M. Jennifer Shaften, K.C.


Jennifer Shaften is an accomplished advocate for children’s rights as they navigate their parents’ challenging family conflicts. She practices in the Provincial Court, the Court of King’s Bench and the Court of Appeal of Alberta as well as engaging in alternative forms of dispute resolution outside the Court.

In addition to advocating on behalf of children, Jennifer created a Child Representation Training program she uses to educate and mentor other lawyers in representing children.

She has presented at the World Congress on the Rights of Children and the National Federation of Law Societies Family Conference. She is an active member of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts and the Canadian Bar Association, both provincially and nationally.

Jennifer is trained in collaborative law, mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination.

Law Practice

  • Family Law
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Mediator and Arbitrator


  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Calgary, 1993
  • B.A. (Literature), Athabasca University, 1991


  • Canadian Bar Association – Chair of the South Alberta Children and Child Welfare Section
  • Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts
  • Alberta Family Mediation Society
  • CBA – Member of the National Children’s Law Section
  • CBA – Member of the Committee on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • ADR Institute of Alberta

Community Involvement

  • Father Lacombe Care Centre Board Member and Vice Chair (1995 to 2018)
  • CPLED Facilitator and Evaluator
  • Dispute Resolution Officer with Family Justice
  • Child Representation Educator and Trainer
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