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Young named to Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s executive

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 2:07 PM | By John Chunn


Tuma T. W. Young has been acclaimed as the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s second vice-president for the 2019-2020 council year.

The nomination process closed on Feb. 15. Young, a member of the Malagawatch First Nation and the first Mi’kmaq-speaking lawyer in Nova Scotia, will assume the post and its responsibilities after the society’s annual meeting on June 15, 2019.

Carrie Ricker will serve as president with Jim Rossiter as first vice-president.

According to the law society’s press release, the second vice-president holds a key position in governance and continues on to become first vice-president and then president of the society. Young will continue on to be the society’s first Indigenous president.

Young was called to the bar in June 2001. He was elected to council as a member at large in 2015 and 2017 and is a member of the Code of Professional Conduct Committee, the Racial Equity Committee and the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Working Group.

“Tuma has an expansive legal knowledge and brings his engaging, often humorous, personality to council,” said society president Frank DeMont. “Throughout his 18 years of practice, he’s advocated for access to legal services and has run a pro bono law clinic at Cape Breton University. His academic background and active commitment to the legal profession’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be a continued asset to council and the executive.”  

Young has a B.A. in Mi’kmaq studies from the University College of Cape Breton; a bachelor of laws from the University of British Columbia; a master of laws in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona; and is enrolled in the JSD program at the University of Arizona.

He is an assistant professor in Indigenous studies/political science at Cape Breton University.