Darrel I. Pink is Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, a position he has held since 1990.
Mr. Pink has been a regular lecturer on professional responsibility at Dalhousie Law School (now Schulich School of Law), and a frequent presenter to other law societies across Canada and internationally. In 2010, he spent six months on a consultancy with the Tanganyika Law Society in Tanzania, East Africa, assisting in its efforts to strengthen capacity in governance and regulation. From 2005 to 2007, he participated with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and law society partners in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, in a program aimed at improving access to justice through legal sector development in Eastern Africa.
Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Mr. Pink received his BA at Acadia University, LLB at Dalhousie University, and Master of Laws in public and comparative law at the University of London/London School of Economics. He was called to the Bar in 1979 and practised civil and criminal litigation and administrative law at Patterson Kitz in Halifax, first as an Associate Lawyer and then Partner. He was a member of NSBS Council prior to his appointment as Executive Director.
His extensive community involvement includes serving on the national board of directors for Volunteer Canada , including several years as Chair. Mr. Pink spent seven years on the board of the Metro United Way (Halifax), including two as Chair, and received the United Way’s Helen Cooper Award for Outstanding Contribution. He is a Past President for the Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia and the Children's Aid Society of Halifax, and has been an executive member of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Atlantic Jewish Council.
Mr. Pink recently co-edited a book, Why Good Lawyers Matter (Toronto: Irwin Law), with the Hon. Justice Thomas A. Cromwell, Supreme Court of Canada, and David L. Blaikie, Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Law.