CABL-NS Speed Mentoring

Event Title: CABL-NS Speed Mentoring: Creating Professional Connections

Event Description:  

  • Mentees: This event is for law students, articled clerks, and lawyers with less than 5 years practice experience.  
  • Opportunity: This event will present mentees with an opportunity to speak with Black legal professionals about their respective practice areas, careers, and professional development. 
  • Experience: Mentors include members of the judiciary, private practitioners, in-house counsel, criminal prosecutors and defence, policy practitioners, internationally trained lawyers, and senior government officials.  
  • Connections: Mentors will be divided into small breakout rooms. Mentees will “speed network” through the breakout rooms during the event timeframe, allowing participants to speak to a wide variety of mentors working in different practice areas. We encourage you to arrive with questions to make the most of your time with each mentor. 


  • Ryan Brothers, Vice President, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers Association – Nova Scotia Chapter  


  • The Honourable Justice John Bodurtha, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia 
  • Candace L. Thomas, Nova Scotia Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General 
  • Alexander J. MacKillop, MacKillop Pictou Law Group Inc. 
  • Alicia Arana-Stirling, Nova Scotia Department of Community Services 
  • Alisha Brown-Fagan, Nova Scotia Legal Aid 
  • Alonzo Wright, Public Prosecution Service – Specials Division 
  • Kelsey Jones, Director, Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq Initiative, Schulich School of Law 
  • Lola Agbaje-Williams, Internationally-Trained Lawyer  
  • Melisa Marsman, Dalhousie Legal Counsel Office 

Additional mentors may be added 

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