February 17, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Society is continuing with its work to consider all aspects of the regulatory model used in Nova Scotia. To assist the Society and to solicit the views of members of the profession, a brief summary of the issues and a questionnaire have been developed. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Why Trinity Western students should be able to practise law Metro News | Feb. 16, 2014 Urban Compass Halifax column by Stephen Kimber Read More

Join the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on Twitter @NSBS, for timely updates and current awareness between publications of InForum: Read More

Halifax lawyer R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP will be Second Vice-President of Council for 2014-2015. A member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1992, Mr. Baxter served three consecutive terms as an elected member of the Society’s Council, from 2005 to 2011. Among other committee work, he spent 11 years on the Finance Committee, six of those years as Chair and two as Vice-chair. Read More

The Society’s current Trust Account Regulations came into effect on January 1, 2013. Most of the revisions were designed to simplify the Regulations and provide further clarity and additional definitions. Read More
Professional development

Effective January 24, 2014, the NSBS CPD Requirement is amended to require practising lawyers to complete a total of two hours of education in the areas of Risk & Practice Management (RPM) and/or Professionalism. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Register today to learn and network with legal technology experts from March 27-29, 2014 at the Hilton Chicago, bringing you the latest legal technology news and emerging technologies. Read More

February 11, 2014 was ‘Safer Internet Day’ – a collaborative international project that promotes safe internet use by people of all ages, interests and backgrounds. In support of the lesser-known February fête, here are tips to ensure your internet browsing is safer: Read More

We have received reports from several lawyers who received the following scam attempt from “Mako Kennedy”. The message appears as below:  From: Mako Kennedy [mailto: mak0_kennedy @]Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:37 AMSubject: Inquiry Read More

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. Although love and affect are strong emotions, people often experience difficulty communicating these feelings to one another. Here are some suggestions that may help you communicate love and affection better. Read More

Proposed amendments to the Federal Courts Rules were pre-published in the January 25, 2014, issue of the Canada Gazette, Part I, which can be found at: Read More

The Honourable Denise Boudreau will be sworn-in at a ceremony in the Halifax Law Courts on Upper Water Street on Friday February 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm. The ceremony will be open to the public. It will also be webcast live on the Courts website: Read More

In cases below where no link is present, the decision was not yet available on CanLII at the time of InForum publication. Read More

The following decisions were released on the Supreme Court of Canada Judgments website since the last InForum. The subject headings and summaries have been prepared by the Supreme Court of Canada. This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services. February 7, 2014 Read More

In order to provide services for families that better match their situations and levels of conflict, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice is now offering a High Conflict Information Program (HCIP) on a pilot basis. Read More

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention in the following categories: Individual Youth, age 21 or under Community Group or Organization Policing Media Business Community Criteria for the award: Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following are some announcements since the last edition of InForum:    Read More

No proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum. Read More
Other news

Sometimes Halifax Barristers’ Library users rush out, books in hand, forgetting to sign them out. Please check your office, home or car for the missing items listed below. Read More

On February 8, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service presented Henderson Paris with the second annual Irving and Ruth Pink Award for Youth Development and Social Justice. A former Deputy Mayor of New Glasgow, Mr. Paris has a long history of volunteering in Pictou County, and is the founder of Pictou County’s Run Against Racism, which later became the Marathon of Respect and Equality. Read More

Denise Smith QC has been appointed Deputy Director of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. "The Public Prosecution Service is privileged to have someone of Ms. Smith's experience and ability take on this key management position," Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, said in his Feb. 11 announcement.  Read More

(Feb. 7, 2014) -- For the second year in a row, Stewart McKelvey has been named Firm of the Year – Atlantics by Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to Canada’s leading firms and lawyers. The award was announced on February 6, 2014, at the second annual award dinner held in Toronto. Read More

News releases from the federal Department of Justice are available at this link: The following announcements were released since the last edition of InForum: Read More

The new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) presents a more modern, flexible and relevant legal framework for federally-incorporated not-for-profit corporations. The transition deadline of October 17, 2014 may seem far off, but corporations should be taking action now in order to meet the transition date. Read More

I am not a typical articling clerk. I have worked in a criminal law firm for 6 months and have worked in a family law firm for 2 months. In addition to my experiences, I have already written the bar exam, am currently taking the bar course and only require 10 months of articling. Read More

Do you want a career in a law firm that rewards you for a commitment to an excellent work product? Are you looking for an employer who facilitates a team-working environment? Are you tired of commuting in rush hour traffic to Halifax? Does state-of-the-art Document Management technology interest you? Read More

Applications are invited until March 31, 2014, for the position of Law Clerk to the Judges of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Place of Work: The Law Courts, Halifax, Nova Scotia Period of Employment: One year - Commencement date the beginning of July 2014 or the beginning of August 2014. Read More

Hello, I am a legal assistant and certified paralegal with over 20 years in the legal field. I have experience in all areas of law, mainly litigation in Bay Street law firms in Toronto. I have also worked for the Department of Justice in Halifax as well as gone abroad to be an administrator in Corporate Law. Read More

We are a progressive law firm devoted to maintaining the highest standards in our practice. Our lawyers have built strong reputations through both their professional excellence and community involvement. We are seeking a lawyer who wishes to practice family law.  We have new clients calling daily and you will be able to begin your practice immediately. Read More

Office not required: Are you ready to be the newest member of our remote legal services team? We are looking for a special person to start at 10 hours per week based on a pro-rated salary of $40-70k.  Read More

With predominant interests in intellectual property, corporate/commercial, and criminal law, I am seeking articles, ideally in the HRM. Read More

Downtown Halifax Law Firm is seeking a paralegal. This opportunity will appeal to an assistant who is experienced and well versed in the areas of corporate/ commercial, property and will and estates. The applicant should  Read More

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Upcoming Events
Event Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 (All day)
On the Edge of Now is ALIS’ premiere conference. We're bringing together lawyers and artists for the first conference of its kind.    March 21, 2014 - opening reception March 22, 2014 - all day 8:30am until 5:30pm    Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 09:00
Seminar Details: Cost: $180.00 Recorded video available online Available until – February 20, 2014 Accredited By: ICCRC – 6 hours Law Society of BC – 6 hours Law Society of Saskatchewan – 6 hours Law Society of New Brunswick – 6 hours Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 21, 2014 (All day)
Environment in the Courtroom (III): Sentencing and Environmental Offences, the third in a series of three national symposia/webinars, organized by the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and funded by E Read More
Event Date: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 17:30
Monday, February 24, 5:30 - 7:00 pm** to be followed by the Third Annual Criminal Law Mixer, light refreshments provided Room 104, Weldon Law Building 6061 University Ave, Halifax Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 03:30
Invitation   The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event:    February 27, 2014  |  3:30 to 5:30 pm (program begins at 3:45)   Ashburn Golf Club, 3250 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax    Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 14:00
Friday February 28, 12pm - 1:30pm An Atypical Suicide: Psychiatric Research Abuse at the University of Minnesota Carl Elliott, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:00
Exploring the ethical responsibility for making job markets accessible to everyone. Karl Turner – Registrar, Nova Scotia Community College, CCEPA Scholar-in-Residence and MSVU Doctoral Student Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12pm – 1pm Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 16:30
The Schulich School of Law and The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society cordially invite you to attend the 23rd Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics “Proactive Regulation of Lawyers: Proof and Possibilities” Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 16:15
Self-Represented and Unrepresented Parties:  Responding to the New Normal - when nothing seems normal anymore   Friday, MAY 30, 2014 The Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Gatineau, Quebec    Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 19:00
5th National Pro Bono Conference: Wednesday, September 24 to Friday September 26, 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan. For Information:  Read More
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