Staff Lawyer - Drug Policy

Caitlin Shane

Pronouns: she/her/hers

— Caitlin is a staff lawyer at Pivot Legal Society. She leads Pivot’s drug policy campaign and advocates for the decriminalization of people who use drugs and the legal regulation of all controlled substances.

Caitlin takes direction from drug user-led movements and believes in a diversity of tactics to achieve drug user liberation and drug policy reform: she engages in strategic litigation, policy analysis, government advocacy and consultation, public education, and direct action. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Caitlin worked as a harm reduction and outreach worker in supervised consumption sites, single resident occupancy hotels, and tent cities in Vancouver and Victoria.

Caitlin has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the BC Supreme Court, and various Standing Committees of the Senate and House of Commons. In her free time Caitlin is usually cooking, reading poetry, writing, and hanging out with other people’s dogs.