How Does a Child Retain a Lawyer?

Guest: Jeff Keller

Episode Details

Do courts ever get to hear about what the kids want when their parents divorce?

Get the answer to this question and a whole lot more when we chat with lawyer Jeff Keller who acts as independent legal counsel for children when they get caught in their parents’ high conflict separation.

Guest Bio

Jeff is a practicing Family Law lawyer with Legal Aid Alberta (2008 – present). He has been a practicing family lawyer for 16 years. For the last 11 years of his career, Jeff has primarily focused on acting as Independent Legal Counsel for Children caught in the middle of their parents’ high conflict separation.

Prior to private practice (1996-1999), Jeff spent some time in the world of Academics teaching university courses including Sexuality and the Law, Human Sexuality and Municipal Law and speaking at such diverse locals as Kelvington United Church and Harvard Law School. Jeff also worked for the Court of Appeal of Alberta as Legal Counsel for the Justices (2000-2001) and then as Executive Legal Officer for the Chief Justice of Alberta (2001-2003).

Jeff spends much time volunteering. He is currently Co-Chair of the Child and Youth Law – North section of the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta plus a member of the National Child and Youth Law section for Canadian Bar Association. In the past he has sat on the Canadian AIDS Society Board of Directors and HIV Edmonton Board of Directors. He also

taught Parenting After Separation for many years and workshops with Edmonton Community Legal Centre.

Jeff also helped create a legal education program for youth at iHuman that ran from 2017 – 2019. Jeff resides in Edmonton. In the little spare time he has, he enjoys camping, gardening, reading, walking his dog and just hanging out with his partner and friends.


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