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1999 QUEEN'S COUNSEL APPOINTMENTS

Twelve Saskatchewan lawyers were honoured with Queen's Counsel (QC)

appointments today.



"I congratulate each of these individuals on being recognized for their

contribution to the practice of law," Justice Minister Chris Axworthy said.



David Andrews is a lawyer with the Regina Rural Area Office of the

Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission. He was admitted to the bar in

Saskatchewan in 1971.



Beth Bilson is the Dean of the College of Law at the University of

Saskatchewan. She was admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1984.



Francine Chad Smith is a lawyer in private practise in Regina. She was

admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1976.



Guy Chicoine is a lawyer with the firm of Chicoine, Billesberger &

Grimsrud in Estevan. He was admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1980.



Hugh Harradence is a lawyer with the firm of Harradence Halyk in Prince

Albert and the President of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Bar

Association. He was admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1986.



Kenneth Hodges is the Chairperson of the Law Reform Commission of

Saskatchewan. He was admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1950.



Neil McLeod is a lawyer with the firm of Woloshyn & Company in

Saskatoon. He was admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1982.



Gerald Morin is a lawyer with the firm of Pandila-Morin-Nahachewsky in

Prince Albert. He was admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1988.



Jacelyn Ryan is a lawyer with the firm of Anderson & Company in Swift

Current. She was admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1978.



Anne Wallace is a lawyer with the firm of Wallace Meschishnick Clackson

Zawada in Saskatoon. She was admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in

1984.



Mervyn Woods is a lawyer with the Civil Law Division of Saskatchewan

Justice. He was admitted to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1969.



In addition, Justice Minister Chris Axworthy received his QC designation.



Traditionally, certain Queen's Counsel appointments are viewed as automatic,

including the appointment of people holding the offices of Minister of

Justice, Deputy Minister of Justice, Dean of the Law School at the University

of Saskatchewan and President of the Law Society of Saskatchewan.



Chris Axworthy has taught law at the University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie Law

School and the University of Saskatchewan. He established the Centre for the

Study of Co-operatives in Saskatoon, and he served as a Member of Parliament

for 10 years before being elected to the provincial government in 1999.



Individuals receiving the Queen's Counsel (QC) designation have been recommended

by a selection committee comprised of the Saskatchewan Minister of Justice, the

Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan or the Chief

Justice of the Court of Appeal (on an alternating basis), and the past

presidents of the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Bar Association and the

Law Society of Saskatchewan.



Queen's Counsel appointees must live in Saskatchewan and have practised law at

least 10 years in the superior courts of any province or territory of Canada or

the United Kingdom and Ireland.



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For more information, contact:



Warren Bickford

Saskatchewan Justice

Regina

Phone: (306) 787-8606

wbickford@justice.gov.sk.ca
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