Joanna Berry, J.D.

Joanna graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Program in June 2015. She joined Waldman & Associates in August 2015 for her articles, and became an associate following her call to the Ontario bar in September 2017.

Prior to joining the firm, she worked for a year in the immigration division of a community legal clinic located in Ottawa, Ontario.

While in law school, Joanna was awarded the Shirley Greenberg Public Interest Fellowship for Women and the Law. Through this fellowship, she provided research support to the Advisory Group to the Ottawa Police Chief on Violence Against Women. Joanna also taught weekly criminal law tutorials to first-year law students and worked for the university’s Legal Writing Academy as a peer mentor. She worked for a year as a coordinator for the Refugee Hub, a program that supports refugee law-related projects at the University of Ottawa.

Joanna is an active volunteer, engaging in various migrant rights advocacy initiatives. She currently serves on the National Executive for the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). She also sits on a committee of legal and mental health professionals that aims to enhance access to mental health services for refugees. She has supported the private sponsorship of LGBT refugees for resettlement in Canada.

At an undergraduate level, Joanna obtained an Honours Specialization in four-field anthropology. Prior to pursuing a career in law, she worked as a licensed archaeologist specializing in heritage conservation in the Ontario Great Lakes region.

Joanna speaks and reads French at an intermediate level.

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Executive Member, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
  • Member, Refugee Lawyers Association
  • Member, Human Rights Research and Education Centre
  • Member, Ontario Archaeological Society
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