2021 Council Election: Message from Nominating Committee Chair

Letter to members from Tuma T.W. Young, Q.C., First Vice President and Chair of the Nominating Committee

Dear NSBS Member,

As the governing body for the profession, Council approves the Society’s Strategic Framework, sets the Society’s policies, and oversees the regulation of the profession. To do this, the Society requires committed, diverse, and effective leadership on Council.

Council members lead the Society and lend their voices and unique insights to decisions that impact Nova Scotia’s legal profession. Diversity of representation on Council is a key priority as we want to ensure our governing body reflects Nova Scotia’s legal profession as we work towards our 2019-2022 Strategic Goal of ensuring that Nova Scotians are served by a legal profession that is diverse, inclusive and culturally competent.

Council needs individuals who have experience or are committed to working in such areas as regulation, governance, and access to justice or equity matters, who are strategic thinkers with strong communication skills, who come from diverse backgrounds and areas of practice, who are of unquestionable integrity and respectful of others, and who may have held leadership roles in other organizations (e.g., board member, mentor, volunteer coach, etc.).

The Society has moved into the new era of legal services regulation and has been applying a Proactive, Principled and Proportionate (Triple P) approach to regulation.

I urge all lawyers to consider running for Council and taking on one of the most important roles we have to ensure continued self-governance of an independent legal profession. For some it may be a step outside of their comfort zone. I know I have found the work rewarding.

I particularly encourage lawyers from equity-seeking communities to consider running as we aim to increase diversity among Council Members to better represent the makeup of our Bar.

Here is an overview of the 2021 Council Election:

District Elections

Ten Council members will be elected across the province – two each in Cape Breton, Central, and Southwestern Districts, and four from the Halifax District. Practising lawyers in each district are eligible to vote for candidates in their own districts.

Nominations for the District Elections are now open and will close on February 15th. If an election is required, it will take place from March 1st to March 15th. Lawyers practising in each district may be nominated by submitting a Nomination Form – District Elections.

At Large Election

This second phase of the election is for three member-at-large Council positions following the District Elections.

Nominations are open from March 15th to April 5th, with the election running from April 19th to April 26th if required. All lawyers and non-practising members in the province are eligible and may be nominated by submitting a Nomination Form – At Large Elections.

2021-2022 Council Meetings

Currently Council meetings take place virtually and a schedule of the upcoming meetings is posted. All new and returning Council members will also be expected to attend the Council Orientation scheduled on June 18th and the Society’s Annual Meeting on June 19th.

Learn more about the election & Council

If you have questions about the election process or require assistance, please email elections@nsbs.org.Your message will be returned within two business days.

I also invite you to contact me directly at tumayoung@me.com if you have any questions.

Wela’lin, 

Tuma T.W. Young, Q.C.