Emilie Taman has almost fifteen years of experience in human rights advocacy as a lawyer, educator and community organizer. She is an experienced litigator who has appeared before every level of court in Ontario. A former federal Crown prosecutor and law professor with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Common Law, Emilie was named as one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2018.
Emilie is the co-host of the award-winning podcast, the Docket, in which she explains and comments on complex and often contentious legal issues with a goal of fostering a more informed public debate on issues as varied as the Omar Khadr settlement, the extradition of Hassan Diab, the Coulton Boushie verdict, and systemic racism in the criminal justice system.
As a community and political activist, Emilie has advocated for accessible libraries, refugee resettlement, harm reduction, economic equality, affordable housing and climate action. Emilie has chaired a campaign for City Council and has stood for election federally.
A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Emilie earned her LL.B. in 2004. She started her career as a law clerk for the Ontario Court of Appeal, followed by a clerkship with the Honourable Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was called to the bar in Ontario in 2006.
Emilie is a prolific, if not compulsive knitter, an avid canoeist and a mother of three.