For the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, diversity is more than a buzzword. “It is absolutely critical that the public-interest regulator of the legal profession be a leader and promoter of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” says executive director Tilly Pillay.
That leadership role itself requires diversity. At present, for example, the NSBS is working with the judiciary to support hiring a clerk from the Schulich School of Law’s Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative. The clerkship will be counted as credit toward articling.
Another program, the Ku’TawTinu: Shared Articling Initiative, assists in preparing Mi’kmaq and Indigenous articling clerks for successful legal careers. “The goal of this initiative is to create positions that provide a well-rounded articling experience, often focusing on contemporary Indigenous legal issues,” says Pillay. “Clerks are encouraged to article in their own community and with both a public and private organization. The society will waive the bar admission fee for one student per year in this initiative.”