Halifax District Election - Elected Council Members


2019 Halifax District Election - Elected Council Members

Sheree Conlon QC

Sheree Conlon QC was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1997, and has been in private practice since then. She is currently a partner with Stewart McKelvey in their litigation group. Her practice is largely comprised of commercial and civil litigation and insurance defence. 

An active member of the legal and local community, Sheree was elected to Council as a Halifax representative in 2015 and in 2017. She has served as Chair of the Gender Equity Committee since 2015, and currently sits as a member of the Professional Responsibility Policies and Procedures Committee. Sheree is a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of The Advocates’ Society, and was previously the Chair of the Equity Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the CBA – Nova Scotia Branch.

In addition to acting as both a formal and informal mentor to articled clerks and associates within her firm, Sheree has been a member of Stewart McKelvey’s Students’ Committee, part-time faculty at the Schulich School of Law teaching Civil Trial Practice, a volunteer at the NSBS Skills Course, and a judge for moot competitions at the Schulich School of Law. 

In her community, Sheree was a member of the Executive and later the President of the Metro Community Housing Association, a non-profit organization which works closely with the local hospitals and the Department of Community Services to provide support to people living with mental illness. Sheree has also been on the Board of the Discovery Centre since 2013, as they completed their capital campaign and opened their new home on the Halifax waterfront in 2017. She is also on the Board of the Atlantic Tennis Centre where they are in the midst of their capital campaign to build a new tennis facility in partnership with Tennis Canada with a dual mission to provide high competition training to youth in Atlantic Canada and improve the accessibility of the sport and the facility to all community members.   

Sheree would be pleased to further her contribution to the legal community by serving on Council for a third (and final) term. 

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Josie McKinney 

Josie attained her Bachelor of Philosophy in 2004 from UNB and graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 2006. She was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 2007 and the Law Society of Upper Canada in September 2007.

From 2007 to 2010, Josie worked as a Staff Lawyer for the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, providing a range of legal services for low income Indigenous people (criminal defence, tenant rights, criminal injuries compensation, and Indian Residential School Settlement claims) and supervised law students enrolled at the Clinic. Since 2011, she has been employed as a Crown Attorney for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service; the first 7 years in Yarmouth and Shelburne and she has been in Halifax since April 2018.

Josie has been a member of the NSBS Racial Equity Committee since 2015 and became co-Chair in January 2019. From 2016 to present, she has been a member of the PPS Employment Equity and Diversity Committee. Recently, she co-wrote a new PPS policy on Fair Treatment of Indigenous Peoples in the Criminal Justice System and led the training of all NS Crown Attorneys on the policy. She is currently a member of the CBA Sexual Harassment Working Group and, in the past, served as a Crown representative on the Tri-County Sexual Assault Response Team.

Josie has delivered various CLE presentations to lawyers and other professionals on issues of cultural competency, in NS and NB. She has mentored law students and high school students and has supervised articling students. 

From 2012 to 2014, Josie was a volunteer with Project LEAD, which aims to give knowledge and decision-making skills to youth at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system. Josie has also provided educational sessions to children in grades P-12 on Mi'kmaq history/culture and residential schools.  

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Michelle Kelly

Michelle is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer. She is a graduate of Queen’s University (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of New Brunswick (Bachelor of Laws). She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2004. Her practice focuses primarily on insurance defence work, as well as commercial litigation and property litigation, including expropriation work. She has appeared at all levels of court in Nova Scotia, consistently appears in front of the NSUARB and has been involved in many mediations and commercial arbitrations.

Michelle has been consistently recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in Personal Injury and as a leading practitioner in Insurance Law by the publication The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Michelle was appointed to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council for the Status of Women in 2014 and currently sits as their President. She is also the Chair of The Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women. The Coalition consists of advisory bodies from across the country dedicated to advancing women’s issues within their individual regions but who come together in the interest of women on a national level. Michelle is also a board member of the Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia.

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Deanna Frappier QC

After graduating from Dalhousie Law School and being called to the Nova Bar in 1998, Deanna practiced insurance/personal injury law in Halifax and later moved to practicing in-house with a pension benefits/human resources consulting firm. Deanna has been with the Department of Justice Canada (Tax Law Services) since 2003 and has appeared before the courts in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island as well as the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court. 

Elected to Council as a representative of the Halifax District in 2017, Deanna’s involvement dates back to 2000, having served as Chair of the Race Relations Committee (now the Racial Equity Committee), as member of the Task Force on Professional Civility, the Nominating Committee, the Bench/Bar Committee on Unrepresented Litigants, among several others. Today, she serves as a member of the Gender Equity Committee, the Racial Equity Committee, the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Compensation Committee, the Code of Professional Conduct Committee and the Bar Examination Screeners. She also sits as Chair of the Legal Services Regulation In-House and Government Lawyers Working Group.

Deanna is active in her community as Team Manager for the Chebucto Atom B Green minor hockey team and as Registrar for the Halifax Hurricanes Lacrosse Association. She has served on the board of directors for UNICEF Canada and for the Halifax & Region Military Family Resource Centre. Deanna is a past member of the Nova Scotia Insurance Women’s Association and of the Advisory Council for the Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative at Dalhousie Law School. She was a recipient of the Mayor’s Canadian Navy Centennial Pin recognizing 100+ hours volunteering in the community and exemplifying close and enduring relationship between Halifax and the Canadian Navy.

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