Rachael Paquette


Rachael joined Cheadles LLP as an associate lawyer following her call to the Ontario Bar on June 18, 2015. She was a summer student at Cheadles LLP in 2013 and completed her articles with the firm in June.

Rachael received the Arthur Rhodes Scholarship for Outstanding Graduates of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People.   While at Robson Hall Law School she was the recipient of the annual national Osgoode Society Legal History Book Prize for a Law student who merits special recognition for work in Legal History.  In the Canada-wide 2014 Kawaskimohn Aboriginal Moot at the University of Toronto she participated in negotiating an Impact and Benefit Agreement between First Nations, mining ventures and Province.

Rachael studied Political Science at Lakehead University and pursued additional studies in science at the Baccalaureate level.  Robson Hall Faculty of Law (University of Manitoba) conferred her Juris Doctor on June 5, 2014. 

As a second-year law student Rachael volunteered for the University of Manitoba Law Centre Legal Aid Centre.   Under the guidance of a supervising lawyer and members of the Faculty of Law she managed client files from the initial interview to appearing in court.  As an articling student she has appeared before the Provincial Offences Court of Ontario and Superior Court of Justice.

Prior to law school Rachael worked with First Nation organizations and functioned in a multi-portfolio capacity with a broad range of responsibilities for projects in education, counselling, student services, capital, project management, advocacy, liaising and developing partnerships.  She was responsible for project design, implementation, management and reporting to funding agencies and First Nation leadership.   She also gained valuable experience in research, policy analysis and development.  In addition she has served as a volunteer Board of Director’s member for several not-for-profit organizations.  

Rachael was born in Sioux Lookout and raised in Northwestern Ontario and is bilingual in Northern Ojibwe and English.   

Educational Background

Call to the Bar (Ontario) June 18, 2015

Juris Doctor, University of Manitoba (Robson Hall) 2014

Part-time Baccalaureate studies in Science, Lakehead University 2002-2004

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Lakehead University 2000


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