Stacey Soldier

Associate

Biography

Stacey graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 2007 and received her Call to the Bar in 2008. She practiced in the area of Criminal Law exclusively since that time. Stacey has represented people charged with offenses under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Youth Criminal Justice Act and has appeared in all levels of court in Manitoba. She has appeared as counsel in many matters involving prosecutions by the Federal Prosecution Service of Canada, both as defense counsel and as a prosecuting agent in Winnipeg, Portage La Prairie and Thompson. When she established her sole practice in November 2017, she also started practicing Child Protection Law, representing parents and children in the Child Welfare system. Most recently she has been appointed Independent Counsel at Manitoba Justice to represent complainants in 276 and 278 applications.

Stacey was one of eight lawyers on the Families First Pro Bono Team who received the 2015 Pro Bono Award from The Manitoba Bar Association for their work in preparing a report that engaged with families and developed a framework to address the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

When the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was announced, she joined the intervenor legal team representing Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. In 2018, she appeared as counsel on their behalf at the Criminal Justice Systems Hearings in Quebec City as well as the Family and Child Welfare Hearings in Winnipeg. It was the honour of her life to bear witness to the strength and resilience of the families and loved ones who appeared at the Inquiry.

Stacey has been a director on the Knowles Centre board since 2013 and has been on the board of Community Legal Education Association since 2015, currently serving as Vice-President. She is currently the Lawyer Supervisor with a Pro Bono Students Canada project in partnership with Ka Ni Kanichihk, Inc.

She has guest lectured at Robson Hall Faculty of Law in a variety of courses and has been a guest judge at the second-year advocacy trials. She has coached Solomon Greenberg finalists and provide feedback to Gale Cup students on their factums and advocacy. Every year Stacey coaches Grade 12 students as they prepare for Manitoba Bar Association Law Day mock trials. This year she is coaching Robson Hall students participating at the Kawashhkamon Moot. She accepted a position as a sessional lecturer at Robson Hall in the 2018-2019 school year, teaching Aboriginal People and the Law: Criminal Justice and Family Law (Child Protection) Topics.

In her free time, she practices yoga and spends time with her family and fur baby, Lovey.

Stacey grew up in Thompson MB and is a proud member of Swan Lake First Nation.

Education

University of Winnipeg, 2000, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science and Conflict Resolution Studies

University of Manitoba, 2007, LLB