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Diana Sepúlveda

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Diana is developing a broad practice in civil litigation with a focus on public law. As a student at the University of Victoria, Diana was part of the winning team of the 2019 BC Law Schools Competitive Moot. She also participated in the Law Centre clinical program, where she regularly appeared in Provincial Court on criminal and family matters and represented clients in mediations.

Diana is a member of the Restorative Justice Working Group of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch for the 2021-2022 year.

Diana first joined the firm in 2018 as a co-op and then summer student, and later returned to the firm for her articles.

Diana is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

News

News

October 2021

On October 14, 2021, Diana Sepúlveda will be a panelist in the inaugural event of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association, UOttawa chapter. This event is aimed at promoting diversity, self-identification, and fostering a sense of community and advocacy for Hispanic and Latin American/Latinx-Identifying law school students and staff. More information and event registration available here.

On October 6, 2021, Claire E. Hunter, Q.C. and Diana Sepúlveda, together with Kate Feeney and Kim Hawkins, obtained leave to intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada, representing West Coast LEAF and Rise Women’s Legal Centre. This is an important appeal dealing with important issues of evidence law and family violence.

April 2021

Susan Humphrey and Diana Sepúlveda represented five Complainants in respect of complaints filed with Rowing Canada against a former varsity rowing coach. The five complaints were heard by a panel of three independent decision-makers. The Panel found that the Respondent had committed a number of violations of the applicable Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics in respect of two of the Complainants. The Panel’s decision included findings of harassment, abusing the power imbalance inherent in a coaching position, and failing to ensure a safe training environment, among others. A copy of the Panel’s decision can be found here.

January 2021

Claire Hunter, QC and Adrienne Smith are counsel to a youth referred to as YZ whose mother had obtained an ex parte injunction to stop him from obtaining gender affirming chest surgery. On January 18, 2021 the BC Supreme Court struck the mother’s claim as an abuse of process in reasons available here. Hunter Litigation Chambers associate Diana Sepulveda assisted in preparing for the application. Media coverage of the decision is available here and here.