Donna M. Turko, Q.C. graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1991. She also earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Sociology from the University of B.C. In 2017, she was appointed Queen’s Counsel.
Ms. Turko is an executive member (Advisory Committee) of theCriminal Defence Advisory Committee C-DAS. She currently mentors and lectures at UBC Innocence Project and has been a guest lecturer for at the Allard UBC School of Law programme. She also is a reviewer for AIDWYC – Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted.
Donna has been invited to speak at numerous conferences for judges and lawyers including the National Judicial Conference, CBA Continuing Legal Education and Trial Lawyers Association. She is a participant in the Inns of Court programme where judges and lawyers join to mentor junior counsel.
Ms. Turko is currently a member of the CBA Criminal Subsection Committee for Sentencing and Release. She has served on various committees including CBA Legal aid, and the Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council.
Ms. Turko has been principal to over 20 Articling Students.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Turko worked for BCTV, CTV, and CBC Almanac and CBC Newsworld. As a lawyer, Donna was contracted by CBC as a commentator for the Pickton trial and the Missing Women’s Inquiry. She continues to be called upon by the media to give legal commentary. She has written for The Advocate and The Verdict.
She is a member of the Law Society of B.C, Canadian Bar Association, Prison Lawyer Association, The Advocate Society and the BC Civil Liberties Association.
Donna has been appointed as a member to the CBA Government Relations Committee and the Bartalk Editorial Board. She is also honoured to have received the Harry Rankin Pro Bono Award for 2017.
Donna is currently the co-instructor of the UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law’s “Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice” (Law 471D) course.