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Call for applications by July 31: Two Public Representatives on Council

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The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is the public interest regulator of the legal profession in Nova Scotia. It undertakes regulation in a manner that is proactive, principled and proportionate.

The Society invites interested members of the public to submit an application to be a Public Representative of its governing body. Two newly created positions will be filled in September 2017, for a two-year renewable term. The Society encourages applications from members of the province’s diverse racial and cultural communities. Those with business experience are also urged to apply.

Council’s responsibility is to promote the public interest in the delivery of legal services. Public Representatives bring the public perspective to the Society’s governance. They have full voting rights on Council and sit on several Society Committees. Service on Council involves up to six Council meetings per year, committee meetings and a large volume of reading material.

Applicants should describe their background, interests and experience, and indicate their reasons for wishing to serve on Council. A position description, Committee information and Council Policy 20, Public Representatives on Council, follow below.

Please direct applications to: Darrel Pink, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Cogswell Tower, 800-2000 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3K1 or dpink@nsbs.org by Monday, July 31, 2017. Those selected for interviews will be asked to meet with the Society’s Governance and Nominating Committee.

Public Representatives – Position description

Purpose

This position description is to complement Council Policy 20, which outlines the roles and responsibilities of Public Representatives. Public Representatives provide a positive and effective mechanism for the Society to demonstrate transparency, independence and accountability. They ensure that the public perspective is represented in the decision making of Council and often provide a particular expertise. They reflect the diverse population of Nova Scotia, including its various racial and cultural communities, rural and urban locations, gender or sexual orientation and variety of age groups.

Responsibilities and activities

It is expected that the Public Representatives will:

  • ensure Council and committees are made aware of aspects of issues being discussed that are of most interest to the public;
  • assist in keeping discussions focused to ensure that the public interest is always reflected;
  • pose difficult questions, question assumptions and test arguments from a non-lawyer's perspective;
  • ensure that the obvious is not overlooked;
  • ensure that the concerns of the most vulnerable members of the public are addressed;
  • ensure that policies and decisions are communicated in clear and plain language that can be understood by the public;
  • fully participate in Council and committee activities to which they are assigned;
  • bring a general understanding of the regulation of professional groups and the protection of the public interest;
  • have a broad understanding of the legal system;
  • have an understanding of procedural fairness;
  • have analytical and decision-making skills; and
  • prepare a report for publication in the Society’s Annual Report.

Attributes

  • objective
  • reliable
  • perceptive
  • attentive listener
  • self-confident and self-aware
  • trustworthy
  • non-judgmental
  • articulate
  • discreet
  • courteous

Core competencies

 It is desirable that all Public Representatives have competencies in the following areas:

  • accountability;
  • sound judgment;
  • integrity;
  • credibility;
  • independent thinking;
  • respects confidentiality;
  • analytical and decision-making skills;
  • an understanding of procedural fairness;
  • an understanding of the role of self-regulating professions to protect the public interest; and
  • a commitment to teamwork.

Public Representatives on Council: Council Policy 20

Society Committees