Congratulations to Law Alumni, Instructors and Mentors, appointed Queen’s Counsel
This week, the provincial government made Queen’s Counsel appointments to 15 Manitoba lawyers. Eleven of the 15 are graduates of Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, and many devote their time, skills and energy to helping law students in various ways.
“On behalf of the faculty, staff and students at Robson Hall, I wish to extend congratulations to the Manitoba lawyers who recently received Queen’s Counsel appointments in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the practice of law,” said Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch, Dean of Law. “We are proud that so many of them are graduates of Robson Hall, and many serve as instructors, coaches, and mentors for our students. In this, they most certainly have demonstrated excellence, integrity and leadership, qualities that are both requirements of the Q.C. designation, and values held by our Law School.”
While the giving Queen’s Counsel designations was ended in Manitoba in 2001, new legislation has revived the practice with new and transparent eligibility criteria, and an advisory council now assisting the Justice Minister with recommending the appointments. The advisory council includes representatives from the judiciary, legal community and the public. To be considered, lawyers must have been in practice for at least 10 years, and have demonstrated outstanding practice, shown integrity, leadership, and made contributions to excellence in the profession.