John Bodurtha, First Vice-President

John Bodurtha is Regional Director and General Counsel of the Tax Law Services Section of the Atlantic Regional Office of the Department of Justice Canada. He manages lawyers within the section and litigates tax cases before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. He serves as part of the Atlantic Regional Office’s management team and its litigation committee.

John was elected to Council in 2015 for Halifax District. He was appointed Second Vice-President in September 2017 following a rigorous recruitment and selection process, to fill the vacancy left following the Honourable Justice Christa Brothers’ appointment to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court bench.

Co-Chair of the Society’s Racial Equity Committee, John also serves on the Executive, Finance, Governance & Nominating and Complaints Investigation Committees. He has been an instrumental contributor to the Society’s transforming regulation initiative, as a member of both Council and the former Entity Regulation and Risk Working Group.

John is the Society’s representative on the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. He has been a Bar Examination Screener since 2010. For the Society’s Skills Course, he provides instruction in legal writing and drafting, and volunteers regularly as a mock chambers judge.

Called to the Bar in 1996, John spent a year with Nova Scotia Legal Aid before joining the Atlantic Regional Office of Justice Canada. He is a past member of the Department of Justice Canada Advisory Council for Visible Minorities, and past chair of the IB&M Initiative Advisory Committee at the Schulich School of Law.

John also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Dalhousie Legal Aid and as a volunteer coach for the Halifax City Soccer Club. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for Phoenix House, a local shelter for at risk youth.

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