Kirby Smith


Background & Experience

Kirby Smith is dedicated to advocating on behalf of unions and workers. She focuses on labour, employment and human rights law and has represented clients before boards and tribunals and appeared before the provincial and superior courts in Alberta.

While studying law at McGill University, Kirby clerked for the Superior Court of Québec in Montreal. She completed her articles for the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union where she represented the union at mediation and arbitration. She has also worked as a Crown Prosecutor in Alberta and as an Industrial Relations Officer for the Employment Standards Branch.

Kirby sits as a board member of Strathcona Health Society and is a committed volunteer with Access Pro Bono BC. During law school, Kirby completed a legal internship with the Montreal SPCA and volunteered each year with Montreal-based community organizations through Pro Bono Students Canada, including with the Centre for Community Organization, Stella and Share the Warmth.

She is fluent in French.

Kirby is currently on leave.


  • McGill University (B.C.L./LL.B.)
  • University of British Columbia [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]


  • Law Society of BC, Member
  • Law Society of Alberta, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, member
  • Association des juristes d’expression française de la Colombie-Britannique, member


Awards & Rankings

  • Access Pro Bono Allan Parker QC Award for Representation Services (2016)
  • Selma & Jak Almaleh Prize (2013)
  • Law Students’ Association Award (2013) for contributions to the life of the Faculty
  • Richard Golick Extracurricular Achievement Prize (2012)