Admission to the bar
LL.B, Université de Montréal, 2012
Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and International Law, 2009
Catherine Lafontaine holds a law degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal. After completing her internship at Monette Barakett, she then joined the law firm in 2013.
Ms. Lafontaine works in the areas of labour relations, health and social services, access to information, civil law, procurement and construction. As soon as she began her practice, Ms. Lafontaine was called upon to litigate in the common law courts, particularly in matters involving protective custody and authorization to provide care. On a daily basis, Ms. Lafontaine performs research and preliminary analysis to prepare litigation cases and drafts various types of legal documents including opinions, proceedings, internal regulations, contracts, tenders, etc.
Ms. Lafontaine received a merit award, from the Dean, in recognition of her excellent academic performance while obtaining her Bachelor of Laws and has been presented with numerous other awards over the course of her studies. She is distinguished by her discipline, analytical insight and capacity for critical thinking, which enables her to keenly perceive all facets of a case.
As a lawyer, Ms. Lafontaine is involved in UQAM’s international clinic for the defence of human rights, where she oversees student teams as they draft documents pertaining to the defence of human rights, both at the national and international levels. During the course of her studies, Ms. Lafontaine also completed a ten-month legal internship within an international organization in Washington, D.C., and participated in an international moot court competition. In addition to French and English, Ms. Lafontaine speaks fluent Spanish.