Hickman, T. Alexander, 1925-

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Hickman, T. Alexander, 1925-

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1925-

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Thomas Alexander Hickman was born in Grand Bank, Nfld. in 1925. After graduating with a law degree from Dalhousie University he practiced with the law firm Barron, Lewis and Hickman. In 1953 he entered into partnership with Jim Halley and a year later expanded the practice into Halley, Hickman and Hunt, which became one of Newfoundland and Labrador's largest and most successful law firms. In August 1966 Hickman accepted a position as Minister of Justice in the cabinet of Premier Smallwood and won election to office a month later in the Burin District. He unsuccessfully ran for the Liberal leadership against Mr. Smallwood and John Crosbie in 1969. Shortly afterwards, Hickman crossed the floor to join the Newfoundland Conservative Party and went on to serve successively as the Minister of Justice, Education and Finance under Premier Frank Moores. In 1979 Hickman left politics to return to private practice and eight months later accepted an appointment as chief justice of the trial division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland. From 1982 to 1985 he chaired the Royal Commission on the Ocean Ranger Marine Disaster. In October 1986, Hickman, at the request of the Nova Scotia Government, became chair of the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr., Prosecution.

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