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high schools and holding down a number of part-time and summer jobs,
including working as a gas station attendant and in the record department
of a local music store.
Sheila moved from Revelstoke to Vancouver in 1983 to attend UBC, where
she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 and her law degree in 1991.
Her interest in labour, administrative, public and constitutional law developed
when she was still in law school. In her second year, she was a member
of UBC’s delegation to the Gale Cup constitutional moot. She then
summered at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she became engrossed
in the intricacies of a complex judicial review proceeding. After graduating,
she spent another summer working in the labour and employment area and
then completed a master of laws degree at Harvard.
Sheila’s articling year was spent with the Ministry of the Attorney General
of British Columbia in Victoria, where she worked largely on administrative
and civil law matters. She also spent time in the Office of Legislative
Counsel, where she enjoyed the work of legislative drafting and was generally
delighted to find an entire group of people willing to talk about punctuation
Following her articles, Sheila returned to work at Blakes as an associate,
practising primarily employment and labour law. She followed a splinter
group of Blakes lawyers to Taylor Jordan Chafetz a couple of years later.
From 1997 to 2001, she worked at the British Columbia Labour Relations
Board, initially as a staff lawyer and later as legal department coordinator.
She then returned to private practice, spending a couple of years at Borden
Ladner Gervais LLP before moving to Davis LLP, now DLA Piper (Canada),
where she spent the majority of her career as a lawyer.
After having focused her practice on labour and administrative law,
human rights and constitutional law for almost 25 years, Sheila surprised
almost everyone who knew her when, in 2016, she joined the commercial
litigation boutique Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer LLP. There, she faced
a steep learning curve but, thanks to her considerable legal aptitude and a
capacity for hard work, within a few short years she had made the transition
from a labour lawyer who had never heard of the rule in Foss v. Harbottle to
a litigator who could debate issues of corporate and commercial law with
the best of them.
An exceptional advocate and scholar, Sheila has made an outstanding
contribution over the course of her career to the development of Canadian
constitutional and administrative law and, notably, has done so to a very
significant extent on a volunteer basis. She has dedicated countless pro
bono hours to causes of local and national significance. Two cases in partic-