Two Crown attorneys have been named in the province. Mark Gouthro has been appointed in Sydney and Laura Barrett has been appointed in Truro. The appointments were announced today, July 20, by Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions. “I am pleased to have both Mark Gouthro and Laura Barrett join our team of Crown attorneys,” said Mr. Herschorn. “Their criminal law experience will be invaluable to the Public Prosecution Service.” Mr. Gouthro is a native of Glace Bay. He graduated from the University College of Cape Breton with a bachelor of business administration in 2004 and from Dalhousie Law School in 2007. Mr. Gouthro articled with Sampson McDougall Barristers and Solicitors in Sydney. In 2008 he joined Sheldon Nathanson Barristers and Solicitors where he concentrated on criminal law, family law and child protection. Mr. Gouthro is a former member of the board of directors of the Second Chance Society in Sydney and a former ski patroller and patrol leader. He was also active with the Dalhousie Law Students Society as third year representative and with UCCB Business Society as a council member and as vice- president. A native of St. John’s, Ms. Barrett graduated from Memorial University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and from the University of Saskatchewan in 2002 with a Masters of Science in molecular biology. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan Law School in 2005. Ms. Barrett articled with the Saskatoon law firm of Stevenson Hood Thornton Beaubier joining as an associate in 2006. She joined the Truro firm of Burchell MacDougall in 2008. While in private practice, Ms. Barrett concentrated both on civil litigation and on criminal defence work. She has also acted as a per diem Crown attorney for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service and a standing agent Crown attorney for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Ms. Barrett is a former member of the board of directors of the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society. While at law school she was a member of the Saskatchewan Law Review Board of Editors and was the recipient of the Canada Law Book Prize.