Miranda Gartner joined Narwal Litigation LLP as an associate after completing her articles with our firm. Originally from Saskatchewan, she moved to Vancouver to attend the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, where she received her J.D. Prior to attending law school, she completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours with a major in Psychology and a minor in Crime, Law and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
After her first year of law school, Miranda was selected to be a Student Ambassador for her faculty. Over the course of her degree, she participated in a number of groups, including Law Students for Decriminalization and Harm Reduction; the Allard Law Women’s Caucus, of which she was elected VP Internal Affairs during her second year of school; and the volleyball team Serving Justice, of which she was co-captain during her final year of school.
As a student, Miranda gained experience in criminal law by becoming involved in the Innocence Project, by volunteering for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, and by participating in the Criminal Law Clinic, in which she defended clients charged with summary criminal offences. During her last two years of school, Miranda gained exposure to civil law by volunteering for Access ProBono’s Civil Chambers Program through ProBono Students Canada.
During the summer before her final year of law school, Miranda worked for the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service. In this role, she developed an appreciation for the Crown decision-making process. She also gained significant courtroom experience: she conducted bail and sentencing hearings and prosecuted a number of cases involving provincial statute and Criminal Code offences.