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Droit Autrement / Legal Alternative (DALA) is a student-run group at the McGill Faculty of Law that seeks to empower law students and professionals through a conversation about the potential of a legal education. Beyond the conventional image of a ‘lawyer’, we seek to explore the career possibilities that have come under the designation of ‘alternative legal careers’. What does it mean to practice law today? What other options does a legal education illuminate?

By alternative, however, we do not simply have human rights, advocacy, or government work in mind. We look to the intersections and peripheries. We look to the alumni and jurists who have found themselves in the realms of entrepreneurship, diplomacy, consulting, management, entertainment, and the arts. For the record, this is not an exhaustive list.

Ultimately, what we love most is the story behind the career — the twists and turns that lead someone to where they are now.

DALA is a platform to bring those stories to students. Through our Lawfully Uncommon interviews and community-geared events, we hope to bring these inspiring stories to a broader audience and use them to create resources that students can use to shape their own career trajectories.

LET'S LINK UP

📧 : communication.dalamcgill@gmail.com

MORE ABOUT US

Rachel Kohut law, health and gender Rachel is the connector and energy of DALA. She is insatiably curious about health and gender, and spends her time thinking about how to make policies in these realms can be more innovative and effective. This same curiosity fuelled her to pursue a Masters of Public Health in Newfoundland before law school, going on to present her research at conferences at Queen’s Law and in Tromsø, Norway. During her schooling, and also in between, Rachel has held positions with the Center for Reproductive Rights, United Nations Development Program, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, International Development Research Centre, Public Health Agency of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. She is also leading the charge on #LawNeedsFeminismBecause.

Rachel Kohut
law, health and gender

Rachel is the connector and energy of DALA. She is insatiably curious about health and gender, and spends her time thinking about how to make policies in these realms can be more innovative and effective. This same curiosity fuelled her to pursue a Masters of Public Health in Newfoundland before law school, going on to present her research at conferences at Queen’s Law and in Tromsø, Norway. During her schooling, and also in between, Rachel has held positions with the Center for Reproductive Rights, United Nations Development Program, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, International Development Research Centre, Public Health Agency of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. She is also leading the charge on #LawNeedsFeminismBecause.

Victoria M Woo law, creative industries, cultural heritage Victoria is the communications go-to for DALA and a strategic planner for the group's initiatives and direction. Trained as an art historian, she believes that critical engagement with arts and the humanities brings a thoughtfulness to legal practice. Prior to law school she worked in a street art gallery in Hong Kong: sparking a drive and a lifetime concern for arts and its publics. She has summered at a law firm in Milan, working on international commercial contracts, European intellectual property law, and academia on cultural heritage. She is also on the management team for the McGill Law Journal and pursues learning multiple languages in her spare time.

Victoria M Woo
law, creative industries, cultural heritage

Victoria is the communications go-to for DALA and a strategic planner for the group's initiatives and direction. Trained as an art historian, she believes that critical engagement with arts and the humanities brings a thoughtfulness to legal practice. Prior to law school she worked in a street art gallery in Hong Kong: sparking a drive and a lifetime concern for arts and its publics. She has summered at a law firm in Milan, working on international commercial contracts, European intellectual property law, and academia on cultural heritage. She is also on the management team for the McGill Law Journal and pursues learning multiple languages in her spare time.

Kate Deveau law and leadership Kate is the director of outreach for Lawfully Uncommon and carries the torch that lights up this project’s pathway. Her mission is to encourage her peers to re-think the power of a law degree and raise awareness about alternative and unconventional legal careers post law school. An east-coaster turned urbanite, Kate Deveau is entering her third year at McGill law. She received her Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership from the University of New Brunswick where she was recognized as a Sir Howard Douglas Scholar. This unique program provided her with the opportunity to undertake research internships with a variety of establishments including the Child and Youth Advocate’s office in Fredericton, the Graham Boeckh Foundation in Montreal, and a three-month human rights volunteer placement in Malawi, Africa. Causes Kate cares about include family law, children’s rights, mental health initiatives, and global Canadian leadership. 

Kate Deveau
law and leadership

Kate is the director of outreach for Lawfully Uncommon and carries the torch that lights up this project’s pathway. Her mission is to encourage her peers to re-think the power of a law degree and raise awareness about alternative and unconventional legal careers post law school. An east-coaster turned urbanite, Kate Deveau is entering her third year at McGill law. She received her Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership from the University of New Brunswick where she was recognized as a Sir Howard Douglas Scholar. This unique program provided her with the opportunity to undertake research internships with a variety of establishments including the Child and Youth Advocate’s office in Fredericton, the Graham Boeckh Foundation in Montreal, and a three-month human rights volunteer placement in Malawi, Africa. Causes Kate cares about include family law, children’s rights, mental health initiatives, and global Canadian leadership. 

Nick Baril law, sociology, and entrepreneurship Nick is the coordinator for Lawfully Uncommon. Before law school he completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in sociology and a minor in Law and Justice at Laurentian University, where he focused on the sociology of identity formation and postmodernism. He organized numerous events for students and professors, including a research project that afforded them an opportunity to travel to Brazil for a conference on socio-environmental issues related to the mining industry. He holds executive positions for the McGill Law Negotiations Club and the Law Students Hockey Association.  

Nick Baril
law, sociology, and entrepreneurship

Nick is the coordinator for Lawfully Uncommon. Before law school he completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in sociology and a minor in Law and Justice at Laurentian University, where he focused on the sociology of identity formation and postmodernism. He organized numerous events for students and professors, including a research project that afforded them an opportunity to travel to Brazil for a conference on socio-environmental issues related to the mining industry. He holds executive positions for the McGill Law Negotiations Club and the Law Students Hockey Association.

 

Angèle Poupard   Angèle is involved in the management of DALA's events and shares her enthusiasm for the possibilities of a legal education through many of DALA's activities

Angèle Poupard
 

Angèle is involved in the management of DALA's events and shares her enthusiasm for the possibilities of a legal education through many of DALA's activities

Adam Casey Adam is on the team of Lawfully Uncommon, working towards sharing the stories of alumni paving their own paths. Before coming to McGill, Adam worked in federal politics in Ottawa.

Adam Casey

Adam is on the team of Lawfully Uncommon, working towards sharing the stories of alumni paving their own paths. Before coming to McGill, Adam worked in federal politics in Ottawa.