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Society News

Mark Scott QC acclaimed as 2021-2022 Second Vice-President

Mark Scott QC was acclaimed as 2021-2022 Second Vice-President after the nomination process closed on February 15th. He will assume the post and its responsibilities after the Society’s Annual Meeting on June 19, 2021. Read Mark's bio.

Society Appoints Craig Garson QC as President

The Society is pleased to announce that Craig Garson QC has been appointed President until June 2021.  Read the announcement.

News from

NS Courts

Upcoming Halifax District Election March 1-15th

A Council Election will be held in Halifax District from March 1-15, 2021. Seven practising lawyers will be vying for the four Halifax District seats on Council.

The Halifax candidates are:

Angelina Amaral – Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office
D. Fraser MacFadyen – Stewart McKelvey
Morgan Manzer – NS Legal Aid
Josie McKinney – Public Prosecution Service
Melanie Petrunia– Nijhawan McMillan Petrunia
Mark Rieksts – Department of Justice, NS
Terry Sheppard – Boyne Clarke LLP

Online voting starts is open Monday, March 1, 2021, at 8:00 AM until Monday, March 15, 2021, at 4:00 PM. Members in good standing in the Halifax District are eligible to vote for no more than FOUR candidates. You are not required to cast all four votes for your votes to count. Review the steps to voting. 

2021 Council Election: District Acclamations

The following nominees were acclaimed as Council members for the 2021-2023 term:

Bronwyn Duffy
J. Patrick Young

David Hirtle
Jamie Vacon

Cape Breton
Shannon Mason

There is a vacancy in the Cape Breton District. This vacancy will be filled by a process to be determined by Council, once the At-Large elections are complete in April.

Member At Large Election – Nominations open March 15, 2021

The Member At Large election the second phase of the Council Election process. All lawyers and non-practising members from anywhere in Nova Scotia who are in good standing are eligible to be nominated. All members in good standing are eligible to vote in the Member At Large election. Learn how to submit a nomination.

Mandatory Cultural Competence Education Focus Groups & Feedback

We're seeking to enhance the cultural competence of Nova Scotia’s legal profession by providing mandatory education to all practicing lawyers.

For this project to be a success, planning must reflect the experience and expertise of those in the profession and in the community. Over February and March, we’re holding a series of focus groups to collect formal, focused input to inform the rollout of this initiative. 

Learn more about this project & how to provide feedback.

Equity & Access

African Heritage Month Resources

February is African Heritage Month as we celebrate and honour the culture, history, and traditions of people of African descent. This year, the theme is Black History Matters: Listen, Learn, Share and Act, in recognition of the important legacy and important contributions of people of African Nova Scotians, Black Canadians, and their long-standing history in the development of Canada. Review resources shared by our Equity & Access office including books, articles & more.

Your Practice

Introducing the New Succession Planning Professional Standard

The new Succession Planning Professional Standard was recently introduced (effective February 2, 2021) and we've developed resources to help lawyers and firms realize these obligations in ways that make sense for their practices and circumstances including our Succession Planning ToolkitLearn about the development of the new Standard.

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