Karen Sisson

I am a 2020 Queen’s Law graduate. Prior to law school, I worked in social work. I graduated with high honours from Carleton University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, minoring in Women’s Studies.

In my Social Work career, I engaged with a variety of communities including persons with physical and developmental disabilities, high-risk youth, unhoused citizens, and families at risk of harm due to poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse, addictions, and/or untreated mental health issues.

Although I am a first-generation lawyer, I come from a large family with many advocates and helpers. I grew up in a variety of towns in a military household. I currently live with my partner and two children in Gananoque.

The opportunity to contribute to efficient, meaningful and effective outcomes for families facing conflict was a primary motivation of my decision to pursue a career in law.

While studying, I gained substantive legal experience through volunteer work with Pro Bono Students Canada, work as a summer student caseworker at the Queen’s Family Law Clinic and work as a student caseworker at the Queen’s Prison Law Clinic, and the Advanced Queen’s Prison Law Clinic.

I further developed my legal skills while articling with a local labour, employment and human rights law firm. I accept Legal Aid certificates and limited scope retainers. I consider myself to be an ally and I strive to provide a safe space for all identities.

I currently practice family law, including child protection law, with additional interest and experience in administrative, employment, and human rights law.