Julia Cornish QC

Sealy Cornish Coulthard


200-56 Portland Street
CIBC Building
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1H2

Phone: 902-466-2500
Fax: 902-463-0500
Email: jcornish@scclaw.ca
Website: http://www.scclaw.ca

Julia founded Sealy Cornish Coulthard with Doug Sealy, Q.C. in 1999, eight years after they began practicing as a family law team. Julia practices primarily in the areas of family law and adoption. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (1984) and was awarded Queen’s Counsel in December 2006.
Julia graduated from Mount Allison University (B.A. Hons. 1979) in her native New Brunswick before attending law school at Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1983).

Julia is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She served as the President of the Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia (CBA NS) and national Chair of the CBA Family Law section. She is the 2011 recipient of the CBA NS Distinguished Service Award. Julia is also a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Family Law Standards Committee. She serves on the federal Advisory Committee on Family Law Issues, which assisted in the development of the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines.

As well as her CBA involvement, Julia instructs courses on legal status of women at Mount Saint Vincent University and she served as President of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association and President of YWCA Halifax

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