Samantha L. Dawson joined Turko and Company as an associate in 2018.
Samantha, who is Tlingit and Northern Tutchone from the Selkirk First Nation in central Yukon, was awarded her J.D, from Allard Law at UBC in 2017. Ms. Dawson also completed an Aboriginal Law specialization while at law school.
She completed her summer articles at the UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic and her full-time articles at Myers & Co. in Vancouver. She was called to the British Columbia bar in 2018.
At law school, Samantha was an active volunteer with a number of organizations, including the Allard Law Women’s Caucus, the Indigenous Law Students’ Association, The Native Women’s Association of Canada, and Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Society.
Prior to law school, Samantha attended Yukon College where she took courses in Liberal Arts and then went on to obtain a Bachelor in Journalism from Ryerson University with a focus on investigative journalism.
She has worked in First Nations governance in Whitehorse and at Nunatsiaq News in Iqaluit, Nunavut as a news reporter. She has written for a number of publications including the Toronto Star, Yukon News, Discourse Media, This Magazine, Maisonneuve Magazine and the Ryerson Review of Journalism. Sam has an interest in justice issues as they pertain to Indigenous peoples, including high incarceration rates. She has presented on Indigenous issues at the Canadian Association of Journalist’s annual conference as well as in Rovaniemi, Finland at the 10th Annual Polar Law Symposium.
She is the 2016 recipient of the Helen Basset Commemorative Award, from the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Samantha was a part of the Gordon Foundation Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship 2015-2017 cohort, where she travelled and presented her research relating to problem-solving courts in the three northern territories – Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
Samantha is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society and the Canadian Prison Law Association.
Her areas of practice will include Criminal, Regulatory and Prison law in BC and in the Yukon.