Ellen Sutherland, B.A., J.D.

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“A client-centered approach drives my work. I enjoy working closely with clients to ensure they are reassured, well-informed, and understand not only their case but the court process as well. I am a passionate advocate of client rights and tirelessly work to achieve a just and fair outcome every client.”

Ellen graduated from the University of Alberta in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with Distinction. During her undergraduate degree she worked as the editor for Constellations, one of the university’s largest undergraduate magazines, and appeared as a guest lecturer at various forums. Ellen then attended the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2019.

While attending law school Ellen was heavily involved with the Student Legal Assistance program, offering legal services to low-income individuals in the Calgary area. She participated in the clinical and trial divisions as a caseworker and served on the Student Directors Board as the Education Executive. As an executive Ellen provided educational seminars and training sessions for over 100 students involved in Student Legal Assistance.

At the University of Calgary Ellen received several awards, including the Faculty of Law’s scholarship of Merit, the 2017 Student Legal Assistance Caseworker of the Year award for client advocacy, and the 2019 Donnel O. Sabey Q.C. Prize in Advocacy Law.

In her second year of law school, Ellen worked as a prosecution student for the Edmonton Rural and Regional Prosecution Services with Alberta Justice. During her time with Alberta Justice she gained significant experience in running both criminal and traffic matters and developed an understanding of how Crown Prosecutors approach charges. Ellen utilizes this experience in her current work when reviewing files, building arguments, and negotiating with the Crown to obtain a fair result for the client.

Throughout law school Ellen worked as a Gladue Report resource writer, preparing sentencing reports for Indigenous individuals in Edmonton. She has written several papers concerning the treatment of Indigenous peoples in the legal system, and the topic remains one of great importance to her. Ellen is currently a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyer’s Association Committee on Indigenous Incarceration working to lower the rates of Indigenous persons in the legal system.

Ellen enjoys various sports – including cycling, weightlifting, skiing, and golfing – and is a classically trained pianist. She has traveled extensively around the world, visiting over 20 countries.