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Ottawa appoints judge to Yukon Supreme Court

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 10:12 AM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice on Nov. 19 announced that Karen Wenckebach, legal counsel at the government of Yukon in Whitehorse, has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Yukon.

Justice Wenckebach replaces Justice Suzanne Duncan, who was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Yukon effective Sept. 30, 2020.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Wenckebach, the daughter of Argentinian immigrants, was born in Calgary and raised in Thunder Bay, Ont. She began her post-secondary education at McGill University, where she earned a BA in history with a minor in women’s studies, followed by a special bachelor’s degree in social work. After working as a crisis counsellor, she continued her studies at Osgoode Hall Law School. She earned an LL.B. in 2002, and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2003.

Justice Wenckebach began her career as a law clerk to the justices and judges of the Yukon Supreme Court and Territorial Court. After taking time off to begin a family, she joined the Yukon Legal Services Society in 2007 and practised family, poverty and criminal law. She continued her career with the government of Yukon, serving as legal counsel from 2013. During this time, she specialized in labour, human rights and administrative law.

Justice Wenckebach served her professional community in such roles as second vice-president and then secretary of the Law Society of the Yukon and member of the Discipline Committee of the Law Society of Yukon.