April 2019                                                                                                        View this email in your browser

Society News

Join your colleagues at this annual event featuring guest speaker Dr. Shaheen Shariff

Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM
Prince George Hotel, Regency Room
1725 Market St, Halifax, NS

Dr. Sharriff will lead us on an impactful discussion on “taking action” on sexual harassment and discrimination in our profession, and about creative ways for employers and organizations to address these issues in legal workplaces.

Refreshments provided. Space is limited - please RSVP by April 29 to Kerry Foss at or  902-377-6309.

This event is generously supported by McInnes Cooper

Learn more about this event here

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In the Community

Join us at Council in the Community at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia 

Join the Society at Council in the Community on May 17, 2019, at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia to engage with the NSBS Council, to learn about the Society’s role and about our equity and access work.

We encourage African Nova Scotians to join us to learn how the Society can support your communities in the work that we do. Over lunch, we'll collectively engage in meaningful discussions. Come as you are to this discussion!

When: Friday, May 17, 2019, from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Where: The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, 10 Cherry Brook Rd, Cherry Brook, NS
Attendance is free and lunch is provided.

RSVP by Tuesday, May 14 to Anne Broughm at
Left photo: Mohammad Ali Raza (left ) celebrates becoming a Canadian Citizen with his colleague and Cox & Palmer Managing Partner Daniel W. Ingersoll QC. Right photo: Mohammad Ali celebrates with his wife. 

Halifax lawyer Mohammad Ali Raza supported on his journey to Canadian Citizenship

Mohammad Ali Raza, a partner at Cox & Palmer, had a lot to celebrate recently as he became a Canadian Citizen on March 26, 2019.

Mohammad Ali, who moved to Canada in 2014 to reunite with his wife and two young children, shared insight into his journey and offered words of advice to other lawyers on a similar path.
"I was extremely fortunate to find mentors while I was going through that transition. Immigration can be a very draining process. The most critical thing that you need is someone helping you through that phase when you might be second-guessing your decision. I had an abundance of those people around me from day one,” he said.
Read more about Mohammad's journey

Your Council

2019 At-Large Election Results

Three members were elected to the Society’s Council following the 2019 At-Large Election (April 15-22, 2019). They will begin their two-year terms following the 2019 Annual Meeting on June 15th.

The successful candidates were Cheryl A. Canning QC, Melanie Petrunia and Jack Townsend.  As Council members, these successful candidates will lead the Society and lend their voices and unique insights to decisions that impact Nova Scotia's legal profession. Learn more about the newly elected Council members here. 

2019 At-Large Election Results 
  • Jack Townsend - 236 votes (19% of votes)
  • Cheryl A. Canning QC - 213 votes (17% of votes)
  • Melanie Petrunia - 204 votes (17% of votes) 
  • Brian K. Awad - 179 votes (15% of votes)
  • Diane Rowe - 151 votes (12% of votes)
  • Christine Nault - 131 votes - (11% of votes)
  • Mark Everett - 108 votes (9% of votes)

Voter turnout for this election was 15.39% with 478 votes of a total 3106 eligible voters casting electronic ballots.

Thank you to our members who participated in the 2019 At-Large Election!

Next Council Meeting: April 26, 2019

Your Practice

Nominate a Colleague for an NSBS Distinguished Service Award 

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented to a member who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession, and to the Society.

Nominations may be submitted by lawyers and the public until May 31, 2019. 

Learn more about the DSA here

Changes in Category

Professional Responsbility

For Your Information

  • Judges in Canada – What they do and how they do it 
    The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association, which represents nearly all of the federally appointed judges in Canada, announced the release of a new educational video and YouTube channel entitled Judges in Canada. The video teaching tool, aimed at new and young Canadians as well as the public in general, illustrates what they are entitled to expect from Judges in Canadian Courts. The video covers principles fundamental to our Justice System; concepts such as Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law.
    See the YouTube channel here.
  • The next meeting of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 3:30 PM
    The Committee is comprised of members of the Court of Appeal and a range of private and public sector appellate counsel, working both in the criminal law and civil law fields. The Committee's 3 main tasks are to identify practice and policy issues of mutual interest to the Bench and Bar; recommend means for addressing these issues, and communicate the results of this process to the Court and Bar for further communication to the profession or elsewhere. If you have any issue, project or proposal that you wish to see brought before the Committee, please contact the Committee’s Co-Chair, Peter C. McVey, Q.C., at
  • Volunteer on a Community Health Board (CHB)
    Community Health Boards (CHBs) play an important role in Nova Scotia communities and within the Nova Scotia Health Authority. They develop community health plans that inform the Health Authority, and that provide the basis for local partnerships and projects. NS Community Health Boards are seeking new volunteers. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your community! Learn more here
  • CASHRA 2019 conference - June 26-27, 2019At the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) conference, you'll explore exciting emerging areas of law and policy, along with innovations in public education and rights promotion. Learn more here.


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