University of Calgary

Deanne Sowter

  • Instructor


Deanne joined the faculty in July 2017, following several years as a family law practitioner with a focus on negotiated settlements. Deanne is also a Research Fellow with the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School, and she was the 2015/16 Ontario Bar Association Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellow in Legal Ethics and Professionalism Studies. Deanne holds a B.F.A from York University, an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute (Producing), and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Following law school, Deanne articled at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto before she began specializing in family law.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Deanne worked in the film industry for 13 years. She held positions at The Kennedy/Marshall Company in Los Angeles, and at the Canadian Film Centre and eOne Entertainment International in Toronto.


Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution
Collaborative Practice Toronto

Bar Admissions

Member of the Ontario Bar

Research/Scholarly Activities

Deanne is currently a Research Fellow with the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School. She contributes to the Justice Innovation Blog and her work has been published in the Journal of Arbitration and Mediation. Deanne’s research focuses on the intersection of legal ethics and family law alternative dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on the ethical implications of innovation in legal practice.

Research Areas

  • Legal Ethics
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Legal Profession


Law 403: Legislation
Law 508: Negotiation
Law 510: Ethical Lawyering
Law 693: Entertainment Law


Professional Service

Deanne serves on the Professional Development Committee for Collaborative Practice Toronto, and is the Chair of Education and Development for the Pro Bono Collaborative Family Law Project which is a partnership between the Mediation Clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School and Collaborative Practice Toronto.

Photograph of Deanne Sowter
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