Practical Tips with Judge Chisholm and David McWhinnie
Description: Join us for a discussion on the nuts and bolts of remote appearances and jurisdictional questions followed by a Q & A.
Judge Chisholm graduated from Dalhousie University law school in 1989. He was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 1990 and worked in private practice in Halifax before moving to the Yukon in 1992 to join Preston, Willis, Leitch & Lackowicz. While in the Yukon, in addition to practicing law in the private sector, he worked as counsel with Legal Aid, and as a Crown Prosecutor. He was also counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Ottawa, and was Chief Federal Prosecutor for the Atlantic Region of the PPSC, based in Halifax, when appointed as a Judge of the Territorial Court of Yukon on July 31, 2013. He served as Chief Judge of that Court from April 8, 2018 to April 7, 2021.
In practice since 1984, David McWhinnie served as a federal prosecutor for nearly 30 years, retiring from the Public Prosecution Service in 2017 as General Counsel. His prosecution duties took him across all three northern Territories, along with periods of service in the federal Crimes against Humanity/War Crimes unit, and later the Proceeds of Crime section. Primarily a criminal trial lawyer, he also has substantial criminal appellate experience.
First called to the Alberta bar in 1984, and currently active in Yukon private practice, Mr. McWhinnie was previously active in the bars of the NWT and Nunavut.
He is a member of the Yukon Law Society’s Discipline Committee, and the Society’s representative at the national Federation of Law Societies.
Mr. McWhinnie also serves as an outside mentor/practice advisor to the Yukon Legal Aid program.
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