Executive Director, Student Legal Assistance (SLA)
BA (UofC), LLB (Dal), LLM (Osgoode) in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Certificate programs in mediation, negotiation and dispute resolution pedagogy (Harvard)
Member of the Law Society of Alberta
Office: MFH 3390
Michelle was employed as staff counsel with the Youth Criminal Defence Office in Calgary 2001-2012. At the same time she ran a focused family law practice assisting poverty law clients, served as a Dispute Resolution Officer with the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, a mediator with Family Settlement services (since 2009), a mediator with the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta Civil Mediation Program (since 2004), and a legal representative for children and youth in both Provincial Court and the Court of Queen's Bench.
Law 513: Dispute Resolution II: Negotiation & Mediation
Law 693: Student Legal Assistance: Clinical Theory
Law 696: Student Legal Assistance: Clinical Practice
Law 663: Dispute Resolution Clinical
Michelle has recently acted as the advisor/liaison for the development of a student-led initiative, the "Innocence Project", to assist the wrongfully convicted. That project has been folded into the work of teh Calgary branch of Pro Bono Students Canada and Michelle now serves as the Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) OnSite Supervisor. She also serves on the Faculty's ad hoc Skills / Lawyering Strategic Plan Inititative.
Michelle has been a volunteer lawyer with Calgary Legal Guidance, Pro Bono Law Alberta, the Calgary Women's Centre's Civil and Family Law Legal Advice clinics, and SLA. She has served as a Board member of the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Calgary) and the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation (Calgary) and she reamisn the Legal Advisor for the Foundation.