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.
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