With 20 years of experience in the legal field, Michele is a designated paralegal who has built a successful career path in the area of family law. She is a designated paralegal to Carol at West Coast ADR Law Group Ltd. and at Quay Law Centre, where she has also become a resource to other lawyers and staff.
Michele is a leader in the paralegal community. She is a member of the Canadian Paralegal Institute and was a member of PLUG (Paralegal Litigation Users Group) through the Canadian Paralegal Institute. This group was responsible for reviewing the Supreme Court Civil Rules and preparing a report for distribution to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Chair of the Rules Revision Committee, the President of the Law Society and the Ministry of Attorney General.
Michele was the chair of the family law subsection for the Canadian Paralegal Institute for 2011 and 2012. She has written for Briefly, which is published by the Law Courts Center and the Canadian Paralegal Institute.
Michele has provided written materials and has spoken at a number of courses for the Continuing Legal Education of British Columbia and was a contributing author to the Family Law Deskbook published by the Continuing Legal Education Society in 2005.
Michele has recently become a manager of Amici Curiae for the family law project through the Canadian Paralegal Institute that will provide pro bono assistance to low-income British Columbians. She has also provided training for the Amici Curiae Study Group through the Canadian Paralegal Institute.
In June 2012, the Law Society of British Columbia approved rule changes allowing BC paralegals to perform additional duties under a lawyer’s supervision including giving legal advice to clients and making limited courtroom appearances as a part of a pilot project. These enhanced duties can be performed by a designated paralegal. Michele became a designated paralegal once these rule changes came into effect. This allows clients to receive legal services at a significantly reduced rate and enhances access to justice. Michele enjoys meeting with clients, assisting them with their paperwork and their legal matters.
Michele received her paralegal certificate from Capilano College and has specifically focused on the area of family law while working with Carol for the greater part of the last two decades.
Michele’s combined education and experience background has given her the skills to work in a busy family law practice and to work closely with clients during difficult emotional times.