May 2019                                                                                                        View this email in your browser

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Register for the 2019 NSBS Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program!

All lawyers, articled clerks, non-practising members and law students are invited to attend our 2019 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program.

This is an opportunity to connect with the Society, network with your colleagues and gain knowledge to help you thrive in your legal career.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 8:30 to 12:00 PM
Where: 6061 University Ave., Halifax, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Cost: FREE

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Keynote Presentation: Lawyering in Balance – Kathryn M. Dumke QC, KMD Dumke LawBe part of a conversation on creating your own biography, living life as a lawyer, and finding balance within.

How to Register

Members: Login to your member portal here to register.

Please note that you may choose your education sessions on the day of the meeting & professional development program. 

Students: Students are encouraged to join us to connect with future colleagues. 
Register by emailing Desiree Jones at

Learn more about the education sessions

Council In the Community

Council Connects with Community Members at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia 

Council held their May meeting in the community on May 17, 2019, at the Black Cultural Centre to provide insight into the Society’s role and into our equity and access work. Council also heard firsthand from community members as conversations focused on understanding African Nova Scotian access to justice and legal services.

"Our Council gave a little of its time to the community, and received so much more in return," said Jim Rossiter QC, Council's Second Vice-President. "We listened and learned. We lawyers were asked to get rid of “preconceived notions,” to truly listen, take the time to understand the realities and background of members of the community, and welcome the involvement of a client’s professional supporter, family, or friends." 
Read more about this event

Next Council Meeting: Friday, June 15 (Annual Meeting) 

See past Council meeting highlights here

Your Practice

2019-2020 Annual Fees Due by June 30, 2019

At its April meeting, Council approved the Society’s 2019-2020 budget and set the necessary fees for the membership year beginning July 1, 2019.

Lawyers and firms were sent invoices and notices of Preauthorized Payment amounts on May 13th. All fees are due and payable on or before Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Learn more & see payment options

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 Friday, May 31, 2019. 

Learn more about the DSA


Changes in Category

Professional Responsbility

For Your Information

Honourary/Posthumous Call for WWI Law Students &
Articled Clerks

The Society will hold an Honourary/Posthumous Call to the Bar in 2019 to commemorate law students and articled clerks who made the supreme sacrifice for their country in WWI.

The Credentials Committee has formed a small working group and is seeking the membership's assistance to identify law students and articled clerks who lost their lives during the First World War.

Read more & learn how you can help


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