Sarah joined Schnell Hardy Jones as an associate after completing a composite articling term through both the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge and Schnell Hardy Jones in 2022,. Sarah practices in the areas of Indigenous law revitalization and governance, child protection, employment law, estate planning (wills, power of attorney & personal directives), and real estate. Sarah offers unbundled and limited scope legal services to assist self represented litigants with drafting, legal advice, or procedural information. She also accepts legal aid for child protection matters.Sarah is an advocate for equity issues, and has written or co-written articles on the topics of access to justice, progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and the rights of youth aging out of government care. Sarah’s written works are in various stages of the publication process, and you can find links to her published articles our blog page. Since graduating with a JD from the University of Alberta in 2021, Sarah has volunteered on a case committee for the Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF), worked as a teaching assistant for the Launchpad into Law program for Indigenous Law students entering their first year of legal studies at various law schools, and co-developed a children’s resource for the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge to help Indigenous children in care understand their rights.During law school Sarah served as an elected representative on both the Indigenous Law Students Association and the Student Articling Committee and was co-lead of the award winning ReconciliAction YEG blog during the 2020/2021 year. She was also appointed as a student representative on a sub-committee that developed a proposal for the curriculum committee at the UAlberta Faculty of Law to implement TRC Call to Action 28 (a mandatory course including Indigenous law, Aboriginal-Crown Relations and skills based Anti-Racism training). Prior to law school, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from Athabasca University while working in a decade-long career in industrial sales, manufacturing and supply chain management. She brings teachings from the Wahkohtowin Law & Governance Lodge & her business training into her practice and approaches the law in a way that is mindful of the multiple sets of laws that exist on this land.Sarah understands that many people have laws and protocols to follow in addition to Canadian laws and protocols and she is dedicated to maintaining a practice that is mindful of this. If you require or would benefit from such protocols (for example: smudging) please let Sarah know at the time of booking.
Athabasca University – Bachelor of Commerce
University of Alberta – Juris Doctor