New Crown attorneys appointed in Halifax, Dartmouth and Sydney

The appointments of two new Crown attorneys were announced on September 25 by the Public Prosecution Service. They are Adam McCulley in Halifax and Katrina Trask in Dartmouth. On September 5, the appointment of Crown attorney Keavin Mathieu Finnerty in Sydney was announced.

Adam McCulley is from Lower Sackville. He graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts and from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2006 with a paralegal diploma.

While working as a litigation paralegal with the child protection team at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Mr. McCulley entered the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University graduating in 2017. He articled with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. He is chair and past treasurer of the Sackville Heights Community Centre Board. He is a certified Hockey Canada coach. 

A native of Winnipeg, Katrina Trask graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 2012 with a Juris Doctor. She articled with Taylor McCaffrey in Winnipeg. In 2013, she was appointed a research lawyer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal. In 2016 she was appointed decisions administrator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. In 2018 she was appointed a Crown prosecutor for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice in North Battleford.

Ms. Trask is a former board member of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies and has volunteered with the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba. She is fluent in both official languages.

"Mr. McCulley and Ms. Trask each have a unique legal background," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions. "Their experience and enthusiasm will be an asset to our team."

A native of Ottawa, Keavin Mathieu Finnerty graduated from Carleton University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in law and from the French common law program at the University of Ottawa law school in 2017. He graduated with the highest standing in advanced criminal law procedure and criminal law sentencing.

Mr. Finnerty articled with Legal Aid Ontario in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island, focusing on criminal law and family law. He was a recent member of the Youth Advisory Council of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario and a volunteer judge of the Capital Cup Undergraduate Moot competition in Ottawa. Mr. Finnerty is fluent in both official languages.

"I am very pleased to have Mr. Finnerty join our team of Crown attorneys," said Mr. Herschorn. "His education and deep interest in the criminal prosecutorial process will be invaluable to the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service."