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Call for Expressions of Interest: Second Vice-President (2018-2019)

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The elevation of John Bodurtha to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has left a vacancy in the Second Vice-President position of the Society.

Council has requested the Governance & Nominating Committee (GNC) bring forward a recommendation for a qualified person to fill the office. To ensure that anyone who might be willing to assume the responsibilities of the office has an opportunity to be considered, Council has directed that this notice be provided to all lawyers in the province.

If you are interested in being considered for this appointment you should, by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, signify your interest by advising:

Julia Cornish QC
Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee

with a copy to Tilly Pillay QC, Executive Director,

In light of the timing of the vacancy, Council has determined there will not be a byelection, but rather the GNC will review all applicants and candidates through a process of evaluating suitability. The GNC will consider the following with respect to each candidate:

  • reasons outlined in the expression of interest
  • leadership experience in regulatory, not-for-profit, or other organizations
  • experience in regulation, governance or access to justice matters (particular areas of focus in the Strategic Plan)
  • experience in financial oversight and reporting
  • unquestionable integrity and respect for others
  • communication skills
  • strategic thinking
  • consensus building
  • other specific skills and attributes
  • knowledge of/familiarity with the work and strategic direction of the Society, and
  • ability to commit to the time and workload of the office.

The GNC may chose to interview some of the candidates.

Consistent with all Society appointments, the GNC is required to ensure that the Society’s leadership reflects our commitment to substantive equality, diversity and inclusiveness.

The Second Vice-President would in the normal course continue on the leadership ladder through First Vice-President and then President in 2020-2021.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s strategic priorities are to transform regulation in the public interest, enhance access to legal services and the justice system in Nova Scotia and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.