Melanie Goodfellow holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Development Studies and a Master of Public Service Degree, both from the University of Waterloo.
Before attending law school, Melanie was the Assistant to the Executive Director at the John Howard Society of York Region (JHSYR). At JHSYR, she worked with people involved in different stages of the justice system through services like the Direct Accountability Program and the Record Suspension Program. She continued to be involved with the John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex while studying law by volunteering in their Bail Verification and Supervision Program as a Court Worker.
Melanie spent the winter of 2018 in Yellowknife working as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, where she conducted legal research and shadowed judges in court each day.
Melanie is found daily in the Ontario Court of Justice assisting our clients with bail, pleas, trials, and everything in between. In addition to her legal prowess, Melanie provides essential support to our clients and their families. She understands the challenges that our clients face and assists with empathy and kindness, but defends them ferociously.
Though she is originally from Oakville, Melanie loves Waterloo Region and is thrilled to be representing our clients in Kitchener and the surrounding areas.
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Law Society of Ontario
Criminal Lawyers’ Association
Waterloo Region Law Association
“The Defence Loses a Shield: Realities of Losing Peremptory Challenges.” For the Defence 40:2 (2020): 12.