Alison has worked as a lawyer in a downtown street legal clinic in Toronto, as the Director of Training for the Legal Services Society of British Columbia, as a staff lawyer at the Vancouver Branch office of the Legal Services Society doing disability law, as a sole practitioner in Vancouver specializing in administrative and family law. She has authored books for Self-Counsel Press and for the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC.
Alison has served on the Mental Health Review Board of British Columbia and on the Income and Employment Assistance Review Panel. She has been the President of Sitka Housing Co-operative and the Inland Refugee Society. She founded and was the chair of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) Refugee Lawyers Committee. She has also been an elected representative to the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association.
Alison was awarded in 2012 the provincial Dugald Christie Award for her record in providing pro bono services.
Alison believes in providing legal services that people can both understand and afford. Communication with clients is important to her as is compassionate listening. At the same time she has a strong courtroom presence as well as excellent writing (legal advocacy) skills.