June 8, 2005
Justice minister announces appointments to Queen�s Counsel
Tom Marshall, Justice Minister and Attorney General, is pleased to announce that the Lieutenant-Governor in Council has appointed ten lawyers Queen�s Counsel, an honorary title recognizing exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"It is a distinguished honor to be recognized as Queen�s Counsel," stated Minister Marshall. "I congratulate those appointed for their achievements in the legal profession in the province and wish them continued success in the future."
Queen�s Counsel comprises senior barristers who have served a minimum of ten years in the legal profession, who have gained the respect of their clients and peers and are within good standing with the Bar. The appointments are made on the recommendation of the Legal Appointments Board and appointed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
Those appointed to Queen�s Counsel are as follows:
John M. Babb received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Certificate in Criminology from Memorial University and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Law in 1984. He was admitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1986. Mr. Babb operates a private legal practice in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, with main areas of professional practice including personal injury, real estate, corporate and commercial law, wills and estates, family law and criminal law. He has held positions as Regional Crown Attorney, Provincial Crown Agent and with the Provincial Human Rights Panel. He is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Atlantic Trial Lawyers Association.
Thomas J. Burke received his LL.B from Dalhousie Law School in 1976 and was admitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1977. He is a partner in O�Dea, Earle and practices in the areas of criminal, real estate, wills/estate planning, personal injury and family law. Mr. Burke is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Newfoundland Project Daisy Committee.
Gregory William Dickie graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1981 and was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1982. He practices with White, Ottenheimer and Baker in the areas of commercial law, corporate financing, insolvency law and banking law. Mr. Dickie is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Law Society and is past co-chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Continuing Legal Education Committee, past chair of the Canadian Bar Association Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section and the Law Practice Management and Technology Section.
Brian Francis Furey received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Memorial University and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with an LL.B in 1980. He was called to the Bar in 1980. Mr. Furey practiced with O�Dea, Greene until 1987 and currently works as Manager, Social Law Unit, Civil Division with the Department of Justice, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Furey is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, current President of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Elected Bencher (Eastern Region) of the Law Society and has lectured in the Family Law Section of the Law Society Admission Course for the past ten years.
Bruce Cambridge Grant received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Newfoundland Gold Medal for Academic Excellence) from Memorial University and an LL.B. from Queen�s University in 1980. Mr. Grant was called to the Bar in 1980. He is Practice Manager, Corporate-Commercial Law with Stewart, McKelvey Stirling Scales and is involved with marine, fishing and oil and gas related financings and large corporate bankruptcies. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, member of the Disciplinary Committee and Chair Ad Hoc Committee on the Conveyancing Act of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and he lectures on Commercial Finance for the Bar Admission Course for the Law Society.
Jerome Patrick Kennedy received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Memorial University and an LL. B from the University of New Brunswick in 1984. He was admitted to the Bar in 1985 and is a partner in Simmonds Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy is Atlantic Director for the Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWC).
David D. McKay is a partner of the law firm Roebothan, McKay and Marshall, where his practice comprises real estate, corporate-commercial work, civil litigation and various estate matters. Mr. McKay received his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University in 1977 and an LL.B from the University of Alberta in 1980. He was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1980. He is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and serves on its Practice Rules Compliance Committee. He is also member of the Canadian Bar Association and is a former Chair of the Young Lawyers Section � Newfoundland Branch.
Randolph James Piercey was called to the Bar in 1984 after graduating from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from University of New Brunswick with an LL.B in 1983. Mr. Piercey practices with Kelly, Piercey, with practice including criminal defense, personal injury and extradition. He is former head Criminal Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association and served on Provincial Court and Law Society Committees.
Anne Marie Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Memorial University and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. She was admitted to the Bar in 1983 and practiced law in the private sector with the firm of O�Dea, Greene before joining the Department of Justice, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1987. Since joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Rose�s areas of practice have primarily focused on constitutional law, intergovernmental affairs, education and pension benefits. Ms. Rose has been an instructor for the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Bar Admission Course.
John Cochrane Sweetland operates a general law practice in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, at Sweetland and Burridge. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Labour Relations Board and teaches business law at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Mr. Sweetland has held positions as a senior partner at Sweetland, Martin and Ozon, Department of Development and Tourism Western Regional Office and as a Provincial Court Judge in St. John�s. Mr. Sweetland received his LL.B from the University of New Brunswick in 1972.
The appointees will receive their commissions as Queen�s Counsel from Edward Roberts, Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, at a date to be determined.
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