Schulich School of Law, Dal

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David Curry brings a range of ex­pe­ri­ences and per­spec­tives to his work as a Crown At­tor­ney with the Nova Sco­tia Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice. But he didn’t al­ways plan to be­come a lawyer.

Curry first stud­ied so­ci­ol­ogy and so­cial an­thro­pol­ogy at Dal­housie. Then Curry, who has both Mi’kmaq and African Nova Sco­tian roots, learned about the Schulich School of Law’s In­dige­nous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Ini­tia­tive.

Es­tab­lished at the law school in 1989, the IB&M Ini­tia­tive aims to in­crease rep­re­sen­ta­tion of In­dige­nous Black and Mi’kmaq peo­ple in the le­gal pro­fes­sion in or­der to re­duce dis­crim­i­na­tion. To date, there have been over 180 IB&M grad­u­ates, and Curry is proud to be one of them.

The in­ten­tion be­hind the IB&M Ini­tia­tive spoke to Curry—es­pe­cially in light of such lo­cal in­jus­tices as what hap­pened to Donald Mar­shall Jr., a Nova Sco­tia Mi’kmaq who was wrong­fully con­victed for mur­der in 1971.

“What hap­pened to him di­rectly re­lates to my life ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing from a marginal­ized com­mu­nity,” says Curry. “The his­tor­i­cal con­text of such in­jus­tices is im­por­tant to Nova Sco­tia.”

Curry was 27 when he en­rolled at the Schulich School of Law. In his third and fi­nal year of classes, he worked at the Dal­housie Le­gal Aid Ser­vice (DLAS), a com­mu­nity based le­gal clinic in Hal­i­fax’s north end, which pro­vides le­gal in­for­ma­tion and ser­vices to low-in­come res­i­dents.

Curry cred­its his le­gal ed­u­ca­tion and DLAS ex­pe­ri­ence as good prepa­ra­tion for his work with the Nova Sco­tia Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion and his cur­rent role as a Crown At­tor­ney.

“There’s a fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment at the law school, where you feel like the fac­ulty and your fel­low stu­dents pro­vide a safety net around you,” he says. “It’s com­fort­ing to know that you can call any­one and bounce ideas off of them, both while you’re at law school and even af­ter you start work­ing.”

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