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Serge's Story - Yellowknife

I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and raised in the Acadian-Francophone City of Dieppe, New Brunswick. I first came to Yellowknife in the summer of 2002 for student employment. In the years following, the idea of coming back to the North stuck in my mind because I knew about the opportunities the North had to offer. So, in July of 2009, I accepted a position as a Criminal Staff Lawyer with the Legal Services Board of the Northwest Territories and relocated to Yellowknife.

In a nutshell, I defend individuals charged with criminal and quasi-criminal offences. In addition to providing clients with meaningful advice, I often appear on their behalf in court to argue their conditions of release on bail as well as raising substantive issues at trial in defending their case.

Despite the comfort of greener pastures, gaining practice experience as a young lawyer in the South is more limited, because the demand for lawyers is not as high as it is in the Northwest Territories, where practice experience is limitless.

My girlfriend and many of my friends from my hometown have relocated to Yellowknife. We live in a francophone household of 4 people. In my spare time, I’m an avid reader. I am also an ice hockey official in adult and minor hockey leagues and I like to keep fit at the local gym. You can do anything you want to do in your spare time in Yellowknife. There is a vast array of activities the city has to offer.