Tilly Pillay QC joined the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society as Executive Director in January 2018. Previously, she was Executive Director of Legal Services for the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, where she also served as Acting Deputy Minister for 16 months in 2015-2016.
Tilly’s extensive volunteer involvement with the Society goes back more than a decade. She served as a member of Council in Halifax District from 2007 to 2009 and was elected to Council again as Second Vice-President in 2012, ultimately serving as President for the 2014-2015 Council term.
During her time on the Society’s Executive Committee, Tilly led the Society’s transforming legal regulation initiative as Chair of the Entity Regulation and then the Legal Services Regulation Steering Committees.
She was appointed in March 2017 to represent NSBS on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.
Through her years as a Society volunteer, Tilly chaired the Gender Equity and Professional Standards (Family Law) Committees, also serving on the Credentials, Finance, Governance and Nominating, Professional Responsibility Policies and Procedures, and Department of Justice Liaison Committees.
After completing her undergraduate education at Dalhousie University, Tilly earned two Masters of Arts degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Toronto, then completed her LLB at Dalhousie Law School in 1989. Upon her call to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1990, she worked for five years as a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. In 1995, she joined the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and held varying positions as a solicitor and as a litigator, completing extensive management and leadership training. Tilly is functionally bilingual.
Her community work has included serving on boards for Bryony House, a transition house shelter, and the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, as well as the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (now known as the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia). With her ESL training certificate, she has also volunteered as an English language teacher with Saint Mary’s University to assist international students. She has authored numerous papers for presentation at CLE conferences and published a Handbook for Lawyers relating to the Nova Scotia Maintenance Enforcement Program.
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