Douglas entered law school at UBC focused on a career in international human rights. However, as he spent more time in Vancouver (he is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah), Douglas became deeply aware of the complicated human rights issues in his own community. Douglas worked as an advocate for the Downtown Eastside Residents’ Association before moving over to Pivot in 2008. Douglas’ job at Pivot places him at heart of human rights work in Vancouver, working on police and private-security accountability.
Away from his clients and the courtroom, Douglas likes to spend his time outdoors, playing soccer and hiking. His partner Tenny is a public health nurse for Vancouver Coastal Health, and in December of 2013 they welcomed their first child, a daughter, into the world.
e-mail doug [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
DJ was drawn to a career in law by her belief in the law's power to build a more just society. Her practice is focused on litigating and researching the criminalization of homelessness, systems of housing which infringe the human rights and housing rights of low-income renters and housing policies and practices that put women and families at risk. As Pivot's housing campaigner, she is committed to working with her clients to create a community that respects and values all of its members.
In her off time, DJ can usually be found rock climbing, trail running with her dog, Silas, or playing bass clarinet in the No Strings Attached clarinet quartet.
e-mail dj [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
A month into law school, Katrina was looking for new ways to ground her education (which includes an MA in women’s studies) and contribute to real social change in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. She connected with John Richardson, established Pivot’s sex work and human rights campaign and has been with Pivot ever since.
As Pivot’s litigation director, Katrina brings legal strategy to Pivot’s campaigns and connects Pivot with the broader legal community. Outside the office, Katrina spends her time hanging out with her partner and daughter. She also stays active by jogging regularly and dancing as often as possible.
e-mail katrina [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
Adrienne Smith Is Pivot’s Health and Drug Policy Advocate. They graduated from UBC Law School where they specialized in Social Justice law. Adrienne will be called to the bar in British Columbia in 2014.
Adrienne lives and works in the Downtown Eastside and knows what is at stake here. Adrienne is committed to doing Pivot’s work with an unconditional positive regard for people in our neighbourhood, and a commitment to meet them where they are.
They have been a garbage man, a labour activist, a political campaign organizer, a legislative researcher, and a mental health worker. They also have a sled dog, an air brake ticket, and a graduate degree in geography. Adrienne knits, plays the fiddle, and likes slam poetry and roller derby.
Adrienne is working to reduce the harm which law causes to marginalized communities.
e-mail adrienne [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
Carolyn's roots in the Downtown East-Side community predate her involvement with Pivot. Before finding her current position she spent considerable time and effort working on community arts projects designed to give a voice to the neighbourhood. Her work as Coordinator for the Hope in Shadows project arises naturally from this background, as the project shares her values of enfranchising those who are rarely able to make themselves heard. It is these values, along with her long connection to the community, which motivate her to embrace her work with great conviction and enthusiasm.
Carolyn carries her love of artistic expression into her personal life as well. She enjoys performing and dancing to Afro-Cuban music, and is devoting some time to studying Spanish.
e-mail carolyn [at] pivotlegal.org
After more than a decade studying Russian revolutionary art and culture, Peter was eager to connect with projects that brought together politics, art, and social change. When he learned about the Hope in Shadow calendar project and the positive impact it was having in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, he decided to come down to Pivot and find out what it was all about.
Seven years later, Peter is Pivot's ED, a position that gives him the chance to bring together passionate people from across the social and economic spectrum to work toward the common goal of building a more just and inclusive society for everyone. When he is not busy working on Pivot’s campaigns, Peter spends his time playing hockey, surfing, and enjoying life with his family.
e-mail peter [at] pivotlegal [dot] org
Leo loves being able to pursue his passion for social justice at his day job in not-for-profit development. Before starting at Pivot, he worked for seven years in sales & marketing at an international conference centre, which gave him a unique skill set for strategic fundraising. He holds a BA in psychology and a diploma in marketing, and continues to try mastering the french language.
When he's not at work, Leo enjoys playing tennis and biking around town, and bugging people who speak french to chat with him.
e-mail leo [at] pivotlegal [dot] org