JOE S. SELLMAN student at law


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Joe started at Brownlee LLP as an articling student in 2019. Prior to graduating from the Faculty of Law’s Juris Doctor program at the University of Alberta, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardiff University, and an M.A. in Technical Communications from the University of Portsmouth.
He said he elected to conduct his articling at Brownlee because of the firm’s reputation, as well as the quality of its legal teams and their work.


He is most excited to further research the law and witness how it affects different situations, as well as guiding clients through the legal system. “I love to learn about the law, about Brownlee’s clients, and about the client’s needs and their businesses,” he said. “I’m oriented to finding solutions.”

Joe held previous careers as a technical writer and instructional designer for various firms – experiences he said provide an advantage in his current articling experience.
As a law student, he volunteered with Edmonton Community Legal Centre.
Some of his hobbies include curling, fly fishing, squash, and jogging.


As a student-at-law Joe has the pleasure of working in a variety of practice areas at Brownlee LLP.


Member, Law Society of Alberta


In my prior career, I was reaching the top tier of the profession. I had published work, taught a couple of classes at MacEwan and was highly successful in my roles. While there were many aspects of my career I enjoyed, I decided to change to a legal career for two main reasons. Firstly, I wanted to be an expert in a subject rather than be the facilitate communication and processes for other experts, I wanted to have complete responsibility in the content and the delivery of a subject. Secondly, I needed room to grow, more challenges and more opportunity.