- Call to the Bar, Ontario, 2018
- J.D., University of Calgary, AB, 2017
- M.Sc., Vrije University, Holland, 2009
- B.A., (Honours) York University, 2006
Before joining Aitken Robertson, Yasmine worked at the Ministry of Attorney General’s office, the largest firm in Canada. She enjoyed contributing to meaningful public interest work, while gaining exposure into the inner workings of the government. In her role at the Agency and Tribunal Relations Division (ATRD), Yasmine assisted the government with the professional regulation and oversight of varied agencies including the Police Services, Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO), Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO).
Yasmine also worked at the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), a government agency responsible for overseeing police conduct, flagged by members of the public. Yasmine gained extensive insight into how Charter violations by the police are dealt with through formal investigations and regulatory enforcement. She understands the manner in which police misconduct can lead to police prosecution as well as improved policies and services provided by policing organizations.
Helping people receive fair representation and have their voices heard has always been a passion for Yasmine. In fact, she earned an Access to Justice Award for her outstanding volunteering contributions to Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) legal clinics. During this time, Yasmine assisted with duty counsel work in the areas of criminal, civil and family law. She worked closely with self-represented individuals and helped them navigate through what often felt like a foreign and intimidating court system. For Yasmine, the act of simplifying the complex legal process and facilitating the understanding of one’s legal rights continues to be a rewarding experience.
In law school, Yasmine volunteered with the Student Legal Assistance (SLA) legal clinic where she provided legal services to individuals facing criminal charges. Yasmine developed a keen interest in Charter rights as they related to those accused of criminal offences. While working on cases including Theft, Assault, Mischief, Uttering Threats, Harassment, Dangerous/Impaired Driving and Trespassing, Yasmine sought to protect her clients’ Charter rights and advocated zealously to resolve their case. As Yasmine appreciates the gravity of clients’ concerns for potential penalties, she employs her acquired dispute resolution strategies to achieve the best possible outcome. Yasmine placed second at a Negotiation Competition in law school and has a Certificate in the Stitt, Feld and Handy Negotiation Course.
Yasmine’s patience, compassion and understanding allow her to work collaboratively and effectively with her clients. She appreciates the level of fear and confusion most people feel when confronted with the legal system. With that in mind, Yasmine puts her best foot forward to offer quality legal services. After all, she relies on the ‘word of mouth’ of her clients to reach others who are searching for reliable legal representation.
Yasmine strongly believes in community service. As such, she makes time to volunteer for Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), The Refugee Hub and the Blue Hills Child and Family Centre’s Mediation Services. Through these outlets, Yasmine is able to contribute to access to justice, which is a subject matter that she is devoted to.
In her free time, Yasmine likes to travel internationally, learn new languages and practice playing the tabla, a membranophone percussion instrument. Given her competitive nature, Yasmine also likes to challenge her family and friends to a game of Squash.
Yasmine works primarily out of the Oshawa Office. She is fluent in both Arabic and Farsi.