Tami Friesen


Tami has worked as a cashier, salesperson, landscaper, camp counsellor, tree planter, tutor, teacher, journalist, writer, editor and cowboy concierge. After obtaining her graduate degree in English Literature, she realized she preferred action to observation and decided to become a lawyer. Her legal research and writing skills are outstanding, and she received numerous academic writing awards while studying at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. After law school, Tami clerked for the judges of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal. She took a position as a front-line Crown Prosecutor for the criminal division of Alberta Justice in 2002, litigating a wide variety of criminal matters and appearing at all levels of court.  She joined the Appeals Branch in 2009 and had the honour of appearing in the Supreme Court of Canada as second counsel to James Robb QC on R v Briscoe and R v Laboucan.

Tami taught a night class on legal ethics at the U of A Faculty of Law for several years, and her love of teaching eventually led to a full-time position with the Law Faculty as Director of the Legal Research & Writing Program. In 2012, her interest in legal ethics took her from the Law Faculty to the Law Society of Alberta, where she gained valuable litigation experience acting on numerous professional disciplinary matters as in-house counsel.

Tami has two wonderful and intelligent daughters, and an interesting husband who sells solar panels. She has played Ultimate (Frisbee) for over 16 years and was a founding member of the Edmonton Ultimate Players Association. Once in a while she puts down her disc, and sings with the alto section of Kappella Kyrie.