Originally from Northwestern Ontario, Maureen was awarded the University of Western Ontario's Gold Medal for English and Political Science upon completing her undergraduate studies in 1994. She was then awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend St. Andrews University, Scotland, where she earned a Masters’ Degree in International Relations with Distinction, again finishing at the top of her class.
In 2000, Maureen completed her LL.B. at the University of Ottawa, magna cum laude. In addition to an entrance scholarship, she received several prizes for high standing throughout law school, including awards for courses on the law of evidence, family law, consumer protection law and environmental law.
As she followed the career of her academic husband, Maureen gained legal work experience in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. During her final year of law school, which was spent on exchange at Santa Clara University, California, she worked both as a researcher for an appellate firm on California's Central Coast, and as an intake worker for California Rural Legal Assistance.
In 2000 - 2001 following completion of her law degree, Maureen articled with a civil litigation firm in her hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. In 2003, she passed the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test to become a Solicitor in England and Wales. For almost two years she practised in the Insurance Litigation Department of Halliwells LLP in Manchester, England.
Maureen and her family returned to Canada in 2004, and she was called to the Alberta Bar in May 2005. She returned to private practise shortly thereafter, and has, since then, appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in Alberta.
Maureen is the President of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (ACTLA), which advocates for a strong civil justice system that protects the rights of all Albertans. She is also Past Chair of the Personal Injury Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta. In addition, she has served as a volunteer facilitator with the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s “CPLED” Bar Admission Course, and is a presently a volunteer lawyer with Pro Bono Law Alberta.
Papers that Maureen has authored include: “Blame Game: Apportionment of Liability and Comparative Blameworthiness”, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Lake Louise Refresher Course, April, 2008, Co-author (with Glenn Solomon); “Refresher on the 2004 Amendments to the Insurance Subpart of the Insurance Act”, Legal Education Society of Alberta Seminar, November, 2008, Co-author (with Stacy Petriuk); “Recent Case Law Review,” Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association Seminar: “Psychiatric and Psychological Injuries, Chronic Pain and Causation,” March, 2011, Co-author (with Elizabeth Aspinall); “Litigation Plans, Court Orders and Standstill Agreements,” Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association Seminar: “Rule 4.33: the Personal Injury Perspective,” April/May 2012, Co-Author (with Trent Kulchar); “Sparrowhawk and Beyond: A Comprehensive Update on the Minor Injury Regulation,” Legal Education Society of Alberta, Personal Injury and Insurance Update, May, 2012, Co-Author (with Brian Filips); “Rules of Court: Case Law Update,” Canadian Bar Association – Civil Litigation Subsection, June, 2012; “What is a Thing? Case Law Relevant to the Interpretation of Rule 4.33,” Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association Seminar: “Drop Dead Revisited,” June, 2013, Co-Author (with Sarah Lulman); “The Use of Expert Evidence in Civil Litigation,” Legal Education Society of Alberta Seminar: “Civil Litigation for Legal Assistants,” February, 2014; and “Stayin’ Alive! An Update on How to Avoid “Dropping Dead,” Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association Seminar: “The CAP: Traps, Tactics and Trends,” March, 2015, Co-Author (with Sarah Lulman).
An avid skier, Maureen has been a volunteer ski instructor with the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS). In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Between Friends, a local charitable organization which organizes and facilitates social and recreational programs for persons with disabilities.
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