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Pam maintains a broad practice that includes civil litigation, administrative/regulatory law, criminal law, constitutional litigation, and advising members of the legal profession. She has appeared as counsel or co-counsel at every level of court in Ontario, as well as at the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Pam also provides pro bono legal advice and representation to individuals through Pro Bono Ontario and is an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section.

Called to the bar in 2014, Pam joined Stockwoods in 2015 as an associate after completing a clerkship with Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to that, she completed a clerkship for Justice David Stratas at the Federal Court of Appeal. She holds a J.D. from Queen’s University, where she achieved the second-highest standing in her class year, as well as a Dean’s Key award.

Pam’s experience during law school included summer positions with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and a full-service national law firm. She was a member of the Queen’s Law Laskin and Gale Cup moot teams and continues to act as a coach for the Laskin team.

Before attending law school, Pam worked in politics and government, including as Legislative Advisor to the Attorney General of Ontario. She has been a volunteer, co-chair or election-day legal advisor on numerous leadership, nomination and general election campaigns at all levels of government. Pam currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Equal Voice, a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.

Pam is actively involved in work dedicated to ending violence against women. She has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston and as a member of the University of Ottawa’s Task Force on Respect and Equality, which conducted extensive consultations and provided recommendations to the President about preventing and responding to sexual violence in the university community. She has also acted as pro bono counsel for the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in appeals before the Ontario Superior Court.

 
Representative Work
  • Hamlet of Clyde River et al. v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. et al., 2017 SCC 40.  Successfully represented the Inuit appellants in this case dealing with whether, and under what circumstances, the Crown can discharge its constitutional duty to consult Aboriginal peoples through an administrative or regulatory process even when a duty of “deep” consultation is owed.
  • S.C. v. N.S., 2017 ONSC 5566. Acted for the intervener Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in a civil appeal addressing the issue of whether parties must seek directions from the court prior to using evidence subject to the deemed undertaking rule pursuant to exceptions to the rule, with a focus on implications for civil sexual assault complainants.
  • R. v. Ururyar, 2017 ONSC 4428. Acted for the intervener Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in an Ontario Superior Court summary conviction appeal addressing the issue of whether courts have jurisdiction to order restitution for legal fees sexual assault complainants incur related to their participation in criminal proceedings.
  • R. v. Ward, 2016 ONCA 568. Successfully represented criminal counsel in obtaining an order requiring the return of an inadvertently-disclosed privileged communication.
  • Rogers Communications Partnership v. Ontario Energy Board, 2016 ONSC 7810 (Div. Ct.) (leave to appeal refused). Represented the Ontario Energy Board in an appeal of the Board’s decision on an application to set hydro pole attachment rates for Hydro Ottawa, which raised a range of administrative law issues.
Publications
  • Co-editor (with Stephen Aylward), In Furtherance of Justice: The Judicial Life of Thomas A. Cromwell, LexisNexis/Supreme Court Law Review 80 (forthcoming)
  • "From Reasons to Roadshows: The Contributions of the Honourable Thomas A. Cromwell to Access to Justice” (co-author with Elizabeth France and Daphné Wermenlinger), Supreme Court Law Review 80 (forthcoming)
  • “Sketching the Boundaries: Active Adjudication As a Means of Enhancing Fairness in Tribunal Proceedings” (co-author with Brian Gover), presented at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Six-Minute Administrative Lawyer Conference (2017)
  • “A Guide to Third Party Records Applications under the Mills Regime” (co-author with Nader R. Hasan), presented at the Ontario Bar Association Charter Conference (2016)
  • “Judicial Review After the Horse Has Left the Barn: The Administrative Law Implications of Bill C-51” (co-author with Andrea Gonsalves), presented at the Osgoode Professional Development Administrative Law Conference (2015)
  • "A Dangerous Step Backwards: The Implications of Conditional Permanent Resident Status for Sponsored Immigrant Women in Abusive Relationships" (2012), 21 Dal. J. Leg. Stud. 1
Awards/Recognition
  • John D. Stevenson Essay Prize (Best Paper Submitted for Publication to the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies) (2012)
  • Medal in Law – Second Highest Standing (Queen’s University Faculty of Law)
Associations
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Toronto Lawyers' Association
  • Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario
Languages
  • English
  • French
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