Queen’s Counsel appointments named

Two distinguished Prince Edward Island lawyers have earned the prestigious Queen’s Counsel designation for 2016.

“I am pleased to announce that Catherine Chaisson and Lisa Goulden have been selected as the 2016 appointments to Queen’s Counsel,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan, minister of Justice and Public Safety and attorney general. “This honor represents the top recognition of one’s accomplishments in the field of law, and we are fortunate to have these two individuals working and living in our Island community.”

Lawyers who receive the Queen’s Counsel designation are selected by a committee of their peers for their outstanding career achievements and their contributions to the community. Presented annually, the designation dates to 16th century England, when one or two senior barristers of the High Court were entrusted with providing the Crown with legal counsel.

This year’s recipients will be formally recognized during a ceremony at Government House by the Honourable Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis.


Catherine Chaisson

Catherine Chaisson was raised in Emyvale, P.E.I She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from UPEI and her law degree from Dalhousie University in 1992. Cathy was admitted to the bar of Prince Edward Island in 1993 and has been practicing law in Charlottetown at Legal Aid in various capacities for many years. She is a proud mom of three.

Lisa Goulden

Lisa Goulden was born in Moncton, N.B. and spent most of her childhood in St. Eleanors, P.E.I. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from UPEI. She then obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in 1992. Upon graduation, Lisa completed her articling in London, Ont., and was called to the bar in 1994. Lisa returned to PEI in 1994 and articled with Bernard McCabe & Associates. She was called to the bar in 1995 and she practiced at Bernard McCabe & Associates until 2001. In 2001, she joined the Crown Attorney's Office. From 1996 to 2010, Lisa was a member of the Law Society's Articling & Admissions Committee and the Board of Examiners Committee. She has been a member of a Discipline Committee of the Law Society since 2010.

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