Caitlin is a freelance lawyer practicing mainly in the areas of aboriginal and environmental law. She makes lawyers’ lives easier by assisting them with legal writing and research, and any litigation support they may require. She works for other lawyers, law firms, or legal departments when needed. This saves lawyers and law firms the overhead costs of a full time associate.
Caitlin graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in History. She went on to do a Master of Arts in History at the University of Victoria. Prior to attending law school, Caitlin worked as a Research Consultant for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, researching claims of Indian Residential School survivors, as part of the Independent Assessment Process for the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. While attending the University of Windsor for law school, Caitlin worked as a Research Assistant on the Ontario Court of Appeal History Project, researching cases heard in the Ontario Court of Appeal from the 1870s to the present. She also worked as a Student Researcher with the Law Commission of Ontario. During her second year of law school, she participated in the NWT Clerkship Program, clerking for the Supreme Court of the NWT. She also summered at the Brantford Crown’s Office as a Summer Student with the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Aboriginal Program.
Following law school, Caitlin articled with the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs before moving back to Yellowknife to work as the Senior Legislative and Mineral Reviews Advisor for the Department of Industry Tourism and Investment with the Government of the NWT. On returning to Ontario, Caitlin worked as Counsel with the Legal Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, providing advice to clients regarding Aboriginal law and duty to consult matters as it relates to education. She then went on to work with the Durham Crown’s Office as an Assistant Crown Attorney.
Following her work with the Durham Crown’s Office, she opened her own law practice as a Freelance Lawyer, providing legal research, support, advice and analysis to lawyers and law firms in Aboriginal law, including land claims, trusts, governance and consultation, as well as estate law, environmental law, and civil litigation.
When not working, Caitlin is a volunteer coach with her local rowing club, as well as a board member for the provincial rowing association, Row Ontario. She also writes various articles for the Beresford Family Society, which she is a member of and tries to spend as much time outside as she can, gardening, canoeing, or camping with her two dogs.