Sheppard, Terrance G.


  Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
 +1 902 460 3401
 +1 902 463 7500
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Terry’s experiences have taught him that no matter what the circumstance, people want to be treated with respect, be provided with insightful and practical guidance and trust that the one they are listening to is hearing them.

Terry is a multifaceted lawyer with part of his practice being devoted to criminal law. Terry has a wide range of experience in dealing with criminal cases that vary from high profile murder cases to complex fraud issues to everyday motor vehicle charges.

Terry is also a highly skilled and practiced family lawyer with a practice concentrating on issues relating to surrogacy, adoption, divorce, child support, parenting time and spousal support. Terry’s goal is to ensure that the family unit is treated with respect and understanding during a difficult time. 

Terry recognizes families come in all shapes and sizes.  Parents are divorced, separated, common-law, same-sex and single.  The family with one parent and one child is a family.  A grandmother raising her step-grandchild is a family.  The same-sex couple and their adopted or conceived through surrogacy child is a family.  New dimensions in parenting may require a new way of doing things, a pioneering spirit.     

EDUCATION

  • 1998: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1993: Master of Arts - Political Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1990: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Political Science, University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia

EMPLOYMENT

  • 2017 - Present: Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2012 – Present: Executive Committee Member, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2006 – Present: Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2002 – 2005: Associate, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2001: Instructor (Transportation Law), Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2001: Associate, Reierson Schurman, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2000 – 2001: Staff Lawyer, Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Halifax & Antigonish, Nova Scotia 
  • 1999 – 2000: Associate, Blackburn English Barristers & Solicitors, Enfield, Nova Scotia
  • 1998 – 1999: Articled Clerk, Paterson Palmer Hunt Murphy Barristers & Solicitors, Truro, Nova Scotia

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Member at Large - CBA Nova Scotia 
  • Member - Parent Information Program Project Advisory Committee - Department of Justice
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association Membership and Member Services Committee
  • Member – Parent Information Program Development Working Group
  • Trainer for the Parent Information Program at the Family Division
  • Member – Nova Scotia Barristers Society’s’ Professional Standards Committee - Family Law
  • Appointed as a Board member of the Adoption Appeal Board for the Province of Nova Scotia (March 2007 – March 2010)
  • Volunteer Facilitator – Parent Information Program, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division)
  • Member – Self-Represented Litigants Bench & Bar Committee of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division)
  • Member – Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and Department of Justice joint committee to implement amendments to the Children and Family Services Act regarding adoptions
  • Appointed amicus curiae in Child Protection matters for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division)
  • Appointed amicus curiae in child protection matters in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
  • Volunteer Mock Chambers Justice – Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Bar Admissions Course
  • Volunteer Moot Justice – 2nd Year Moot Court at Dalhousie Law School
  • Volunteer Coordinator – joint project of the Dal Pro Bono Student Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association on Human Rights issues
  • Member – Canadian Bar Association (Family Law Subsection)
  • Member – Nova Scotia Barrister's Society
  • Chair Motor Vehicle Appeal Board

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Director - New Start
  • Director – Work Bridge
  • Former Chair – Halifax Developmental Pre-school
  • Former Board of Directors – Halifax Association for Community Living and a member of the Executive, serving as Vice-President
  • Former Director – The North American Chronic Pain Association of North America
  • Volunteer Lawyer – ReachAbility
  • Former Director – The North American Chronic Pain Association of Canada

UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES

  • Member - Smith Shield Mooting Team

AWARDS

  • Leonard A. Kitz Prize for Excellence in Mooting, Dalhousie University, 1998
  • Graduate Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship, Dalhousie University, 1993
  • President's List and University of King's College Scholarship, University of King's College, 1990

PUBLICATIONS

PRESENTATIONS

  • Mr. Sheppard speaks regularly for the Military Family Resource Centre on the subjects of Child Support and Custody & Access.
  • Preparing and Arguing Cases Involving Contested Shared Custody (Parenting and Child Support Issues) - Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, January 2011. 
  • Tax Principles for Family Law - Academy of Financial Divorce Specialists, June 2009
  • Lecture on Surrogacy - Regina Branch of the Saskatchewan Canadian Bar Association, March 2008
  • Uncontested Divorced – NSCC, April 2008
  • Lecture on Surrogacy – Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, December 2007
  • Human Rights Act – Work Bridge, March 2004
  • Child Protection Proceedings – MISA, October 2002
  • Liability for Volunteer Boards of Directors – Cumberland County Historical Society, May 1998

AREAS OF PRACTICE