Local Lawyers


Assoc. Dean Dr. Mary Shariff, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law


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Johanna Caithness, Fillmore Riley LLP


Johanna Caithness is an associate with Fillmore Riley LLP and practices primarily in the areas of corporate and
commercial law, taxation and wills and estates.  She graduated with her LL.B. from the University of Manitoba in 2007
and was a law clerk to Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Allison Fenske, Legal Aid Manitoba, Public Interest Law Centre

Allison Fenske was called to the bar in June 2008. She articled and practised with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in
the areas of aboriginal law, administrative law and civil litigation. In 2015, Allison joined the Public Interest Law Centre and
continues to practice in the areas of administrative law and civil litigation, focusing primarily on poverty law, human rights,
aboriginal law and access to justice issues. Allison is the Past Chair of the Manitoba Bar Association's Aboriginal Law Section
and the Manitoba Bar Association's representative on the Canadian Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee. She also teaches
Women and the Law at the University of Winnipeg.

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Professor Karen Busby, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law


Karen Busby is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba. Her
teaching and research interests include laws related to sexual and reproductive rights, including state regulation of surrogacy
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Sacha Paul, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP


Sacha is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. He clerked for the Honourable Justice Ian Binnie of the
Supreme Court of Canada in 2003 and was called to the Manitoba Bar the same year. He also has his call in the Northwest
Territories and Nunavut. Sacha has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Manitoba, and at the Supreme Court of
Canada. He practices primarily in Aboriginal law, public/administrative law, insurance law, and personal injury.

A member of the English River First Nation, a Dene community located in Northern Saskatchewan, Sacha has a long
standing interest in Aboriginal issues which lead him to practice Aboriginal law. He has experience working for resource
developers, such as mining companies, forestry companies, and hydroelectric utilities, in engaging with First Nations and
Metis communities, particularly when it comes to future resource developments or the impacts of past developments. In
addition, Sacha has developed a practice respecting First Nation elections and governance issues. He has acted for
Indigenous Governments/Tribunals in enforcing orders to remove people from Chief and Council and has acted for First
Nation people in challenging elections.

Sacha has acted for and provided advice to other administrative tribunals, such as Workers’ Compensation tribunals and
Residential Tenancies tribunals and has experience with human rights legislation and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
including acting for Amnesty International in the case of Canada v. Khadr.

Sacha teaches insurance law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.

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Alain Laurencelle, Taylor McCaffrey LLP


Alain was called to the Bar in 1991 and since then he has practiced law with Taylor McCaffrey LLP, first as an associate and
then from 1998 to present as a partner. He is a member of their Real Estate, Corporate and Commercial, Financial Advisory
Services, Wills and Estates practice groups. He is experienced in all facets of real estate law, with a particular interest in life
lease, condominium and land development. His clients include private developers and not-for-profit organizations/sponsors
from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as numerous life lease and condominium corporations in and around Winnipeg.
Since 1995, he has acted as legal counsel in the development of numerous condominium and not-for-profit life leases projects
in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba; the most recent of which was a significant life lease project in Winnipeg [Phase I completed
in 2013 (53 units) and Phase II (50 units) ready for occupancy September 2015].

Alain was a member of the MBA Real Property Section Committee reviewing life leases in 1998-99 and was a presenter on
the topic at a subsequent continuing education program of the Law Society of Manitoba (Advising Older Clients about Real
Estate and Other Housing Arrangements; Selected Topics, including Life Leases. June 2000). He was also a regular sessional
lecturer at the Université de St-Boniface and and at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law. He has also been a presenter of continuing
education programs on real estate, professional legal conduct and linguistic rights. In 2010, he received a Gold Life Saving
Award from the Order of St. John with his daughter. In 2014, he was a member of his firm's legal team that was awarded the
MBA Pro Bono Legal Award of the Year.



Dr. Bryan Schwartz, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law


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