University of Calgary, Juris Doctor
McGill University, BA
Sean joined JSS Barristers as an associate in 2012. Sean enjoys spending his spare time outdoors, and is happy to once again have access to real mountains. He also spends much of his free time reading and painting. He has travelled widely, and has a particular interest in travel in the developing world.
Sean was born in Calgary and grew up living in Calgary, Victoria and Hong Kong. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) from McGill University in 2004. While pursuing his studies, Sean played an active role in student affairs as an editor at the university newspaper, and served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian University Press.
Following completion of his undergraduate studies, Sean worked at the National Post in Toronto. There - in addition to his editing, fact-checking and re-writing responsibilities - he wrote a daily column for publication in the Arts & Life section, and contributed other articles on a regular basis.
In 2006, Sean returned to Calgary to attend law school at the University of Calgary, where he obtained his J.D. in 2009. In law school, he served as a clinical caseworker at Student Legal Assistance and as a contributing editor for the Alberta Law Review. He participated in the mooting and debating programs, and he and his partner won the SLA Trial Competition for first-year law students. Sean received the faculty's Legal History prize in 2009 for his scholarship in that field.
Sean articled with the Toronto-based Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC). Following the completion of his articles in 2010, he was called as a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and remained at AIDWYC as its first Case Management Counsel. In that role, he assisted in the review of claims of wrongful conviction arising from jurisdictions across Canada and the United States. He also assisted in complex criminal and constitutional litigation in the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
2006年，司馬律師返回卡加里，在卡加里大學就讀法學院之後於2009年獲得法學博士學位。在法學院期間，司馬律師曾在隸屬卡加里大學的學生法律援助組織工作，為低收入群體提供了免費法律服務。 司馬律師還在法學院期間擔任過艾伯塔省法律評論的特約編輯，並參加了各種辯論和模擬法庭。 司馬律師和他的合作夥伴曾經在面對一年級法學學生的SLA模擬法庭（SLA Trial Competition）模擬法庭比賽中獲得了勝利。 司馬律師在2009年獲得了卡加里大學法學院的法律史獎以及該領域的獎學金。