Our Team

Georgina Murphy

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Georgina was born and raised in New York. She obtained a B.A. with First Class Honours from McGill University in 2005 and a law degree from Dalhousie University in 2010. She spent a semester in Mexico City, where she studied Mexican law in Spanish and worked at Sin Fronteras, an NGO serving migrants and refugees.

Upon graduating, Georgina articled at Stewart McKelvey and was called to the bar in 2011. Through the Canadian Bar Association’s Young Lawyers International Program, she worked for six months at Lawyers for Human Rights in their Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2012, Georgina joined the Toronto immigration and refugee law firm Korman & Korman LLP (then Otis & Korman) and later the Law Office of Lisa Rosenblatt, PC. In 2017, she returned to Mexico City, where she studied Spanish and worked as Assistant Director of Lengua y Cultura Spanish school. She returned to Canada in 2018 and co-founded Murphy & Shankland LLP.

Georgina has served on the Board of Directors of the Gerstein Crisis Centre and the Toronto Island Sailing Club. She currently sits on the Executive of the Refugee Lawyers Association of Ontario, where she is Co-Chair of the Access to Justice committee and Chair of the Women in Refugee Law committee.

Georgina and Celeste are Co-Chairs of Place at the Table, a group which has privately sponsored two refugee families from Syria.

Georgina is proficient in Spanish and works closely with interpreters and translators from around the world to provide services in other languages.

Celeste Shankland

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Celeste has a long-standing dedication to the rights and interests of refugees and migrants. Prior to entering the practice of refugee and immigration law in 2013, Celeste was a supervising lawyer at a fast-paced walk-in legal clinic in Montreal, Quebec where she provided services in the areas of tenancy and poverty law, largely to newcomers to Canada.

Celeste has also travelled, lived, and worked abroad, including as a legal assistant at the Refugee Rights Project in Cape Town, South Africa and as a Legal Advisor at the National Centre Against Violence in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In Canada, Celeste has been involved with the work of a number of non-profit organizations, including Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), the Canadian HIV/Aids Legal Network, the Disability rights access centres at Concordia and McGill Universities, and several legal clinics in Montreal. Celeste also founded and ran a charity Ping Pong tournament in Montreal for 5 years benefitting local non-profit organizations.

Celeste holds a post-graduate certificate in Refugee and Forced Migration Issues from York University in Toronto; Bachelor degrees in Civil law (BCL) and in Common law (LLB) from McGill University Law School in Montreal, where she graduated with the highest standing in Human Rights Law throughout the program; as well as a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Concordia University in Montreal.

Celeste is proficient in French and works closely with interpreters and translators from around the world to provide services in other languages.