Caryma Sa’d

My name is Caryma Sa’d and I did a combined Juris Doctor (awarded 2015) & Master of
Arts (M.A.) in International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law & Carleton
University, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs respectively. I was a called to the bar in
September 2016. I am the Proprietor of Law Office of Caryma Sa’d.

Inspiration to Practice Law:

I did an internship in my third year of undergraduate studies at the Human Rights Law
Network in New Delhi, India. I observed how legislative frameworks can be oppressive, and
witnessed the law used as a tool for social change. It struck me that the law is omnipresent and my
desire to go to law school stemmed from wanting to know the ins and outs of the legal system.
Essentially, once you learn the rules, you can play the game. I imagined law as an instrument to
create a more equitable society where people’s basic needs are met and addressed, and everyone is
afforded equal rights both on paper and in practice.

Challenges:

As a young racialized female lawyer, it can sometimes be a challenge to get people to take me
seriously. For instance, I am occasionally mistaken as a court interpreter rather than acknowledged
as counsel. The sense of feeling like I don’t belong makes me doubt my abilities as a lawyer.
Imposter syndrome is a real phenomenon. Having said that, my advice is to “fake it ‘til you make it.”

I am humbled and grateful to share some of my successes which include:

  1. Featured articles:
    • http://www.lawtimesnews.com/author/alex-robinson/lawyers- criticize-proposed- thc-
      regulation-14960/
    • https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/news/gta/2017/06/16/landlord-loses- bid-
      to-evict- chinese-canadian- couple-from- 1-rosedale- rd.html
    • https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/news/gta/2017/07/25/lawyer-seeks- out-
      accused-in- hostage-taking.html
    • http://toronto.citynews.ca/video/2017/09/22/brampton-woman- fights-numerous- eviction-
      attempts
    • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/eviction-rent- payment-1.4427309
  2. Host of “Cool your Head” podcast promoting interpretation of legal interpretation and
    social ramifications of cannabis related activities.
  3. Group meetings: Active host of group meetings for the public to discuss various legal issues
  4. Twitter account manager for Justice.net
  5. Founder of “Advocats” legal infographics
  6. Owner and Founder of Law Office of Caryma Sa’d

Advice:

My advice for South Asian Women entering or working in the field of law as litigators is: Go
to court! Even if you don’t have a reason to be there, there is value attending simply to observe.
Your horizons widen when you experience the theory you study in practice. In practice much of
what I do is self-taught, but I would be absolutely lost without my network of mentors (some of
whom I met in courthouse hallways and lawyer lounges.) Put yourself out there, and don’t be afraid
to learn.

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