Deborah Furtado joined the Fasken team during the summer of 2018, after completing her final year of law school at the Université de Montréal. She also studied at the University of Costa Rica in San José, where she obtained a certificate in comparative law on the implementation of the rights to health and food. During her second year of law school, Deborah spent time in Brazil at the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro, where she studied the legal and social issues raised by new technologies, such as artificial intelligence.
While at university, Deborah was recognized a number of times for academic excellence and appeared on the Dean’s List at the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal.
While a third year student, Deborah clerked with the Honourable Magali Lewis, of the Court of Quebec, Civil Division, and the Human Rights Tribunal. This experience helped her learn much about the conduct of a hearing and civil procedure. As a clerk, she worked on several files involving wrongful dismissals and discrimination in employment and developed an interest in labour, employment, and human rights law.
With the intention of improving access to justice, Deborah also volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada. She met with unrepresented litigants at the Montreal Courthouse who were about to appear for a hearing before the Small Claims Division or the Régie du logement and provided them with information on the rules applicable before the Quebec courts.
Deborah also consolidated her legal skills throughout her studies by working as a legal assistant for a litigation family lawyer, where she drafted many legal proceedings for both applicants and defendants.
Before Deborah entered law school and joined Fasken, she worked for a major Quebec financial institution for nearly five years. She was responsible for analyzing the financial situation of clients seeking credit and determining their ability to repay as well as their solvency. This experience contributed to her interest in banking and finance.
Aside from her passion for the law, Deborah devotes her free time to traveling, cooking and reading.