Joanna is an immigration and refugee lawyer practicing in the Niagara Region and in the Greater Toronto Area.
She graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Program in 2015. She joined the firm Waldman & Associates for her articles, and became an associate following her call to the Ontario bar. In 2020, she established her own legal practice.
Prior to joining Queen’s Faculty of Law, Joanna designed and taught a variety of courses at Humber College, including courses on Immigration and Refugee Board practice, Administrative Law, and Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Joanna is an active volunteer, participating in various migrant rights advocacy initiatives and peer mentorship forums. She served for several years on the National Executive of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). She has supported the private sponsorship of LGBTQ+ refugees for resettlement in Canada.
At an undergraduate level, Joanna obtained an Honours Specialization in four-field anthropology. Prior to pursuing a career in law, she worked as a licensed archaeologist specializing in heritage conservation in the Ontario Great Lakes region.