Valerie Le Blanc, LL.B.
Valerie Le Blanc first joined the British Columbia Law Institute as a research lawyer in November 2016. She moved into the role of staff lawyer in April 2018. Valerie holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto (2006), and LL.B. from the University of Victoria (2010). She was called to the BC Bar in 2012.
As a graduate of the UVic Faculty of Law Co-op Program, Valerie worked on public legal education, legal research, law reform, and legal advocacy during her studies. She volunteered as an advocate for the Together Against Poverty Society (2006–2009), and conducted high school outreach presentations with the Faculty of Law—Law 4 All program (2007–2010). Her academic success and commitment to social justice earned her the Ann Robert’s Humanitarian Award (University of Victoria, Faculty of Law—2009).
Upon graduation, Valerie joined the Systemic Investigations Team at the Office of the Ombudsperson (2010-2011), providing legal research, policy analysis and drafting assistance on The Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 2) report, published February 2012. Valerie then articled and practised at a boutique civil litigation firm in employment, human rights and immigration law (2011-2013). Prior to joining BCLI, Valerie worked for the provincial government, advising on labour and employment matters, and workplace investigations.
Valerie was the lead researcher and writer of BCLI’s Study Paper on Financing Litigation, published October 2017. She also participated as a BC delegate at the 2017 Uniform Law Conference of Canada for the BCLI’s Uniform Vital Statistics Act Project. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family, travel, knitting, and cooking.