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Pillay to lead Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 2:18 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


Tilly Pillay has been named as the next executive director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

Tilly Pillay

Tilly Pillay

Pillay, who began her legal career as a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid, has spent nearly two decades with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice in roles ranging from senior lawyer to executive director of legal services. Between 2015 and 2016, she was acting deputy minister.

Pillay has a long history of leadership within the society and served as its president for the 2014-2015 term. She is also a member of the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and sits on the board of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS).

“Tilly Pillay is an excellent choice for this important role in our legal profession,” said Julia Cornish, president of the barristers’ society.

“She has a thorough understanding of the issues driving the need for regulatory reform and access to justice for equity-seeking and disadvantaged groups. She will provide critical leadership as the society builds on its strategic priorities.”

Pillay's five-year term will begin on Feb. 1, 2018.

She succeeds Darrel Pink who served as executive director for 27 years.