ALEXANDER J. MACKILLOP
Originally from Truro, Nova Scotia, Alexander obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Criminology from Saint Mary’s University in 2011. Alexander then obtained his law degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2015, and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar June 2016.
Prior to graduating law school, Alexander interned with the Public Prosecution Service and worked for the Federal Department of Justice in the tax and civil litigation sector. After articles and practicing in Halifax and throughout Nova Scotia for several years Alexander opened his own law firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his partner.
Alexander has a general practice with a focus on criminal law, frequently litigating in Provincial Court and also having experience litigating in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the Court of Appeal. Furthermore Alexander practices corporate law, business law, and medical cannabis law. He has worked within cannabis law on many levels with Licensed Producers, Cannabis Dispensaries, and the criminal, employment, and regulatory aspects of cannabis law as well.
Additionally, he is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Racial Equity Committee and Criminal Law Professional Standards Committee, the Criminal Lawyers' Association, the Dalhousie Pro-Bono Committee, and the Canadian Bar Association.
Alexander is extremely proud to provide legal services to the community.
JADE M. PICTOU
Jade Pictou was born and raised in Nova Scotia. She graduated from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2015 with a Juris Doctor and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2016.
Jade completed her articles with Halifax Water, McInnes Cooper, Sipekne’katik First Nation and the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Centre. Once she completed her articles she practiced as an associate and defence attorney prior to the creation of MACKILLOP PICTOU LAW GROUP.
Her primary focus is on Criminal Defence, Indigenous and Aboriginal law. She also assists with Regulatory, Municipal and Small Claims matters. She is in court almost daily defending the rights of her clients. She is adamant on expanding the cultural lens of the justice system.
Jade is a fearless advocate and is proud to assist members of the community with their legal matters.
Community and Committee Involvement
Member of the Racial Equity Committee and the Criminal Law Professional Standards Committee through the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society
Member of the Dalhousie Pro Bono Community Advisory Committee
Board member for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia
Board Member for Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
Board member for Alcare Place (Society for the Rehabilitation of Addicted Persons)
Member of the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyer's Association
Member of the Canadian Bar Association
HANNA B. GARSON
Hanna is from Halifax and holds a Bachelor's degree from York University, is a Juris Doctor from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie and now practices criminal defence and prison law. This practice is centered around advocating to protect her clients against the inappropriate use of state power.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, or are in jail or prison, you are uniquely vulnerable to the state’s power. Hanna understands the importance strong advocacy before the Courts to protect the rights of her clients, but also the importance of communicating with clients to ensure they understand how to navigate the labyrinth of the criminal justice system, or the correctional system.
Individuals experiencing this vulnerability to state power require a strong advocate who will take the time to understand the situation at hand, strategize the best path forwards, and forge ahead.
Parole board and parole board appeal division representation
Habeas corpus applications and Institutional disciplinary hearings
Hanna is the Project Director for the East Coast Prison Justice Society. She is also a member of the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyer's Association, Canadian Prison Law Association and a former Board Member for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia