Karen Bellinger received a B.A. Hons. from Queens University in 1997 with a major in psychology. She attended law school at the University of Toronto, where she spent the majority of her time as a volunteer, shift leader, credit student and summer student at Downtown Legal Services. She articled at Greenspan Humphrey Lavine and was called to the Bar in July 2003. Since her call, Karen practised criminal defence law as an associate of Di Luca Barristers. Karen has conducted trials at the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice and has argued appeals at both the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She joined DLS as a staff lawyer in the summer of 2007.