President & Executive
The President is the face of the Northwest Territories Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. As its spokesperson and members’ advocate, the President is responsible for key relationships within the organization: other branches, the National office, Council, the Board of Directors, the Executive Officers, legal groups in the Northwest Territories and nationally, the public and the media.
2021-2022 CBA-NT President and Executive Officers
Thomas Wallwork: President
Thomas was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After having attended law school at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, he returned to his home province to article at a general-practice firm, where he found a love for family law that persists to this day. He founded and ran a solo practice in Richmond, British Columbia with an exclusive focus on family law, and successfully represented clients at all levels of court.
In October of 2018, Thomas moved to Yellowknife and instantly fell in love with the North. He currently operates the Outreach Legal Aid Clinic, where he prepares and disseminates educational materials and self-help guides on common legal problems, prepares and presents legal information seminars to communities throughout the Northwest Territories, and provides summary advice on a wide variety of civil law matters ranging from bankruptcy, guardianship, estates, and family law.
Jessi Casebeer: Vice President
Growing up in Yellowknife, it had always been my goal to return to the Northwest Territories as a lawyer and build my legal practice in my hometown. My path after law school took me to Iqaluit, Nunavut where worked as a Crown Prosecutor at the Nunavut Regional Office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada after articling with that office as well as the Department of Justice with the Government of Nunavut.
I returned to Yellowknife in the fall of 2018, where I joined Dragon Toner Law Office, where I enjoy a varied practice in administrative law, employment law, civil litigation and criminal law. I am a passionate Yellowknifer, and am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to both the legal community and the greater community of Yellowknife.
Gabriel Byatt: Secretary Treasurer
Gabriel was raised in Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ (Fort Simpson) in the Dehcho region of the Northwest Territories. He completed his undergraduate degree at Acadia University and then law school at the University of New Brunswick. Gabriel moved back to the NWT in 2017 after law school and now lives in Yellowknife with his wife Emma, son Benjamin, and their dog Brewer. Gabriel is a sole practitioner practicing primarily family law from his office in Yellowknife and he is involved in the executive and Family Section for the CBA-NT branch
Amanda Thibodeau: Past President
Amanda Thibodeau lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Amanda graduated from the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law in 2008. After graduation, Amanda practiced with a small Fredericton firm until 2015, gaining experience in all areas of general practice.
In 2015, Amanda accepted a position as a crown prosecutor and moved to Yellowknife. During her time as a prosecutor, Amanda visited many communities throughout the Northwest Territories while traveling for circuit court.
In 2017, Amanda returned to private practice with the Yellowknife law firm of Dragon Toner, where she enjoys a varied practice, which includes child protection, civil litigation, estates and administrative law.
Amanda has been an active member of the CBA since 2008.