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 ARTICLING STUDENT | info@black-law.ca

Vanessa Poirier is an Articling Student with Black & Associates. A graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, Vanessa worked extensively in the area of business law and social justice. After law school, she worked for Canada Without Poverty, developing policy on housing, food security and income support. Most recently she spear-headed and moderated the first conference on the impact of COVID -19 on vulnerable populations. 

Vanessa brings significant media training to the firm. Prior to law school, Vanessa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies, from Carleton University, and earned a diploma in Television Broadcasting from Algonquin College. Vanessa spent nearly a decade working in the television and broadcasting industry where she acquired extensive experience in television production, project management and international business relations. 

During her time at the U of Ottawa Law, Vanessa was the recipient of the Directed Access to Justice Fellowship where she gained invaluable exposure to areas of civil litigation including human rights, worker’s rights, and tenant’s rights. Vanessa also obtained invaluable clinic experience from her work as a case worker and case manager in the Pro-Bono Access to Justice pro-bono Pop-up Clinic Program.  There she provided legal services to some of Ottawa’s most under-served communities.





  • J.D., University of Ottawa, 2019

  • B.A. Film Studies, Carleton University, 2013

  • Television & Broadcasting, Algonquin College, 2003


  • Recipient University of Ottawa Access to Justice Fellowship, 2018

  • Recipient Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellowship, 2019-2020