By Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Morgan Manzer was acclaimed as Second Vice-President after the nomination process closed on April 12. He will assume the post and its responsibilities after the Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Mark Scott KC will serve as 2023-2024 President and Andrew Nickerson KC will serve as the Society’s First Vice-President.
The Second Vice-President holds a key position in governance and continues to become First Vice-President and then President of the Society.
“Working with Morgan gives me great confidence in his ability as not only a lawyer, but as a governance-minded professional who I look forward to working with,” said Mark Scott KC, the Society’s First Vice-President. “Morgan’s unique insights and experience with the Society will give him ample professional experience to draw from as he takes on this new leadership role.”
Morgan Manzer (he/him) is a Staff Lawyer for Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) practicing child protection and family law. Morgan is presently finishing his Masters of Laws in Dispute Resolution with a focus on culture, equity, and power at Osgoode Hall Law School.
At the Society Morgan has served as a Council member since 2021 and also serves on the Racial Equity and Fitness to Practices committees. For the first half of 2020, Morgan was seconded to the Society’s Equity and Access Office to advise on equity and access issues affecting the legal profession.
Over the past several years, Morgan has also been a practice manager for the bar admission program (PREP). Within Nova Scotia Legal Aid Morgan is an active member of their equity and racial diversity Committee. In early 2021 Morgan concluded four and a half years as Chair of Halifax Pride’s board of directors. He also presently serves as Vice-Chair of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, and as a member of Global News’s DEI Advisory Committee.
In 2019, he was presented the Zöe Odei Young Lawyers Award from the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Nova Scotia Branch, for his work within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and he is a recent recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his volunteerism in the areas of mental health and equity.