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KUDOS! Alumna Tilly Pillay (LLB '89) named new executive director of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

Posted by Jane Doucet on November 20, 2017 in News

Congratulations to Tilly Pillay, QC (LLB '89), a long-time advocate for regulatory innovation and social justice in the province, who has been named the new executive director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. She has spent nearly two decades in leadership roles with the Department of Justice as a senior lawyer and as executive director of Legal Services. In 2015–16 she was acting deputy minister. 

Pillay will begin her five-year term on Feb. 1, 2018, succeeding Darrel Pink (LLB '78), who has served as executive director for 27 years. The appointment follows a nationwide search conducted by Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette on behalf of the NSBS.

No stranger to the NSBS, Pillay has served in various leadership and policy roles, including as president in 2014–15. She has national experience as a member of the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and from participating in many federal, provincial, and territorial meetings.

Pillay completed her law degree at Dalhousie Law School in 1989 and has been a member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1990. She began her career as a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. In her community, she has served on the board of directors of Bryony House, as a volunteer with the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (now ISANS), and as a member of the board of directors with the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia.