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Tilly Pillay QC named new Executive Director of Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

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Tilly PillayTilly Pillay QC, a long-time advocate for regulatory innovation and social justice in the province, is the new Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. The Society’s Council made the announcement today.

Ms. Pillay has spent nearly two decades in leadership roles with the Department of Justice, as a senior lawyer and as Executive Director of Legal Services. In 2015-16 she was Acting Deputy Minister. She began her career as a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid.

“Tilly Pillay is an excellent choice for this important role in our legal profession,” said Julia Cornish QC, President of the Barristers’ Society. “She has a thorough understanding of the issues driving the need for regulatory reform and access to justice for equity-seeking and disadvantaged groups. She will provide critical leadership as the Society builds on its strategic priorities.”

Ms. Pillay will begin her five-year term on February 1, 2018, succeeding Darrel Pink, who has served as Executive Director for 27 years. The appointment follows a nationwide search, conducted by Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette on behalf of the Society.

Ms. Pillay has significant experience with the Society. She served in various leadership and policy roles, including as President in 2014-15. She has national experience as a member of the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and from participating in many federal, provincial and territorial meetings.

Ms. Pillay completed her Bachelor of Laws at Dalhousie Law School in 1989 and she has been a member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1990. She speaks several languages, including French.

Ms. Pillay has served on the Board of Directors of Bryony House, as a volunteer with the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (now ISANS), and as a member of the Board of Directors with the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS).