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Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM  


■ The Criminal Lawyers Association (CLA) has named Frank Addario as the 2016 winner of the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for lifetime achievement in criminal law. CLA president Anthony Moustacalis called Addario “the modern G. Arthur Martin … he passionately pursues justice for the damned and outcasts of society by trying cases, launching appeals and lobbying for change — all the while, teaching and mentoring a new generation of defence counsel to follow and build upon the example Martin set.”


■ Jasmine Akbarali has been appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She is the first South Asian woman appointed to a provincial Superior Court anywhere in Canada. In 2009, Akbarali was named female lawyer of the year by the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto for her advocacy and commitment to public interest litigation.

■ Candace Grammond, formerly a partner with Pitblado Law of Winnipeg, has been appointed a judge with the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, general division. Grammond, who joined Pitblado as an articling student in 1998, has been a leading litigator in Winnipeg for 17 years, focused on administrative law and commercial litigation.

■ Daryl Lansdale has been elected as Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. managing partner, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Lansdale, who currently serves as the head of the firm’s U.S. business practice, succeeds Linda Addison, the first woman to serve as the firm’s U.S. managing partner.