Michelle Christopher

The Hon. Judge Michelle Christopher QC, is a Judge of the Alberta Provincial Court and the first woman to be appointed to the bench in her judicial district.

Prior to her appointment, she practiced family and criminal law with a focus on pro bono legal service, and was an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law where she also served as the Executive Director of Student Legal Assistance and faculty liaison for Pro Bono Students Canada. She is the 2016 recipient of the Canadian Bar Association/Law Society of Alberta Distinguished Service Award and received her QC in 2018. She is a Harvard-trained mediator who also served as a court-appointed Dispute Resolution Officer and mediator in family and civil matters. She has extensive board and community involvement, including executive training in non-profit governance with the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. As a member of the judiciary, Judge Christopher continues to find ways to be of service, as a director of the Alberta Provincial Judges’ Association, as co-editor of the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges’ Journal, on various administrative committees of the Court, and in the development of specialized courts which improve access to justice.


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