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2020 Virtual Annual General Meeting

Join us at the Society's Annual General Meeting (AGM) Saturday, June 13, 2020, at 9:00 AM. This meeting will be a virtual meeting via Zoom.

The following business will be conducted at the AGM (prescribed by Section 10(2) of the Legal Profession Act):

  1. The Executive Director must present the Annual Report for 2019/20;
  2. Presentation of the Society’s Financial Statements;
  3. Appointment of Auditors; and
  4. Presentation of the Law Foundation report.

The President (Carrie Ricker) will also present her report and the incoming President (Jim Rossiter QC) will say a few words about the year ahead.

Please note that there will be no education component this year. 

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Register by June 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM AST
COVID-19 ?

COVID-19 FAQs & Resources for Return to Office Coming Soon

We continue to update the COVID-19 guidance to the profession on the website &  support lawyers with the practice of law and delivery of legal services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Over the next few weeks, we will update this FAQ page with resources to assist members plan for a return to their office and guidance and checklists to manage particular risks associated with returning to the office.

Review the COVID-19 FAQs, updates & more

Provide your Feedback by June 30th: New Succession Planning Standard 

The Law Office Management Standards Committee has extended the deadline for member feedback on the introduction of the new Succession Planning Standard to Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 

The Committee will review all comments received and revise the draft Standard, as necessary. It will then present the standard to the Society’s Council for approval.

Complete the online form to provide your feedback

2020 NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award Recipient Sydney Hull

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2020 NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award Sydney Hull!

“As a lifetime Nova Scotian with a love for inclusive and collaborative leadership, I am humbled and honoured to receive this award.” (Sydney Hull)

Established by Past Presidents Philip J. Star QC and Catherine S. Walker QC, this award is presented each year at the Schulich School of Law to a graduating student who, in the eyes of the teaching faculty, has “exemplified consistent leadership qualities while at law school.”

Sydney was recognized Thursday, May 21, 2020 through the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University virtual convocation celebration.


Changes to Admission Requirements & Start Dates in New Bar Admission Program

With the new Bar admission program launching this year through the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED), we want to remind you of some changes and new key dates for students to register and start the program.

Under the previous program, articled clerks started their Bar admission program in September, but in the new Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) students can begin as early as June 1, 2020.

Registration for PREP is now open and students are encouraged to register as early as possible to select their desired schedule. Once registered, students can begin phase one, the Foundation Modules when the materials are released to get a head start on PREP. Or, they can wait and follow the more rigorous schedule.

Learn more

Equity & Access

Equity Considerations During COVID-19 

Angela Simmonds, the Society’s Equity & Access Manager, shares equity considerations during COVID-19 in a recent article included in the CBA-NS magazine Nova Voce.

“Understanding the history of African Nova Scotians and Mi’kmaq peoples in the midst of this pandemic requires an element of knowledge and critical evaluation of equity and inclusion. Implementation of equitable policies involves those in positions of power continuing to educate themselves and seriously considering the burden those policies are placing on these communities.”

Read the article

Your Practice

Changes in Category

For Your Information

  • The Federal Department of Justice has confirmed that the coming into force date for Bill-78 (the Act to amend the Divorce Act) will not occur on July 1, 2020 and will be deferred to a later date due to complications associated with Covid-19.  This information has not yet been made public and is being shared with members of the Nova Scotia Bar as stakeholders. The deferment and new coming into force date are expected to be announced publicly in the near future.
  • Notice of ABC Spring 2020 Advertisement Campaign: Grow your career. Serve your community. Serving on an agency, board, or commission can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact in your community. The deadline for some applications is Monday, June 22, 2020. It’s easy to apply with our new online application.

    To learn more and apply visit: or call 1-866-206-6844 (toll free). The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy. We welcome applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, other racially visible people, persons with disabilities, women, and other employment equity groups. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify.


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