Gina Murray, ‘19 JD, was three
days away from giving birth as
she hustled to get her application
in for a clerkship to the Supreme Court of
Canada. Then it got crazier.
“My daughter was premature and
required a five-week NICU (Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit) stay,” she says.
“I had submitted my application just
before her arrival and then completed
all of my writing sample editing and
interview prep from the NICU.”
Baby Elowyn was discharged from
hospital a few days before Murray flew
to Ottawa in January for the job interview.
In March, Murray learned she’s earned
a clerkship at the Supreme Court of
Canada with the Hon. Russell Brown
Her success makes Murray the
fourth University of Alberta Faculty of
Law graduating student in three years
to be selected to clerk with one of the
Supreme Court of Canada’s nine judges.
Ashton Menuz, ‘17 JD, clerked for
Justice Brown in 2018-2019. Brandyn
Rodgerson, ‘17 JD, and bronze medal
winner Dylan Gibbs, ‘18 JD, will start
their clerkships for the 2019-2020
term, this fall.
Murray was an intensive care nurse for
eight and a half years before law school.
For the first year and a half of school she
volunteered with Student Legal Services
and the Edmonton Community Legal
Centre. Later, she was an editor and
secretary for the Alberta Law Review.
“I think my past career gives me a
different point of view on the world and
that, coupled with my successes in my
law degree while starting my family, may
have made my (clerkship) application
stand out among my peers,” says Murray.
“I’ve been involved in situations that are
life and death.”
With a first child born during her
second year of law, she’s also a master
of juggling many responsibilities on three
hours’ sleep. Luckily, her husband, Brian,
her mother and friends from nursing
provided strong support at crucial
moments, such as when both Murray and
her son had H1N1 during her final exams.
“I like to joke that my career was
sponsored by Red Bull, but sadly I don’t
think they consider law school-withchildren an Extreme Sport.”