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Barbara Darby, Ph.D., LL.B.
I grew up in Southern Alberta and went to school was educated in Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. I have called Nova Scotia home since 1996. My PhD is in English Literature; I taught literature and writing at the University of Lethbridge, Queen’s University, Dalhousie University, and Mount St. Vincent University and taught law courses at Schulich School of Law and Maritime Business College.
My law degree is from Schulich School of Law (2002), where I was awarded the Gold Medal. I was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2003. From 2000 to 2017, I worked at Gillis & Associates, before opening my own firm. I continue to work in association with Gillis & Associates.
I have combined my work as a lawyer with public service, as a former elected member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, and I am a third-term Department of Justice appointee to the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, where I am a member of the Commission’s Strategic Planning Committee and Operations Committee. I especially enjoy working with the NSLAC because I am passionate about access to justice issues and the services that the Commission provides to Nova Scotians. I am a member of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia Professional Conduct Committee that reviews regulatory disciplinary matters and I was a legal representative on the Research Ethics Board for Capital Health. I am also a director of Aqualitas Inc., a late-state applicant under Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.
I take pride in current or former connections with such organizations as the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, reachAbility, and Schulich School of Law Probono Students Canada. I have served as a volunteer on numerous Boards, including reachAbility, Elizabeth Fry Society Mainland Nova Scotia, Stepping Stone and Sable Island Preservation Trust. I support LEAF. I live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and enjoy beekeeping, gardening and learning to play the cello.