As an associate at Woodward and Company, DJ’s primary areas of practice are constitutional law and rights and title litigation. Throughout all facets of her work, she is determined to act as an advocate in providing equal and adequate access to both courts and governments for First Nations across Canada.
DJ was first called to the British Columbia Bar in 2011. Having lived in Vancouver for 17 years, DJ made the move to Victoria in the fall of 2018. Throughout her career, she has litigated on a number of important cases, such as Abbotsford v. Shantz (one of the leading cases on homeless people’s rights). She has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in R vs. Boudreau, striking down mandatory minimum sentencing for certain drug offences.
Prior to joining the legal profession, DJ obtained both an undergraduate degree in clarinet performance from the University of Western Ontario and an Artist’s Diploma in orchestral music from the Vancouver Academy of Music. She went on to work as a professional musician and clarinet teacher before eventually going to law school at UBC.
DJ has been recognized for her professional achievements, including the award of excellence in litigation for her work as a member of the Carter v. Canada litigation team, which she worked on during her time at the Department of Justice.