Practice Profile

Karin Blok was called to the Bar in British Columbia in May of 2013.

Karin articled with Fowler and Smith after graduating from law school in April of 2012.  During her first two years of law school at the University of Saskatchewan she volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and the U of S Community Outreach Program.  In the summer of 2011 she worked at Merrill Long & Co. in Nanaimo, B.C. practicing in areas including family, criminal and civil law.  While attending the University of British Columbia in her third year of law school she volunteered with the Law Students Legal Advice Program providing supervised legal advice on the Downtown Eastside and representing clients in matters such as assault and landlord/tennant disputes.

Karin practices in the areas of criminal law and administrative law. She has experience in both jury and non-jury trials defending clients against allegations of murder, manslaughter, assault, drug offences, fraud and theft.   She also has experience defending charges under the Wildlife Act and the Immigration and Refuge Protection Act. Karin also assists clients with obtaining or retaining their Transportation Security Clearances under the Marine Transportation Security Act. She has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia, in Federal Court and at the Supreme Court of Canada. In September 2017 she became a member of the Law Society of the Yukon.

 

Jurisdictions

Member of the Law Society of British Columbia

Member, Law Society of the Yukon

 

Other Professional Activities

Karin is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society. She volunteers regularly with Access Pro Bono providing summary legal advice. In 2017 she co-authored a paper for the 2017 CBA National Criminal Justice Conference, “Regina v. Pino: developments in the Interpretation of Section 24(2) of the Charter and the ‘Obtained in a Manner’ Requirement”.

Education and Training

Karin received a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in 2006.  She completed the first two years of her law degree at the University of Saskatchewan before transferring to the University of British Columbia for her final year.  She graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2012.

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