Shailaja completed her J.D. at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, where she won several awards, including the Silver and Bronze Scholar awards, and course prizes in evidence, family law, and the family law clinic course. Prior to law school, she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences with a minor in economics from McMaster University.
Shailaja maintained a strong interest in both written and oral advocacy throughout her three years at law school. She worked as a student caseworker for two years at the Queen’s Family Law Clinic, assisting low-income and marginalized individuals to navigate the family court system. In her 3L year, she acted as a mentor to the new cohort of clinic caseworkers and assisted counsel in a complex matter proceeding to trial. She worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Lisa Kelly and in her 1L summer, she worked for a sole practitioner in prison and immigration law. Shailaja was an oralist representing Queen’s Law at the Gale Cup Moot this past year, and went on to help her team to a 2nd place win in the final round before Justices Abella, Brown, and Kasirer. Additionally, she was awarded the Chief Brian Dickson Medal for Best Oralist in the final round. Shailaja recently had her paper, “Student Suicide On-Campus: Tort Liability of Canadian Universities and Determining a Duty of Care” published in the 2021 volume of Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform. She looks forward to clerking at the British Columbia Court of Appeal after completing her articles.
During law school, Shailaja enjoyed being involved in the Queen’s Law community. She was one of the 2019 Orientation Week organizers in charge of planning and running the orientation events for 200 incoming 1L students. In 2L, she was an Academic Tutor and mentor for 1L students and became Co-Head Tutor in her 3L year. Additionally, she was the Vice-President – Finance of the Queen’s Chapter of the South Asian Law Students’ Association in 2L, and worked as Co-President in 3L to build community with racialized students during a remote year of learning.
In her spare time, Shailaja can be found collecting and reading books (most recently Canadian fiction), and in non-COVID times, traveling and attending rock concerts or orchestra performances.