Graciela Flores Méndez earned a JD with a social justice option from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2018.
Before law school, Graciela was a law clerk at Roach, Schwartz & Associates and Jared Will & Associates and helped provide legal services to marginalized communities across the GTA. As a law clerk, Graciela worked directly with clients and also appeared as an agent to counsel in criminal court, at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and the Social Benefits Tribunal.
During her first year of law school, Graciela presented her updated Master’s Major Research Paper, “Alien/ation: Race, Citizenship, and the Construction of the Mexican ‘Illegal Alien,’” at Carleton University’s Law and Legal Studies Conference. In her second year, she was part of Free Law: Access to Justice Legal Clinic where she co-organized a Tenant Night event to provide free legal information to tenants in Ottawa. That summer, she interned at the Poder Judicial Federal de la Nación in Zacatecas, Mexico. During her final year in school, Graciela participated in the University of Ottawa’s first Refugee/Criminal Law Clinic, where she assisted with preparation for two cases before the Federal Court. She was once again chosen that year to present a paper titled “Wheel of Misfortune: The Multicultural Power and Control Wheel, Precarious Migrant Status and VAW in Canada” at Carleton’s Law and Legal Studies Conference. From her second year of law school to the present, Graciela has been a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association.
Graciela received her Master of Arts in Socio-Legal Studies from York University in 2010 and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007.