Darlene Jamieson has served as Chair (1998 to 2001) and Vice Chair of the Insurance law subsection of the CBA. She has been a Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (N.S.B.S.) appointed Commissioner to the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia since 2002. She is currently President of the Law Reform Commission. She has been a member of various N.S.B.S. Committees including the nominating Committee (1997-98), Chair of the Gender Equality committee of the NSBS (1996 – 2000), member of the Futures Project (2008 to 2009), Member of the Continuing Professional Development Working Group (Feb 2010 to date); and she was a member of the new Civil Procedure Rules Working Group : Determination Without Trial.
She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2006.
She believes the practice of law is a lifelong learning experience. This has translated to her interest in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) within the law as well as other areas of personal education including French language study. For several years she has been a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society Futures Project and now the Continuing Professional Development Working Group. These committees looked at the needs of the profession across the province and also developed the mandatory CPD model for Nova Scotia.
She has presented at various CBA conferences over the years as well as N.S.B.S. sponsored events. She has delivered in house seminars for clients and client groups. She has spoken at Dalhousie Law School on various topics. She has been involved with the Lawyers Insurance Association of Nova Scotia conference for Solo and Small Firms assisting with the development of content and presenting on the topic of E-Discovery. She has been a guest editor of the Canadian Journal of Women’s Studies. She has been involved with the development of numerous discussion papers and reports while a Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia including Builders’ Liens, Contaminated Sites in Nova Scotia, Power of Attorney Act, Enforcement of Civil Judgements, Court Ordered Structured Settlements for Personal Injury Damage Awards, the Wills Act, Evaluation of the NS Small Claims Court, the Rule Against Perpetuities, Privity of Contract (Third Party Rights), Vexatious Litigation and Seniors Only Housing.
She has been involved at the Board level with many charitable organizations over the past 25 years ranging from organizations working with women such as the YWCA, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, the National Association of Women and the Law and Dress for Success to organizations working with disabled individuals including QUEST (formerly the Halifax County Regional Rehabilitation Centre) and other care related facilities including Point Pleasant Lodge. Although not an alumnus, she recently joined the Board of Kings Edgehill School located in Wolfville Nova Scotia. As a result of her past charitable work she was appointed a member of the Joint Regulatory Table of the Voluntary Sector Initiative (VSI) and served for several years with devoted members from government and the voluntary sector.
In 1998 she left the comfort of a large firm and busy litigation practice to form a small litigation focused firm with two colleagues. Due largely to the quality of the individuals who have joined the firm over the intervening years it has developed into a successful and respected litigation firm with a healthy client base of both individuals and corporations. Their firm was recently named (for the second year in a row) one of the top ten litigation boutiques in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine.