2015 Council Elections: At Large Election results

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Three Council members were elected on April 27 in the Society’s At Large Election, and will begin their two-year terms following the 2015 Annual Meeting on June 13.

Four candidates were vying for three Member at Large positions for the 2015-2017 Council term. The successful candidates were Gavin Giles QC, of McInnes Cooper in Halifax; Robert Gregan, of Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Amherst; and Tuma Young, in private practice and at Cape Breton University in Sydney.


  • Gavin Giles QC, Halifax – 527 votes (28%)
  • Robert Gregan, Amherst – 510 votes (27%)
  • Tuma Young, Sydney – 464 votes (24%)
  • David Schermbrucker, Halifax – 398 votes (21%)

All lawyers and non-practising members are eligible to run and vote for these positions. For more background on the At Large seats on Council, see

Voter turnout: A total of 915 members cast ballots in the At Large Election, or 31.46% of a possible 2,906 eligible voters. 

Role of Council
Council members ensure that the Society acts in the public interest and as a fair, visionary and respected regulator. Council rquires committed lawyers who understand the responsibilities associated with self governance of an independent legal profession. A diversity of representation on Council plays an important role in setting and implementing the Society’s strategic direction and ensuring that the Society’s activities have a positive impact on the public’s interest in the Nova Scotia legal profession.  

Council for 2015-2017 will consist of 21 members: the three officers (Jill Perry, President; R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP, First Vice-President; and Julia Cornish QC, Second Vice-President), 10 members elected and acclaimed in the judicial districts, three At Large members elected from the entire province, three public representatives, the representative of the Attorney General and the Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

Details of the Society’s election process are outlined in the Society’s Regulations 2.4 (District Elections), 2.5 (At Large Elections), and 2.6 (Second Vice-President Elections).