FEDERAL COURT JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED
OTTAWA, June 13, 2014 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:
The Honourable Henry S. Brown is appointed a judge of the Federal Court to replace Mr. Justice S.J. Harrington, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of April 24, 2014.
Mr. Justice Brown received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1979 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1991.
Mr. Justice Brown practised at the Ottawa office of Gowling, Strathy & Henderson, later known as Gowlings, from 1981 until his retirement in April 2014. During such time, he served as editor of the Gowlings' Government Briefing; as author of the Gowlings' Supreme Court Bulletin and Annual Report; as national leader of the Gowlings' Supreme Court of Canada service group; as head of the firm's national government industry group; as managing partner of the Ottawa office and as head of the Ottawa advocacy department. In addition to his Supreme Court of Canada agency work, his main areas of practice were constitutional and administrative law, Aboriginal law, intellectual property, and criminal law. Justice Brown also served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Transport from 1985 to 1987.
Mr. Justice Brown has served as an advisor to the Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy Institute, as a member of the Canadian Bar Association's Supreme Court Liaison Committee, and as a member of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada's Ottawa Agents Practice and Procedure Committee. He has been a lecturer at the Institute of Governance in Ottawa; at the School of International and Public Affairs; and at Carleton University. For most of his legal career, he was the editor of the Supreme Court of Canada Practice and the Supreme Court Law Review.
The Honourable Keith M. Boswell, a lawyer with Stewart McKelvey in Charlottetown, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court to replace Mr. Justice J.A. O'Keefe, who elected to become a supernumerary judge. This appointment is effective June 30, 2014.
Mr. Justice Boswell received a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1985 and to the Bar of Prince Edward Island in 1987. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2005.
Mr. Justice Boswell has practised with Stewart McKelvey in Charlottetown since 1988. Prior to that, he was an associate with Dean Shaw Law Office and McMillan Binch (now McMillan LLP) in Toronto. His main areas of practice were business law, corporate law and commercial law.
Mr. Justice Boswell has served as an executive and committee member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association Advisory Board, and the Prince Edward Island Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
The Honourable Alan Diner, a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie LLP in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court to replace Madam Justice J.A. Snider, who resigned on October 12, 2013.
Mr. Justice Diner received a Bachelor of Laws in 1993 and a Master of Laws in International Trade and Competition Law in 1998, both from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1995 and the Bar of New York in 2005. He received the Certified Specialist in Immigration Law designation from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2013.
Mr. Justice Diner has practised with Baker & McKenzie LLP since 2008 and served as head of its immigration law practice group. Prior to that, he served as a manager and coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, and as legal counsel and advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. He practised with several other law firms, including Bennett Jones LLP and Flavell, Kubrick, Lalonde in Ottawa. Prior to his call to the Bar of Ontario, he served as a law clerk to Mr. Justice J. K. Hugessen of the Federal Court of Appeal.
Mr. Justice Diner has been a frequent lecturer for various industry groups, including the Canadian Migration Institute and the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants. He has participated in panel presentations to various government departments, including Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, and the Canada Border Services Agency.
His expertise in immigration law has been recognized by various publications, including L'Expert and The International Who's Who Legal.
Unless indicated otherwise, these appointments are effective immediately.
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