David McQuillan is a JD student entering his third year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island.
Before coming to law school, David worked at Community Legal Information (CLI) in his hometown of Charlottetown, PE. At CLI, David managed Renting PEI, a project designed to educate the public about housing law and offer direct support to clients experiencing legal issues related to housing. In addition to managing Renting PEI, David delivered general client service, helping clients experiencing a variety of legal problems to navigate the legal system and access justice.
Having been inspired to pursue law by his experience at CLI, David entered law school with a passion for working with clients, promoting access to justice, and advancing the rights of vulnerable populations. In pursuit of these values, David became involved with the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, where he joined the Police Oversight Student Working Group, which involved delivering public legal education about police complaints in Ontario and advocating for law reform to increase independent civilian oversight of federal law enforcement. David went on to work for the Asper Centre as a summer research assistant and co-led the Police Oversight Working Group in his second year. David also worked as an externship student with the Law Reform department at the Canadian Centre for Housing Rights (CCHR), where he gained valuable experience in strategic litigation and legal research.
David looks forward to continuing to explore his interest in promoting access to justice through collective action while at Cavalluzzo and is grateful for the opportunity to live and work in Tkaronto, Treaty Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee.