Equity & Access Resources

We provide resources, tools and training to support lawyers and law firms as they develop an equity strategy in the workplace.  

Equity Resources

Cultural Competency

TRC

Reports

COVID-19

NSBS Guides

Online Training

Trauma-Informed Lawyering

Response to #TalkJustice Campaign Videos

Allyship

The Equity Lens Toolkit 

The Society’s Equity Lens Toolkit provides lawyers, law firms, and Society staff and volunteers with instructions on how to apply an ‘equity lens’ to their decision making. It includes a description of the equity lens and a set of worksheets and reference material to help users apply it in practice. 

Cultural Competence Information and Training

We work to ensure that Nova Scotia’s lawyers are culturally competent, trauma-informed and broadly reflective of Nova Scotia’s diverse populations. We are focused on: 

  • providing articled clerks and practicing lawyers with cultural competence instruction; 
  • supporting lawyers and law students with practice advice, resources and opportunities for mentorship; and 
  • celebrating and reflecting on progress through events honouring our profession’s diversity, such as our annual pride reception and the Racial Equity Committee’s reception honouring racialized and Indigenous articled clerks. 

Equity & Access Mentorships

Equity & Access Mentorship Program

This mentorship program is offered in conjunction with the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Initiative at Dalhousie University (IB&M).

Interested in the equity & access mentorship program? Please contact Angela Simmonds, Equity & Access Manager at asimmonds@nsbs.org.  

The Internationally Trained Lawyers (ITL) Observership Program 

This observership program provides internationally trained lawyers with an opportunity to connect with the local legal profession and to learn about the practical and procedural aspects of practising law in Canada.  

The Society runs this program in collaboration with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) in Halifax. 

Pride Mentorship Program 

The Pride Mentorship Program, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered lawyers, is offered in collaboration with the CBA Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) section.  

2SLGBTQ+ lawyers face specific challenges and barriers, and this program provides a forum for discussion, strategy and support designed to improve the practice experience for this community of lawyers.  

The Ku’TawTinu: Shared Articling Initiative  

This initiative provides Mi’kmaq and Indigenous law students with an opportunity to engage in the process and practice of Aboriginal Law specifically related to legal research and litigation within Indigenous communities.  

The Ku’TawTinu: Shared Articling Initiative creates articling positions that will provide a well-rounded articling experience, which will focus on contemporary Mi’kmaq and Indigenous legal issues.  

Are you a law student interested in the Ku’TawTinu: Shared Articling Initiative? Please contact Angela Simmonds, Equity & Access Manager at asimmonds@nsbs.org.  

The Ujima Shared Articling Initiative

Ujima is an African Proverb which means to build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems (collective work and responsibility).

The number of African Nova Scotians graduating from law school each year continues to climb, but the number of opportunities do not. 

To support and increase the number of practising African Nova Scotian lawyers the Society is extending the Shared Articling Initiative to include African Nova Scotians.

This will provide a well-rounded articling experience with the opportunity to include a grassroots approach with issues affecting African Nova Scotian communities.

Are you a law student interested in the Ujima Shared Articling Initiative? Please contact Angela Simmonds, Equity & Access Manager at asimmonds@nsbs.org.  

Questions? 

Please contact Angela Simmonds, Equity & Access Manager, at asimmonds@nsbs.org.