Catherine Hutchens was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She received a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland and was named to the Dean’s List during each year in the program. She was also the recipient of several awards, including the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Social Work, the Lyndsey Anne Antle Award in Social Work, the Dean’s Award of Academic Excellence, and the Leslie Thoms Convocation Award.
In 2018, Catherine received a Juris Doctor (with Distinction) from the University of New Brunswick. During law school, Catherine was fortunate to maintain the Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship in Law, the Law Faculty’s most prestigious scholarship. Catherine was named to the Dean’s List during each year of her studies at law school. She also won the following course prizes: the George McAllister Prize in Torts, the Maurice Gautreau Prize in Legal Writing, the Leycester D. D’Arcy Q.C. Prize in Evidence, and the NB Trial Lawyers’ Association Prize in Trial Practice. Being passionate about legal research and writing, Catherine served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the University of New Brunswick Law Journal and as a Judicial Intern to the Honourable Chief Justice J.C. Marc Richard of the New Brunswick Court of Appeal.
Prior to joining Stevenson Luchies & Legh in June 2019, Catherine completed her articles at the Crown Attorney’s Office in St. John’s, NL. As an associate at Stevenson Luchies & Legh, Catherine works closely with partner James A.S. Legh and maintains a general civil litigation practice, with a focus on personal injury law. Catherine greatly enjoys conducting legal research and applying it to real-life facts in order to help our clients. She is also happy to use the assessment and solution-building skills that she learned in her social work education in her everyday practice.
Catherine is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and a non-practising member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. She enjoys reading early-to-mid 20th-century fiction, going to the gym, cheering for her favourite sports teams (the Detroit Red Wings and New York Giants), and watching her adorable niece, Hannah, grow up.