Sheila M. MacPherson - Lawson Lundell LLP

Sheila M. MacPherson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Sheila is the most senior civil litigator in our Yellowknife office. She has experience in all levels of court in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and has appeared before a number of boards and tribunals. She routinely advises and represents both the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Nunavut on legal issues before courts. She is presently the Law Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.

Sheila has considerable experience in the area of parliamentary privilege, legislative drafting and interpretation and constitutional law, much of that arising out of her experience with the Legislative Assembly stemming back to 1988. She has advised, and continues to advise, a number of boards with respect to their legal obligations. She is counsel for the Government of the NWT and the Government of Nunavut on child protection cases and, as such, appears before the Courts of both jurisdictions on these matters on a regular basis.

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Experience — Presently Law Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories (September 2008)
  • Acted as Deputy Law Clerk (1988-1990) and Law Clerk (1990-2000) to the Legislative Assembly
  • Has (and continues to) act as counsel on matters involving constitutional challenges in the area of child protection legislation and disability issues
  • Acted as legal counsel in numerous cases involving issues of parliamentary privilege and parliamentary law
  • Significant practice in acting as counsel for the Director of Child and Family Services for both the NWT and Nunavut on matters relating to child protection proceedings
  • Counsel to the Nunavut Planning Commission on matters relating to legislation and administrative law issues
  • Has extensive experience in the realm of litigation involving same sex rights
  • Has extensive experience acting in the area of custom adoption and private adoptions
  • Carleton UniversityBA 1982Dalhousie UniversityLL.B 1987
    Canadian Bar AssociationProject Law Blog

    Office Location

    4915 Forty-Eighth Street, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 818
    Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N6

    Practice Areas

    Family Law
    Personal Injury Litigation

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