Amelia Philpott completed her Bachelors of Civil and Common Laws at McGill University in 2019, and her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Latin American Studies at the University of Ottawa in 2014. Alongside her classwork, Amelia's internships and legal clinic work gave her practical experience in poverty, immigration, administrative, and Aboriginal law.
As an intern with Mile End Legal Clinic Amelia helped low-income Montreal residents understand their rights and navigate a range of legal challenges including housing, labour, family, and immigration matters. In 2018, Amelia served as law clerk to Justice Randall Richmond at the Montreal Municipal Court, where she gained valuable insight into the judicial decision-making process and research experience in municipal and criminal law.
Throughout law school, Amelia worked with the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) on immigration and refugee law reform. After co-founding a McGill student chapter in 2015, she served as the association's national student coordinator. In this role she coordinated projects between CARL lawyers and student chapters, drafted policy briefs, and provided research support in administrative law for Mr. Tran's Supreme Court submissions in Tran v Canada.
As a participant of the International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP) with McGill's Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Amelia interned with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) Justice Department in 2016. At MCA she conducted research in Aboriginal, Constitutional and Mohawk law, and assisted the department's legislative drafting committee develop regulations to the Akwesasne Court Law.
Long before becoming involved in the legal sphere, Amelia advocated for social justice as a musician with feminist folk trio Three Little Birds, whose album garnered them an "Emerging Artist of the Year" nomination in the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards. While her guitar has taken more of a backseat in recent years, she has still been known to foist the occasional serenade on those who happen to be within hearing range.