Intervening Before the Supreme Court of Canada as told by a Kinesthetic Learner

  • November 08, 2021
  • Ceilidh Joan Henderson, family lawyer at Teshebaeva Henderson

It’s been a year since a very exciting day in my life. Here is my tale. My long-lost, free-spirited friend from law school, Surinder Multani, called me out of the blue in January of 2020. She said, “Hey, it’s been awhile, look, I have an opportunity for you. My case is going to the Supreme Court, Colucci v Colucci. Read it. It’s about the legal framework to use when rescinding retroactive child support. I represent the recipient mother and I want you to be an intervener.”

I took a moment because quite honestly, I didn’t know anything about intervening at the Supreme Court of Canada. I was four and a half years into running my small family law firm with my business partner and trusted ally, Altynay Teshebaeva. Sure, I was comfortable in the routine of my busy practice and litigating in Superior Court, but this was a whole new ball game, the big leagues, the biggest of the leagues and I had goosebumps! Litigation lawyers have this unspoken secret dream of appearing at the Supreme Court of Canada and here was the opportunity just being dangled in front of me. I knew there would be a lot of work involved and a lot of unknown, but sometimes you have to just go for it. Surinder and I chatted more, jumping into our old rhythm, talking candidly about where our practices and lives had taken us over the past 6 years. Before the call ended, I told her that I would figure out how to intervene on the case. We were both very excited for the journey ahead.