As a criminal lawyer, Stephanie is a pioneer in Sudbury, being the sole woman in Sudbury practicing criminal defense when she began her career as a junior associate in 2002 and breaking another barrier when she opened her own criminal law practice in 2006. She is a member of Council of the Ontario Bar Association, the 2nd Vice President of the Sudbury District Law Association and is active in the Criminal Lawyer Association’s Women’s Committee, where she, along with other female counsel, promotes the retention of women in criminal law. Stephanie is also a mentor for the Criminal Lawyers Association, setting aside 20 to 30 hours a month to meet with each mentee and assist in professional development. She volunteers her time to educate high school students through the mock trial program. As a defense lawyer, Stephanie has assisted many women who have come into conflict with the law, as a result of being victims themselves. She has had a direct impact on their lives by advocating for them and assisting them through the Court system. An active contributor to community, Stephanie spent 7 years on the Elizabeth Fry Society Board of Directors, serving three terms as President, organizing two successful and much needed fundraising events and actively promoting the organization. As a member of the Board of Trustees of Science North, she sits on both the Fundraising and Science Programs committees. She is generous with her time, supporting other women lawyers, defending clients who are often from vulnerable and marginalized segments of the population and being a devoted mother of 2. Stephanie is not only a role model for other lawyers, but also a model of compassion and a defender of the rights of those less fortunate. As of February 27, 2017 Stephanie has changed rolls from defence lawyer, to Assistant Crown Attorney with the Sudbury Crown Attorney’s office.
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