Director, Community Legal Services Director
Kimberley received her Hons. BA in English & Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario (Huron College) in 1992. Thereafter, she obtained her law degree (LLB) from Queen’s University in 1995.
Kimberley is a practicing lawyer and has been for over 20 years. Prior to being called to the bar in Ontario in 1997, she articled in Thunder Bay with the firm of Petrone, Hornak, Garofalo, Mauro. Kimberley worked in private practice before accepting a position at Confederation College as an Instructor / Course Development Assistant in the Aboriginal Law and Advocacy Program in 1997. In 2000, she joined the Thunder Bay Crown Attorney’s Office (Ministry of the Attorney General) where she prosecuted criminal and provincial offence charges on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney General for over 14 years as an Assistant Crown Attorney.
Upon joining the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in October of 2014, Kimberley was tasked with developing, implementing and managing the Student Legal Aid Clinic Program. After months of planning and working behind the scenes, Lakehead University Community Legal Services launched in July of 2015.
Within the Clinic, Kimberley manages Review Counsel and staff. She also supervises law students in the provision of legal services to low income members of the community. The clinic prioritizes services for persons who would not be able to afford a lawyer and would otherwise have no access to justice, including persons with physical and mental disabilities; individuals struggling with addictions; and visible minorities including a large Indigenous clientele.
In addition, she acts as an Adjunct Professor in the provision of the Clinic courses at the Faculty of Law. She assists with the provision of the Integrated Practice Curriculum exercises at the Faculty, including acting as a judge in the Civil Practice Course moot trial exercises and the Criminal Law moot. Kimberley also acted as a coach for the Arnup Cup Moot team in the provincial criminal trial moot competition for the 2018 and 2019. She is very proud of the 2019 team who took first place and brought the coveted Arnup Cup trophy home to Lakehead. This was the first mooting victory for the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and allowed our team to advance to the national Sopinka Cup competition.
Kimberley enjoys mentoring students and is pleased to be in an academic environment where she can share her wealth of litigation experience. She is very enthusiastic about her role as the Founding Director of Lakehead University Community Legal Services.