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2017 Distinguished Service Award: Nominations close Friday, June 16

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Memo from the Distinguished Service Award Committee, Friday, May 5, 2017 

The nomination period for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award is now extended to Friday, June 16, 2017. The annual award is the Society’s highest honour, recognizing lawyers and non-practising members who have made significant contributions to their community, the legal profession and the Society.

Nominations for the award may be submitted by members of the Society and the public by 5:00 pm on June 16. Details about the nomination process, including the nomination form, are available on the Distinguished Service Award page of the Society’s website:, as well as information about past recipients.

Please note: Nominations will be considered incomplete without the nomination form and at least two (but no more than five) letters of support. Other supporting documents are also helpful, such as the nominee’s resumé or biography, news clippings, etc.   

The Distinguished Service Award Committee examines the nominations and makes a recommendation to Council each year, based on the following considerations:

  • Integrity: The recipient is of unimpeachably good character, with a reputation for the highest professional integrity.
  • Professional achievement: The recipient is amongst the leaders in the practice of law or the academic realm.
  • Service to the profession: The recipient has made long-term, exceptional volunteer contributions to the legal profession and the Society.
  • Community service: The recipient is an outstanding contributor to the community, through volunteer service and a commitment to making the world a better place.
  • Reform: The recipient has made an outstanding contribution to the betterment of the law or the improvement of the justice system.
  • Overall: The recipient espouses the highest ideals of the legal profession and is a person to whom all members of the profession can look for inspiration.

The award was established in 2000 and nominations stand for a two-year period. This year, as no nominations were submitted by the award’s usual deadline of April 15, the Committee opted to reopen the nomination process for another six-week period.

If you know of a lawyer who has made a difference, please consider taking the time to submit a nomination. Help the Society continue to celebrate exceptional lawyers in Nova Scotia who reflect the profession’s commitment to excellence and community service.


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Ron Creighton QC
Chair, Distinguished Service Award Committee