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Our Team

Our staff team is passionate about making the law accessible and understandable by the public. Our team carries out our mission, supported by our Board of Directors and many outside collaborators and volunteers.

Shoutout to our many volunteers: We couldn't offer the range of service we do without the volunteer contributions of dozens of legal professionals, reviewing materials for legal accuracy, leading law classes for the public, and providing answers through our Q&A.

Meet the staff team

Patricia Byrne, Executive Director

Patricia is a lawyer with 25+ years of experience in senior roles in public and professional legal education in Toronto and Vancouver. Prior to these roles, Patricia was a practicing business lawyer. As Executive Director of People’s Law School, Patricia's priority is to use her legal and business management skills to guide the society toward fulfilling its mission and long-term strategic goals. Contact Patricia at

Drew Jackson, Digital & Content Lead

Drew is a lawyer and librarian. He has worked for 20+ years in providing education and information on the law. As Digital & Content Lead with People's Law School, he leads the development of information for the public on everyday legal problems. He is keenly interested in making legal information easier to understand, and in applying technology to help people learn. Contact Drew at

Manjeet Chana, Legal Content Developer

Manjeet is a Vancouver-based lawyer who started her legal career practicing in the areas of family law, wills and estates, and personal injury law. Her interest in helping people with their everyday legal problems led her to join the non-profit sector, where she has worked and volunteered for 15+ years. She has broad experience in social justice law and is dedicated to using her legal writing skills and experience to help make the law accessible to everyone. Contact Manjeet at

David Kandestin, Legal Content Developer

Born, educated and trained in Montreal, David hitched his wagons west in 2013, practicing corporate, commercial and securities law in Vancouver. His practical, risk-focused approach helps people realize that lawyers aren't always roadblocks (and at times expensive ones!) to success. David speaks French and has travelled to more than 30 countries (top pick: Nepal). Contact David at

Spencer Keene, Legal Content Developer

Spencer is a lawyer with experience working at a small firm, handling matters from commercial transactions to wills and estates. He is a keen writer and a technology enthusiast. He has worked as a volunteer — in Canada and internationally — and is dedicated to using his experience to strengthen public legal education in British Columbia. Contact Spencer at

Veronica Lorimer, Legal Content Developer

Veronica is a lawyer called in Australia and Canada. After practising as a tax lawyer, her interest in writing led her to work as an editor for various not-for-profit and academic publications. Before joining People's Law School, she worked to protect the interests of vulnerable people in estates law matters. Veronica believes that access to justice is a human right and that public legal education is an important piece of the puzzle. Contact Veronica at

Paula Price, Legal Specialist—Digital Education

Paula is a lawyer and certified executive coach. Paula practiced civil litigation in Vancouver for 12 years before founding a coaching practice. Paula believes in using technology, online learning tools and social media to connect people and ideas and increase access to information. That includes legal information empowering the public to resolve their own legal problems. As Legal Specialist—Digital Education, Paula creates and delivers digital programming for public legal education. Contact Paula at

Ula Lipska, Accountant & Administrator 

Ula provides accounting, supplier management and administrative services for People’s Law School. Before joining People’s Law School in 2012, Ula’s career included working as an accountant in industry as well as in private practice, in Canada and in Poland. Contact Ula at

Jaime Burford, Education & Referrals Assistant 

Jaime brings a background in advocacy and volunteerism to People’s Law School. Since joining People’s Law School in 2013, Jaime provides the public with information and referral services in addition to her work in supporting office administration. Contact Jaime at

Elena Renderos, Publishing & Web Assistant 

On joining People’s Law School in 2008, Elena served as Communications Coordinator on immigrant education projects. Her role is now Publishing and Web Assistant. In this capacity, Elena is integral to the design, development and delivery of our publications and information across digital and print formats. Contact Elena at