Federation President Jill Perry, K.C. was nominated to the Federation Council March 2018 by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. She is the Managing Lawyer (Family) with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Sydney, where she has worked as a staff lawyer since 2001. Her current practice is concentrated in the area of child protection and she chairs 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) for the 2015—2016 term. 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 has also chaired the Society’s Professional Standards (Family) Committee. She currently sits on Nova Scotia’s Access to Justice Co-ordinating Committee and is a member of 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 the boards for the Cape Breton Family Resource Centre, Planned Parenthood Cape Breton and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton. An active member of the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society, she currently co-chairs the Legal Aid-Court Administration Collaboration Committee and sits on the Supreme Court (Family Division) Liaison Committee. She recently joined the board of the Cape Breton YMCA.