Shelley Hounsell Gray graduated on the Dean's List with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1994, and from the Schulich School of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1998. She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1999, and became a certified collaborative family law lawyer in 2002. Upon her call to the Bar Shelley was appointed as a per diem Crown Attorney. For the next four years she practiced family law in private practice, and acted as a per diem Crown Attorney. Shelley joined the Nova Scotia Legal Aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in the fall of 2003. In May 2013 she became the managing lawyer of the newly formed Dartmouth Family Law Office for NSLA, and held this position until she returned to private practice in February 2018. Shelley now works at the law firm of Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny Duggan LLP. Shelley’s practice is focused on family law – representing clients in traditional and collaborative processes, and mediation for those who seek an alternate route. She often participates in specialized continuing education programs, and enjoys sharing ideas and learning from others. She routinely mentors articling clerks and junior members of the Bar. Presently, she is the Dartmouth member on Council for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, and is a member of the Complaints and Investigation Committee. She also sits on the board of directors for St. Paul’s Home as secretary. She has facilitated several conferences and has presented at programs offered by the National Judicial Institute (Canada) (2014 and 2016), the National Family Law Program offered by the Canadian Federation of Law Societies (2014,2016 and 2018 summer), the Canadian Bar Association and at continuing education programs offered by Nova Scotia Legal Aid.
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