Tuesday, 18 December 2012 09:14

Swift Current lawyer receives Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) appointment

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Thirteen Saskatchewan lawyers have been honoured with Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) appointments including Swift Current's Foster Tessem.

 

 

Tessem is a lawyer with MacBean Tessem law firm in Swift Current. He was admitted to the bar in 1970.

 

"It is my pleasure to announce the Queen's Counsel designation for these exceptional recipients," Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. "This honourary appointment recognizes the significant contributions to the practice of law and to the citizens of our province."

 

The other 2012 Queen's Counsel appointments are:

 

  • Brian Banilevic, a lawyer with McDougall Gauley law firm in Regina. He was admitted to the bar in 1983.
  • Bruce Bauer, Associate Regional Prosecutor in the Saskatoon Office of the Public Prosecutions Division, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. He was admitted to the bar in 1980.
  • Beaty Beaubier, a lawyer with Stevenson Hood Thornton Beaubier law firm in Saskatoon. He was admitted to the bar in 1985.
  • Bradley Hunter, a lawyer with McKercher law firm in Regina. He was admitted to the bar in 1986.
  • Heather Laing, a lawyer with McDougall Gauley law firm in Saskatoon. She was admitted to the bar in 1995. She is the incoming President of the Law Society of Saskatchewan.
  • Jeffrey Lee, a lawyer with MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman law firm in Saskatoon. He was admitted to the bar in 1988.
  • Heather MacMillan-Brown, a lawyer with Miller Thomson law firm in Saskatoon. She was admitted to the bar in 1997. She is the President of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
  • Theodore Nieman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Canpotex Limited in Saskatoon. He was admitted to the bar in 1974.
  • George Patterson, a lawyer with Grayson & Company in Moose Jaw. He was admitted to the bar in 1987.
  • Heather Sinclair, a Senior Crown Counsel in the Civil Law Division, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. She was admitted to the bar in 1983.
  • Rick Van Beselaere, a lawyer with Miller Thomson law firm in Regina. He was admitted to the bar in 1983.
  • Laurance Yakimowski, a lawyer with Kanuka Thuringer law firm in Regina. He was admitted to the bar in 1977.

 

Recommendations on Q.C. appointments are made by a selection committee consisting of Saskatchewan's Justice Minister and Attorney General, the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan or the Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench (on an alternating basis), and the past presidents of the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

 

Individuals must meet the following criteria: they must live in Saskatchewan and must have practiced law for at least ten years in the superior courts of any province or territory of Canada, the United Kingdom or Ireland.

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