Darrel I. Pink is Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, a position he has held since 1990. He is responsible for carrying out the Society's Strategic Framework and currently is leading the initiative to transform the regulation and governance of the legal profession in Nova Scotia.
Darrel has been a regular lecturer on professional responsibility at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and a frequent presenter to other law societies across Canada and internationally. In 2010, he spent six months on a consultancy with the Tanganyika Law Society in Tanzania, East Africa, assisting in its efforts to strengthen capacity in governance and regulation. From 2005 to 2007, he participated with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and law society partners in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, in a program aimed at improving access to justice through legal sector development in Eastern Africa.
Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Darrel received his BA at Acadia University, his LLB at Dalhousie University, and his Master of Laws in public and comparative law at the University of London/London School of Economics. He was called to the Bar in 1979.
Extensive community involvement includes serving on the national board of directors for Volunteer Canada, including several years as Chair; seven years on the board of the Metro United Way (Halifax), including two as Chair; and on the founding Board of Directors of CanLII, including a term as Chair.
He regularly participates in the work of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He is currently a member of the Federation's Model Code of Conduct Committee and the National Admission Standards Steering Committee.
In 2012, he co-edited a book, Why Good Lawyers Matter (Toronto: Irwin Law), with the Hon. Justice Thomas A. Cromwell, Supreme Court of Canada, and David L. Blaikie, Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Law.
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