Michael, a graduate from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, worked at Woodward & Company as both a co-op and articled student before joining the firm as a lawyer in 2016. Michael is passionate about assisting First Nations in ensuring that their rights and legal traditions are respected by Canadian governments. His areas of interest are First Nation jurisdiction and governance, land management and development, consultation, and litigation.
Michael felt strongly that his legal education should extend beyond the classroom and so his law school years were spent engaging with community law projects. This included helping to organize UVic Law’s Aboriginal Awareness Camp, hosting a conference on the impact and status of the Calder decision, as well as participating in both the UVic Law Centre and Environmental Law Centre clinical terms. With the Environmental Law Centre Michael worked with the litigation team on a number of cases including challenging a permit for a Smelter in Kitimat to release increased amounts of sulphur dioxide and acting as an intervenor in the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline hearings. Upon completing law school Michael was awarded the 2015 MacIssac & Company Prize in Community and Clinical Law.
During law school Michael also worked as a research assistant for Law Dean Jeremy Webber, a role which included contributing research to his recently published book The Constitution of Canada – A Contextual Analysis.
Prior to law school Michael completed a Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours) in philosophy and religious studies at Carleton University. Michael was raised on the West coast in the territories of the Cowichan Tribes and the Qualicum First Nation. He continues to be enamoured with Vancouver Island and is grateful to have returned.