|Law School||Thompson Rivers University|
|When not at work |
|Spending time with my dog Olive, visiting family on Vancouver Island, watching live theatre, comedy and music, or running.|
|Awards||TRU Law Dean’s List (top 10% of each class) in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters|
|Languages||English; French (basic)|
|Ice Cream Flavour||Cookies and Cream all the way|
|If I wasn’t a lawyer |
I would be
|Sound engineer or digital marketing professional|
|Book Recommendation||“The World According to Garp” – John Irving|
|Community Work||Volunteer with the Autism Alliance of Canada|
Legal processes can be really complicated. I love simplifying legal information and processes so that everyone can understand them. We all deserve to have meaningful access to justice.
Before going to law school in 2018, I worked in online marketing for 10 years. I am an experienced writer and thoughtful communicator. I love learning and understanding people’s stories. Shortly after graduating from law school in the spring of 2021, I began working with Sara Forte on a project called Not Your Average Law Job™ . For the project, I interviewed and wrote profiles on lawyers who have taken non-traditional career paths and found happiness in their jobs. My ability to connect, build trust and create a comfortable environment for people combined with my creativity helped me excel in this job. I feel extremely lucky to continue my work with Sara and Forte Workplace Law as the firm’s first articled student.
I grew up in Campbell River, BC and lived most of my life on Vancouver Island. I received a diploma in Applied Communication from Camosun College in Victoria and years later went on to complete a degree in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University. While completing my degree, I began working as a Court Clerk. Watching the lawyers I admired support their clients through difficult times and help them to be heard and understood was what inspired me to apply to law school.
During law school, I worked as a Research Assistant on several projects, including the National Self-Represented Litigants Project. Through years of research into the practical needs of people representing themselves in court, the project develops resources to help them navigate these difficult and intimidating processes.
When not at work, I spend as much time as possible with my dog (corgi-sheltie cross) Olive and with my family on Vancouver Island. I love live theatre, comedy and music and try to fit a mid-week pub trivia night in as often as I can. On a sunny day, you’ll find me reading on my deck, running in a park or swimming in a river. On a rainy day, I’ll be inside reading or playing a new computer game.
Sarah is one of those people you meet that just “gets it.” She listens and proactively suggests how she might be able to help a client or move a project forward. Sarah’s tech skills are a huge asset to our firm and our clients, whether it is finding more efficient ways to get things down or designing graphics that drive our clients’ cases home in one image.