Jim Rossiter QC, Second Vice-President


Jim Rossiter QC is Legal Counsel with the Department of Justice (Canada), Environment Legal Services. Following his Call to the Bar in 1999, Jim was an associate with Wickwire Holm in Halifax until 2006. Prior to his legal career, Jim worked as a journalist.

An active member of the legal community, Jim served as President of the Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch) from 2010-2011, prior to which he sat as a member on the branch’s Executive Committee for eight years. He has also served as National Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Section of the CBA as well as a member of the board of directors for the National CBA office. Jim is a former President of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, a position he held from 2015-2017, and a former Chair and trustee of Dalhousie Legal Aid Service. Jim has volunteered as a mentor to law students and young lawyers in metro Halifax through the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association mentorship program. He currently sits as a member of the Society’s Code of Professional Conduct Committee.

Jim was appointed Second Vice-President by Council in November 2018 for the remainder of the 2018-2019 Council Year.

Jim frequently presents at conferences in the areas of media and environmental law. In 2006, he published his book, Law of Publication Bans, Private Hearings and Sealing Orders with Carswell.

Since beginning his tenure with Justice, Jim has received the Parks Canada Agency CEO Award of Excellence (in recognition of extraordinary contribution to fostering a culture of conservation through work on the establishment of Rouge National Urban Park) and the Department of Justice (Canada) Peer Appreciation Award, for “work and commitment to client service excellence on the Franklin Expedition” (discovery of the wreck of HMS Erebus in the Northwest Passage). He is also a recipient of the 2014 CBA-NS Distinguished Service Award and the 2005 Zöe Odei Young Lawyers Award. In 2018 he received his Queen’s Counsel designation.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and an LL.B from Dalhousie University with a Certificate Specialization in Marine Law.  


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