2017 Council Elections
This is an election year for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society; the last one was in 2015. Lawyers and other members have an opportunity to nominate and vote for those who will lead the Society during the 2017-2019 term, and provide policy direction on issues that govern the Society as the public interest regulator of the legal profession.
Second Vice-President Elections
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Four Council members will be elected in Halifax District on March 20, 2017. Voting opens on Monday, March 6, 2017. See the 2017 Halifax District Election page for complete details about the electronic voting procedure and the five candidates, including biographies and election statements,
By the February 15 deadline, two candidates were nominated in Cape Breton and Central Districts and one candidate in Southwestern District, so elections will not be required in those districts. The following nominees (all incumbents) are therefore acclaimed as Council members for the 2017-2019 term:
Cape Breton District
Diane L. McGrath QC
Ellen R. Burke
Kelly R. Mittelstadt
Andrew S. Nickerson QC
At Large Elections
Three Members at Large will be elected on April 24, 2017, following the Halifax District Election. All lawyers and non-practising members are eligible to run and vote for these positions.
- experience in the particular areas of focus in Council’s Strategic Plan;
- gender or sexual orientation;
- geographic representation;
- practice area (e.g., corporate, litigation, property, family, etc.);
- practice venue (e.g., private firm, government, legal aid, etc.);
- other areas of potential under-representation that may be identified.
Council has reiterated the importance of these factors. Through the Governance and Nominating Committee, candidates in any identified area of under-representation will be encouraged to run for election. Other committees of the Society and individual members are also encouraged to identify gaps and to encourage nominations in response.
Role of Council
Council members ensure that the Society acts in the public interest and as a fair, visionary and respected regulator. Council requires committed lawyers who understand the responsibilities associated with self governance of an independent legal profession. A diversity of representation on Council plays an important role in setting and implementing the Society’s strategic direction and ensuring that the Society’s activities have a positive impact on the public’s interest in the Nova Scotia legal profession.
Details of the Society’s election process are outlined in the Society’s Regulations 2.4 (District Elections), 2.5 (At Large Elections), and 2.6 (Second Vice-President Elections).
Voting for all elections is held electronically. Prior to the opening of the election, all eligible voters will be provided with a username and password via an email from the Society. This same username and password will work for each of the elections in which a voter may participate, including the At Large Election.
Election results are posted on the Society’s website and distributed through InForum immediately at the close of each of the respective elections.
Council meetings for 2017-2018
Most Council and Committee meetings take place at the Society’s offices in Halifax. See the schedule of Meeting Dates for 2017-2018.
Questions regarding the election process can also be directed to the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, Jill Perry, at email@example.com or Executive Director Darrel Pink at firstname.lastname@example.org.