Community Engagement Lawyer

Caitlin Shane

Caitlin began working in the Downtown Eastside a decade ago as an outreach and mental health worker. Before attending law school in 2013, she provided frontline services in supportive housing, emergency shelters, detox facilities, community kitchens, and tent cities in Vancouver and Victoria. After seeing the complex relationship between the law and the communities she worked with, Caitlin was motivated to change practices. She attended law school at the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia, focusing on social justice, disability law, and feminist legal theory.

Now, as Pivot’s Community Engagement Lawyer, Caitlin works on multiple campaigns, including drug policy and homelessness, to ensure that community input remains at the heart of Pivot’s reform efforts. In her free time Caitlin is usually cooking, reading poetry, writing, and hanging out with other people’s dogs.