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Lynn M. Connors, Q.C.: Kentville Human Rights Lawyer, Arbitrator & Mediator

Lynn M. Connors, Q.C.

Lynn M. Connors, Q.C.

Kentville Office

Telephone: 902-678-3257

Fax: 902-678-7727

Email: lconnors@wnns.ca

Paralegal: Sarah Naugler


Lynn was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1986 after graduating from Dalhousie University Law School in 1985. In 1987, Lynn completed an LL.M. at the London School of Economics.


Lynn practised law in Halifax with MacInnes, Wilson, Flinn, Wickwire and later with Cooper & MacDonald. After her marriage to Randall Balcome, she relocated to the Annapolis Valley and began practice with Waterbury Newton in 1993. Lynn practises in the areas of criminal law, both as defence counsel and as per diem crown attorney, as well as family law and civil litigation.


Lynn has been a Small Claims Court Adjudicator since 2002 and a member of the Hearing Roster for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission since 2003. Primarily because of her leadership in the area of judicial access to justice for users of the Family Court in Nova Scotia, Lynn received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2011. She has been active as a CLE presenter and has served as an executive member of the Kings County Barristers’ Association for many years.


Lynn is raising two children and is an active presence in their lives. She has been a PTA member and a minor hockey and soccer volunteer. She understands firsthand the challenges of raising a family and practising law.


In addition to her two recent successive terms on council, Lynn has been the Chair of the Family Court Liaison Committee and has been active in the discussions concerning the future of the Family Court of Nova Scotia. She is currently a member of the Family Division Working Group (joint with the CBA) and a member of the Department of Justice Family Justice Pilot Project Advisory Committee.

Practice Areas

Lynn’s areas of practice include:

  • Family Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Human Rights Litigation

Community Activities & Interests

  • Manager of Valley Wild Pee Wee “AA” Hockey Team
  • Organizing Committee: Hockey Nova Scotia Female Peewee “AA” Provincial Championship
  • Past Member of Steering Committee Hannah Miller Memorial Fund (Promotes Underprivileged and Female Hockey Players with Acadia Minor Hockey Association)
  • Past Member of Board of Directors of the Acadia Minor Hockey Association
  • Past Board Member of Chrysalis House, Kentville
  • Past President of Kings County Academy PTA
  • Past Board Member of Chrysalis House, Kentville

Education

  • Federation of Law Societies of Canada National Family Law Conference (2012)
  • Collaborative Family Lawyers Training Program (2012)
  • Henson College — Association and Conflict Management Program Courses: Mediation, Advanced Mediation, Family Mediation (1995)
  • University of London (LSE) 1987, LL.M.
  • Dalhousie University 1986, LL.B.
  • Saint Mary’s University 1982, B.A.

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Member of Collaborative Family Lawyers Association of Nova Scotia
  • Small Claims Court Adjudicator Since 2002
  • Chair of Boards of Inquiry, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
  • Member of Roster for Boards of Inquiry for Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
  • Past President of Kings County Barristers’ Society (2012 - 2013 and 2011 - 2012)
  • Vice President of Kings County Barristers’ Society (2011 - 2012)
  • Member of Department of Justice NS Family Justice Pilot Advisory Committee (2012 - Current)
  • Expansion of Family Division Working Group (2011 - Current)
  • Member of Finance Committee, NSBS (2011 - 2013)
  • Member of Rural Practice Working Group, NSBS (2011 - 2013)
  • Member of Complaints Investigation Committee, NSBS (2009 - 2011)
  • Member of Supreme Court Liaison Committee (Family) NSBS (2010 - Current)
  • Member of Bar Council, NSBS (2009 - 2013)
  • Member of Ad Hoc Working Group on Enforcement of Parenting Orders (2007 - 2008)
  • Secretary of Association of Collaborative Family Lawyers of Nova Scotia (2005 - 2008)
  • Chair of Family Court Liaison Committee, NSBS (2004 - Current)
  • Parent Education Program, Kentville Justice Centre (1999 - Current)
  • Member of Gender Equity Committee, NSBS (1990 - 1991)
  • Litigation Chair of Leaf Nova Scotia (1989 - 1991)

Presentations & Publications

  • Past Guest Lecturer, Saint Mary’s University, Political Science Department
  • Numerous Community Presentations through the Public Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Department of Justice
  • Presenter at Federation of Law Societies of Canada National Family Law Conference (2012)
  • Respecting Contempt (Co-Authored and Presented with Justice Elizabeth Jollimore)
  • “The Perfect Storm”
  • Justice Walter R.E. Goodfellow; on His Retirement and Contribution (Co-Authored with Justice Elizabeth Jollimore)
  • “What’s New in the Family Court” (Co-Authored and Presented with Judge Jean Dewolfe)
  • “Tax Issues and Family Law” (Co-Authored and Presented with Justice Elizabeth Jollimore)
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