2018 NSBS Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program

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Event date: 
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 08:30 to 12:15
Name of Organization: 
Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Contact Email: 
Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

All lawyers, articled clerks and non-practising members are invited to attend the Society's 2018 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program, which will take place on Saturday, June 16 in Halifax. The Annual Meeting begins at 8:30 am, followed by two keynote sessions, then an educational component from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm.

Saturday, June 16, 2018
8:30 am to 12:15 pm

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
6061 University Ave., Halifax


To confirm your attendance at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program, RSVP to AnnualMeeting@nsbs.org, indicating the two educational sessions you plan to attend.

This year's Professional Development Program provides a range of helpful and practical sessions for lawyers. Attendees can choose two consecutive 45-minute sessions from the following options (see the program at the link above for session descriptions and the schedule): 

  • TRC – How to put the calls to action to work in your practice; Josie McKinney, Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service
  • Protecting your client’s privacy; David Fraser, McInnes Cooper
  • Opening a new law firm; Jennifer Pink, NSBS Legal Services Support Manager and Rosalie Francis, R. Francis Law
  • NSBS Diversity Standard / Guidelines for trans* and gender-variant clients; Susanne Litke, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service; and Jane Willwerth, NSBS Officer, Equity & Access


Client panel: What do we want from our lawyers and the justice system?
This panel discussion will include insights from clients who will help lawyers understand what they need and want in their representation. Speakers include Rodney Small of Common Good Solutions; Paul Elliott from Moose Cree First Nation; Sheree Conlon QC of Stewart McKelvey, NSBS Council member and Co-Chair of the Society’s Gender Equity Committee; and Alisha Brown-Fagan, Co-Chair of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission’s Equity and Racial Diversity Committee and executive member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Nova Scotia chapter. 

Community Engagement and Increasing Diversity on the Bench; Two Pillars to Enhance Access to Justice
The Society is pleased to welcome the Honourable J. Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia and Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. In his keynote address, Chief Justice MacDonald will discuss recent community engagement efforts, and initiatives to enhance diversity on the Bench and access to justice for marginalized communities.    

If you have any questions about the 2018 NSBS Annual Meeting, please contact the Society at 902 422 1491 or AnnualMeeting@nsbs.org.