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 background in finance, 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 Thursday, April 30, 2020.

The position will begin on June 15, 2020 and is a two-year renewable term up to three terms.

Please note: Those selected for interviews will be asked to meet with the Society’s Nominating Committee in the second week of May. 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 Public Representatives about their firsthand experience as Council members. Here’s what they shared:

 “Being a Public Representative on Council is very rewarding, both personally and professionally. The perspective and experience I bring to the council table, as a woman and an Africa Nova Scotian, is valued by the Society’s Council.” –Natalie Borden, Program Director, NS Department of Health and Wellness

“Anyone who is interested in learning more about the legal profession or the work the Society is doing should consider putting in an application to be a Public Representative. Everyone is welcoming and really receptive to our role.” – Michelle Ward, Executive Director, Kids First Association