The four newly appointed judges in N.B. and Sask. are women
David Lametti, federal justice minister and Canada’s attorney general, announced judicial appointments to the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick and to the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan.
Michelle Boudreau-Dumas has been appointed a judge of the Family Division of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, taking the place of Justice M.A. Robichaud in Bathurst, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Nov. 19, 2019. She obtained her LLB from Université de Moncton in 1991 and admission to the Law Society of New Brunswick in 1992. She is fluently bilingual.
From 1996 to 2001, Justice Boudreau-Dumas worked at Guy Dumas, a practice she formed with her husband. Since 2001, she has served as a family law attorney at the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission in Campbellton. She is trained in the fields of family law, real estate law, estate law, collaborative law and mediation. She has been a member of the Family Law Advisory Committee and Professional Development Committee of the Canadian Bar Association in New Brunswick and a member of the working group on access to family justice launched by the provincial justice minister.
Kathryn Gregory has been appointed a judge of the Trial Division of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, replacing Justice J.L. Clendening, who was assigned to Fredericton and who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 15. Gregory will be based in Saint John because Justice T.C. Christie, originally assigned to Saint John, has been transferred into the vacancy in Fredericton. Gregory graduated with a Master of Arts in Legal Philosophy from Queen’s University and with an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Justice Gregory worked at the boutique firm of Athey, Gregory & Dickson. After maintaining a general practice, she joined New Brunswick Public Prosecution Services as Crown prosecutor in 2003. Since 2014, she has served as the appeals and education Crown counsel. She is experienced in civil and criminal litigation, family law, contract law, employment law, tort law and insurance law. She has been a panelist for the National Judicial Institute and a member of the Complaints Committee of the New Brunswick Law Society. In 2017, she was designated Queen’s Counsel.
Melanie A. Baldwin has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, taking the place of Justice J.A. Tholl in Regina, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal effective Jan. 29, 2019. In 1992, Baldwin graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and received admission to the bar the year after.
Justice Baldwin worked at Olive Waller Zinkhan & Waller in Regina. In 1997, she became registrar and legal counsel at the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board. She has served as registrar and executive legal officer of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, starting in 2008, and in the Court of Appeal, starting in 2011. She is a certified mediator who has also practised in the areas of labour and employment law, family law and civil litigation. She has served as chairperson of the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan and as president of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015.
Cara Haaf, has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, replacing Justice G.D. Dufour in Saskatoon, who resigned effective Feb. 1. In 2002, Haaf received her LLB from the University of Saskatchewan, and in 2003, she received admission to the bar.
In 2007, Justice Haaf began working at Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher LLP, where she became a partner in 2013. She focused her practice on the field of family law. She has acted as chairperson of the Alternative Dispute National Section of the Canadian Bar Association. She also worked with the Children’s Law Committee and helped with the CPLED/PREP program. For the Law Society of Saskatchewan, she has served as an elected bencher and as a member of the ethics and competency committees. She has done volunteer work for CLASSIC, a Saskatoon-based poverty law clinic.
In the news releases from Department of Justice Canada, Lametti wished the newly appointed judges continued success.