Stevens graduated law school from the University of Alberta in 1983. Prior to her appointment, she served as a senior partner at Dawson Stevens Duckett & Shaigec, focusing on criminal defence work in criminal trials and appeals.
“I welcome this exceptional individual to the judiciary in Alberta. I am confident the Provincial Court will benefit from Ms. Stevens’ professional expertise in the courtroom and her dedication to the legal community.”
Stevens has been actively involved in the legal community, sitting as an executive with the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, a committee member of the Legal Aid Society and a sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.
The Alberta Judicial Council screens all candidates for Provincial Court appointments and forwards a list of recommended applicants to the Provincial Court Nominating Committee. The committee then interviews candidates from the list and recommends the names of those appointees felt to be of the highest calibre to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
The Provincial Court Nominating Committee was established in 1999. The 11 members are appointed by the Minister of Justice and represent the Alberta Provincial Court, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), and other members from the legal profession and the public. The Judicial Council has representatives from the Alberta Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, Court of Appeal and the Law Society of Alberta. It also includes two people appointed by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.