Emma Bolf has completed her second year of law school at Osgoode Hall Law School.
As an aspiring labour and employment lawyer, Emma wants to build a career advocating for workers’ rights while pushing for progressive policy changes. Prior to law school, she worked in a variety of settings, including the service industry, retail, film, and theatre production. There she experienced first-hand the safety and financial vulnerability workers can experience due to the inherent power differential in an employment relationship. She has also seen these power dynamics shift for individuals and communities with representation and community organizing.
Prior to working at Cavalluzzo LLP, Emma also worked at Unified LLP within their labour practice, assisting with legal research, document drafting, and administrative support for labour arbitrations and disciplinary hearings in the education sector.
While at Osgoode, Emma completed the Feminist Advocacy Clinical Program with a placement at the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. There, she contributed to providing legal support to survivors of gender-based violence through a trauma-informed anti-oppressive approach to providing legal support. Emma is interested in the intersection between labour and feminist issues, and has worked with sex-worker lead support networks to understand the impact of by-law enforcement and federal criminal legislation on the lives of sex workers. During her first year of law school, Emma worked with the Fair Change Community Clinic, a student-run community clinic that assists street-involved people with appealing provincial offence tickets. Emma was also a Dean’s Fellow in Contract Law, supporting students in their first year of legal studies.
Following her summer term at Cavalluzzo LLP, Emma looks forward to further developing her experience supporting workers as a caseworker with Parkdale Community Legal Services in the Workers’ Rights division.