Following her summer articles with the firm, Zaira completed a clerkship at the Federal Court, where she gained experience in a variety of regulatory proceedings, judicial reviews of federal tribunal decisions, Canada’s international law obligations, and administrative law. She was recently called to the Ontario and British Columbia bars. Zaira has returned to the firm and is currently rotating through the various practice groups at Fasken's Vancouver office prior to starting her practice.
During law school, Zaira developed an interest in Canada-US relations, trade and cross-border transactions. She worked as a research assistant for Professors Benjamin Goold, Efrat Arbel, Emma Cunliffe and Dean Catherine Dauvergne. She also interned with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and at the Provincial Court of British Columbia.
Prior to attending law school, Zaira worked with science-entrepreneurs at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and managed an industrial training program at UBC, helping science students commercialize their discoveries. Zaira has a Master of Arts in International Studies, and received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her academic achievements, and a Soroptimist Foundation Scholarship for her work with former child soldiers and women survivors of violence in northern Uganda.