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Here’s what some of our alumni have been up to since our last issue

Stay up-to-date on the accomplishments of our alumni—King’s Counsel announcements, judicial and government appointments, distinctions, awards, and career updates.

2022/23 King’s Counsel Appointments

Congratulations to the 14 UNB Law Alumni, who received the King’s Counsel designation in recognition of their high level of personal and professional integrity, and for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

New Brunswick

  • Clarence Bennett, K.C. (LLB ’04)
  • Catherine Bowlen, K.C. (LLB ’84)
  • Matthew W. Cripps, K.C. (LLB ’91)
  • Jamie Eddy, K.C. (LLB ’92)
  • Lisa Keenan, K.C. (LLB ’90)
  • Rodney MacDonald, K.C. (LLB ’82)
  • Christopher T. Titus, K.C. (LLB ’83)

Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Susan M. King, K.C. (LLB ’97)
  • Jonathan E. Noonan, K.C. (LLB ’04)

Nova Scotia

  • Patrick C. Lamey, K.C. (LLB ’92)
  • Timothy A. McLaughlin, K.C. (LLB ’90)

Prince Edward Island

  • Andrew Campbell, K.C. (LLB ‘91)
  • Kevin J. Kiley, K.C. (LLB ’93)
  • Perlene J. Morrison, K.C. (LLB ’97)

 Alumni updates


JAMES LEMESURIER, K.C. (LLB) was named a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. His practice with Stewart McKelvey (Saint John, NB) focuses on advising and representing employers on all aspects of employment and labour relations law. He has particular experience in construction labour relations, police labour relations and discipline, and workplace health and safety law.



MICHAEL G. SHERRARD (LLB) was named a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. His practice with Sherrard Kuzz LLP (Toronto, ON) serves both a national and international client base in the public and private spheres. He is the Former Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Labour and Employment Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.


LYDIA BUGDEN, K.C. (LLB) was appointed to the Board of Directors of Net Zero Atlantic. Net Zero Atlantic’s mission is to lead applied research and contribute to projects that enable the transition of Atlantic Canada’s energy system to a carbon-neutral future through collaboration with academia, governments, private sector, Indigenous Peoples and other non-government organizations.

THE HON. MATTHEW CRIPPS (LLB) was appointed judge of the Provincial Court of New Brunswick. Judge Cripps boasts a career spanning over 30 years in the legal field, primarily with the Department of Justice and Public Safety. He most recently served as a hearing officer with the Court of King's Bench.

CHERYL HODDER, K.C. (LLB), was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society. Hodder brings 30+ years of legal, governance and executive business experience to this important leadership position. As CEO, she will oversee the regulation of the legal profession and the administration of justice across the province, including accreditation, ethical standards, professional responsibility, complaints, and practice standards.



KELLY VANBUSKIRK, K.C. (LLB) was appointed to the Whistleblowing Canada advisory board. In addition to his strong labour & employment practice with Lawson Creamer, Kelly is a part-time instructor at UNB Law, teaching Employment Law & Trial Practice.


CHANTELLE D. MACDONALD-NEWHOOK, K.C. (LLB) was appointed vice-chair of the Labour Relations Board of Newfoundland & Labrador. Ms. MacDonald Newhook spent seventeen years in the public service in both legal and executive roles with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador before establishing her private legal practice in 2022 as a neutral arbitrator, mediator, and investigator.

THE HON. THOMAS J. JOHNSON (LLB) was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Justice Johnson spent his entire career with O'Dea, Earle, where his practice focused primarily on civil litigation in the areas of administrative law, labour law, employment law, professional liability insurance, and public utilities regulation.


STEPHANIE HICKMAN, K.C. (LLB) was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors at Cox & Palmer. Hickman is a partner in the St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador office. Her practice focuses on construction, commercial, and energy, providing strategic and practical advice to multi-national owners, operators, and large contractors throughout the region. She is also the Chair of the Cox & Palmer Construction Group and a Fellow of the esteemed Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.


THE HON. THOMAS P. LAUGHLIN (LLB) was appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal of Prince Edward Island. Justice Laughlin was a partner with Stewart McKelvey (Charlottetown, PEI), where he maintained a litigation practice focused in the areas of criminal, administrative, and health law. He served as President of the Prince Edward Island Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and as a member of the CBA’s national board of directors, and as chairperson of the CBA’s national policy committee.


JORDAN K. BROWN (LLB) has joined the partnership at Cox & Palmer in Charlottetown, PEI. Brown’s practice focuses on corporate & commercial law, real property transactions, and general litigation. He has appeared in all levels of Court within Prince Edward Island.


PATRICIA BEH (LLB ’08) was appointed senior advisor to the president, government relations and strategic initiatives for Memorial University. In this role, Ms. Beh is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of pan-university, multi-campus stakeholder relations strategies.


TOM KEELER (LLB) has joined the partnership at McInnes Cooper in Charlottetown, PEI. Tom has a broad litigation practice focusing on securities litigation, commercial and insurance litigation, and commercial planning and development matters.


ROBERT MROZ (JD) has joined the partnership at McInnes Cooper in Halifax, NS. Rob’s bilingual litigation practice focuses on commercial litigation and insurance defence. He has represented clients at all levels of court in Nova Scotia.


ALLISON PHILPOTT (JD) has joined the partnership at Cox & Palmer in St. John’s Newfoundland & Labrador. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial law in the areas of insolvency, financing, business restructuring, and M&A.

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