INFORUM

April 28, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

At its meeting on April 25, Council approved the Society’s budget for 2014-2015, set the fees necessary for the membership year beginning July 1, 2014, and approved a monthly payment plan for practising fees. 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: WONG: Ontario, N.S. law bodies strike blows against discrimination Chronicle Herald | April 28, 2014 By JAN WONG Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society continues to seek input from lawyers across the province for a study in collaboration with researchers from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. 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 Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has made its decision in the matter of accreditation of Trinity Western University’s proposed law school in Langley, British Columbia. Read More

Council approved the Society’s proposed Operating and Capital Budget for 2014-2015, as well as a new Strategic Engagement and Communications Plan.   Read More
Regulation

The next application for disposal of undistributed trust funds will be made in May 2014. Submissions should be received at the Society's offices no later than May 9, 2014. The Society recently reviewed the application process due to issues regarding disclosure of confidential or privileged client information, which arose in previous applications. Read More
Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society hereby gives notice that GARY JEWETT of Bedford, Nova Scotia is no longer practising law. Any inquiries from clients of Mr. Jewett or members of the public concerning client files or matters should be directed to the Custodian appointed by the Barristers’ Society: Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The Society welcomes the following lawyers, called to the Nova Scotia Bar since April 14: Read More
Professional development

The Society’s CPD Requirement is now in the home stretch of its second reporting year. For 2013-14, practising lawyers in Nova Scotia are required to complete a total of 12 hours of qualifying CPD, including a minimum of two hours in each of the following: Read More

Welcome to CanLII Connects! Will you Connect with us? CanLII Connects – a site providing high-quality legal commentary from the legal community on Canadian court decisions –  launched on April 4, 2014, with nearly 27,000 documents covering cases from 11 of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. Read More

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
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
Tips from LIANS

The 2014-2015 LIANS Insurance Levy was approved by the LIANS Board of Directors on April 22, 2014. The Board approved a 15% surplus credit, which keeps the net levy at a reduced amount, below the actual cost of providing the professional liability insurance while still practising prudent fiscal management for the program overall. Read More

Earn CPD hours from the “RPM” category with any of the following four sessions available this May: (Note: You must register for each desired session separately) 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

As a lawyer, you may find yourself entrusted with the responsibility of holding a client’s funds in trust. Read More

We have received reports from several lawyers who received the following scam attempt from “Yoshiaki Fujimori”. The message appears as below:      From: Yoshiaki Fujimori [yoshiakifujimori38@gmail.com]Subject: Hello Read More

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

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. April 25, 2014 Read More
Province

This notice is to advise you that on April 15, 2014 amendments were made to the Legal Aid General Regulations and Tariff of Fees to increase the hourly rates paid to private lawyers providing legal aid by $10.00 per hour. Amendments were also made to Tariff 4 with respect to meal reimbursements.   These amendments will be effective on and after May 1, 2014.  Read More

Please see this Guidance and Rationale Document, which contains additional information on the numerical standards used in the notification and remediation levels protocols under the contaminated sites regulations in Nova Scotia. Read More

If you have an interest, we have a committee. The Province of Nova Scotia is seeking energetic and enthusiastic Nova Scotians to serve on its various Adjudicative and Non Adjudicative Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs). Read More

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

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: An Act to Amend Chapter 418 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Securities Act, S.N.S. 2012, c. 34, s. 24 Read More
Other news

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released a Discussion Paper on the Powers of Attorney Act. The paper proposes a series of reforms to the Act, and poses a number of questions for discussion. The paper is available online. Read More

We are recruiting for the Board of Directors of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia! Read More

Please see the following request for donations towards a community-based scholarship meant to honour Loretta Saunders’ work and life. Who: Read More
Careers

AULD ALLEN, a law firm located in downtown Halifax, is seeking an experienced paralegal to provide either full time or part-time support in the areas of corporate law, property law, wills and estates and litigation.  Read More

Legal Aid Saskatchewan has an opportunity available in its Battlefords Area Office [located in North Battleford] for an individual seeking a position as a lawyer for a term concluding December 31, 2014. Read More

MacIntosh, MacDonnell & MacDonald (Mac, Mac & Mac) is a Pictou County based law firm of some 40 lawyers and staff. We invite applications for our next administrative leader.  Read More

Meticulous, accurate and professional, are you seeking a Litigation Paralegal with a solid background that is complemented by a diverse understanding of anatomy and medical terminology with experience as a Pharmacy Assistant and a Personal Trainer. Eight years of litigation experience, five within a large Personal Injury Practice in Dartmouth. 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

At Patterson Law, we recognize that it takes more than great lawyers to make a great law firm. We are currently looking for a bright, enthusiastic and client-focused individual to join our Halifax office. The right candidate thrives in a busy and dynamic role and enjoys handling a variety of tasks. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 10:00
This critical program provides a practical guide to trying a civil case from start to finish. All star advocates and judges take you through preparing for and conducting a trial, including creating a great first and last impression, making the most of examination-in-chief and cross-examination, working with experts, and frequent exhibit challenges and evidentiary issues. 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 - 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: 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: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:00
CBANS Securities Law Section Meeting "A Recent Developments Update." Speakers:  Gavin Stuttard - Stewart McKelvey and Chair of the CBANS Securities Law Section Garnet Brooks - Wickwire Holm and Vice-Chair of the CBANS Securities Law Section BRING A BUDDY MONTHS! Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 17:30
The 16th Annual Bench and Bar Round Table Dinner Meeting with the Justices of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Family Division and the Judges of the Family Court for the Province of Nova Scotia. Register online  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 17:30
An Evening with the Labour Board of Nova Scotia Speakers: Douglas Ruck - Chairperson, Mary-Lou Stewart - CEO, plus several Vice Chairs will be in attendance to discuss Board issues with members of the Section. BRING A BUDDY MONTHS! Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:00
An Update on the Nova Scotia Nominee Program Speakers: Nadene MacAulay - Manager of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, Suzanne Ley - Director of Strategic Policy for the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, Frances Wolfe - Senior NSNP Officer BRING A BUDDY MONTHS! 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 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: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 16:30
Seeking hockey players in the legal community! The 7th Annual Glube Cup will be held May 2 and 3 at Cole Harbour Place. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 12:00
To register for any webinar, online registration is available through ‘Events’ in the NSBS Members Login page.  To attend in person in the NSBS classroom (Suite 800-2000 Barrington Street, Halifax), RSVP with Tammy Yule tyule@lians.ca 902 423 1300 x326 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 (All day)
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
Event Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:00
Everyday Ethics: A Series of Lunchtime Conversations at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs Consumer Racial Profiling in Nova Scotia:How the Friendliness of Maritimers Contrasts with Reality Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 08:30
Marketing, Managing and Maybe Merging you Solo or Small Firm Practice The Panel: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:00
Constitutional and Human Rights Section Meeting Law in the Political BubbleCanadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia Branch Speaker: Greg Tardi - Senior Parliamentary Counsel (Legal) - Live from Ottawa. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 19:00
Pre-Bar Call Celebration All articled clerks to be called to the Nova Scotia bar in June are invited to The Stubborn Goat (1579 Grafton Street, Halifax) on Thursday, May 29th at 7pm for a Pre-Bar Call Celebration.  Read More
Event Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014 (All day)
Seminar Details:Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PSTLocation: Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel (300 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC)Seminar Formats: In-Class and Live-Online Overview: Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 10:30
The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia is pleased to invite you to the official launch of ACCESS LEGAL HELP NS - offering free summary legal advice to Nova Scotians in need Read More
Event Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 08:30
All members of the Society are invited to attend the 2014 NSBS Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program, which will take place on Saturday, June 14. The Annual General Meeting begins at 8:30 am, followed by keynote speaker Jordan Furlong of Law21, who will address opportunities for innovation in practice. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 12:00
Social Media as an Investigative Tool: Relevance and Disclosure Issues Speaker: Michelle Kelly - Cox & Palmer New this year – if your buddy joins the CBA as a result of your invitation, you win a free registration to a one-day conference (this is worth $252.00 plus HST)! Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 19:00
Find out how tech multi-millionaire Zita Cobb's investments in Fogo Island are really making a difference as she speaks at the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia's 3rd annual Inspired Conversatons Series on Philanthropy, Entrepreneurship and the Courage to Lead. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:00
Condominiums - Practice Tips from the Director Speaker: C.A. Mark Coffin - Director of Condominium Registration New this year – if your buddy joins the CBA as a result of your invitation, you win a free registration to a one-day conference (this is worth $252.00 plus HST)! Read More
Event Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014 (All day)
Seminar Details:Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PSTLocation: Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel (300 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC)Seminar Formats In-Class or Live-Online Read More
Event Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014 (All day)
Seminar Details: Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PSTLocation: Library Square Conference Centre (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC)Seminar Formats: In-Class and Live-Online Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:00
To register for any webinar, online registration is available through ‘Events’ in the NSBS Members Login page 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: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 13:30
Are Testamentary Trusts Dead? Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Venue: Videoconference from/to Stewart McKelvey Offices (Halifax)   Summary:    Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:00
To register for any webinar, online registration is available through ‘Events’ in the NSBS Members Login page. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (All day)
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
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 23, 2014 - 14:00
Effective practice management can not only help you to avoid malpractice claims, but can help you to achieve success at trial. Attend this session to: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 16:30
Tech Tips ... Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:00
To register for any webinar, online registration is available through ‘Events’ in the NSBS Members Login page: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 10:00
This program explores practical issues related to the use of expert evidence in litigation. Veteran trial lawyers and judges offer tips on how to find, choose, use, work with, prepare, examine, challenge and cross-examine expert witnesses. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 (All day)
Self-represented litigants, unrepresented litigants, and individuals whose legal problems grow or remain unresolved because they cannot access the legal system - these are among the critical issues identified in recent reports highlighting the current crisis in Access to Justice. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 (All day)
The annual Nova Scotia Legal Aid CFSA Day will take place on  Read More
Event Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:00
Effective trial preparation can make the difference in the ultimate outcome of your case. Learn the techniques used by successful criminal trial lawyers to prep for bail hearings, make disclosure work, navigate your way through preliminary hearings, and efficiently bring and respond to pre-trial motions. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014 (All day)
MANAGING HIGH CONFLICT DISPUTES A 2 Day event Sponsored by the ADR Atlantic Institute ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP Read More
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