Alyssa is a litigation lawyer in Lawson Lundell's Yellowknife office with a broad civil litigation practice, focused on administrative and public law. Alyssa represents a range of individual, corporate and government clients across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In addition to her litigation work, Alyssa currently serves as Law Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.
Prior to joining Lawson Lundell LLP, Alyssa served as a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. In this capacity, Alyssa worked on complex legal issues of national importance in areas including constitutional law, Aboriginal law, administrative law and commercial law, as well as issues arising under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Alyssa is a graduate of the University of Victoria's School of Law and joined the firm in 2015. Alyssa was the recipient of the William R. McIntyre Medal from the University of Victoria, which is awarded to a graduating student who exhibits exemplary dedication to community service, student leadership, and academic achievement.
- Law Society of the Northwest Territories, Member of the Discipline Committee
- Law Society of Nunavut, Vice-Chair of the Admissions Committee
- Canadian Bar Association, Member
- Represents a range of clients, including individuals, corporations and governments, before the NWT Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Adjudication Panel on issues including discrimination on the basis of disability, race, sex, social condition, and family status, at various stages of the complaint process, including mediation.
- Represents both appellants and respondents in applications for judicial review of administrative decision-makers, including the NWT Rental Officer, Human Rights Adjudication Panel, and Yellowknife City Council before the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories.
- Frequently appears before the Nunavut Court of Justice representing the Director of Child and Family Services.
- Works collaboratively and cross-culturally with clients, opposing parties, and community resources in communities across Nunavut on child protection matters, in accordance with Inuit Societal Values.
- Provided confidential advice to a federal administrative tribunal on complex and novel issues in administrative law, including the requirements of procedural fairness where a new hearing is required as a result of judicial review.
News & Publications
- Was the Decision Wrong? We May Never Find Out: Lobbying, a Private Island Vacation, & the Justiciability of Administrative Decisions, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog, June 25, 2020
- COVID-19: Options for Nunavut and NWT Communities, North of 60 Blog, May 6, 2020
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- Ontario (2014)
- Northwest Territories (2015)
- Nunavut (2015)
University of Victoria (J.D., 2013)
McGill University (B.A., 2008)