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About Barbara Dowker
Barbara Dowker completed a Bachelors of Art Honours Degree in Psychology at MacEwan University in 2014 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alberta in 2019. She completed her Articles in June of 2020 and was called to the bar in July of 2020.
While she was in law school, Barbara also maintained summer employment at the Edmonton Crown Prosecutor’s Office, where she was able to gain firsthand experience learning the other side of criminal law. This knowledge has given Barbara a unique perspective into the positions of the Crown Prosecutor’s Office, while also providing her with a deeper understanding of the Criminal Justice System.
In addition to her time with the Crown, Barbara was also involved with Student Legal Services as a summer caseworker. Through SLS, she was given the opportunity to assist the low-income community of Edmonton by providing free legal instruction and assistance on summary conviction matters. She continued volunteering with Student Legal Services throughout her law school career and was able to use her passion for justice to help guide and influence new volunteers through her position as Criminal Project Day leader in her second year of law school. This passion for helping those in need encouraged Barbara to complete a practicum in her second year with the Legal Aid Family Law Office. Throughout her year-long practicum, she was able to gain insight into family law to compliment her true passion for criminal law.
Barbara understands the importance of mental health and treats it with the seriousness that it demands. In law school, she was Co-President of the Mental Health and Wellness Committee. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Barbara worked in the social work field where she worked as a caseworker both for paroled Federal offenders and, later, youths in Child and Family Services. Within this work, Barbara was able to assist her clients to transition into better situations and assist their needs within the community. In addition to her experiences with psychological clinical practicums in her undergrad, Barbara’s experiences in the social work industry inspired her to embark on her journey to become a lawyer and use her skills and empathy to provide a voice for those who can’t always have one.
In addition to her passionate desire to assist the underprivileged, Barbara’s interest in the criminal justice system started early in her undergrad, where she worked part-time as a research assistant under a Forensic Psychologist, which resulted in Barbara’s work being published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.
Barbara looks forward to helping you navigate the justice system and advocating on your behalf.