Perri gives legal and strategic advice on Canadian Charter issues and other complex constitutional and administrative law matters in Quebec and across Canada.
Perri pleads before all levels of courts, including the Québec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.She is one of the main lawyers piloting and arguing the court challenge to Bill 21 in Quebec (the Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols).
Perri’s appellate advocacy work before appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada also includes consultation services to tailor appellate submissions, as well as leave applications, and motions, in all areas of law.
Before joining Power Law, Perri worked for a national firm, in the public law and appellate advocacy practice group headed by the Honourable Michel Bastarache. Prior to entering the legal practice, she clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Honourable Marie Deschamps.
Perri also has a deep interest and experience in international human rights law and international humanitarian law. She worked for different NGOs and international organizations in Washington D.C. and Geneva. She was responsible for submissions before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C., in a novel regional hearing on international refugee law. Her field work included supporting victims of the armed conflict in northeastern Colombia, while maintaining a dialogue with armed actors based on principles of international humanitarian law.
Perri practices in English, French and Spanish.
Standing Committee on Official Languages – House of Commons (LANG), “Modernization of the Official Languages Act”, November 20, 2021
Presentation: Montreal Council of Women, The Legalization of Systemic Discrimination and Bill 21 (October 1, 2020, Montreal)
Presentation: “Promoting pluralism: The Bill 21 Challenge”, Quebec Community Groups Network Annual General Meeting, June 14, 2019
Presentation: “Constitutional Questions Surrounding Quebec’s Plan to Ban the Wearing of Religious Symbols by Teachers and Public Servants”, conference presentation, Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal, Université de Montréal, January 22, 2019
“Les droits linguistiques en droit international” in Bastarache, Michel, ed. Les droits linguistiques au Canada, 3rd édition (Cowansville : Yvon Blais, 2014) (with J. Dubois)
“Le droit à la prestation des services publics dans les langues officielles” in M. Bastarache & M. Doucet, ed, Les droits linguistiques au Canada, 3e ed (Cowansville : Yvon Blais, 2014) (with J. Klinck, J. Dubois et J-P Hachey)
“La structure et l’organisation de l’État moderne” in JurisClasseur Québec : Droit administratif (LexisNexis : 2014) (avec S. Ruel)
Presentation: “Présage ou influence ? Le livre V du rapport de la Commission et les développements en matière de langues officielles à Ottawa dans les dernières décennies “, conference presentation, Université d’Ottawa et Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme, March 13, 2013 (with M. Power)
Commission scolaire francophone des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, A.B., et al. c Ministre de l’Éducation, de la Culture et de la Formation des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, et al. (Supreme Court of Canada : 39915) (minority language rights, education law, use of English and French in court)
Hak v Procureur général du Québec, 2021 QCCS 1466 (Challenge to Bill 21 under sections 23 and 28 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
Procureur général du Québec c. Quebec English Boards Association, 2020 QCCA 1171 (Suspension of Bill 40 in its application to English-language school boards)
Quebec English Boards Association c. Procureur général du Québec, 2020 QCCS 2444 (Suspension of Bill 40 in its application to English-language school boards)
Attorney General of Newfoundland and Labrador v. Uashaunnuat (Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam), et al., 2020 CSC 4 (Civil action by Innu groups against mining companies)
Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, 2015 CSC 10,  1 SCR 500 (veiled dismissal of a public officer)
Febles v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2014 SCC 68 (exclusions from refugee status under the Refugee Convention)
Projet de loi fédéral relatif au Sénat (Re), 2013 QCCA 1807 (Senate reform, amending constitutional formula)
Pricewaterhousecoopers Inc., in its capacity as Trustee in Bankruptcy v. Cyrenus Joseph Dugas (N.B.), 35121 (Application for leave to appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick 2012 NBCA 85).
Ontario Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association
Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario