Rakhi Pancholi

  • Associate at McLennan Ross LLP (102 Attorneys)
  • 600 McLennan Ross Building, 12220 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5N 3Y4
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Rakhi has experience in excess of 12 years practicing law in the education sector. She has a strong sense of the legal, political, and strategic considerations impacting school boards, and uses a critical lens when working on the complexity of education legal issues that exist. Rakhi has experience with grievances, complaints before the Alberta Human Rights Commission, inquiries and reviews by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, and matters before Alberta Courts and other administrative tribunals.

Presentations and Publications

•“Duty to Accommodate Staff and Students”, USIC Risk Management, Policy and Education Conference, June 2018
•“Accommodating Students with Disabilities”, McLennan Ross Webinar, June 2018
•“Teacher Contracts”, McLennan Ross Webinar, May 2018
•“Current Legal Issues in Education” Alberta School Business Officials Association Conference, May 2018
• Teacher Staffing Legal Issues , McLennan Ross Webinar, 2018


Rakhi provides legal services to Alberta school boards in the areas of education law, labour & employment law, contract law, privacy law, constitutional law, human rights law and legislative interpretation. Additionally, she provides advice regarding collective bargaining and negotiating with unions.

Previously, Rakhi provided counsel to provincial government ministries, officials, and Ministers, which included providing detailed substantive input in the development and drafting of new legislation, including the formative Alberta Education Act. Additionally, Rakhi employed her expertise in the negotiation and drafting of a historic Memorandum of Understanding for First Nations Education in Alberta.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Labour & Employment
  • Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of Alberta, B.A.
Law School Attended:
University of Toronto, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
2006, Alberta


•Member, Law Society of Alberta
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Co-Chair, CBA Education Law Section
•Director, Parity YEG (multi-partisan organization promoting gender parity in politics)
•Former Director & Adoptions Coordinator, Humane Animal Rescue Team
•Former Member, Women's Legal Education & Action Fund National Education Program Committee
•Former Volunteer Lawyer, Edmonton Community Legal Centre
•Former Volunteer, Treatment Action Campaign, Cape Town, South Africa


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    Edmonton, AB
    600 McLennan Ross Building , 12220 Stony Plain Road
    Edmonton, AB T5N 3Y4

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