INFORUM

March 31, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Society is pleased to introduce a new online service for lawyers and other members: instant access to electronic receipts for payment of membership fees.    Follow these instructions: Read More

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: Read More

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

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is seeking applications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The position and its responsibilities are described in Council Governance Policy 20. Read More
Credentials

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

Barristers’ Libraries are making the switch to WestlawNext Canada. Library & Information Services licenses Westlaw Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. 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
Access to Justice

Are you interested in doing pro bono work? Access Legal Help NS can help! Read More

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2014, there is no membership fee to join LISNS’ Lawyer Referral Service. Read More

(March 25, 2014) BOYNECLARKE LLP, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest law firms, will be offering free legal consultations over a three-day period in celebration of Law Day 2014. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Starting on Tuesday, May 6, LIANS will offer free continuing professional development (CPD) sessions. The one-hour sessions will take place at 12:00 pm each Tuesday in May and will be held in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society classroom and simultaneously offered as webinars. Read More

The 6th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held November 28, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax. Earn CPD hours with sessions including: “Let’s Talk About Tax” with Daren Baxter QC and a motivational session with two-time kayaking World Champion and two-time Olympian Karen Furneaux.  Read More

If you are one of the estimated 30 per cent of Windows XP users in the world, be warned: as of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates or technical support for its Windows XP operating system. Read More

A recent warning from the Nova Scotia RCMP technological crime unit reminds citizens of the importance of performing regular system scans. A wave of incidents involves malicious software called ‘ransomware’, which appears as a pop-up window on your computer screen and restricts access to that system until a ransom is paid to the creator of the malware. Read More

The following contains, in part, an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. Read More
Courts

TO: Parties and Members of the Legal Profession FROM: Daniel Gosselin, Chief Administrator Date: March 18, 2014 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. March 28, 2014 Read More
Province

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: http://novascotia.ca/news/ 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

Nova Scotians who make or receive support payments have a chance to share their ideas on how to improve the program. Government is launching a client advisory group for the Maintenance Enforcement Program, Justice Minister Lena Diab announced on March 25. Read More
Other news

(March 27, 2014, OTTAWA) — Dan MacRury QC of Sydney, Nova Scotia, has won the election for incoming Second Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). This position, effective in August 2014, is the first step on the ladder to the national presidency, a post he will assume in August 2016. Read More

(March 10, 2014) -- WELDON McINNIS, the oldest law firm in Dartmouth, is pleased to announce that M. Read More

(March 19, 2014) The Board of Directors of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather A. de Berdt Romilly as the organization’s new Executive Director. Read More

The Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) has asked the Society to remind lawyers of the following: If you have a trust account at a bank or trust company in Canada that is a member of the CDIC, the bank or trust company will be sending you a reminder during the month of April about certain disclosure requirements you must meet under the CDIC Joint and Trust Account Disclosure By-law Read More

On March 20, the BOYNECLARKE Innovative Ideas Competition was held at the Westin Hotel in Halifax. After an exciting day of teams pitching their ideas, we are pleased to announce the 2014 winners: Read More

Example of a forensic photograph for personal injury cases Bring an added edge to your current or next case by using Ruth Gallo Forensic Photography. Read More

The following case law reporters are available free of charge from the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Library: Dominion Law Reports – approximately 1914-1976; and Canadian Abridgement – 1980s and early 1990s. Please contact Andrew Waugh @ 902 420 6590 if interested.   Read More
Careers

I am seeking employment in the Legal Assistant/Paralegal and/or Human Resources/Administration field. I have 20+ years of experience in most areas of law plus the above noted areas as well including Accounts Receivable. Read More

Bar call date: June 2014 Articling at full service firm in downtown Halifax Seeking associate position in private practice doing general litigation and/or family law Hard working, efficient, ambitious, outgoing and personable Can provide strong references  Read More

I am a current student at the Schulich School of Law and will be graduating in May of this year. I am seeking an articling position for the 2014-2015 year. I am a fast learner and a hard worker who pays close attention to detail. I believe I would be well suited to a small or medium sized firm, and I am willing to work anywhere in the province. Read More

Bland & Associates is a new, small general practice on the corner of Blowers and Argyle streets, in the heart of downtown Halifax. We are located only a minute's walk from the Spring Garden Road Provincial Court and a short walk to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (General Division) on Upper Water Street. Read More

MacIntosh, MacDonnell & MacDonald (better known as Mac, Mac & Mac), is a 13 lawyer, regional law firm based in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. We are seeking to add a lawyer in our Litigation Group.  Read More

If you are an ambitious individual looking to practice law in a rural community but in a busy practice with interesting and different types of work, we would like to talk to you. Pickup MacDowell, a well-established law firm in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, is seeking an Associate Lawyer.  Read More

Timothy Daley Barrister & Solicitor in New Glasgow, NS is seeking a Legal Assistant. The successful candidate will require: Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:00
Transactional Project Management – Building an Essential Skill Set for Commercial Deals This hands-on workshop is intended to help you build project management skills that will be invaluable as you move into a leadership role on complex commercial transaction files. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 13:00
This workshop will provide an in-depth interactive learning opportunity focused on IP licensing and the relevant laws that are applicable to this core business activity. Legal and business strategies will be discussed with a special focus on technology agreements. IP license deal negotiation and key provisions Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:00
This hands-on workshop is intended to help you build project management skills that will be invaluable as you move into a leadership role on complex commercial transaction files. Benefit from the expertise of a top legal project management expert who will guide you through key topic areas including: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 14:00
Attend this unique program and receive insight and advice from judges that will discuss critical challenges at all levels of court. 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: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:00
The Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia Branch Aboriginal Law Section Meeting Evolutions in Aboriginal Law with Bruce Clarke, QC, Burchells LLP. http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_ABO_0414    Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 (All day)
Distance Learning Available This program has been developed to provide you with the key information, expert insights and practical knowledge you need to be effective in your work in thies field. 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: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00
Melissa LaFlair, PMP, LLB, Ivey HBA LaFlair Legal and Project Management Services Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:30
An introduction to Using and Challenging Expert Evidence Speaker: Glenn Anderson Nova Scotia Department of Justice and author of Expert Evidence LexisNexis http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_YLS_0414  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 13:15
April 9, 2014 12:15 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. EST/EDT This program is being held via webinar. Presently at third reading, the Federal Combating Counterfeit Products Act aims to help Canadians fight the war against counterfeiting. Rights owners and their advisors need to understand how the new regime will work and the advantages and disadvantages of using it. 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: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:00
Intersection of Law & Government Policy How to Work Better Together Presented by: Janice Brown & Genevieve Harvey, Department of Justice http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_GOV_0414  Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 17:30
On behalf of the UNB Alumni Council, I want to invite you to a reception on April 14, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McInnes Cooper Atrium, 1300-1969 Upper Water Street, Halifax, NS, Canada. Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:00
Melissa LaFlair, PMP, LLB, Ivey HBA LaFlair Legal and Project Management Services Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:00
Monday, April 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT/EST Distance Learning Available Webcasting Requirements Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 17:30
Seminar DetailsDate: Wednesday, April 16, 2014Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Location: Library Square Conference Centre (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC) Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:00
Representing First Time Home Buyers Presented by: Ian MacLean, QC MacLean & MacDonald To register, contact Jill Thomson at the CBANS office at:cbainfo@cbans.ca or 902-422-1905 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:00
April 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT/ESTWebcasting Requirements Originally held on January 24, 2014, the online replay is scheduled for April 17, 2014 and comes complete with a link to downloadable materials. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:00
Choice of Private Foundation Structure – Corporate or Trust? Presented by: Richard Niedermayer, Stewart McKelvey http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_CHA_0414  Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:00
April 21, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT/ESTWebcasting Requirements Originally held on January 29, 2014, the online replay is scheduled for April 21, 2014 and comes complete with a link to downloadable materials. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:30
Topic: The Domestic Violence Intervention Act   Speakers: Cynthia L. Chewter, Presiding Justice of the Peace Richard Bureau, Founding partner of Morris Bureau Barristers and Solicitors Krista Forbes, Lawyer, Nova Scotia Legal Aid  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:00
April 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT/ESTWebcasting Requirements Originally held on February 11, 2014, the online replay is scheduled for April 23, 2014 and comes complete with a link to downloadable materials. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 07:30
Breakfast With The Bench   What's It Like To Be A Female Judge: The Process, The Reality and The Insight   Guests: Justice Deborah Gass - Supreme Court, Family Division Justice Cindy A. Bourgeois - Supreme Court  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: Thursday, April 24, 2014 (All day)
Class actions are still booming, with a seemingly never-ending list of new cases attracting media attention. Despite the increased focus on class action litigation, the perennial problems and questions persist surrounding managing national class actions, certification wars, funding, dividing up the pie and ethics. Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 13:00
April 25, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT/EST This program is being held via webinar.   Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 10:00
April 28, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT/ESTWebcasting Requirements Originally held on February 21, 2014, the online replay is scheduled for April 28, 2014 and comes complete with a link to downloadable materials. Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 28, 2014 (All day)
Whether you are doing deals or resolving confl icts, effective negotiation skills are essential for success as a practising lawyer, business person or other professional. Understanding and developing these skills is even more critical in today’s increasingly complex, fast-paced working environments. 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: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 12:00
Topic: “The Commissioner of Competition’s annus horribilis in the Competition Tribunal: a presentation about three recent decisions in the competition law area where the Commissioner alleged abuse of dominance (the Toronto Real Estate Board case), resale price maintenance (the credit cards case) and misleading advertising (the Rogers/Chatr case).”  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 09:30
April 30, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT/ESTWebcasting Requirements Originally held on January 15, 2014, the online replay is scheduled for April 30, 2014 and comes complete with a link to downloadable materials. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 10:00
The Advocates’ Society and the American College of Trial Lawyers invites you to attend the 13th annual Spring Symposium, the premier continuing professional development and networking event for civil litigators. This practical and critical program features latest developments, strategies, tools and tips for success in your everyday practice. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (All day)
May 15, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. EDT/EST Distance Learning Available Webcasting Requirements Osgoode Professional Development Centre 1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON Get the best results for your clients. Hear about: 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: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 09:00
May 13 - 15 and June 12 & 13, 2014   Osgoode Professional Development Centre 1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 23, 2014 (All day)
Annual Conference for Criminal Defence Lawyers with presentations from Judges, senior counsel and special guests Keynote Speaker: Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator for Canada   Topics include:   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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