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Halifax lawyer Carrie E. Ricker to be Second Vice-President for 2018-2019

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Carrie Ricker

The Nova Scotia Barristers Society has announced upon closing of nominations that Halifax lawyer Carrie E. Ricker has been acclaimed as Second Vice-President for the 2018-2019 Council year. 

A member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 2001, Carrie has volunteered for the past several years on the Society’s Legal Services Regulation Solo & Small Firm Working Group.

“Carrie is very familiar with the Society’s work in regulatory reform,” President Julia Cornish QC said on January 19, after the Governance and Nominating Committee announced its nomination for the position to Council. “Her legal practice has covered a broad range over the past 18 years and has greatly benefited the Working Group’s progress. Her experience with strategic direction, risk management and engagement will also be an asset as Council advances Legal Services Regulation.”

Currently a sole practitioner, Carrie also brings insight from her years as an associate in a large firm, a partner in a small firm and as senior in-house counsel. She provides strategic direction, risk management and legal advice to corporate, public sector and individual clients in relation to areas including health law, employment law, business law, privacy and confidentiality, and intellectual property law. 

After commencing her career as a litigation associate with Stewart McKelvey, Carrie then spent nearly a decade as Senior Legal Counsel to the Capital District Health Authority, Atlantic Canada’s largest health authority. Prior to her sole practice, she was a partner with Carpenters Ricker. She has also served as an Instructor with the Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry.

Carrie received her undergraduate arts degree at St. Thomas University and law degree at the University of New Brunswick. She is also a member of the Bar in Prince Edward Island. She has appeared before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia; the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal; the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island; and numerous boards and tribunals including the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Board, the Criminal Code Review Board and the Psychiatric Facilities Review Board.

An active member of the legal and local communities, Carrie has served as a National Council voting member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) for Nova Scotia and as an executive member of the Nova Scotia branch the CBA. She received the CBA Nova Scotia Zoe Odei Young Lawyers Award. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Shakespeare By The Sea and also volunteers with the Nova Scotia Artists' Legal Information Society. She has served as a mentor with the Society as well as the Dalhousie Association of Women and the Law. 

Carrie will assume the post of Second Vice-President and its responsibilities after the Society’s Annual Meeting on June 16. Frank E. DeMont QC of DeMont Law in New Glasgow will serve as President, with Halifax’s John Bodurtha of the Department of Justice Canada as First Vice-President.