Rachel Ariss

B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (Queen’s), S.J.D. (U. of T.)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Rachel is a scholar whose preferred areas of research include reproductive health law, aboriginal law and issues of social and legal change. She joined Michael in 2000 and expanded the firm’s clientele from western Canada to include clients in Eastern Canada.

Rachel articled with the United Steelworkers of America and was called to the Ontario bar in 1993. She obtained her Masters of Law from Queen’s University, and obtained her Doctorate of Law from the University of Toronto in 2001. Rachel has been an associate professor at the Sociology Department at Lakehead University, and is currently associate professor in Legal Studies, the Faculty Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Rachel conducts research, drafting, and policy analysis with the firm.

Rachel has published articles dealing with the ethics of reproductive technology, and assisted in the development of Fiduciary Duties in Canada. Her most recent publications can be found in the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development and Law (link), the Canadian Review of Sociology, the Indigenous Law Journal (link), and the Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice.  She is also researching legal registration of genetic parenthood, the role of law in conflicts between mining companies and First Nations and teaching for reconciliation.

Rachel supports Lisa’s quest for pie, and encourages her husband at every opportunity to bake his delicious pies.