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Nils Clarke

Riverdale North

Nils was elected the 25th Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly. He proudly serves the Riverdale North riding.

Nils has been practicing law in the Yukon for over 24 years. He started his career at the firm of Preston, Willis and Leitch in a general litigation practice. In 1994, he became the first in-house staff lawyer at the Yukon Legal Services Society (YLSS – Legal Aid). In 2000, Nils was appointed the Executive Director of the society, and until his election to the Legislative Assembly in November of 2016, he oversaw an organization that delivers in excess of 95% of legal aid eligible service in civil and criminal matters through its dedicated team of staff lawyers and support staff.

His formal education includes a B.A. from the University of Toronto (1987) and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia (1990). Nils was admitted to both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of Yukon in 1992.

Over the years, he has represented many clients in a broad range of legal aid practice areas in all Yukon communities. Nils has appeared at all levels of Yukon Courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He and YLSS have actively supported restorative justice initiatives, including circle sentencing, the two Whitehorse-based therapeutic courts, land-based healing initiatives and harm reduction strategies. Through his extensive professional and community-based experiences, Nils has always maintained a strong commitment and focus on social justice while striving to improve the personal circumstances of all Yukoners.

Nils, Janet and their two sons have enjoyed the wonderful and expansive Yukon wilderness over the years. He has convinced his immediate, extended family and friends to voluntarily hike the Chilkoot Trail a number of times. Many memorable canoe and rafting trips on the Yukon, Teslin, Tatshenshini, Tutshi and other rivers are a highlight. The Grey Mountain ridge walk on Canada Day has become a much-anticipated annual tradition for the Clarke’s and a number of other families. The walk to and from Riverdale in all seasons – observing the gradual light and weather changes with his sons, one always in shorts – is a daily joy.

Nils has been committed to his community and volunteerism since his arrival in the territory. He is currently the Treasurer of both the Teen Parent Access to Education Society and of MacBride Museum. In the past, he has served on the Whitehorse Elementary School Council and the Yukon Learn Board of Directors in addition to acting in various positions with the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Yukon. For ten years, Nils was a sessional instructor at Yukon College, teaching various classes in the Criminology Department. In the early 1990s, he had the privilege of serving in the Canadian Rangers.

Nils was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the general election for the 34th Legislative Assembly on November 7, 2016.

Nils was elected the 25th Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly on January 12, 2017. As Speaker, he is also Chair of the Members’ Services Board. Nils was appointed to the committee by order of the House on January 12, 2017.

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Nils has been practicing law in the Yukon for over 24 years. He started his career at the firm of Preston, Willis and Leitch in a general litigation practice. In 1994, he became the first in-house staff lawyer at the Yukon Legal Services Society (YLSS – Legal Aid). In 2000, Nils was appointed the Executive Director of the society, and until his election to the Legislative Assembly in November of 2016, he oversaw an organization that delivers in excess of 95% of legal aid eligible service in civil and criminal matters through its dedicated team of staff lawyers and support staff.

His formal education includes a B.A. from the University of Toronto (1987) and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia (1990). Nils was admitted to both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of Yukon in 1992.

Over the years, he has represented many clients in a broad range of legal aid practice areas in all Yukon communities. Nils has appeared at all levels of Yukon Courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He and YLSS have actively supported restorative justice initiatives, including circle sentencing, the two Whitehorse-based therapeutic courts, land-based healing initiatives and harm reduction strategies. Through his extensive professional and community-based experiences, Nils has always maintained a strong commitment and focus on social justice while striving to improve the personal circumstances of all Yukoners.

Nils, Janet and their two sons have enjoyed the wonderful and expansive Yukon wilderness over the years. He has convinced his immediate, extended family and friends to voluntarily hike the Chilkoot Trail a number of times. Many memorable canoe and rafting trips on the Yukon, Teslin, Tatshenshini, Tutshi and other rivers are a highlight. The Grey Mountain ridge walk on Canada Day has become a much-anticipated annual tradition for the Clarke’s and a number of other families. The walk to and from Riverdale in all seasons – observing the gradual light and weather changes with his sons, one always in shorts – is a daily joy.

Nils has been committed to his community and volunteerism since his arrival in the territory. He is currently the Treasurer of both the Teen Parent Access to Education Society and of MacBride Museum. In the past, he has served on the Whitehorse Elementary School Council and the Yukon Learn Board of Directors in addition to acting in various positions with the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Yukon. For ten years, Nils was a sessional instructor at Yukon College, teaching various classes in the Criminology Department. In the early 1990s, he had the privilege of serving in the Canadian Rangers.

Nils was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the general election for the 34th Legislative Assembly on November 7, 2016.

Nils was elected the 25th Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly on January 12, 2017. As Speaker, he is also Chair of the Members’ Services Board. Nils was appointed to the committee by order of the House on January 12, 2017.