Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
After receiving her Honours Degree in Criminology with a concentration in law, Kirstin attended Queen’s University where she completed her LLB. She received the Bayne Sellar Boxall award for criminal law while at Queens. Kirstin also completed a Comparative Criminal Law program run by University of British Columbia and Southwestern University. She was employed for one summer with the Crown Law Office in Toronto working on criminal appeals and prosecuting Provincial Offences and Highway Traffic charges.
Kirstin is actively involved in the Youth Mental Health Court in Ottawa and is the defence lawyer representative on the core committee which oversees the running of this specialized court. She was a Director of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa for 4 years. During her time on the executive of the DCAO she organized and ran a two day educational conference for young lawyers. Kirstin assisted in the development new diversion programs for youth on the Youth Justice Committee. She is a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Law
- Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Director, Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa
- Member, Criminal Lawyers Association
Past Employment Positions
- Crown Law Office, Toronto
Pro Bono Activities
- Youth Justice Committee, Ottawa
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