Born in Pointe Claire, Judy Schoen moved to Halifax as a teenager. It was there she attended Dalhousie University for her undergraduate degree in commerce, followed by law school. She was admitted to the Bar in 1993.
After 20 years in practice, Judy joined the Halifax office of Burchell MacDougall in 2013; she focuses on family law.
“I started out in family law because there were files that needed to be dealt with when I was a new lawyer,” she explains, “And it’s grown to be a rewarding career.”
As a volunteer facilitator for the Parent Information Program, past chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Family Section, and past president of the Collaborative Family Lawyers of Nova Scotia, Judy’s experience benefits her colleagues as well as her clients.
Outside of the office, Judy enjoys staying in shape through fitness activities, including running.
- Family Law
Professional Qualifications & Education:
- Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1993
- Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1992)
- Dalhousie University (B.Comm., 1989)
Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:
- Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Past-President, Collaborative Family Law Lawyers of Nova Scotia (www.collaborativefamilylawyers.ca)
- Chair, Rockingham Community Centre
- Facilitator, Parent Information Program
- Successfully represented clients in Family Court, Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in all maters of family law including:
- Custody & Access
- Child and Spousal Support
- Variance of custody and support Orders
- Property Division
- Common-law relationship breakdown
- Assisted clients in negotiating and drafting family contracts, including:
- Separation Agreements
- Divorce Settlement Agreements
- Marriage contracts
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Collaborative Family Law and Family Mediation