Robin Dean

Robin Dean

Specializing in Aboriginal law litigation and dispute resolution, Robin is honoured to work with First Nations to move the law forward, towards a greater recognition of Indigenous rights and self-determination. Robin also assists clients on governance matters, including elections issues, drafting laws and land codes, and implementing policies.

Robin is dedicated to spending the time necessary to get to know her clients and the unique issues facing them so that she can deliver the best legal services possible. She works with her clients to find timely, practical solutions to complex legal issues. Robin is motivated by a deep commitment to social justice and has successfully challenged the decision of the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation by bringing justice to a family of Residential School survivors.

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Monica Shackelly
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Robin was called to the British Columbia bar in 2014.


Judicial Law Clerk, Washington State Court of Appeals (2010-2013)

J.D., University of Washington School of Law (2010)

B.A., Middlebury College (2004)

In 2019, Robin was counsel to an intervenor in the Carbon Pricing Reference at the Alberta Court of Appeal, where she argued on behalf of anintervenor that the federal government’s carbon pricing regime should be upheld as constitutional.

Robin has worked on matters before the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, at all levels of court in British Columbia, at the Court of Appeal of Alberta, and before federal and provincial regulatory tribunals.

Member, The Law Society of British Columbia (2014)

Member, Washington State Bar Association (2011)

Case Commentary: J.P. v. British Columbia (Children and Family Development)

Navigating Canada’s Federal and Provincial Climate Change Initiatives

Case Commentary: Gitxaala Nation v. Canada

Case Commentary: Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment)

A Current Review of Chinese Land-Use Law and Policy: A “Breakthrough” in Rural Reform?

Robin is passionate about creating greater access to justice and commits a substantial part of her practice to pro bono work.

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