During our time in Yellowknife, we had the privilege of meeting with the Deputy Law Clerk, Alyssa Holland at the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories (NWT).
When the house is not in session, Alyssa also works as a litigation lawyer in Lawson Lundell’s Yellowknife office with a broad civil litigation practice, focused on administrative and public law. She represents a range of individual, corporate and government clients across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
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.
We were pleased to meet with Alyssa to learn more about her career trajectory and discuss the unique style of consensus government in the NWT. We learned that private member bills get farther in this style of governance compared to other legislatures, and how she evaluates legislation to ensure it mirrors the drafting of the bills. Alyssa also spoke to us about the legal challenges facing the NWT: the lack of lawyers in the area of family law, serving distinct communities and low income population, and the difficulty of connecting people with services.
Thank you Alyssa for this very informative and insightful meeting! We wish you the best of luck in your time at the NWT and hope our paths cross each other one day as some of us progress our careers in the area of public law.