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2019 Annual Report: Executive Director's Report 

"Practise what you preach."

As I reflect on the past year, it is this biblical reference that comes to mind. As the regulator of the legal profession, we cannot be asking our members to meet standards, adopt ethical practices, embrace diversity and be culturally competent, if we ourselves do not demonstrate our commitment to meet these goals. And we cannot ask the public to trust us, without demonstrating that we have earned that trust.

With this in mind, we set out several years ago to change our processes, practises and approaches to better reflect our new way of regulating the legal profession, our new way of engaging with our members and the public and a renewed focus on our role in improving the administration of justice.

Let me highlight some accomplishments this past year so you can judge whether we do indeed “practise what we preach.”

Read Tilly Pillay QC's highlights in the 2019 Annual Report

News from


17th Annual Pride Reception (photo of rainbow and NSBS and CBA-NS logos)

17th Annual Pride Reception co-hosted by the Society & SOGIC (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Community) Section of the CBA-NS

Thursday, July 25 4:30-6:30 PM 
Hotel Halifax (Bluenose Ballroom)
1990 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS

Featuring guest speaker Tuma Young

RSVP by July 18 to Kerry Foss at

Join the Society & CBA-NS at the Halifax Pride Parade

Saturday, July 20 - Join the Society and CBA-NS at the annual Halifax Pride Parade Saturday, July 20. We're teaming up to walk in the parade as a profession. Lawyers, family and friends are asked to meet at 11:30 am at the Halifax Dockyard.

Your Council

(left photo) The Society's 2019-20 President Carrie Ricker receives her Council pin from outgoing 2018-19 President Frank DeMont QC at the 2019 NSBS Annual Meeting. (right photo) President Carrie Ricker shares her opening remarks at the Society's 2019 Annual Meeting on June 15, 2019. 

A special thank you to all members who attended the 2019 Annual Meeting! 

Learn more about your 2019-20 Council

2019 Annual Report: A Message from Outgoing President Frank DeMont QC

When I began this work, I was mindful of the Society’s aspirations and that it should be principled, proactive and proportionate in its work. Throughout the three years, after serving as an Officer and member of the Executive Committee and Council, and after attending hundreds of meetings, I am confident that a risk-based, principled, proactive and proportionate leadership is well established throughout the Society’s work.

We have brought that “Triple P” mindset to finance, to professional responsibility, to education and credentials, to our insurance plan, and to our purpose generally, namely to uphold and protect the public interest in the practice of law.

One of my goals as President was to demonstrate that the Society is open to new ideas, new approaches and new ways of thinking. I believe Council has demonstrated that intention and will continue to do so. We have considered new forms of practice, including multi-disciplinary practices, and we have adopted new ways of doing our work.
Read more in the 2019 Annual Report

Next Council Meeting: Friday, July 19

See past Council meeting highlights here

Your Practice

2019-2020 Annual Fees Due by June 30, 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

Disposal of Undistributed Trust Funds – submissions due Friday, June 28, 2019

The next application for disposal of undistributed trust funds will be made in July 2019. Submissions should be received at the Society's offices no later than Friday, June 28, 2019.

If you wish to make an application for the disposal of undistributed trust funds, please refer to the Procedure and Sample Documents (also available on the Trust accounts and Forms pages of the Society’s website), or contact Elaine Cumming, Professional Responsibility Counsel, at (902) 422 1491 or

Changes in Category

For Your Information

Save the Date: Canadian Association of Black Lawyers Conference & Gala

2019 Annual Conference
Commitment to Excellence, Leadership & Community
When: Friday, October 18, 2019
Where: Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle St, Halifax, NS

23rd Annual Gala 2019
Leadership: Lifting as We Climb
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Cocktails: 6:00 PM - Dinner 7:00 PM
Where: Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle St, Halifax, NS

Find out more at
  • Missing Will: Bruce Ivan Allen
    Anyone having any information concerning a Last Will and Testament of Bruce Ivan Allen (born January 26, 1949), late of Dartmouth, NS, who died in Progresso, Mexico on April 19, 2019 please contact: Patrick A. Burke, Q.C at Telephone: 902-634-8354
  • Notice of Custodianship: Ronald Richter, Greenwood
    The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society hereby gives notice that Ronald Richter of Greenwood, Nova Scotia passed away June 23, 2019.
    Read more.
  • 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.
  • New Leadership at the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute
    The Supreme Court Advocacy Institute has welcomed a new Regional Chair, David Coles QC (BoyneClarke) and a new Chair for the province of New Brunswick, Christian E. Michaud QC (Cox & Palmer). Learn more about the institute at


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