Come for the Job, but Stay for the People: Public Sector Lawyering in the North 

Apr. 16, 2020

The CBA Public Sector Lawyers Section presents:


Come for the Job, but Stay for the People: Public Sector Lawyering in the North

April 16, 2020 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern

In Canada’s three northern territories, public sector lawyers often outnumber their private sector counterparts. Public sector lawyers in the north represent federal and territorial governments and corporations across a broad number of practice areas, including administrative and constitutional law, natural resources, contracting and procurement, and criminal law.

John L. MacLean, CIC.C, will provide an overview of public practice in the north, highlighting the similarities — and key differences — of northern practice as compared with public sector practice elsewhere in Canada, with a particular focus on the benefits of practising north of 60.

Melanie Mortensen, Chair, CBA Public Sector Lawyers Section and Legal Counsel, Indigenous Legal Relations Group, BC Ministry of Attorney General, Legal Services Branch

John L. MacLean, CIC.C, is Legal Counsel in the Legal and Constitutional Law Division of the Nunavut Department of Justice. His practice is primarily in corporate and commercial law, with a focus on government procurement and major construction. In 2017, John led Nunavut’s Supreme Court of Canada intervention in R. v. Comeau. John was President of the CBA Nunavut Branch in 2013–14 and is currently President of the Law Society of Nunavut.


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    April 16, 2020
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)


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Augusta Acquah
Liaison Officer, CBA Sections
The Canadian Bar Association
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