Federation President Jill Perry was appointed in March 2018 to represent the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on the Council of the Federation. She is the Managing Lawyer (Family) with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where she has worked as a staff lawyer since 2001. Her current practice is concentrated in the area of child protection. She is a past chair of Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s Children and Family Services Act Committee.
Called to the Bar in 2001, Jill received her LLB from the University of Victoria in 2000, her MA (History) from Memorial University in 1997, and her undergraduate degree in history from McGill University in 1994.
Jill served as President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) in 2015-2016. She was first elected to the NSBS Council in 2007 as a member for Cape Breton District, completing three consecutive terms in that position prior to her election as a Vice-President of the Barristers’ Society. She is a long-standing member of the Steering Committee for the National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters.
Jill’s community work has included coaching soccer for young children and serving on local boards. She is currently a board member for the Cape Breton YMCA.
Jill lives in Sydney with her husband, two children, and dog. She enjoys spending time outside in the beauty of Cape Breton Island.