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Halifax lawyer John Bodurtha is Second Vice-President for 2017-2018

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John BodurthaHalifax lawyer John Bodurtha is Second Vice-President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for the remainder of the 2017-2018 Council year. 

Mr. Bodurtha was first elected to Council in 2015 for Halifax District and was re-elected on March 20, 2017. He was recently appointed Second Vice-President in a rigorous recruitment and selection process, to fill the vacancy left in July following the Honourable Justice Christa Brothers’ appointment to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court bench.

A member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1996, Mr. Bodurtha is Co-Chair of the Society’s Racial Equity Committee and also serves on the Complaints Investigation Committee. He has been an instrumental contributor to the Society’s transforming regulation initiative, as a member of both Council and the former Entity Regulation and Risk Working Group.

Mr. Bodurtha is Regional Director and General Counsel of the Tax Law Services Section of the Atlantic Regional Office of the Department of Justice Canada. He manages lawyers within the section and litigates tax cases before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. He serves as part of the Atlantic Regional Office’s management team and its litigation committee.

"As Co-chair of the Racial Equity Committee and as a Council member, John has already made a significant contribution to the work of the Society," says President Julia Cornish QC. "We welcome the perspective he will bring during the next three years as he serves on the Executive Committee and I truly appreciate his willingness to take on this commitment."  

Upon his bar admission, Mr. Bodurtha spent a year with Nova Scotia Legal Aid before joining the Atlantic Regional Office of Justice Canada. He is a past member of the Department of Justice Canada Advisory Council for Visible Minorities, and past chair of the IB&M Initiative Advisory Committee at the Schulich School of Law.

Mr. Bodurtha is also the Society’s representative on the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. He has been a Bar Examination Screener since 2010. For the Society’s Skills Course, he provides instruction in legal writing and drafting, and volunteers regularly as a mock chambers judge.

Community service includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Dalhousie Legal Aid and as a volunteer coach for the Halifax City Soccer Club. Mr. Bodurtha is also a past member of the Board of Directors for Phoenix House, a local shelter for at-risk youth.

He assumed the post of Second Vice-President and its responsibilities at the most recent Council meeting on September 15, 2017. Julia Cornish QC of Sealy Cornish Coulthard in Dartmouth is serving as President this year, with Frank E. DeMont QC of DeMont Law in New Glasgow as First Vice-President.