Society Nominates Denise Mentis-Smith QC as 2020-2021 Second Vice-President

The Governance and Nominating Committee (GNC) nominates lawyer Denise Mentis-Smith QC as the Society’s Second Vice-President for the 2020-2021 Council year.

In making its nomination, the GNC seeks integrity, respect for others, leadership and communication skills, strategic thinking and consensus building. The Society strives for diversity of leadership with respect to personal characteristics, area of practice and geographic location.

“I’m delighted with the GNC’s nomination of Denise Mentis-Smith as the Society’s Second Vice-President,” said President Carrie Ricker. “Denise’s combination of practice experience, volunteer work with the Society and other community organizations make her an ideal choice‎. Throughout her career, she’s demonstrated leadership in promoting access to justice as well as equity, diversity and inclusion. I know she will work hard and help the Society move forward on our strategic priorities. Denise’s warmth, humour and enthusiasm are, and will continue to be, greatly valued and appreciated by her colleagues.”

Denise Mentis-Smith QC graduated from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University in 1995. She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1996 and is currently practising with the law firm Harris North Law in Bedford, Nova Scotia. Denise’s practice over the past 23 years has focused on plaintiff personal injury law and over the past 5 years, she has developed a practice in the area of wills & estates. Denise has also developed an extensive practice in mediation and dispute resolution and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

In April of 2018, Denise was appointed the Queen’s Counsel designation and in January 2019, she was appointed a member of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

Denise also currently serves as a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Complaints Investigative Committee and she has been a past member of the CBA Nova Scotia Equity Committee, the NSBS Racial Equity Committee and the Nova Scotia Police Commission. Denise has also served as a Mentor with the Dalhousie Women and the Law Mentorship Program and the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Initiative Mentorship Program.

Denise was a speaker in the Dr. Carrie Best, Champion for Human Rights documentary film produced by Maroon films, a speaker during African Nova Scotia History Month in Truro, Nova Scotia and a speaker at the East Preston Empowerment Academy Society Legal Clinic.

Denise’s current memberships include the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association and the Advocates Society.

Denise has been involved in fundraising for various charity organizations including Mulgrave Park Association, World Vision, the United Way, the Heart and Cancer Fund. She also spearheaded a fundraising campaign to raise money for disadvantaged youth to enable them to participate in Basketball Nova Scotia’s provincial program.

Nominations Open for Second Vice-President

The Second Vice-President holds a key position in governance and continues on to become First Vice-President and then President of the Society.

Additional practising lawyers may be nominated for Second Vice-President until February 15, 2020, by:

  1. Completing the Nomination Form
  2. Submitting the completed Nomination Form to

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