rights were not upheld.
Meryl received a number of awards upon graduation from law school for her work in advocacy and criminal law. These included the Henry Goldentuler and Donald H. Crawford QC scholarships for highest standing in Advanced Litigation Practice and Criminal Procedure. Meryl also received the Stanley C. Tessis Memorial Award for outstanding advocacy in court, as well as the Colin D. Leitch award for demonstrating the greatest potential for success as a practitioner in criminal law. The Women’s Law Association of Ontario granted Meryl the Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award in 2015.
Meryl is passionate about protecting her clients’ rights and advancing vigorous defences. She was called to the bar in both Ontario and Alberta and is currently a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the Criminal Defence Lawyers’ Association.