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The Hon. Judge Amy Sakalauskas guest speaker at 16th Annual Pride Reception

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Judge Amy Sakalauskas

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce that the Honourable Judge Amy Sakalauskas will be guest speaker at the 16th Annual Pride Reception on July 26, 2018.

Judge Sakalauskas was appointed to the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts on March 31, 2017. Prior to joining the Bench, she was a lawyer with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, practising most recently in child protection. In her 13 years as a lawyer, she also served in private practice in the Annapolis Valley and Bedford. Judge Sakalauskas is past president of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch, and a former member of the boards of directors of Halifax and Region Family Resource Centre and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kings and Annapolis counties. She has also worked locally and nationally on issues of importance to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. She is originally from North Sydney and now lives in Dartmouth.

The annual Pride Reception is co-hosted by the Society and the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of CBA-NS.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 – 4:30 to 6:30 PM
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel (Acadia Ballroom)
1919 Upper Water St., Halifax


Please RSVP by Thursday, July 12 to Emma Pink at

NOTE: Two more Pride Week initiatives with NSBS!

  • On Saturday, July 21, join the Society and CBA-NS at the annual Halifax Pride Parade. We're teaming up for the third year in a row to walk in the parade as a profession. Lawyers, family and friends are asked to register in advance and meet at 11:30 am at the Halifax Dockyard. For details, see the CBA-NS website.
  • Also on Thursday, July 26, the Society will host a half-day workshop, Inclusive Policy Development., from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at the NSBS offices. The Youth Project will present a session on incorporating sexual orientation and gender inclusion into workplace policies. Come learn about language, creating inclusive environments, and how to ensure policies protect people's rights around gender identity and sexual orientation. If you would like to attend, contact Emma Pink at

Further reading: See Legally Proud, an article on our In the Public Interest blog.