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2018 Distinguished Service Award: Lawrence K. Evans QC

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Lawrence Evans QC

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce that Lawrence (Larry) K. Evans QC of Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton will receive the 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

Having retired in June 2018, Larry was a partner with Evans, MacIsaac, MacMillan (EMM Law) in Port Hawkesbury for over 40 years. Throughout his legal career, Larry has contributed so much to his home community, the legal community and the public at large.

The Society will present the award on Friday, November 23 at the annual Recognition Reception, taking place this year in the Regency Room at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax. See the event information to find out more, including details about six other honourees to be recognized.

Established in 1999, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession and the Society.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Larry grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1973. At EMM law in Port Hawkesbury, his practice was mainly in the fields of corporate/commercial and municipal law.

By 1979 Larry began serving on various Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society committees, including Advertising and Unauthorized Practices, the Discipline Subcommittees, Administration of Justice Committee and the Land Titles Committee. He advanced up the ranks of Society leadership, serving as President in 1986-87. Larry continued to volunteer as a member of the Discipline Investigation and Hearing Committees from 1983 until 2009 when he was appointed to the position of Chair, a post he held until his retirement this past June.  

Larry has also shown exemplary leadership within Nova Scotia businesses and organizations, as well as in his own community. He has served on the board of directors for Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and the IWK Health Centre. In his home of Port Hawkesbury, Larry served as President of the local Rotary Club, as Chair of the Festival of the Strait, as President of the Strait Area Minor Hockey Association, as a founding member of the Board of Directors of Corinthian House Society (now L’Arche Cape Breton) and as a founding member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Port Hawkesbury Food Bank Society. From 1975 to 2018, Larry was the municipal solicitor for the town of Port Hawkesbury.

In 1987, Larry received his Queen’s Counsel designation and was appointed Honorary Life Member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. In 2008, he received the Jack Hartery Lifetime Achievement Award from the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce.