Jennifer R. Foster

Lawyer

tel 519-672-5666 x7402

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    office London, ON

Education & Year of Call

  • Called to the Bar, Ontario (2013) 
  • JD, Western University (2012) 
  • Certificate in Negotiation, Western University (2012) 
  • Certificate in Community-Based Mediation, Western University (2011) 
  • BA (Philosophy), Western University (1995) 

Biography

I am here to provide you with advice and guidance to help you settle the issues arising from your family breakdownwith strength, compassion and dignity. I want to help you protect your family and resolve conflict so you can move on. 

Jennifer knows that every family law matter is unique and personal to her clients. Jennifer recognizes that each situation has its complexities and challenges; as a result she will provide her clients with the personal attention they deserve. Jennifer will do her best to settle her clients’ matters without having to go to court. However, if she believes the best way to support her clients is by taking their matter to court, then she will do so with diligence and compassion. 

Jennifer can provide her clients with services that fit your needs. As a lawyer for the Limited Scope Services Project, Jennifer recognizes that one may need or want other services, and she can tailor her services to meet those needs. Jennifer can offer legal advice and strategy when, and as needed. 

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jennifer, who is married with two young adult children, led teams for over 15 years, marketing and raising funds for organizations, including Yale University, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, and Western UniversityBecause of her passion for helping others, particularly those who are marginalized, Jennifer left her successful career and pursued her dream of becoming a family lawyer. Jennifer opened her family law practice after working with a leading law firm in London. Jennifer provided family law services through Community Legal Services at Western University, coaching and training law students in family law, until she decided to focus on her practice full-time. 

Jennifer continued to mentor and teach students through her role as an Adjunct Professor for the Family Law Externship and the foundational Family Law course at Western University. She continues to support her local and legal communities through her volunteer work with 519Pursuit, London Lawyers Feed the Hungry, and Pro Bono Students Canada. While at law school, Jennifer received the J.G. McLeodMcSorley Scholarship in Family Law, the Brad Hodgson Civil Litigation Award, the Paul Bradley Prize in Real Estate Law and was also on the Dean’s Honour List. Jennifer was also the Head Student Supervisor at Community Legal Services and the Assistant Student Coordinator at Western’s Dispute Resolution Centre. 

Originally from a coastal town in North Carolina, Jennifer has a soft spot for her childhood playground of sand and surf. When Jennifer is not dreaming of splashing in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean or searching for shells on its beaches, she is avidly reading historical fiction, legal or crime novels. 

Biography

I am here to provide you with advice and guidance to help you settle the issues arising from your family breakdownwith strength, compassion and dignity. I want to help you protect your family and resolve conflict so you can move on. 

Jennifer knows that every family law matter is unique and personal to her clients. Jennifer recognizes that each situation has its complexities and challenges; as a result she will provide her clients with the personal attention they deserve. Jennifer will do her best to settle her clients’ matters without having to go to court. However, if she believes the best way to support her clients is by taking their matter to court, then she will do so with diligence and compassion. 

Jennifer can provide her clients with services that fit your needs. As a lawyer for the Limited Scope Services Project, Jennifer recognizes that one may need or want other services, and she can tailor her services to meet those needs. Jennifer can offer legal advice and strategy when, and as needed. 

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jennifer, who is married with two young adult children, led teams for over 15 years, marketing and raising funds for organizations, including Yale University, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, and Western UniversityBecause of her passion for helping others, particularly those who are marginalized, Jennifer left her successful career and pursued her dream of becoming a family lawyer. Jennifer opened her family law practice after working with a leading law firm in London. Jennifer provided family law services through Community Legal Services at Western University, coaching and training law students in family law, until she decided to focus on her practice full-time. 

Jennifer continued to mentor and teach students through her role as an Adjunct Professor for the Family Law Externship and the foundational Family Law course at Western University. She continues to support her local and legal communities through her volunteer work with 519Pursuit, London Lawyers Feed the Hungry, and Pro Bono Students Canada. While at law school, Jennifer received the J.G. McLeodMcSorley Scholarship in Family Law, the Brad Hodgson Civil Litigation Award, the Paul Bradley Prize in Real Estate Law and was also on the Dean’s Honour List. Jennifer was also the Head Student Supervisor at Community Legal Services and the Assistant Student Coordinator at Western’s Dispute Resolution Centre. 

Originally from a coastal town in North Carolina, Jennifer has a soft spot for her childhood playground of sand and surf. When Jennifer is not dreaming of splashing in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean or searching for shells on its beaches, she is avidly reading historical fiction, legal or crime novels. 

Honours & Awards

Brad Hodgson Civil Litigation Award, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/current_students/student_services/finances/awards_and_scholarships.html) (2012) 

Awarded to the second- or third-year law student who, in the opinion of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Review Counsel, and Director of the Clinical Legal Education program, shows the greatest potential for success as a practitioner in the area of Civil Litigation. 

 

Paul Bradley Award in Real Estate Law, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/current_students/student_services/finances/awards_and_scholarships.html) (2012) 

Awarded to the student with the highest standing in Real Estate. 

 

J.G. McLeod-McSorley Scholarship in Family Law, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/current_students/student_services/finances/awards_and_scholarships.html) (2011) 

Awarded to the full-time student in second or third-year Law who demonstrates the highest achievement in an advanced family law course. 

 

Dean’s Honor List, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/current_students/student_services/academic_policies_and_procedures.html#honors) (2011) 

A student who achieves an average of at least “B” on a full year’s work as defined by the program, and who is in the top 10% of the class. 

 

Outstanding Team Lead, Pro Bono Students Canada, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/) (2011) 

Awarded to the student who demonstrates outstanding leadership to their project team. 

 

Outstanding Volunteer, Pro Bono Students Canada, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/) (2010) 

Awarded to the student who demonstrates outstanding work on their project team. 

 

Rising Star, London & Region Fundraising Executives (https://lrfre.wordpress.com/) (2002) 

Awarded to a fundraising professional who is in the early stages of their career and who demonstrates extraordinary passion and aptitude for their work. 

 

Gold Showcase Award, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (https://www.ahp.org/) (2001) 

Awarded to the fundraising professional whose program or project demonstrates excellence in healthcare philanthropy. 

 

Rising Star, Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (Ontario) (https://www.ciraontario.com/(1995) 

Awarded to the student who has demonstrated they are an emerging leader in post-secondary recreation and/or intramural sports and whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth and contribution to the profession and increased levels of leadership and responsibility. 

Community Involvement

Emergency Family Law Referral Panel LawyerLaw Society of Ontario (https://lso.ca/home) (2020-present) 

On a pro bono basis, provide 30 minutes of legal advice specific to determining whether an individual’s family law matter is urgent; provide referrals to other available legal services 

 

Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee Member, 519Pursuit (2020-Present) 

Participate in strategic planning to help homeless individuals in London 

 

Roster Lawyer, Family Law Limited Scope Services Project (https://www.familylawlss.ca/) (March 2019-Present) 

Provide unbundled and limited scope legal services to middle income Ontarians, including, but not limited to, strategy and process navigation, coaching, opinions, research, document drafting, court appearances, financial statement preparation, support calculations preparation, disclosure organization, and document review 

 

Co-Organizer, Hospitality Meals, London Lawyers Feed the Hungry (http://www.lawyersfeedthehungry.ca/london.html) (2014-present) 

Manage monthly hospitality meals delivered by volunteers (primarily from the legal community) at a local church 

 

Lawyer Supervisor, Pro Bono Students Canada, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/) (2016-present; 2013-2014) 

Supervise law student volunteers working on projects to help non-profit and social services agencies address legal issues 

 

Volunteer, Immigration Justice Project of San Diego (https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest/immigration/projects_initiatives/immigration-justice-project/) (Aug.  2019) 

Conducted intake interviews with, and provided legal advice to, individuals seeking asylum and who were detained at the Otay Mesa Detention Centre 

 

Assessor, Experiential Courses, Faculty of Law, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/) (2012-2017) 

Evaluated law students on simulated assessments in civilcriminal and estates law and a mediation 

 

Mock Trial Volunteer, Ontario Justice Education Network (http://ojen.ca/en/) (2016) 

Provided coaching to elementary school students prior to, and during, a mock civil law trial 

 

Volunteer, Walsh Family Law Moot, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (https://afccontario.ca/walsh-family-law-moot-negotiation-competition/) (2014-2015) 

Marked facta submitted by law students participating in the Family Law Moot 

 

Volunteer, Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (https://afccontario.ca/walsh-family-law-moot-negotiation-competition/) (2014-2015) 

Provided administrative and timekeeping support to the coordinators, judges and teams during the inaugural Family Law Negotiation Competition 

 

Mooting Judge, Faculty of Law, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/) (2012-2016) 

Judged law students in appellate level moots involving criminal law, medical negligence, family law, and constitutional law 

 

Speaker, DVD “What Adult Children of Divorce Have to Say”, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (https://afccontario.ca/community-programs/) (2012) 

Shared my story regarding the impact of my parents’ separation and divorce on my life, from childhood through to marriage and parenthood 

 

New Professional Events Committee, Ontario Conference, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (https://afccontario.ca/) (2014) 

Organized, facilitated, and co-moderated a panel discussion, “What I Wish I Knew When I Was New,” featuring members of the judiciary 

 

Panelist, “What Adult Children of Divorce Have to Say”, Ontario Conference, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (https://afccontario.ca/) (2012) 

Shared my story regarding the impact of my parents’ separation and divorce on my life, from childhood through to marriage and parenthood, to more than 150 attendees at AFCC’s Annual Ontario Conference 

 

Student Liaison Supervisor, Community Legal Services, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/community_legal_services/) (2011-2012) 

Led a team of student supervisors and liaised between them and Review Counsel; managed supervisor schedules, facilitated meetings, and assisted with file transfers 

 

Assistant Student Coordinator, Dispute Resolution Centre, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/dispute_resolution_centre/index.html) (2011-2012) 

Assisted in coordinating the Mediation Certificate program; oversaw file management and community projects; conducted community public legal education sessions 

 

Student Supervisor, Community Legal Services, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/community_legal_services/) (2010-2012) 

Represented and advocated for clients in the Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court, Small Claims Court, at the Landlord and Tenant Board, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, and negotiated resolutions and settlements; conducted public legal education sessions for community and social agencies and conducted client outreach in the community 

 

Intern, Dispute Resolution Centre, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/dispute_resolution_centre/index.html) (2010-2012) 

Conducted community-based mediations 

 

Intern, Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) (http://communitylawschool.org/) (2010–2012) 

Created and updated community-based public legal education materials 

 

Team Lead, Research Project, Pro Bono Students Canada, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/) (2010–2012) 

Led a team of student volunteers to conduct legal research and prepare a legal memorandum for a non-profit organization in Toronto focused on cyberbullying 

 

Intake Volunteer, Family Law Project, Pro Bono Students Canada, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/family_law_project.html) (2009–2011) 

Under the supervision of family law duty counsel, assisted low-income, unrepresented family law litigants in the completion of court documents 

 

Associate Caseworker, Community Legal Services, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/community_legal_services/) (2009–2010) 

Conducted intake interviews with potential clients; assisted with public legal education seminars 

 

Team Member, Research Project, Pro Bono Students Canada, Western University (https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/) (2009–2010) 

Conducted legal research and prepared a legal memorandum for a local social agency focused on policy issues for volunteer mentors/coaches for the agency’s clients 

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