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.
2022-2023 CBA-NT President and Executive Officers
Jessi Casebeer: President
Growing up in Yellowknife, it had always been Jessi's goal to return to the Northwest Territories as a lawyer and build her legal practice in her hometown. Her path after law school took her to Iqaluit, Nunavut where she 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.
Jessi returned to Yellowknife in the fall of 2018, joining Dragon Toner Law Office, where she enjoyed a varied practice in administrative law, employment law, civil litigation, and criminal law. She is a passionate Yellowknifer and is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to both the legal community and the greater community of Yellowknife.
Gabriel Byatt: Vice President
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.
John Inglis: Secretary Treasurer
John Inglis began his legal career at Diamond Fairbairn in Toronto, Ontario—a small firm with a well respected municipal and land development practice. He followed Steve Diamond to McCarthy Tétrault where he was part of their municipal /land development and environmental practice for many years. He was able to put his Masters of Environmental Studies to good use there, along with sharpening his tribunal litigation skills at the Ontario Municipal Board. He moved on to other downtown firms before a stint on his own. Along the way he raised three sons and spent a lot of time camping with them as a Scouts Canada leader.
John still has his now antique Miele 12-speed road bike which he rides to work in the spectacular NWT. He was tempted to come north by a classmate from Osgoode Hall (Bill Rouse) who waxed lyrical about the pristine wilderness, northern lights and crunchy white snow. Somehow temperature was never part of the conversation, but that’s fine because John grew up in Winterpeg, Manitoba and is a very hardy soul. John currently enjoys a healthy diet of both land or construction related litigation and self-government agreement negotiations with a side of whatever else needs to get done. He is looking forward to volunteering and contributing to the practice of law north of 60.
Thomas Wallwork: Past President
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.
Amanda Miller-Fleming: Member at Large
Amanda was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. After law school, Amanda articled and practiced at a business law and litigation boutique firm in Toronto.
In 2021, Amanda accepted a position with the Government of the Northwest Territories as Legal Counsel and instantly fell in love with the North. Amanda currently resides in Yellowknife with her partner and cat.
Gary Magee: Member at Large
Gary Magee was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2004.
He worked at an anti-poverty legal clinic in Toronto until 2009, when he took a position as a criminal defence lawyer with the Nunavut Legal Services Board.
In 2017, he moved to Yellowknife to work as a federal prosecutor.
He is on the Board of the Yellowknife Ski Club, in the role of Vice President.