Sarah Rankin holds a JD (Hons) from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a MA in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, also from the University of Toronto. She also has a BA with Distinction (Double Major English and Philosophy) from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where she grew up. Prior to joining Wolch deWit Watts & Wilson as an associate, she clerked at the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton. She articled with Addario Law Group in Toronto and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2015. Sarah was the valedictorian of her law school class, and won a number of academic prizes during her studies.
Sarah has been passionate about criminal law and criminal justice for a long time. She was a criminal division student caseworker at the Faculty of Law’s Legal Aid Clinic, as well as a board member for the clinic. As a student she worked on multiple coroner’s inquests held into the deaths of individuals killed during encounters precipitated by mental health crises. She mooted competitively, served as an editor on a multiple law journals, including the Indigenous Law Journal, the Journal of Law and Equality, and as founding student editor of an open source law journal with a focus on critical analysis of law.
Sarah is committed to discrete, thoughtful and fearless defence work. She has a special interest in the law and mental disorder, appeals and in prison law. She was originally called to the bar in Ontario and is a member of The Law Society of Alberta, The Law Union of Ontario, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association.