About Johnstone-Clarke Law Office
ABOUT JOHNSTONE-CLARKE LAW OFFICE
Johnstone-Clarke Law Office was founded in 2003 by Lori Johnstone-Clarke to provide specialized services to First Nation individuals and organizations. The office is located on the Asimakaniseekan Askiy Indian Reserve in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is in the same building as SIGA, FSIN and Peace Hills Trust. Johnstone-Clarke Law is a general law practice dealing with treaty rights protection, First Nation issues, Band business and governance matters, specific claim/TLE reserve creation, trusts, elections, bylaw and policy development, employment, gaming, business, civil litigation, and criminal litigation.
ABOUT LORI K. JOHNSTONE-CLARKE
Lori is a member of the Mistawasis Cree First Nation. She was raised on a farm on the reserve until she left to attend high school at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. Upon graduating, she attended Dalhousie University and began pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree. Lori returned to Saskatchewan to complete her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. Through the encouragement of her husband, parents and grandparents, Lori decided to continue her education and pursue a career in law. Although she wasn’t sure how she would make it happen as she and her husband had two small children and tight finances. However, through a great amount of hard work and determination, Lori graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College Of Law in 2001.
Since being called to the Bar in 2002, Lori has gained experience in a variety of matters pertaining to the general practice of law and from this experience she developed her general law practice. Lori was also a part of a legal team for both the Firearms and First Nations Governance Act legal challenges. She assisted these legal challenges by preparing legal documents for an interlocutory injunction, conducted interviews and prepared affidavits and prepared legal memoranda to be heard before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.
Lori has appeared before the Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal.
Lori understands that being charged with a criminal offence means that a person’s life, reputation, employment, personal well-being, and liberty are at stake. It can be very stressful for the individual charged and the individual’s family as the process can be lengthy. Just because someone is facing criminal charges does not mean they are guilty or that they will be convicted. Lori has compassion and empathy for people facing criminal charges and advocates on behalf of her clients.