Rachel Barsky

Rachel Barsky

Associate, Narwal Litigation LLP 

A tour de force, Rachel Barsky promotes access to justice for some of the country’s most vulnerable individuals. She is co-counsel in R. v. Tallio, currently leading efforts to vacate the conviction of Phillip Tallio, an Indigenous man who was convicted of second-degree murder at the age of 17 and remains incarcerated at 52. She has managed media relations on behalf of Tallio and drawn public attention to this important access-to-justice issue. The police said Tallio, who is intellectually impaired, confessed to raping and murdering his 22-month-old cousin after 10 hours of interrogation by police. Tallio was not given access to a lawyer. In addition to her efforts on the Tallio case, Barsky works on prison law matters for several federal inmates on a pro bono basis and is currently the principal investigator and author of a prison law reform project called “Preventing parole: the effect of innocence claims on parole eligibility” and a volunteer case reviewer with Innocence Canada.

“Brilliant and determined.”
“Ms. Barsky deserves recognition for her outstanding work on the Tallio case. Kudos.”
“Outstanding young lawyer and inspirational for the work she’s doing with the Innocence Project; few people show this commitment to social justice.”

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