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2017 Council Elections: At Large nominations open until April 3

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The Society will conduct an election for three “At Large” members from anywhere in Nova Scotia for the 2017-2019 Council term. All lawyers and non-practising members of the Society who are in good standing are eligible to be nominated and to vote for these positions.

Nominations close at 5:00 pm on Monday, April 3, 2017, with the election taking place from April 17 to April 24, 2017.

At Large Election: Nomination Form

Election of At Large Members of Council is the second phase of the Council Election process. The two-phase election arose from recommendations of the Task Force on Council Composition (2009) that a smaller Council may mean less diversity of backgrounds, views and experience around the Council table. The Task Force specifically wanted to ensure that Council membership reflected:

  • experience in the particular areas of focus in Council’s Strategic Framework;
  • gender or sexual orientation;
  • geographic representation;
  • race;
  • 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.

Council for 2017-2019 will consist of 21 members: the three officers, 10 members elected and acclaimed in the judicial districts, three At Large members elected from the entire province, three public representatives, the representative of the Attorney General and the Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

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).

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