Aliah El-houni

Aliah is a graduate of the McGill University Faculty of Law where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.). She completed her articles as a clerk in the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto and was called to the bar in June of 2019.

Aliah has a longstanding interest in law as a tool for achieving equity and has worked with numerous organizations that share that goal. As an undergraduate completing a double major in Peace & Conflict Studies and Ethics, Society & Law at the University of Toronto, she cut her teeth on feminist theory and gender advocacy as a volunteer for the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, and member of her campus gender advocacy group Women Out Loud.

Upon graduation from her bachelor’s degree, this experience translated into brief contracts working in administrative positions with the YWCA Toronto’s Elm Center – a housing and services center for women living with mental illness and addiction – and the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education’s Graduate Faculty of Social Justice Education. During this time she also worked on an independent magazine called Peeps. Peeps aims to provide an accessible resource for culturally-focused research that seeks to introduce context and encourage empathy among people from different cultures and lived experiences. Aliah co-founded the publication and was privileged to spend many years as its Managing Editor.

In law school, Aliah continued to seek out learning opportunities focused on social justice advocacy. She participated in a Pro Bono Canada placement with Stella – a sex workers’ advocacy organization – where she provided accessible resources to the community of sex workers in Montreal regarding the new regime of laws criminalizing sex work passed in Bill C-36. In her studies, she focused on courses that engaged equity-seeking lenses and competed in the Julius Alexander Isaac Diversity Moot, where she used critical race theory to argue a case of racial profiling before Falconers LLP’s own Asha James.

Within the law school community, Aliah was a lead editor of Contours – a McGill Law journal that features the voices of women and non-binary legal students and professors – and was a member of the first conference and constitution committees of Law Needs Feminism Because – a national intersectional feminist campaign that engages law students, professors and legal professionals in a conversation about the ongoing need for intersectional feminist advocacy in all aspects of the field of law.

Aliah spent her summers working as a research assistant for Professor Colleen Sheppard’s Systemic Discrimination Research Group, culminating in her final year of study in the production of a book breaking down the various forms and definitions of discrimination in Canadian law. She also spent a summer at the McGill Legal Information Clinic, where she updated the Law of Persons/Human Rights guidebook used by volunteers to include a chapter on discrimination law. In Toronto, she volunteers once a month with the 519’s Community Legal Clinic.

Aliah is an avid reader, writer, and lover of the arts. She is a lifelong martial artist and an experienced yogi. She attempts to infuse her practice of law with the skills and spirit she derives from these passions.