Rachel Poelzer joined Connolly & Associates in 2021 as a Student-at-law. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (with distinction) at the University of Alberta in 2017, wherein she successfully completed two immersive field placements in the criminal justice system. Following her undergraduate studies, Rachel was awarded a Juris Doctor (with distinction) from the University of Alberta in 2021.
Throughout law school, Rachel tailored her course selection to focus on courses pertaining to criminal law, including Criminal Procedure, Law and Policing, Advanced Criminal Law, Wrongful Convictions, and Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy. Additionally, she sought experiential learning opportunities to build practical legal skills such as mock court competitions (known as “moots”).
Rachel is eager to advocate for her clients’ interests and ensure that their rights are protected. She was drawn to a career in criminal law because of the profound impact criminal conduct can have on the parties involved as well as the greater community. Rachel has experience on both the prosecution and defense sides of the criminal law process through internships, summer jobs, and volunteer opportunities. Through her articles, Rachel hopes to serve the greater Lethbridge community and build relationships with new clients. Outside of the Courtroom and office, Rachel spends much of her free time dog-walking, playing hockey, and serving the community with her Rotary club.
To retain or to book a free consultation with Rachel, please call our office at (403) 329-8188, or email Rachel at [email protected]