October 6, 2008

Queen�s Counsel Appointments Announced

The Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, today announced appointments to Queen�s counsel by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

"The appointment as Queen�s counsel recognizes a lawyer�s contributions throughout their career to the legal community," said Minister Kennedy. "The nine individuals appointed this year exemplify commitment and professionalism and I congratulate them on their appointment."

Queen�s counsel comprises senior barristers who have served a minimum of 10 years in the legal profession and gained the respect of the legal community and are in good standing with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. Appointments are made on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General after consultation with the Legal Appointments Board as outlined in the Queen�s Counsel Act.

Those appointed to Queen�s counsel are: Jacqueline M. Brazil; Peter Neil Browne; Pamela Jane Goulding; James D. Hughes; Karl R.S. Inder; David A. Mills; Donald Mark Pike; Roland Snelgrove; and Marina Whitten.

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Media contact:
Ken Morrissey
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
709-729-6985, 685-6612


Jacqueline M. Brazil is from Renews.  She is the daughter of Sadie Brazil and the late Stan Brazil.  In 1988 she received a bachelor of arts (political science/english) from Memorial University and in 1991 she received an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick.  Prior to joining the litigation unit at the Department of Justice in January of 2005, she spent 13 years in private practice, most recently as a partner in the law firm of Rose & Brazil. 

Peter Neil Browne is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with a bachelor of arts (honours) and Dalhousie Law School in 1984 with an LL.B. Called to the Newfoundland bar in 1985, he joined the firm of Curtis, Dawe in 1986 and has been a partner since 1991. Mr. Browne practices in civil litigation, with a concentration in medical malpractice, administrative law, labour and employment matters and human rights. Mr. Browne has been actively involved with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) since 1998, serving as president in 2001-2002. He is currently a member of the National CBA Judicial Compensation Committee, Rotary International/St. John�s Branch and a member of the Board of Executive, Festival 500.

Pamela Jane Goulding attended Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1985. She was admitted to the bar in 1986. Following a brief period in private practice, Ms. Goulding became a Crown attorney in 1987. As Senior Crown Attorney of the Special Prosecutions Office she conducted an extensive appellate practice. Ms. Goulding was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions in 2007. During her career as a prosecutor she appeared in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She is vice-chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and lecturer at the Law Society�s Bar Admission Course. Ms. Goulding is an active volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and holds a black belt in the martial art of Taekwon-Do.

James D. Hughes received a bachelor of arts from the University of New Brunswick in 1981 and then attended the University of New Brunswick Law School where he graduated in 1984. In 1986, he established the law firm now known as Hughes & Brannan in Clarenville where his general practice includes personal injury, civil litigation, wills, estates and property. His active criminal practice includes both criminal defence and prosecutions as an agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He has appeared before all levels of court including the Federal Court of Canada. He is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and he is the immediate past president of the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association of which he is still an active member. He currently sits on the board of the Discovery Health Care Foundation.

Karl R.S. Inder received a bachelor of arts from the Universit� de Moncton in 1981 and graduated from the Ecole de droit (School of Law) of the Universit� de Moncton in 1984. After graduating from law school, he began his professional career in St. John's where he practiced for five years before returning to his hometown of Grand Falls-Windsor in 1989. Since 1997, he has been practicing with the firm of Inder & Griffin. He is currently the vice-chairperson of the Labour Relations Board and is a former adjudicator of the Human Rights Commission for Newfoundland and Labrador and served three terms as a bencher of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, from 1993-1999 and again from 2003-2007. He is a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of the Environment Resources Management Association, a past director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and has been a member of the Grand Falls Rotary Club since 1998. He currently co-chairs the Grand Falls-Windsor Rotary Community Park Committee.

David A. Mills graduated from the University of Kings College, Halifax with a bachelor of arts (honours) in 1979, from the University of New Brunswick in 1982 with an LL.B. and was admitted to the bar the following year. From 1983�1989 he was a Crown prosecutor with the Department of Justice and since 1989 in private practice in Stephenville. He has served as mayor of the Town of Kippens and has been involved with many community organizations such as the Bay St. George Aquatic Centre and Stephenville Minor Hockey Association. Currently he is principal of David A. Mills Professional Law Inc.

Donald Mark Pike graduated from Memorial University in 1980 with a bachelor of commerce and from the University of British Columbia in 1983 with an LL.B. He worked with the Department of Justice until 1985 when he went into private practice and is now a Director of Benson Myles PLC. Mr. Pike has had extensive experience as a criminal lawyer appearing at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. He was appointed a Master of the Supreme Court by the Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1996 and currently is chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association and has served on a number of administrative boards and tribunals, both public and private.

Roland Snelgrove is a partner in the St. John�s office of Cox & Palmer and has been practicing law since 1978.  He was born at Grates Cove, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, and completed his education at Memorial University in 1974 with a bachelor of arts and Dalhousie University in 1977 with an LL.B. His practice focuses extensively in the area of commercial and residential real estate and bank financing.  He is past-president of Newfoundland and Labrador Special Olympics and is also a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association.

Marina Whitten received her bachelor of arts from Memorial University and her LL.B. from the University of Toronto.  She is a partner with the law firm Aylward, Chislett and Whitten and has practiced with that firm since she was called to the bar in 1992.  Ms Whitten has been a bencher of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1999, and has chaired and served on several committees of the Law Society.  She was elected President of the Law Society for the period June, 2007 - June, 2008.

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