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Talia Ralph | Summer Law Student in Montréal

Talia Ralph

Summer Student Fasken
Law and policy are powerful tools that can help improve our food systems and build a more sustainable world.
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montréal
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Talia Ralph joined the Fasken team as a summer student in the spring of 2019. She is a graduate of McGill Law’s dual common and civil law program. Talia is the co-founder of the McGill Food Law Society and the founder and executive director of the Food and Agriculture Law Clinic, which helps food-focused non-profits navigate their legal questions. Talia holds a Masters in Food Systems from NYU and an Honours Degree in Journalism from Emerson College. Prior to law school, she spent several years as a reporter and editor for various publications and companies.

During her time at McGill, Talia worked as a research assistant for the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory, where she edited a book on the regulation of domestic labour, and a research associate at the Law, Governance and Society Lab, where she studied global environmental litigation. She also clerked at the Administrative Tribunal of Québec (TAQ).

Talia served as the Communications Director for the mental health advocacy organization Healthy Legal Minds | Juristes en santé and was the Director of Research and a caseworker at Compass Startup and Legal Clinic. She spent her summers working at the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and studying food law, environmental law, and mediation as an exchange student at Vermont Law School, which boasts the top environmental law program in North America.

Talia’s legal career is deeply informed by her years spent as a journalist, editor, radio producer, and communications consultant for several start-ups and non-profits across North America. In 2019-2020, Talia will be clerking at the Federal Court of Canada, where she looks forward to deepening her expertise in federal legislation and the Canadian judicial system.

Talia is an avid skiier, snowboarder, hiker and cyclist, and enjoys design, non-fiction, art, cooking for her loved ones, and exploring new restaurants.

  • The Internship Excellence Award, 2017
  • Human Rights Bursary Recipient, Scholarship 2017
  • The Frances S. Norych Scholarship, McGill Faculty of Law, Scholarship 2016 to 2017
2017 The Internship Excellence Award
2017 Scholarship Human Rights Bursary Recipient
2016 to 2017 Scholarship The Frances S. Norych Scholarship, McGill Faculty of Law
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Education

  • BCL / LLB McGill University
  • MA, Food Systems New York University
  • Bachelor, Multimedia Journalism Emerson College

Accreditations

  • Summer Exchange Vermont Law School

Community involvement

  • Advisory Board Member, Healthy Legal Minds | Ju(ri)stes en santé (since 2016)
  •  Founder and Executive Director, the Food and Agriculture Law Clinic at McGill (since 2018)
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Students Canada (2017-2019)
  • Member, The Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition (2017-2018)
  • Organizer, Christie Bike Ride (2017-2018)
  • Volunteer, Santropol Roulant (since 2015)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Operational Committee Member, The Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy (since 2019)
  • Executive Board Member and Projects Co-Chair, The Food Law Student Network (2017-2019)