Megan Longley, KC

Executive Director, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service


Phone: 902-423-8105
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, 5746 Russell Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 0H8


  • LLB (Dalhousie)


Megan Longley, QC joined the Schulich School of Law in the fall of 2021 as Executive Director of Dalhousie Legal Aid Service. Megan graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1994 and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1995. After a period in private practice, she joined Nova Scotia Legal Aid in 1999.

Megan’s practice was primarily as criminal defense counsel, in the Youth Court for a good portion of her career. She became manager of Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s Youth Justice Office in 2011. In 2015 Megan joined the Executive Office as Service Delivery Director and became Executive Director of Nova Scotia Legal Aid in 2016.

Megan is past president of the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers’ Association, and recently completed two terms on the board of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Megan has also represented the Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada on Canada’s National Action Committee on Access to Justice. Megan Longley has been on the Board of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice Board since 2021. 

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Queen’s Counsel Designation Awarded in February 2017
  • Certificate of Completion – CBA’s The Path – Journey Through Indigenous Canada
  • Awarded NSLA Senior Staff Counsel designation effective December 2014
  • Notary Public for the Province of Nova Scotia
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers’ Association
  • Member of Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice