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Here is what some of our alumni have been up to

It has been a busy few months for UNB Law Alumni with Judicial appointments, prestigious awards, and new career paths!


DAVID LUTZ, QC (LLB) was chosen as the 2020 recipient of the Franklin O. Leger, QC Award. The award, presented by the Law Society of New Brunswick, recognizes outstanding meritorious service, dedication, or contribution in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession. Lutz is a partner with Lutz Longstaff Parish, where he has practiced criminal law, family law, and personal injury for 43 years. David has appeared at every level of court, serving as counsel in 40 homicide cases, over 100 Jury Trials as both Crown and Defence, and over 2000 Provincial Court Trials.


BRIAN MURPHY, QC (LLB) has received the Order of Moncton for 2020—the City’s highest honour, recognizing those who have made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural, or economic well-being of the City. A former city councilor, mayor (1998-2004), member of parliament, and lawyer, Murphy played a major role in the transformation of the City, including the redevelopment of the former CN lands into a multi-sport complex, the building of Moncton’s new water treatment facility, the renovation of the Moncton Market and the founding of the Atlantic Seafood Festival. His crowning achievement was unanimously declaring the City bilingual in 2002, the first city in Canada to do so. In addition to this impressive accolade, Murphy has recently joined the Rogerson Law Group as counsel.


MICHAEL SHERRARD (LLB) was appointed chair of the Skilled Trades Panel for Ontario. As part of a five-person team, Sherrard will advise the Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development on ways to modernize and improve the skilled trades and apprenticeship system. He is a founding member of the employment and labour law firm Sherrard Kuzz LLP. He is recognized as one of Canada's leading employment and labour lawyers by Chambers Global, Who's Who Legal, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, and Lexpert. Michael is the recipient of a number of awards including the Construction Institute of Canada's Chancellor's Award of Excellence, University of New Brunswick Alumni Award of Distinction and USports Lester B. Pearson Award.


LYDIA BUGDEN, QC (LLB) was recognized as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Business Magazine for 2020—marking her third year in a row receiving this honor. Lydia is CEO & Managing Partner of Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, NS. Lydia has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in 2014 (Mergers & Acquisitions Law), 2017 (Corporate Law), 2018 (Banking and Finance Law), and 2019 (Corporate Law). A passionate supporter of her community, Lydia is a director of the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, a board member of Develop Nova Scotia (2012 - 2020), and Chair, Board of Trustees, of the QEII Foundation. Lydia is the former Vice-Chair of the Foundation and is also President of the Dartmouth HaliFast Track & Field Association since 2017.


DIANE ROWE (LLB) was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Prior to this appointment, Rowe was a senior solicitor with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, where she advised the Office of Aboriginal Affairs and the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process—the forum for the Mi'kmaq, Nova Scotia and Canada to resolve issues related to Mi'kmaq treaty rights, Aboriginal rights, including Aboriginal title, and Mi'kmaq governance. Her practice areas included Aboriginal, administrative, corporate commercial, natural resources, bankruptcy and insolvency, and construction law. Rowe has been an ally for many underrepresented groups, providing volunteer advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples, refugee claimants, and the LGBTQ2 community. 

STEFANIE TUFF (LLB) was appointed Executive Director of The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA)—the first woman to hold the position. Prior to this appointment, Tuff served as the Assistant Executive Director of NLTA, administering the teacher collective agreements. In addition to her LLB, she holds BA and BEd degrees from Memorial University (1992), and a Certificate in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University (2007). Before joining the NLTA, Tuff practiced law with the firm Curtis Dawe in St. John’s.


CORY ST. CROIX (LLB) was appointed Vice President, Legal, Commercial and Community for Alberta-based power developer, asset manager and producer, SWITCH Power Corporation. In this new role, St. Croix will serve as corporate secretary and be responsible for commercial and legal structuring, management of the commercial team, overseeing the origination of electricity service and power offtake contracts, and managing community engagement and initiatives pertaining to environmental, social, and corporate governance.


MICHELLE KELLY (LLB) has won the 2020 Atlantic Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Advocate’s Society for her outstanding commitment to mentoring advocates in Atlantic Canada. Kelly is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer, where she practices in the area of complex commercial litigation and insurance defense. Michelle is currently chair of the Gender Equity Committee for the Nova Scotia Barristers Society. She is the recent past-chair of The Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women consisting of advisory bodies from across the country working together to advance women’s issues on a national level.


JAMES CHARLTON (LLB) was named as the new chief clerk of the House of Assembly for Nova Scotia. Prior to this appointment, Charlton served as the chief legislative counsel for the Province of Alberta (since 2019) and as a legislative counsel in Nova Scotia from 2011 to 2018. In addition to an LLB, Charlton holds an advanced BSc (Economics) from Dalhousie University and a master of laws degree from the University of Toronto.


SUSAN JOHNSON (JD) was appointed to the National Board of Directors for the Canadian Bar Association, which represents some 36,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers and law students from across Canada. Johnson practises corporate law and tax law with McInnes Cooper in Halifax, NS. She represents Nova Scotia on the National Board of Directors for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), serves as Chair of the Audit Committee of the Smythe Street Cathedral Inc.’s Board of Trustees, is a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), the Law Society of New Brunswick, and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

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