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Paula Chapman is a human rights, labour and employment lawyer, working in association with our human rights group. After providing refugee law services at Osgoode’s student legal clinic, she articled at a union-side labour law firm in Toronto. Paula then spent several years working in the legal clinic system in Toronto, representing low-income clients in social assistance, housing, and employment law matters. She later turned her focus to labour and human rights law, representing employees and unions in labour disputes, and assisting individuals facing discrimination and harassment at work. Paula has practiced as an associate at a union-side labour law firm, a mid-size full-service law firm, and several small boutique human rights firms.
Throughout her career, Paula has pursued a goal of committed advocacy on behalf of workers and other members of disadvantaged groups, to ensure that their voices are heard, and their rights respected, in a fair, tolerant and equitable society. Paula has a particular interest in disability and education law. She is committed to equal access to education and other services, as the means by which all individuals can have the opportunity to participate fully in and contribute to society.
Paula holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Toronto. She served for many years on the Board of Directors of a shelter for women and children, and another shelter for at-risk youth, in Toronto. When not working, Paula can be found swimming in lakes, and hiking around the “forests” of Ontario, with her 2 children.