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Biography

Sarah is an Associate at Carbert Waite LLP. She began her articles with Carbert Waite LLP in August 2017 after graduating from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law. Before beginning her articles with Carbert Waite LLP, Sarah was a summer student with the firm in 2015. Prior to law school, Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Marketing from the University of Calgary.

While in law school, Sarah volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada’s Emergency Protection Order program. Through this program she helped Legal Aid Alberta Duty Counsel lawyers as they assisted applicants prepare and process Emergency Protection Orders in situations where violence or threatening behaviour between family members created a need for immediate protection. Sarah also volunteered with the University of Calgary Faculty of Law’s Student Ambassador Program, which reaches out to students who have been admitted to the Faculty of Law and allows them, as well as other prospective students, to connect with current students.

Sarah also volunteers with the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program.

Education

  • University of Calgary
    (BComm, 2013)
  • University of Calgary
    (J.D., 2017)

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association

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Limiting Language: Is Your Termination Clause Actually Effective?

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No Contest Clause in Wills: MaWhinney v Scobie, 2019 ABCA 76

March 21, 2019

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Limits of Accommodating Marijuana Use in the Workplace

December 4, 2018

In February 2018, Canadian Family Physician, a peer-reviewed medical journal and the official publication of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) issued new simplified guidelines for when primary care physicians should grant a licence for medical marijuana.

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Testamentary Gifts and Inter Vivos Gifts, A Distinction: Seguin v Pearson

June 13, 2018

In its recent decision in Seguin v Pearson, 2018 ONCA 355 [Seguin], the Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified the distinction between the tests for challenging testamentary gifts versus inter vivos gifts (those made while a person is still living) on the basis of undue influence.

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Goudge Report Summary

May 22, 2018

At the request of Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Honourable Stephen Goudge, Q.C. (“Mr. Goudge”), former Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, conducted a review of the Ontario civil justice system as it relates to medical liability cases.

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When a Will Does Not Represent Free Will: the Kozak Estate Case and the Law of Undue Influence

April 16, 2018

What happens when a Will appears not to be the expression of the testator’s own free will, but instead, the will of another? The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Kozak Estate (Re), 2018 ABQB 185 recently explored just such an issue.

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Testing the Limit: Suncor v Unifor

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Alberta employers considering random drug and alcohol testing in unionized and safety sensitive environments have been waiting for the Alberta Court of Appeal’s (“ABCA”) decision in Suncor Energy Inc. v Unifor Local 707A (“Suncor”).

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