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Mary H. Brown

Jessica Wagg
"I know firsthand how valuable it is to have a knowledgeable, compassionate, and capable lawyer when facing a family law problem. I am committed to providing that counsel to my clients."

About Mary

Mary brings to her practice a passion for advocacy. Mary is simultaneously empathetic and pragmatic; she offers her clients realistic and thoughtful options tailored to their unique situations.

In law school, Mary and her partner won the regional trial advocacy competition, the McKelvey Cup, and represented the Atlantic region at the national competition in Ottawa. Mary achieved honours in the Criminal Law Clinic in her final year of law school and sat on the Dalhousie Student Union Judicial Board.

Pursuing her personal interests through Pro Bono Students Canada, Mary also researched and produced educational resources on how lawyers can better provide trauma-informed services to their clients.

When not in the office or courtroom, Mary relaxes through cooking, reading, and enjoying good music and board games with her family.

Areas of Practice

Mary's Background

  • 2016: J.D., Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2009: Bachelor of Arts (Distinction), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2017 - Present: Associate Lawyer, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2016 - 2017: Articled Clerk, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2015: Summer Student, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2014: Research Assistant, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Community Activities
  • 2018 - Present: Mentorship Program with Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • 2017 - Present: Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • 2017: Volunteer, ReachAbility Legal Referral Service, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2015 - 2016: Adsum House Shelter for Women & Children
  • 2013 - 2015: Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
  • 2014 - 2015: Board Member, Dalhousie Student Union Judicial Board
  • 2014 - 2015: Member, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers Dalhousie Branch
  • 2014: Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies
  • 2016: Clifford Rae Achievement Award
  • 2015: Eunice W. Beeson Award
  • 2015: John V O'Dea Prize
  • 2014: Alistair Fraser Scholarship

Recent Blog Posts by Mary

Blog Post | Wednesday May 29, 2019

Family Law Resources: Wise Words from a Family Court Judge

Authored by: Mary H. Brown Posted in: Family Law

Although now 10 years old, Tug of War: A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court, by Justice Harvey Brownstone of the Ontario Court of Justice, remains an insightful and powerful read on the uses and misuses of family court.

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Blog Post | Friday February 1, 2019

The Mamas and the Papas… and Their Parenting Agreement

Authored by: Mary H. Brown Posted in: Family Law

I’m sure I was not the only one who spent a few minutes this weekend listening to the radio documentary “The Mamas and the Papas: How two Ottawa couples became co-parents ” on the CBC’s The Sunday Edition or reading the accompanying article online.

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