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December 23, 2004
For immediate release

Attorney General Announces Appointments to Queen's Counsel

Office of the Attorney General

The Honourable Mildred Dover, Attorney General today announced, three new appointments of Her Majesty’s Counsel by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Named to the Queen’s Counsel are M. Jane Ralling, Ronald J. Profit and Brian L. Waddell.

“The designation of Queen’s Counsel has a long and distinguished tradition throughout England and Commonwealth countries dating back some 400 years,” said Attorney General Mildred Dover. “In Prince Edward Island, Queen’s Counsel appointments are made each year to formally recognize and honour the contributions of legal professionals to the legal community and to the broader community in which they live.”

Jane Ralling was called to the Bar in London, Ontario in 1985 and the Prince Edward Island Bar in November 1986. She is a partner in the law firm of Campbell Lea in Charlottetown where her practice focusses on real estate, wills and estates and corporate/commercial law. She is currently Chair of the Law Foundation and participates on a number of committees in the legal community. Ms. Ralling is also active in her community having served on a number of boards including the Friends of the Confederation Centre, Heart and Stroke Foundation, PEI Provincial Aids Advisory Committee and the Child Care Facilities Board.

Ron Profit has been a law partner and associate in the law firm of Patterson, Palmer Hunt and Murphy since 1983. Mr. Profit has a wide area of practice ranging from real property and commercial real estate to alternative dispute resolution and family law. He is active in the legal community having served as President of the Canadian Bar Association, PEI Branch, and President of Mediation PEI Inc. In the community, Mr. Profit has served on a number of boards and committees including the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, the Y’s Men’s Club of Charlottetown, the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled and the Canadian Easter Seals/March of Dimes.

Brian Waddell was admitted to the Bar in Alberta in 1982 and Prince Edward Island in 1986. He is a partner in the law firm of Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales where his practice focusses on family law and litigation. He served as President of the Charlottetown Minor Baseball Association, Director of the Charlottetown Minor Hockey Association, President and Director of the Charlottetown Boys and Girls Club and President of Mediation PEI Inc.

“All of the individuals named to Queens Counsel have distinguished themselves through their work and their community involvement and it is with great pleasure that I congratulate them on this important honour,” said Attorney General Mildred Dover.

In accordance with the Legal Profession Act, members of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island are appointed Queen’s Counsel by Lieutenant Governor in Council upon the recommendation of the Queen’s Counsel Recommendations Committee. This committee is made up of the president of the Law Society, a member in good standing appointed by the council of the Law Society, one person appointed by the Attorney General, a justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island, and a judge of the Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island.

Media Contact: Jennifer MacLeod
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