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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 604-331-5406 or

Drew Jackson, Legal Content Developer

Drew is a lawyer and librarian. He has worked for 20+ years in providing education and information on the law. As Legal Content Developer with People's Law School, he creates 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 604-331-5428 or

Spencer Keene, Legal Content Developer

Spencer is a new lawyer and a recent UBC Law graduate. He has experience working at a small legal firm, on issues ranging from commercial transactions to wills and estates. Spencer is a writer and a technology enthusiast. He has also 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 604-369-5134 or

Garwa Kong, Legal Content Developer

Garwa is a lawyer and instructional designer. He has collaborated with other legal professionals, academics and authors in the development and management of various legal and professional education programs in BC and Ontario. Garwa has a passion for facilitating social discourse and advocacy through public legal education, and a particular interest in developing experiential and visually engaging learning tools for diverse audiences. Contact Garwa at 778-840-7038 or

Kathryn McCart, Education & Referrals Coordinator

Kathryn coordinates our 80+ free public legal education classes delivered by lawyers and other professionals throughout British Columbia each year, in addition to providing information and referral services. Kathryn has had a long-standing commitment to public legal education and information—she joined People’s Law School in 1981. Contact Kathryn at 604-331-5404 or

Rob McAninch, Justice Theatre Coordinator

Since 1985, Rob has brought Justice Theatre to schools and communities across British Columbia and beyond. His training and experience in drama and as a secondary school teacher drives his mission to provide justice education in this innovative and engaging way. Contact Rob at 604-331-5426 or

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 internal accountant in industry as well as in private practice, in Canada and in Poland. Contact Ula at 604-331-5407 or

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 604-331-5400 or

Elena Renderos, Publishing & Web Assistant 

After joining the People’s Law School in 2008, Elena served first as Media and Events Coordinator on immigrant education projects and more recently as 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 780-604-8485 or