Richard Deveau has been appointed a Crown attorney in the Halifax office of the Public Prosecution Service. The appointment was announced today, Jan. 2, by Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. “Mr. Deveau’s criminal law expertise and his enthusiasm will be an asset to our team of Crown attorneys,” said Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions. “We are very pleased to him on board.” A native of Rogersville, N.B., Mr. Deveau graduated in 2006 from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, with a bachelor of arts in criminology and a bachelor of applied arts in criminal justice. He graduated from the Université de Moncton law school in 2010. In 2010, Mr. Deveau won the Sopinka Cup National Trial Advocacy Competition and the Sopinka Cup individual award for best closing argument. Mr. Deveau articled with the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission and was later appointed a staff solicitor. His practice included child protection and family law, but was concentrated in criminal law. As a student, Mr. Deveau was a pro bono researcher for the Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted in Toronto was and a summer intern for a Saint John law firm. He has also taught English at a Paris high school and worked with mentally disabled adults at L’ARC Inc. Mr. Deveau is a member of the Association des juristes d’expression français de la Nouvelle-Écosse and a former member of the Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick. He has also coached minor hockey.