Alumni Updates - December 2019

Author: Ed Bowes

Posted on Dec 16, 2019

Category: Alumni

It has been a busy few months for UNB Law Alumni with Queen’s Counsel appointments, distinguished awards and even a knighthood!

2019 Queen’s Counsel appointments

On December 9, 2019, five UNB Law Alumni received Queen’s Counsel designations in recognition of their high level of personal and professional integrity, and for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

  • Cynthia Jeanne Benson, QC (LLB ’91)
  • Donna L. MacEwen, QC (LLB ’89)
  • Matthew M. Tweedie, QC (LLB ’93)
  • Frederick A. Welsford, QC (LLB ’82)
  • Richard A. Williams, QC (LLB ’87)

Harry H. Williamson, QC, receives the 2019 Franklin O. Leger, QC Award

Harry H. Williamson, QC, (LLB '75) has been named the 2019 Franklin O. Leger, QC Award recipient by the Law Society of New Brunswick. The award is given in recognition of outstanding meritorious service, dedication, or contribution in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Andrew Woodland joins the Memorial University Board of Regents

Andrew Woodland (LLB '09) has been appointed Alumni Representative for the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Board of Regents. The Board of Regents is the corporate body of the University responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the institution.

Shirley MacLean becomes New Brunswick’s commissioner of official languages

The Government of New Brunswick has named Shirley MacLean, QC (LLB '90) as the province's new commissioner of official languages. MacLean, the current deputy executive director of the New Brunswick Law Society, has been appointed to a seven-year term with the province.

Bob Jette knighted by the Norwegian Royal Court

Bob Jette (LLB '73) has received the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for his service to Norway as New Brunswick consul. Established in 1985 by the king of Norway at the time, Olav V, the Order of Merit is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals for outstanding service in the interest of Norway. Jette was made a knight first class, a sub-order of officer of the Order of Merit.

Kerry O’Reilly Wilks recognized at the 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards

Kerry O’Reilly Wilks (LLB '01) was recently honored by law.com for her extraordinary leadership and business acumen, and commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law. Wilks is the Chief Officer, Legal, Regulatory and External Affairs for Canada's largest clean electricity provider, TransAlta Corp.