Larissa Parker is an articling student in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office.
Larissa completed a dual BCL/JD degree at McGill University, graduating with the David L. Johnston Medal and the Nathan Cotler Prize in human rights law. She also holds an MSc from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of Toronto.
Throughout her studies, Larissa worked as a research assistant for three professors at the McGill Faculty of Law, and actively volunteered at legal clinics, including the COVID LawHive and the Legal Information Clinic at McGill.
In her final year, Larissa served as a student clerk (for credit) at the Quebec Court of Appeal for the Honourable Justice Robert Mainville, where she conducted research on a range of files in constitutional, civil, and criminal law.
Larissa also has experience working with a number of Indigenous communities across Canada through placements with Pro Bono Students Canada, the McGill Human Rights Internship Program, and the Parliament of Canada. This has given her research experience in topics such as Indigenous rights, Indigenous title, and class actions in support of Indigenous communities. In law school, Larissa was also the co-founder and executive editor of Rooted, a publication on Indigenous law at McGill.
Larissa is passionate about climate litigation and environmental advocacy. She has academic and professional experience working on rights-based climate litigation cases. Over the last two years, Larissa participated in the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation program and assisted on the La Rose lawsuit, where 15 young Canadians sued the federal government on climate inaction.
Larissa has also won national and international awards for her leadership and volunteering on environmental justice.