Mike Kofahl is a life-long student, traveler, cook, amateur historian, storyteller, tree-planter, and dog-lover. He enjoys being outdoors, playing soccer, hiking and biking, cooking and BBQing for friends and family, and just relaxing by the water.
He is originally from Cape Breton, the best place on earth, but he currently lives in Halifax and loves that too. Mike enjoys everything about Nova Scotia: the people, the history, the food, the forests, and the fresh salty smell of the water on the coast.
Mike has always been connected to the environment. He grew up on a horse farm and has worked plenty of outdoor summer jobs, including picking blueberries, unloading crab, and planting more than 1.5 million trees over 10 years as a tree-planter.
Mike graduated from Dalhousie University three times, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in history and a JD from the Schulich School of Law.
Mike worked as a Pro Bono student at East Coast Environmental Law for two years during law school, helping to draft the Nova Scotia Environmental Rights Working Group's Environmental Bill of Rights, researching legal topics ranging from pesticides to asbestos use in schools, and helping grow the organization’s online Information Library.
Mike articled jointly with East Coast Environmental Law and McKiggan Hebert. Mike then worked as ECELAW's Coastal Research Coordinator before being called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in October 2019 and moving into a new position as ECELAW's Staff Lawyer.
Mike also continues to pursue pro bono opportunities. He has been volunteering with the Community Justice Society in Halifax for two and a half years, facilitating restorative justice conferences for young and adult offenders alike.