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The Youth Criminal Defence Office

A Model Approach to the Right to Counsel

From: Children and the Law


Outlines a model of delivering quality and independent representation through the Youth Criminal Defence Office.



Cathy Lane Goodfellow

Cathy Lane Goodfellow, QC, graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1983 and practised law in Edmonton from 1984 to 1991 in the areas of family law and youth criminal defence. In 1992, she relocated to Calgary and has been in continuous employment with the Youth Criminal Defence Office since October 1993 and became the associate senior counsel in 2008. Cathy obtained her LLM in 1995 and her thesis focused on the Young Offenders Act and the ethical and legal obligation for specialized advocacy for young people. She has guest-lectured numerous times for a variety of community or social agencies, been a lecturer for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, and a sessional instructor at both the University of Calgary and University of Alberta in Edmonton. She was the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch.