Call to the Bar: 74 new lawyers in Nova Scotia

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2017 Call to the Bar

Seventy-four new lawyers were admitted to Nova Scotia’s legal profession in a Bar Admission Ceremony on Friday, June 9, joining 18 others called in three smaller ceremonies over the past year.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society held its Call to the Bar at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The Honourable Justice Ann E. Smith of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court was the Presiding Justice, with the Society's Second Vice-President Frank E. DeMont QC and Council member John Bodurtha serving as Presenting Officers for the proceedings.

Kenneth C. Rowe Hall became an official courtroom during the ceremony, as the candidates made their official declarations and oaths with the option of using English, French or Mi’kmaq. They affirmed that as lawyers, they will conduct all matters faithfully, honestly and with integrity; support the Rule of Law and uphold and seek to improve the administration of justice; and abide by the ethical standards and rules governing the practice of law in Nova Scotia.

Applicants then signed the Roll of Lawyers, enabling them to officially practise law in Nova Scotia. A reception followed in the Chrysler Canada Pavilion, co-sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia.

The majority of this year’s new calls received their law degrees from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (50), while nine graduated from law schools in New Brunswick and the rest from law schools elsewhere in Canada, the U.K. and India.

Most intend to remain in Nova Scotia to pursue their legal practices, and many have employment confirmed already. More than 35 will practise in Halifax, seven in Dartmouth, five in the Annapolis Valley, four on the South Shore, three in Cape Breton, two in New Glasgow and one each in Amherst and Truro, with others heading to Ontario, Newfoundland and elsewhere.

The 2017 Program, including brief biographies for all new admittees, is available on the Bar Admission ceremonies page of the Society’s website.