March 03, 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

Council approved the Society’s proposed Access to Justice Plan, which aims to enhance access to legal services and the justice system for all Nova Scotians, as prioritized in the Strategic Framework. 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

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:  Read More
Professional development

HeinOnline, an online service available at Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney, has recently added a new feature that provides direct links to U.S. case law within all their subscriptions. This new partnership with Fastcase now allows users to look up U.S. case law by citation and retrieve relevant case law faster though advanced search features.  Read More

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

Stop procrastinating and develop good habits in two minutes. Sound too good to be true? The idea is that most tasks aren’t difficult to do, we just don’t take the time to do them. Here’s the 2-part rule: Read More

Inheritance or beneficiary email scams involve lawyers receiving ‘requests’ where their own names are incorporated into the letter or message itself. These scams refer to a deceased individual who shares the last name of the lawyer being targeted. This format is an effective tactic that catches the attention and time of the lawyer while they determine the legitimacy of the communication. Read More

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. 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 21, 2014 Read More

(February 24, 2014) I am writing to advise you of the attached changes to the above-noted policies of the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP), for your information and communication to clients. 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

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: Identification of Criminals Act, S.N.S. 2011, c. 37, s.8 NS Gaz Pt 2, 02/21/2014 NS Reg 17/2014 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
Other news

In recognition of International Women's Day – officially on Saturday, March 8, 2014 -- the Society encourages lawyers and firms to support the initiatives of the CBA Women's Law Forum: 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 Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family. Read More

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

Legal Aid Saskatchewan provides legal services through a staff-lawyer program to people who are financially unable to secure these services from their own resources for criminal, family and child protection matters. Read More

Chelsea Cumby 1472 Martello Street Halifax, NS February 14, 2014 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

Two Realty Officer positions will be posted for 48 hours starting on February 26 and closing at midnight on February 27, 2014 For information and to apply, visit  Read More

We are looking for a self motivated and energetic lawyer to join our practice in Halifax. The ideal candidate will have a particular interest in civil litigation and administrative law, including union-side labour law, employment law, human rights, professional regulation, and pension and benefits law, as well as in supporting our criminal practice. Read More

Does the opportunity for a career as a lawyer without the pressure of building an individual practice interest you? 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
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 17:00
FAMILY LAW "MIXER" - Monday, March 3, 5:00 - 6:30, Faculty Lounge, Weldon Law Building Please join us at the Schulich School of Law for our third annual "meet and greet" with other local family law practitioners, Schulich faculty and interested students.    Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 02:00
Some cases seem leashed to the rails headed to trial. What common denominators make those cases so difficult to negotiate? How can advocates successfully negotiate roadblocks imposed by difficult clients or difficult lawyers, or by the negotiating parties’ undisclosed agendas, reluctance to share information, financial constraints, and strong emotions?  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 - 08:45
This free half-day in-person course examines the intersections between International Criminal Law (ICL) and the Canadian immigration/refugee system. Instruction will be delivered by leading academics and lawyers from both private practice and legal aid clinics.This course will provide practitioners and law students: 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, March 7, 2014 - 13:30
A good discovery will help you prepare your client for trial and understand your opponent’s case. A great discovery will force your opponent into settlement submission, and at the very least, set you up for a less stressful and better organized trial. Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 09:00
Is your first civil trial approaching and you don’t know what to do? Perhaps your first trial was a complete flop. Maybe you had a good result, but know you can be better. At this half-day program, prominent litigators will share with you their time-tested strategies and practical advice on topics ranging from preparing your case to the closing argument. Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 12:00
Inspiring Change: 2nd Annual International Women's Day Gift Card Collection Drive"  - FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014 (noon to 2pm.) Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 18:00
Passionate about access to justice? Interested in hearing about experiences from community leaders who work with people navigating the the legal system? Come out on March 10, 2014, at 6:00 PM in Room 104 of the Weldon Law Building for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 19:00
A Society at the Crossroads: The Charter of Values and the Future of Quebec Dr. Daniel Weinstock - Professor in the Faculty of Law, McGilll University Read More
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: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 17:30
The Advocates' Society invites advocates from all practice areas to join us for cocktails and to celebrate advocacy, with special guest, The Hon. Ian Binnie, C.C., Q.C. Hear from one of Canada's most remarkable and well respected advocates in an intimate and social setting, and learn more about what thTAS has to offer advocates in Atlantic Canada. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:30
Learn how to deal with a range of ethical dilemmas that you could easily face in your immigration practice.  You will have the opportunity to consider hypothetical situations based on case law and existing legislation, and discuss how to avoid difficult ethical traps that could damage your reputation and your clients’ interests, and run afoul of professional regulations. Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 (All day)
The New York State Bar Association’s International Section and the Ontario Bar Association are pleased to present the second Ontario-New York Legal Summit to be held in Toronto on March 28 and in New York City on March 31, 2014. The first Summit held in 2012 was extremely successful with approximately 150 registrants in Toronto alone. In addition, this Summit will be webcast. Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 31, 2014 (All day)
Note: CLE Accreditation - Law Society of Upper Canada CPD: This program qualifies for 12.25 substantive hours. Both workshops qualify for 3 substantive hours each. Dear colleague, Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 17:30
The Constitutional, Civil Liberties & Human Rights Sections, Labour & Employment Section, and Women Lawyers Forum jointly present: How to Avoid Family Status Discrimination Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:00
After much anticipation, Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) finally comes into force on July 1, 2014. Do not miss this essential program for your complete "CASL Guide" to ensure you and your clients meet the impending compliance deadline. Our expert faculty will provide you with a comprehensive toolkit and essential precedents. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 (All day)
This dynamic program will feature experienced members of the bench and bar sharing practical strategies and tips for handling difficult witnesses, and will allow you to test and refine your advocacy skills in a safe, supportive learning environment. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (All day)
Boost your business and financial knowledge and your ability to protect and advocate for your clients' legal interests. In this one day course, you will gain a greater understanding of essential accounting principles and the ability to address complicated financial issues that often arise in business transactions. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 (All day)
How has the law developed and evolved since the Supreme Court of Canada’s seminal decisions in essential employment topics? Reinforce your knowledge of these pivotal cases and their impact on employment law today by participating in this timely program. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and critical issues to help you stay on top of your field. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 09:00
As a litigator, you don’t leave your courtroom skills to chance. The majority of cases are won or lost before going to trial, and you need to be just as vigilant about your advocacy skills outside the courtroom. Our lead instructors will walk you through a live mediation in freeze frame, whereby you will critically analyze which strategies are working, which are not and why. Read More
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