Call to the Bar: 62 new lawyers in Nova Scotia

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Sixty-two new lawyers were admitted to Nova Scotia’s legal profession in a Bar Admission Ceremony on June 15, joining 16 others called in three smaller ceremonies over the past year.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society held its Call to the Bar at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The Honourable Justice Kevin Coady of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court was the Presiding Justice, with the Society’s President Julia Cornish QC and First Vice-President Frank E. DeMont QC serving as Presenting Officers for the proceedings.

Kenneth C. Rowe Hall became an official courtroom during the ceremony, as the candidates made their official declarations and oaths with the option of using English, French or Mi’kmaq. They affirmed that as lawyers, they will conduct all matters faithfully, honestly and with integrity; support the Rule of Law and uphold and seek to improve the administration of justice; and abide by the ethical standards and rules governing the practice of law in Nova Scotia.

Applicants then signed the Roll of Lawyers, enabling them to officially practise law in Nova Scotia. A reception followed in the Chrysler Canada Pavilion, co-sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia.

The majority of the new calls received their law degrees from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (43), while six graduated from the University of New Brunswick, four from McGill University and the rest from law schools elsewhere in Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

Most intend to remain in Nova Scotia to pursue their legal practices, and many have employment confirmed already. At least 33 will practise in Halifax, three in Dartmouth, three in Truro, three in Cape Breton, three on the South Shore and two in the Annapolis Valley, with others heading to Ontario, Alberta and elsewhere in Nova Scotia.

The 2018 Program, including brief biographies for all new admittees, is available on the Bar Admission ceremonies page of the Society’s website.