Steven Cooper, a former resident of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, was admitted to the Northwest Territories Bar in 1989, the Alberta Bar in 1991, and the Nunavut Bar in 1999. Steven articled in Hay River, NWT and practiced there for eight years, primarily in the areas of civil, criminal, administrative, and municipal law. Since then, he has traveled, practiced, and worked extensively in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Steven practices Aboriginal law, corporate and commercial litigation, administrative and tribunal law, employment law, and assists clients with sexual and other abuse claims. He is also a member of the Baxter National Class Action consortium negotiation committee that helped negotiate the $5 billion national Residential School settlement.
In 2002, Mr. Cooper was one of only six Canadians invited to attend the American Bar Association Annual Law Tech Conference in Chicago, an event at which he was asked to speak. Mr. Cooper is a member of and a regular participant in various online law tech forums and has lectured for the Legal Education Society of Alberta in the field of client service and technology. He was editor-in- chief of the Nunavut Bar Admission course
materials. Mr. Cooper has argued before the NWT Workers Compensation Board for compensation for hunters and trappers resulting in policy changes allowing for full coverage for injured parties. He has argued before all courts in Alberta, the NWT, and the Nunavut Court of Justice. As counsel for the Alberta College of Paramedics, he has prosecuted disciplinary complaints against members and written for the association’s professional journal. Over the years, Steven has held various positions on committees and boards. He was a member of the Editorial Board of NWT Reports, Chairperson of the South Slave Divisional Board of Education, Chairperson of the Legal Services Board of the NWT, and Vice-Chairperson of the Hay River and Area Community Education Authority. Steven is an active contributor in local schools doing educational presentations about Nunavut. In 2010, Steven was appointed Chair of the Indigenous Rights Committee of the International Bar Association.