Lee Schmidt is the ILS Associate Director. She is a student advisor, coordinates ILS programming, assists with recruitment and admissions of JD students in the Indigenous category. She co-facilitates Allard’s Indigenous Cultural Competency Certificate with Patricia Barkaskas, and co-facilitates the ILS Academic Leadership Certificate with Nikos Harris. Alongside Mandell Pinder LLP lawyers and Professor Gordon Christie, Lee also coaches Allard’s Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot Team.
She worked in private practice for 13 years from her call to the Bar in British Columbia in 2003 at a Vancouver boutique firm specializing in Aboriginal law exclusively assisting Indigenous Nations, governments and individuals. Her practice included five years of treaty negotiations, consultation processes and Aboriginal rights and title claims, and 8 years representing Indian Residential School Survivors in representative actions and through the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) of the Indian Residential School National Class Action Settlement. She is a UBC law alumna, graduating in 2002. She maintains a part time practice. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, and has served on the Equity & Diversity Committee, among others. She is a member of the Indigenous Bar Association, and has served as a Board Member and IBA Representative to the Federal Court Liaison Committee. She was faculty at the Banff Centre for their Indigenous Leadership and Management offerings for three years while in private practice. In addition to her law degree, she holds a Diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria and a Native Adult Instructor Diploma (PIDP) from Okanagan University College. Lee was born and raised in Vancouver and Mission. Her ancestry is Cree-Metis from her late father Louis Schmidt, from the northern Saskatchewan community of Sandy Bay, and is also of Dutch ancestry from her late mother, Lisa.
- Indigenous Legal Studies
- JD Student and Academic Services