Monday, January 3, 2011

A Crown attorney from Napanee, Ont. has swapped the snow for the sunshine, accepting the role of judge in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Richard Floyd, who has roots in Grenada, told the Belleville Intelligencer the new assignment was a home-coming of sorts.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing what my ancestors experienced firsthand,” he told the paper. “I’m thrilled by the confidence they have shown in me and my abilities.”

According to the Intelligencer, Floyd will be working out of the court’s St. John’s, Antigua branch, one of nine Caribbean islands under the ECSC’s jurisdiction.

Floyd, who was called to the bar in 1986, worked in private practice before making the switch to the Crown’S office in 1994.

Nominations are open for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s annual awards.

Sponsors have until Feb. 25 to make their selections for the Law Society Medal, the Lincoln Alexander Award, and the Laura Legge Award.

The Law Society Medal, established in 1985, recognizes outstanding service within the profession, whether for a long period of devotion to practice or a single outstanding act of service.

The Lincoln Alexander Award, named in honour of the former lieutenant governor, goes to a lawyer who has demonstrated long-standing interest and commitment to the public and the pursuit of community service.

The Laura Legge award will go to a female lawyer who has exemplified leadership in the profession, and is named after the law society’s first female treasurer, who died earlier this year.

Nominations should be submitted in writing with a current curriculum vitae and letters of support to: Office of the Treasurer, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N6.

Judith Beckhard-Cardoso has joined Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP’s partner ranks at its Paris office.

During her practice, Beckhard-Cardoso has developed an expertise in labour issues arising during mergers and acquisitions and she will join the firm’s labour, employment and human rights groups.

Her clients include companies specialized in new technologies, chemistry, pharmaceutical, aeronautics, and metalworking. She has previously worked for U.S. firms Jones Day LLP and Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

“It is a pleasure to count Judith Beckhard-Cardoso as a member of our team. Her skills and areas of expertise will add tremendous value for our clients and her arrival continues to expand the scope and level of service we are able to offer from our Paris office,” said Serge Gravel, Faskens’ regional managing partner in Paris.

The Ontario Securities Commission has named eight new appointees to its securities advisory board.

The board, which advises the commission on a variety of matters including legislative and policy initiatives and important capital markets trends, appoints members in two- and three-year terms starting in January 2011.

Grant McGlaughlin of Goodmans LLP, Tina Woodside of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Robert Wortzman of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, and Heather Zordel of Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP will serve three-year terms.

Robert Black of Davis LLP, Steven Cohen of Burnet Duckworth and Palmer LLP, James McVicar of Heenan Blaikie LLP, and Peter Hong of Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg LLP will serve two-year terms.

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