Jeanine Zahara is currently a Student-at-law at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm. She graduated from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law in 2018. She began working as a legal researcher at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm in the spring of 2017.
Throughout law school, Jeanine volunteered and worked as a summer caseworker with Student Legal Assistance. She started with Student Legal Assistance in her first year of law school, transitioning from a part-time volunteer to a full-time case worker and the organizations’ early case resolution (ECR) representative. This position allowed Jeanine to facilitate an early relationship with Crown Prosecutors from both the Calgary and Regional Provincial Court offices. In 2018, Jeanine was awarded the Provincial Court Judges Award of Merit for her dedication to Student Legal Assistance, her clients and the students volunteering under her leadership.
Jeanine earned her J.D. from the University of Calgary focusing her studies in the area of criminal law. Prior to attending law school she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Dalhousie University.
During her three years of studies at the University of Calgary, Jeanine received numerous academic awards. In 2017, she was awarded the Gary J. Bigg Memorial Award in Advocacy for her oral advocacy skills as a competitor in the 2017 MacIntyre Cup criminal moot as well as her work with Student Legal Assistance. In 2018, she was awarded the Access to Justice Award for her dedication to providing legal information and representation to marginalized individuals in the areas of criminal, family and civil law.