Contribute to the Legal Profession as a Public Representative

The Society’s Public Representatives are valued members of Council who bring their varied expertise and insight to the table and ensure that the public’s perspective is reflected in Council’s decision-making.

We’re seeking a member of the public, with a governance or medical background, who has a keen interest in contributing to Nova Scotia’s legal profession and to their community, to fill a vacant Public Representative seat on Council. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to apply for this position as we aim to reflect Nova Scotia’s diverse population.

Public Representatives have full voting rights on Council and sit on several Society Committees. The time commitment includes up to eight Council meetings per year, committee meetings and time spent reviewing necessary reading material.

How to apply:

  • Review the position description
  • Describe your background, interests and experience, and indicate why you wish to serve on the Society’s Council as a Public Representative.
  • Complete a Skills & Attributes Matrix
  • Send your completed application and an updated CV to the Society’s Executive Director, Tilly Pillay QC at or Cogswell Tower, 800-2000 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3K1 by Monday, March 22, 2021

Please note: Those selected for interviews will be asked to meet with the Society’s Nominating Committee on April 28th. Those who are not selected for the position will remain in a pool of interested candidates who may be asked to serve on the Society’s Committees when vacancies arise.

We asked our current Public Representatives about their firsthand experience as Council members. Here’s what they shared:

Michelle Ward headshot

“On the Society’s Council I have gained a better understanding of the legal profession and the reality that lawyers in this province have the same vision as I do – a justice system which is better for all Nova Scotians. I have also learned a way of critical thinking that is different than my learned experience which has made me a more experienced social worker. I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to get involved in the NSBS.”

Michelle Ward, Social Worker and Executive Director of Kids First Association.

Natalie Borden Headshot

“Through my experience on Council I have been able to be more effective in my other board work. Dealing with different professionals can be a challenge, but I have been able to build productive relationships, expand my own knowledge and help to expand the knowledge of others.  I have learned more about the legal profession that I ever thought I would, and I have enjoyed the work. Improved facilitation, networking, communication, and negotiation skills have been of benefit as I progress in my own career. I encourage many of my colleagues to consider applying to be a public representative and will continue to do so.  It can be demanding and challenging, but it is fun and a great learning opportunity.”

Natalie Borden, Executive Director, Pharmaceutical Services and Extended Health Benefits, NS Department of Health & Wellness