B.Sc. (Hons), LL.B.
Amanda attended Queen’s University law school, where she was drawn to courses focused on human rights and trial advocacy. From the beginning of her legal training she demonstrated a passion for litigation and spent much of her time working at the Queen’s Law legal aid clinic.
Upon her Call to the Bar, Amanda practiced criminal defence and conducted trials, Charter applications and bail hearings in the Ontario Court of Justice. She also researched and wrote facta for appeals of client cases being handled by more senior lawyers in her firm. Most of her personal clients came from disadvantaged circumstances, and many struggled with mental illness and addiction.
Always ready for a new challenge, Amanda made the leap to civil litigation where her written and oral advocacy talents were further honed arguing cases at the Superior Court of Justice level.
An adventure outside of law began when her oldest child was diagnosed with autism. Her research and advocacy skills were quickly put to work navigating her son’s therapy and education needs, and she started helping other caregivers do the same. Amanda’s experience and knowledge led to a position at a large regional children’s treatment centre where she delivered education advocacy workshops and advised families with children with disabilities.
Now Amanda is keen to get back to the practice of law. Lucky for bakerlaw, she reached out to us and the stars aligned. She will be joining the team and will have an initial focus on cases in the area of Education Law. Her personal and family advocacy experience navigating the challenges of the education system will be an asset to our clients and we are happy to have her join the team.
To take daily breaks from work and the busy lives of her three kids, you’ll find Amanda walking in wooded trails with her dog and her son’s autism service dog.