Caryma Sa’d is a Toronto-based sole practitioner and notary public focusing on landlord/tenant issues as well as criminal and human rights law.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in international development and globalization from the University of Ottawa in 2011 before earning her Juris Doctor (Hons) from the University of Ottawa and her Master of International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in 2015. Ms. Sa’d was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016.
Her practice includes defending civil liberties, including sex and drug offences and advocacy with respect to human rights and social justice issues, as well as matters relating to landlord and tenant law.
Ms. Sa’d handles criminal law matters such as bail hearings, document preparation, notarization, preliminary inquiries, sentencing hearings, and trials. She assists with the defence of Criminal Code offences, including assault, youth charges, domestic assault, theft, fraud, robbery, mischief, break and enter, weapons offences, and traffic violations.
Fluent in French and English, Ms. Sa’d articled at a Bay Street litigation law firm boutique and was selected for a secondment to one of the big five banks.
During her legal studies, Ms. Sa’d was ranked first out of 265 students in English Common Law during her first year. She received the François Houle Scholarship for academic excellence, the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship for environmental community service, and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in support of her research on the intersection between law, identity politics, and gender-based violence.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Sa’d interned with a human rights organization in India. She wrote and illustrated a guide to domestic violence legislation, which has since been circulated to thousands of at-risk women across the country.
Ms. Sa’d writes about race, identity politics, and gender-based violence and hosts the legal podcast “Cool Your Head.”