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Halifax lawyer Christa Brothers QC to be Second Vice-President for 2017-2018

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Christa Brothers QCHalifax lawyer Christa Brothers QC will be Second Vice-President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for the 2017-2018 Council year. 

A member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1997, Ms. Brothers has served as Chair of the Society’s Complaints and Investigation Committee (CIC) since 2014. She was an elected member of Council for Halifax District for three consecutive terms, from 2009 through 2015. Among other committee work, she has been a member of the Court of Appeal Liaison, Credentials and Gender Equity Committees and served as Chair of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee.

“Christa is a natural fit to join the leadership team as the Society prepares to implement legal services regulation in the next few years ahead,” President R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP said on January 20, after the Governance and Nominating Committee announced its nomination to Council. No other candidates were nominated by the February 15 deadline, so Ms. Brothers is acclaimed.

“As an active Bar leader over the past 12 years, she is very familiar with the Society’s regulatory and access to justice work, and has been deeply involved in its ongoing evolution,” said Mr. Baxter. 

A lawyer with Stewart McKelvey since 1999, Ms. Brothers became a Partner in 2006 and has been a member of the firm’s Partnership Board since 2013. Her varied litigation practice includes commercial and construction litigation, insurance, professional negligence, product liability and shareholder disputes.

A commitment to issues of equity, diversity, inclusion and access to justice – within the profession and in the broader community – have guided much of Ms. Brothers’ professional and volunteer work. She has been a mentor to many, participated in reachAbility’s lawyer referral service since 2011, and served on the Board of Directors for the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia. She was a member of an inquiry committee in relation to a Canadian Judicial Council matter, and has held a number of leadership positions with national CBA committees. Ms. Brothers is current Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canada Games Centre. She has also been an instructor in Civil Procedure and Civil Trial Practice courses at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

Ms. Brothers received both the Progress Women of Excellence Award and her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2014. Her accolades include Best Lawyers 2017 Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax, and Benchmark Canada’s local litigation star (General Commercial) in 2015-2016. She was named by Lexpert as a ‘Litigator to Watch’ in 2009, and a ‘Rising Star: Leading Lawyers Under 40’ in 2008. She appears consistently on the Best Lawyers lists for corporate and commercial litigation, insurance law and personal injury litigation.

Ms. Brothers will assume the post of Second Vice-President and its responsibilities after the Society's 2017 Annual Meeting on June 17. Julia Cornish QC of Sealy Cornish Coulthard in Dartmouth will serve as President, with Frank E. DeMont QC of DeMont Law in New Glasgow as First Vice-President.