Karen Hudson has been appointed deputy minister of Justice. She is currently the executive director of Nova Scotia Legal Aid. “Ms. Hudson understands the issues facing Nova Scotians in our communities, in and around our provincial justice system – she has seen them first-hand,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This experience will serve her, and Nova Scotians, well in this new role.” Ms. Hudson led a revitalization of Nova Scotia Legal Aid, expanding its service to be more inclusive of, and responsive to, those needing legal help in the province. The organization has also gained recognition for its diversity and collaborative community outreach work. She has organized and presented at various national legal conferences for lawyers, judges and police with a focus on making justice more accessible. She has also served as chair of the National Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada. “Justice is important for the safety, support, and inclusion of all Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Hudson. “I’m energized and committed to serving Nova Scotians in this new role and am looking forward to continuing to work with local community organizations and provincial justice stakeholders including Mi’kmaq First Nations, transition houses and the judiciary.” The premier thanked Tilly Pillay, executive director of Legal Services, for acting in the deputy role since May 1, 2015. Ms. Hudson’s appointment is effective August 8.