Graduating from the University of Waterloo in 2013 with a Joint Honours degree in Legal Studies and Sociology-Specialization in Criminology, culminated with a 2018 J.D. Queen’s University degree, Ilona Andersen first joined MOON ROZIER LPC as a Student-At-Law and continues to practice with the Firm as an Associate.
Throughout her studies at Queen’s Law School, Ilona continued to pursue her interest in criminal law through selecting criminal law focused courses and participating in the Queen’s University Criminal Law Club. She also volunteered for Pro BONO Students Canada on the PASAN Prisoner’s Rights Research Project. In her third year, she became involved with the Queen’s University Prison Law Clinic. In this role she was able to provide legal assistance to inmates at various penitentiaries, including providing representation at disciplinary court proceedings, and assisting with inmate grievances.
With Mark Twain’s quote “It usually takes three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech” as her academic benchmark, Ilona has conducted extensive research on the public’s perception of white-collar crimes and presented her research findings at numerous academic conferences; including the 2014 and 2015 American Society of Criminology Conferences in both San Francisco, California and Washington DC.
Whether Ilona is advocating on behalf of the firm’s clients, running from courthouse to courthouse, or up to her neck in disclosure, she is always seeking new opportunities to expand her knowledge base and better meet the situational requirements of any future client or career demand.
Ilona has a passion for the culinary arts. When free time allows Ilona can often be found experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, travelling, enjoying outdoor activities such as backcountry camping, and roughhousing with her precocious black Labrador retriever, Charlie.