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Steps to vote in the 2019 At-Large Election before the April 22nd deadline

Voting in the 2019 At-Large Election is conducted online and closes Monday, April 22nd at 5:00 PM as mandated by our Regulations.

Three of the seven candidates will be elected to the 2019-2021 Council following the April 15-22nd election period. All members in good standing are eligible to vote in the At-Large Election

Join us at Women - Strength in Leadership - Remembering Dara Gordon QC

Join your colleagues at this annual event featuring guest speaker Dr. Shaheen Shariff

Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM
Prince George Hotel, Regency Room
1725 Market St, Halifax, NS

Dr. Sharriff will lead us on an impactful discussion on “taking action” on sexual harassment and discrimination in our profession, and about creative ways for employers and organizations to address these issues in legal workplaces.

Update on the Society's name change consultation

As part of our continued transformation into a modern regulator, we need your feedback, as our province’s legal profession, to help inform and shape our growth. Your input, on our name change, strategic priorities and more, will help to drive our direction into the future.

We recently reached out for feedback and asked you ‘should the Society consider a name change?

Trust Account Regulation Amendments & We're Seeking your Feedback

At the January 2019 meeting, Council adopted several regulatory amendments relating to the operation of trust accounts by lawyers and law firms. We’re also seeking member feedback on the possibility of charging fees for certain services.

Regulatory amendments

Reporting of overdrafts and errors to the Executive Director (Reg’s 10.6 – 10.6.5)

Society seeks members for advisory committees

Serve on the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments

The Society is seeking two members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments.

Second Vice-President 2019-2020: Are you interested?

The annual election for Second Vice-President is coming up. The Governance and Nominating Committee invites lawyers from outside HRM to think about the skills and attributes you could bring to the Society’s leadership.

The Governance and Nominating Committee must nominate a candidate for a Second Vice-President by the end of January 2019, and invites all eligible lawyers to provide recommendations or to volunteer to be considered.

Halifax Lawyer Jim Rossiter QC is Second Vice-President for 2018-2019


The Governance and Nominating Committee and Council are pleased to report that James G. (Jim) Rossiter QC has been appointed 2nd Vice-President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for the remainder of the 2018-2019 Council term. This appointment fills the vacancy left by Justice John Bodurtha following his elevation to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

NSBS in the news

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum:

N.S. paying to legally entitle African Nova Scotians to their land
The Lawyer's Daily | September 27, 2018 | By donalee Moulton


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