Province appoints first Queen’s counsels since 2001

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The provincial government has appointed 15 Manitoba lawyers as Queen’s counsel in recognition of their contributions to the practice of law.

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The provincial government has appointed 15 Manitoba lawyers as Queen’s counsel in recognition of their contributions to the practice of law.

“The Queen’s counsel designation is reserved for long-serving members of the legal profession who have demonstrated outstanding practice, fostered excellence in the profession, and who have conducted themselves with integrity and leadership throughout their careers,” said Justice Minister Cliff Cullen.

Those receiving the Queen’s counsel designation include:

Amanda Sansregret is one of 15 lawyers appointed Queen's counsel, an honour the province has not bestowed since 2001. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press files)

• David Asper;

• James A. Ferguson;

• David C. Filmon;

Saul Simmonds, another one of Manitoba's newest Queen's counsels. (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press files)

• Irvin (Issie) Frost;

• William S. Gardner;

• Jeffrey J. Gindin;

• Irene A. Hamilton;

• Peter E. C. Kingsley;

• Patricia C. Lane;

• Carmele N. Peter;

• Lori Ferguson Sain;

• Amanda Sansregret;

• Saul B. Simmonds;

• Jacqueline A. St. Hill; and

• Richard L. Yaffe.

Queen’s counsel is an honorary title given to a lawyer by the lieutenant-governor in council, based on recommendations made by the minister following consultation with an advisory council.

To be considered, the lawyer must have demonstrated outstanding practice, shown integrity and leadership, made contributions to excellence in the profession and been in practice for at least 10 years, Cullen said.

Queen’s counsel appointments have not been awarded in Manitoba since 2001, when the practice was ended in the province.

Bill 22, The Queen’s Counsel Act, passed last year restored Queen’s counsel appointments with a new and transparent eligibility criteria for lawyers in Manitoba, the government said in a release.

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