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Society News

Congratulations to the 2021 Distinguished Service Award Recipient Malcolm Jeffcock QC

We’re pleased to announce that Malcolm Jeffcock QC of Truro, NS is the recipient of the Society’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award (DSA).

Established in 1999, the DSA is presented to a member who has made significant contributions to their community, the legal profession and the Society.

“To be included on a list with such a distinguished group of previous recipients is not only overwhelming but it is also hard for me to imagine. I am extremely proud to say that I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the previous recipients and I also attended law school with two… where we were students of several other members of this list!

I only hope that I can continue to serve my clients and the Bar in a manner that allows others to feel that I am worthy of the huge honour that has been bestowed upon me by the Society. My heartfelt gratitude to those who felt me worthy of nomination and the members of the Committee who agreed. As the son of immigrants who came to Canada with very little such recognition is overwhelming. Thank you.” – Malcolm Jeffcock QC

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NS Courts News

Register for the Panel Discussion: “It’s Not the Glass Ceiling, It’s the Sticky Floor”

Join the Society, the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges and the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association for our upcoming event: “It’s Not the Glass Ceiling, It’s the Sticky Floor”

At this virtual panel discussion, we’ll explore the reasons why women often leave the practice of law or modify their careers after years of work and we’ll look for ways to disrupt that pattern. There will be breakout rooms hosted by members of the Judiciary and opportunities to engage and ask questions.

When: Thursday, October 28, 2021 – 6:30-9:00 PM (ADT)
Cost: FREE and open to all NSBS members (including those who are not CBA-NS members)
Location: via Zoom

How to register:

2021 Queen's Counsel Appointments

Submit your Queen's Counsel nomination/application no later than 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021. Learn more and access the nomination/application form.

Council News

As our governing body, Council ensures we carry out our purpose to uphold and protect the public interest in the practice of law. Council members lend their voices and unique insights to decisions that impact Nova Scotia’s legal profession. Review 2021-2023 Council member bios.

External Independent Review

Call for Participation in External Independent Review of Systemic Discrimination in the NSBS

Douglas Ruck QC was retained by the Society, as set out in the Terms of Reference, to undertake a comprehensive external, independent review of the Society’s policies and processes to identify and address any areas of systemic discrimination that exist.

He is calling on members and the public to participate in this external independent review. Read the call for participation.

Equity & Access

Equity in Action: Expanding Your Definitions of CPD, Networking, and Mentorship

Are you ready to expand your definitions of CPD, networking, and mentorship in your workplace?

Our Equity in Action blog series is moving on to step three from our Six Steps to Make Your Legal Workplace more Equitable – expanding your definitions of CPD, networking, and mentorship.

Traditional definitions of continuing professional development, networking, and mentorship often fail to value opportunities for employees to become more culturally competent, build a presence in diverse communities, or find mentors that are the best possible fit.

You're encouraged to provide your thoughts by commenting on the blog!

Read the Equity in Action blog

Your Practice

Apply for the September Disposal of Undistributed Trust Funds by August 27th

Please follow the steps outlined our FAQ’s and review the Procedure and Sample Documents or contact Elaine Cumming, NSBS Professional Responsibility Counsel, at (902) 377 6308 or

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For Your Information

It is with sadness that we share that J. Ronald Creighton QC of Tatamagouche passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021.

Ron was admitted to the Bar in 1974 and practiced with Patterson Law (Truro) where he established a large clientele of people and businesses who respected his skill, loyalty and sound advice. He was dedicated to his clients, colleagues, community and he contributed significantly to Nova Scotia’s legal profession throughout his life.

He was appointed his Queen’s Counsel (QC) designation in 1998, served as President of the Society in 2009-2010 and served as a member and Chair of numerous Society committees. Society staff who had the pleasure of working with Ron recall his dedication, professionalism and kindness.

We send our deepest condolences to Ron’s family, friends and colleagues.

Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting Coulter’s Funeral Home website.

  • Federal Court of Appeal and Federal Court 50th Anniversary Events: To celebrate 50 years of service to Canadians, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court are publishing a book that reflects on the work of the Courts both from a historical perspective and looking forward; and presenting three follow-up webinars. Learn more.
  • Mortgage Discharge Escalation Contact List: The Canadian Bankers Association (“CBA”) has provided us with an updated list of bank officials to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages. Review the contact list.
  • Tusarnaarniq Sivumut Association – Music for the Future (TSA) provides opportunities for youth in Nunavut to access and learn music. The TSA is seeking a lawyer to join the Board of Directors as a Member at Large. In addition to attending bi-monthly Board meetings and participating in decision-making regarding the governance and management of the organization, the director will provide legal expertise as needed. Contact Julie Lohnes-Cashin at or visit
  • Missing Wills:  Patrick Fitzpatrick, Guy Lapierre, Karen Margaret Dort
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