Originally from Newfoundland and raised in Nunavut and Labrador, Karla McGrath is a graduate of Carleton University (BA, 1988), the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington, Kentucky (JD, 1996) and of Queen’s Law (LL.M., 2013). Following completion of an accreditation year and articles, Karla was called to the bar in both Ontario and New York in 2000. Her law practice in the Kingston area has included private practice with a focus on Family Law, seven years as in-house counsel for a local children’s aid society and seven years as an independent chairperson at a local federal penitentiary.

In addition to being the Director of the Queen’s Family Law Clinic, Karla serves as the Executive Director of the Queen’s Law Clinics, is a sessional instructor at Queen’s teaching Children’s Law, is a lawyer supervisor for the PBSC Fee Waiver Initiative and serves on the Executive of the Frontenac Law Association as the Treasurer.