Notice from Dalhousie Legal Aid Service: Congrats to Shawna Hoyte QC

Shawna Y. Hoyte QC was inducted into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society on March 6, 2015 in recognition for exceptional service to the legal profession and community.

All of us from Dal Legal Aid are very proud of our colleague and send out a congratulations.


Background on the Bertha Wilson Honour Society

The Bertha Wilson Honour Society was established in 2012 in tribute to The Honourable Madam Justice Bertha Wilson (LLB '57) – the first woman appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal and the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Bertha Wilson Honour Society at the Schulich School of Law recognizes extraordinary alumni and showcases their geographic reach and contributions to law and society. The 2015 nomination deadline is May 1, 2015.

For more information and a list of other 2014 inductees, see the Bertha Wilson Honour Society page on the Schulich School of Law website. The following is an excerpt from Ms. Hoyte’s profile on the site:    

Shawna Hoyte QC is an accomplished legal advocate and a counsellor, educator, mentor and community leader. Soon after completing her law degree (1994), she joined Dalhousie Legal Aid Service (DLAS) as a staff lawyer. In 2001 and 2003, she earned a Bachelor and Master of Social Work.

Along with her position at DLAS, she works as a clinical social worker in the area of mental health and addiction services to children, youth and families. Her added dimension of being an experienced mental health practitioner and social worker results in a truly interdisciplinary approach to dealing with broad social issues.

She is a committed supporter of the Law School's Indigenous, Blacks & M'ikmaq Initiative and has taught in the prelaw course. She has also taught in the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie School for Social Work.

Hoyte is a sought after public speaker and facilitator. As well, she is involved with numerous boards and committees including the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Complaints Investigation Committee and the Queen’s Counsel Advisory Committee, the Provincial Serious Incidence Response Team Advisory Committee, and the National Afrikan Canadian Prisoners Advocacy Coalition, to name a few.