Human Rights Adjudicators possess knowledge or training with respect to human rights law and issues. They are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council for a 3 year term. One member is designated as Chief Adjudicator.
Adjudicators preside over human rights complaints that have been referred to a Board of Inquiry. Adjudicators decide whether or not there is a violation of the Human Rights Act and can order certain remedies. The Panel of Adjudicators is independent of the statutory office of the Human Rights Commission.
Ms. Horwood graduated from Memorial University in May 2000 with her Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op), concentrating in Industrial Relations. She then went on to law school at the University of New Brunswick where she graduated with her Bachelor of Laws in May 2003. At UNB, Kim was awarded the William Henry Harrison Memorial Shield & Award for achievement at the Moot Court Competition.
She articled in St John’s and was admitted to the NL Bar in April 2004. She has practiced in St. John’s ever since, focusing her practice in the areas of personal injury law, other civil litigation, criminal law, employment law, real estate, corporate matters, and wills and estates law. Kim has appeared in the Provincial Court of NL; Supreme Court of NL, Trial Division, both General and Family; as well as the Court of Appeal.
Kim is a member of the Law Society of NL and the Canadian Bar Association. Outside of the legal community, Kim presently holds the seat of Chair (acting) of the Conservation Corps of NL, having served on its Board of Directors since 2007. Kim also serves on the Mental Health Care and Treatment Review Board. Most recently, she was appointed as Adjudicator of the Human Rights Commission Panel of Adjudicators.
Ms. Best has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. Ms. Best was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1986 and began her legal career with the law firm of Lewis, Day. In 1987, she joined Roebothan McKay Marshall and was admitted to partnership in 1992. Ms. Best has appeared before all levels of court in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as federal and provincial administrative tribunals. Ms. Best has an Executive Certificate in Advanced Mediation and Conflict Management from the University of Windsor. Ms. Best is active in the community with previous roles as a Director of the St. John’s Board of Trade, Chair of Mediation Newfoundland and Labrador and Chair of the School Council of Booth Memorial High School. Ms. Best is currently a volunteer with the Heart Truth Campaign of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, a Director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (NL) Inc. and Honourary Counsel for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Mr. Gallant has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. He was called to the bar in Prince Edward Island, and in Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 2009. He maintained an active private legal practice until 2015. Mr. Gallant is currently a staff solicitor with the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of AIDS PEI and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition of Persons with Disabilities.
Mr. Hurley has a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick. He was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 2010 and practiced with the firm Ottenheimer Baker (later McInnes Cooper). He is currently the Director of Legal Education at the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. Christian has taught at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law, the Smith School of Business, and Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Disciplinary Panel and Vice President of the Canadian Bar Association’s Newfoundland and Labrador Branch.
Ms.Cullihall graduated from UNB with her Bachelor of Laws in 2007 following many years in the publishing industry. She was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 2008. She was in private practice with a local firm for 11 years. Her practice was mainly litigation focused in areas of family law and general litigation and she appeared at all levels of court in the province. In fall 2018 she moved to Legal Aid NL where she practices family and criminal law which includes a rotation to the north coast of Labrador. She has volunteered with the Canadian Bar Association for several years and is the 2018-2019 President of the CBA – NL branch.