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Register for the 2022 Annual Meeting 

When: Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 9:00 AM 
Where: Virtually via Zoom 

Join us for the 2022 Annual Meeting held virtually via Zoom as we welcome the Society’s incoming President Melanie Petrunia. Please register in advance at

After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with information about joining this Zoom meeting.

Register now

NS Courts News

Nominate an Outstanding Mi’kmaw or Indigenous lawyer for the AMIE by June 30th 

Nominate a lawyer for the new Award for Mi’kmaq & Indigenous Peoples Excellence in the Legal Profession (AMIE) which recognizes outstanding Mi’kmaq and Indigenous lawyers within Nova Scotia who have contributed to their community, their Nation, the legal profession and to the Society.     

Nominate a lawyer by submitting a completed online nomination form or a PDF nomination form by 4:00 PM on June 30, 2022

Review the award criteria & access the nomination form
2019-2020 President Carrie Ricker with 2019 DSA Recipient Lee Cohen QC

Submit your Distinguished Service Award Nomination by May 31st

Recognize an outstanding lawyer who has contributed significantly to their community, the legal profession and to the Society and nominate them for the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) by 4:00 PM on May 31, 2021. 

Complete an online nomination form or send a completed PDF nomination form to Late applications will be accepted if Jane Willwerth is informed via email before the deadline that the application is coming.

Review the award criteria & access the nomination form

May Council Documents

The Society’s Council met Friday, May 20, 2022, at 9:00 AM in person and via Zoom.

NSBS Career Opportunity: Chief Executive Officer

Reporting to the Council and working closely with the elected President, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) takes a lead role in articulating the future vision for the Society and advancing and strengthening its public profile, management systems, and regulatory obligations, as well as championing improvements to the delivery of justice and legal services in Nova Scotia. Review this opportunity posted to the Royer Thompson website.

Society’s Library Open by Appointment Only

The Society’s Library is open to members/authorized secondary clientele on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Learn more about booking an appointment.

Barristers’ Gowning Room is Open

The Barristers’ Gowning Room is open at the Law Courts for lawyers who are attending court or who have made a library appointment. Please contact the Society’s Library staff at or call (902) 425-2665 or connect with the Sheriffs upon entry to the courthouse to receive the room access code.

2022 NSBS President’s Leadership Award

Established by Past Presidents Philip J. Star QC and Catherine S. Walker QC, the NSBS President’s Leadership 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.” 

A special congratulations to the 2022 recipient of the NSBS President’s Leadership Award Shaniqwa Thomas!

“I was raised to “lift as I climb”, it’s an honour to receive and be recognized for this award! I will continue to forge a path for those to come behind me by advocating for racial justice and law reform.” – Shaniqwa Thomas, 2022 NSBS President's Award Recipient

Connect with the Society’s Equity & Access Team

Do you have a question for our Equity & Access team? Members can contact the department by connecting with Jennifer Dickison, Equity & Access Manager at  or Jubanti Toppo, Equity & Access Advisor at

Are you looking for Equity & Access Resources? Review our Equity and Cultural Competence related resources in our Practice Resource Search.

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CPLED Stakeholder Engagement

The Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) is engaging with key stakeholders to gather information on potential skill gaps experienced by lawyers who have been called to the Bar in the last five years. Learn more.

CBA-NS Survey: Experiences of Individuals in Equity-Seeking Groups Throughout Their Legal Careers

The Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch (CBA-NS) would like to gain a better understanding of the experiences of individuals in equity-seeking groups throughout their legal careers. Access the survey
Do you have a volunteer or pro bono opportunity to share? Please contact our Communications Advisor at


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