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Nova Scotia Barristers' Society new leadership announced

Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 12:36 PM | By John Chunn


The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society announced its new leadership for the coming year at its annual meeting on June 17.

Julia Cornish of Bedford, N.S., will assume the position of president for 2017-2018.

Joining Cornish as officers will be Frank E. DeMont of New Glasgow, who will serve as first vice-president, and Christa Brothers of Halifax, who will be second vice-president.

Cornish is a partner at the downtown Dartmouth firm Sealy Cornish Coulthard, which she co-founded in 1999. Nationally recognized in the area of family law, she is a past president of the Canadian Bar Association’s Nova Scotia branch, chaired CBA’s Family Law sections provincially and nationally, and also served CBA’s national committee on ethics and professional responsibility.

She has been an active volunteer with the society for two decades — for many years on the Professional Standards (Family Law) and Bar Examination Screening Committees. She was the society’s first vice-president over the past year. Among other recent committee work, Cornish chairs the solo and small firm working group that is helping to shape the new model of legal services regulation in Nova Scotia.

DeMont is a sole practitioner at DeMont Law. His current focus is municipal and corporate/commercial law, with a growing arbitration and mediation practice in both labour and commercial matters.

Elected to Council in 2015, DeMont is chair of the society’s Code of Professional Conduct Committee and has served on the Governance and Nominating Committee since 2013. He is also a member of the Complaints Investigation and Finance Committees and spent nine years as a society-appointed representative on the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission.

Brothers has practised with Stewart McKelvey since 1999, became a partner in 2006 and has been a member of the firm’s partnership board since 2013. She was an elected member of Council for Halifax District for three consecutive terms, from 2009 through 2015.

Brothers is chair of the society’s Complaints and Investigation Committee (CIC), a position she has held since 2014. Among other committee work, she has been a member of the Court of Appeal Liaison, Credentials and Gender Equity Committees and was chair of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee.