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Rachel Harrison

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Rachel Harrison

Summer Law Student
  • Smart & Biggar LLP

Rachel is a summer student in our Ottawa office, returning for a second summer at the firm. She is currently working toward her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa.

In her legal studies, Rachel participated as a research assistant in a Technoship, focused on AI regulation. As part of her internship with CIPPIC (Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic), Rachel assisted with interventions in ongoing copyright litigation, helping draft responses to public policy touching legal tech issues, and transactional work for a few technology-related public interest clients. At CRAiEDL (Canadian Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Ethical Design Lab), Rachel also worked on the ethical and legal implications in the design of anthropomorphic/social robots.

During her undergraduate studies, Rachel graduated summa cum laude and was named on the Dean’s Honour List every semester at the University of Ottawa. Rachel brings with her valuable experience as a software developer for a local Ottawa start-up company,, where she built new features from the ground up as part of an intricate engineering team. Rachel was a ‘full-stack’ developer working in a multitude of areas of software including requirements gathering, project planning, execution, and testing.