Awards and congratulatory messages2016 Distinguished Service Award: Gail Rudderham Chernin QC
The Society is pleased to announce that Gail Rudderham Chernin QC of Sydney is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, which was presented October 28 at the annual Recognition Reception. Established in 1999, the award is presented to a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession and the Society.
A tireless volunteer within the profession and her community, Ms. Chernin served as President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 2003-2004, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Hearing Committee. She was a member of Council from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2005, and has served on numerous committees from 1996 onward. She was also Vice President and then President of the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society in the 1990s. She is pictured here at the Recognition Reception with current President R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP (at right) and Marc Njoh, articled clerk at Stewart McKelvey, recipient of the 2016 NSBS Presidents' Leadership Award (at left).
- The 2016 NSBS Presidents' Leadership Award: Marc Njoh, now articling with Stewart McKelvey, received this award for leadership qualities and volunteer efforts while attending the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University;
- The 2016 NSBS Presidents' Leadership Summer Internship: Law student Lucy Jackson spent this past summer as an intern with the Halifax-based Centre for Law and Democracy; and
- The 2016 Race and the Law Essay Prize: Alison Aho, now articling with Legal Aid Manitoba, received this award for her paper, "Identification and Recognition Evidence: Determining Admissibility With Respect to Race".
The Recognition Reception is an annual opportunity to honour lawyers and law students for their contributions that demonstrate the profession’s commitment to excellence and public service.