New Society leadership: President R. Daren Baxter QC TEP

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The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to introduce its new leadership for the coming year.

R. Daren Baxter QC TEP Julia Cornish QC Frank E. Demont QC

R. Daren Baxter QC TEP of Halifax (at left) assumed the position of President for 2016-2017 on Saturday, June 18 during the Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting, held at Dalhousie University. Joining him as Officers are Julia Cornish QC of Dartmouth, who will serve as First Vice-President, and Frank E. DeMont QC of New Glasgow, who is Second Vice-President.

  • Mr. Baxter is a Partner at McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office and a member of the firm’s board of directors and its Tax, Estate Planning and Cross-Border practice groups. A member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1992, Mr. Baxter previously served three consecutive terms as an elected member of the Society’s Council, from 2005 to 2011. Among other committee work, he spent 11 years on the Finance Committee, six of those years as its Chair. He was the Society’s Second Vice-President in 2014-2015, followed by his service as First Vice-President over the past year.
  • Ms. Cornish is a Partner at Sealy Cornish Coulthard, which she co-founded in 1999. She has been an active volunteer on a national scale with other legal organizations, and with the Society for almost two decades – including the Professional Standards (Family Law) Committee since 2007, and the Bar Examination Screening Committee for the past 18 years. She has served as Second Vice-President over the past year.
  • Mr. DeMont is a sole practitioner at DeMont Law. His current focus is municipal and corporate/commercial law, with a growing arbitration and mediation practice in both labour and commercial matters. Elected to Council in 2015, Frank is Chair of the Code of Professional Conduct Committee, and has been a member of the Society’s Governance & Nominating Committee since 2013. Among other past committee work, he also spent nine years as a Society-appointed representative on the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. 

Professional development: Keynote panel on innovating in the practice of law
The 2016 Annual Meeting included a keynote panel discussion led by four law firm leaders who are actively exploring innovation in practical ways for expanded 21st century legal services delivery. How do lawyers and law firms expand their offerings and change how they practise in a rapidly evolving marketplace? The presenters were Margot Ferguson of Mayfly Legal Services, Greg Hardy of C3 Legal Inc., Liz Wozniak of North Star Immigration Law Inc., and Corinne Boudreau of Two Certainties Law.

Following the keynote was a two-hour professional development component that asked lawyers to select two sessions each from among six possible educational workshops. These included a cultural competence session titled L’nuwi’tasimk: A Foundational Worldview of Mi’kmaq Legal Principles, led by Council member Tuma Young, Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies at Cape Breton University.

Other CPD sessions looked at testing risk and practice management knowledge, and how the Society is taking a “Triple-P” approach to lawyer conduct concerns. Attendees also got a sneak preview of upcoming online resources launching soon, including the Lawyers’ Reading Room and a new interactive web portal for the Code of Professional Conduct. See the complete program (PDF) and find out more about the 2016 Annual Meeting.