Ever since joining Amnesty International in the 1980’s, Tanya has been driven to advocate for those who especially need the law’s protections. After her first year of legal studies at Dalhousie University (now the Schulich School of Law) Tanya achieved the top mark in her class in both torts and public law (the study of human rights law and the equality provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms). She graduated in 1998 with the Eunice W Beeson Memorial prize and Top Oralist for the Trilateral Moot Competition. After working for two summers and then articling with Alberta Justice, Tanya joined the Civil Legal Services Division where she litigated and advised in the areas of seniors, privacy, child and spousal maintenance enforcement, education, administrative, and child protection law. Tanya has extensive trial experience and has appeared before Alberta’s Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal, as well as the Child Welfare Appeal Panel, and she has filed numerous written submissions with the Supreme Court of Canada. Tanya’s representations have forged new jurisprudence in the areas of end of life decision making, adoptions, and disclosure obligations. Tanya has supported the learning needs of lawyers with Alberta Justice, coached Effective Writing, taught social workers about their obligations under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act, and has been a guest lecturer on a variety of child welfare-related topics. After almost 22 years with Alberta Justice, Tanya was thrilled to join Chivers Carpenter in 2021.
- Admitted to the Bar of Alberta, 1999
- Management Development Program Certificate University of Alberta, 2018
- LLB Dalhousie University, 1998
- B.A. University of Alberta, 1994
- Member, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
- Member, Canadian Bar Association