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Halifax Lawyer Jim Rossiter QC is Second Vice-President for 2018-2019

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The Governance and Nominating Committee and Council are pleased to report that James G. (Jim) Rossiter QC has been appointed 2nd Vice-President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for the remainder of the 2018-2019 Council term. This appointment fills the vacancy left by Justice John Bodurtha following his elevation to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Jim in his new role as Second Vice-President,” said President Frank DeMont QC on November 23, following Jim’s appointment by Council. “Jim is an excellent choice to step into this important leadership role. He and I have worked together on the Code of Professional Conduct Committee, so I know that Jim understands well the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s work. His impressive background equips him well to support first Vice-President Carrie Ricker and me, and then to lead the Society in 2020 - 2021. Jim will ‘hit the ground running.’”

Jim was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1999. Prior to his Call, Jim worked as a journalist. From 1999 to 2006, he was an Associate with Wickwire Holm in Halifax, and since then has served as Legal Counsel with the Department of Justice (Canada), Environment Legal Services. Jim holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and an LL.B from Dalhousie University with a Certificate Specialization in Marine Law.   

An active member of the legal community, Jim served as President of the Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch) from 2010-2011, prior to which he sat as a member on the branch’s Executive Committee for eight years. He has also served as National Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Section of the CBA as well as a member of the board of directors for the National CBA office. Jim is a former President of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, a position he held from 2015-2017, and a former Chair and trustee of Dalhousie Legal Aid Service. Jim has volunteered as a mentor to law students and young lawyers in metro Halifax through the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association mentorship program. He currently sits as a member of the Society’s Code of Professional Conduct Committee.

Jim frequently presents at conferences in the areas of media and environmental law. In 2006, he published his book, Law of Publication Bans, Private Hearings and Sealing Orders with Carswell.

Since beginning his tenure with Justice, Jim has received the Parks Canada Agency CEO Award of Excellence (in recognition of extraordinary contribution to fostering a culture of conservation through work on the establishment of Rouge National Urban Park) and the Department of Justice (Canada) Peer Appreciation Award, for “work and commitment to client service excellence on the Franklin Expedition” (discovery of the wreck of HMS Erebus in the Northwest Passage). He is also a recipient of the 2014 CBA-NS Distinguished Service Award and the 2005 Zöe Odei Young Lawyers Award. In 2018 he received his Queen’s Counsel designation.

Jim will immediately assume the post of Second Vice-President and its responsibilities. Frank DeMont QC of DeMont Law in New Glasgow is serving as President this year, with Carrie Ricker of Ricker Law Inc. in Halifax as First-Vice President.