INFORUM

June 23, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to introduce its new leadership for the 2014-2015 year. Read More

Find out more about the Society’s ongoing work to transform the regulation of lawyers in Nova Scotia, in a recent presentation by Executive Director Darrel Pink. He provided the following remarks to the Law Society of Alberta Benchers’ Retreat, held earlier this month in Jasper, Alberta: Read More

The Society's 2014 Annual Report and Financial Statements are now available on the website. Visit http://nsbs.org/annual-reports. The documents were presented at the Society’s 2014 Annual Meeting, held June 14 at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Read More

Lawyers and members are reminded that Annual Fees are due on or before Monday, June 30, 2014. The Society sent out the invoices in May. Members can pay by cheque or via online banking. Read More

The Society recently completed a successful one-year pilot Observership Program for Internationally Trained Lawyers in Legal Workplaces. The year saw 11 observerships and much positive feedback. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Nova Scotia Barristers' Society fields more gripes  Chronicle Herald | June 18, 2014 by Michael Lightstone Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The Society welcomes the following new articled clerk: Igor Sergiiovych Iushchenko The following members have resigned:  Sheena Rose McCarthy A. Jean McKenna Marian F.H. Tyson QC  Read More
Professional development

Slides from Legal research: Staying in control, on budget, and in the know, a session given at the 2014 NSBS Annual Meeting Professional Development Program, are now available online. The presenters were Deborah Copeman, Librarian, NSBS; and Jennifer Taylor, Research Lawyer, Stewart McKelvey.  Read More

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE THE CANADIAN JUSTICE SYSTEM : AN OVERVIEW / Atkinson, Paul -- 3d ed. -- Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2013. [KB 85 A875 2013] -------------------------------------------------------------------- Read More
Access to Justice

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to participate in the Access to Justice Co-ordinating Committee (A2JCC), a new collaborative effort among leaders in the province’s justice and legal community. Read More

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia has started pro bono civil litigation clinics in HRM under the Access Legal Help NS banner. This important access to justice initiative is seeking volunteer lawyers to provide just a small time commitment. Read More

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia is starting pro bono labour and employment law clinics in HRM under the Access Legal Help NS banner. This important access to justice initiative is seeking volunteer lawyers to provide just a small time commitment. Read More
Tips from LIANS

To ensure that you preserve your policy coverage, you must report a claim (or potential claim) as soon as practicable after learning of a claim or becoming aware of circumstances that might constitute an occurrence or give rise to a claim, however unmeritorious. You must report that claim (or potential claim) within the policy period. This is a condition of your policy. Read More

Excess insurance provides another layer of security should your defence and indemnity costs exceed the primary mandatory limits. As the value of client matters and transactions increases over time, so too does the need to secure adequate levels of errors and omissions insurance. Read More

With summer officially here in Nova Scotia, most of us are planning at least a day or two away from the office to enjoy the sun. Here are some tips to keep in contact with the office, should it be necessary: Read More

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

The Nova Scotia Judiciary launched its new Courts website on Friday, June 20 at http://courts.ns.ca/home_page.htm In a welcome message on the homepage, the Honourable J. Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, says the new site reflects three fundamental principles of Canada's Courts: Read More

In cases below where no link is present, the decision was not yet available on CanLII at the time of InForum publication. Consult the Courts of Nova Scotia Twitter feeds or Decisions Database. Read More

(OTTAWA, June 13, 2014) – The Honourable Mr. Justice Clément Gascon was sworn-in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada before The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, and the judges of the Court in a private ceremony on June 12, 2014. A formal welcome ceremony will take place on a date to be announced. 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. June 13, 2014 Read More
Province

The Nova Scotia Government is seeking input on family law changes to provincial laws. Read a summary of the changes and share your thoughts at www.gov.ns.ca/just/consultation or call 902 424 5341 to request a copy. The deadline to respond is June 30, 2014. Read More

Memo from Judith Ferguson, Deputy Minister of Justice I am writing to seek input from the membership of the Barristers' Society on proposed family law changes. Read More

Government has hired a prosecutor to focus on workplace safety investigations. Alex Keaveny has been appointed to the special prosecutions section of the Public Prosecution Service. Mr. Keaveny, a Halifax Crown attorney, won the competition after a national search. Read More

Dear Member: In the fall of this year the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Peter Bryson, will consider candidates for the next Queen’s Counsel appointments. The criteria for these appointments are: 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

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

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) has published its 2013-2014 Annual Report at the following link: http://www.legalinfo.org/docman. Read More

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released a Discussion Paper on the Powers of Attorney Act, and an accompanying public survey. Read More

The 10th Annual Canadian General Counsel Awards were presented on June 16 in Toronto, and a member of the Nova Scotia Bar took top honours. Karin McCaskill, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Sobeys Inc., received the award for Canadian General Counsel of the Year. Based in Mississauga, Ms. McCaskill has been a member of the Ontario and Nova Scotia Bars since 1980. Read More

Many of you are aware of the nationally standardized Mental Health First Aid training program. Please note that Community CARES Youth Outreach, 55 King St., Sydney Mines is now offering the program to the public as well as professional groups. It will be available on a mobile basis as well.   Read More

Patterson Law is pleased to welcome new associate lawyer Teresa Hames. Originally from Truro, Teresa attended Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business, where she majored in accounting and received a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction. Read More

(June 13, 2014) – BOYNECLARKE LLP, one of Atlantic Canada's largest law firms, is pleased to announce that Doug W. Schipilow, Jacqueline R. Ruck, and Ryan G. Blood have joined the firm as associate lawyers, having been admitted to the Bar on June 6, 2014. Read More

I continue to be a practising member of both the Nova Scotia Bar and the Florida Bar. Should you or any client of yours have a question relating to a Florida Law matter, I would be pleased to assist. Read More
Careers

Instructor, Paralegal Program Read More

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab is a well-established law firm located in Halifax and has an opening for an associate to join our practice. We are seeking a lawyer who is self-motivated and preferably already has an existing client base. Read More

Legal assistant required for part time position at small law office in Bedford, close to all amenities. In operation since 2002, the firm focuses on corporate, estate and certain areas of tax law often working with mutual clients of accountants.  Read More

Wagners Law Firm is currently looking for an entry level Legal Assistant for our fast paced, very busy downtown Law Firm.  We are looking to fill a full time, permanent position. The candidate must have completed a Paralegal Program or Legal Assistant Program.  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

I have 6 years experience of being a property assistant in Nova Scotia. I type 80 words a minute and am profficent in completing LR forms, in Hot Docs and PC Law. Resume available upon request (property_assistant@outlook.com).  Read More

Our client MacIntosh, MacDonnell & MacDonald better known as Mac Mac and Mac in New Glasgow is seeking an Associate to join their litigation practice. You have been practicing law for a minimum of two years with your primary focus in litigation and are ready to accelerate your practice in a firm that enjoys a stellar reputation. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 18:00
The Nova Scotia Government is seeking input on family law changes to provincial laws. Read a summary of the changes and share your thoughts at www.gov.ns.ca/just/consultation or call 902 424 5341 to request a copy. The deadline to respond is June 30, 2014. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:00
Solicitor Client Privilege in Your Wills & Estates Practice A substantive look at the law and practical solutions Speakers: Tayna Butler - Stewart McKelvey Bianca Krueger - Cox & Palmer Register now  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 18:00
The Nova Scotia Government is seeking input on family law changes to provincial laws. Read a summary of the changes and share your thoughts at www.gov.ns.ca/just/consultation or call 902 424 5341 to request a copy. The deadline to respond is June 30, 2014. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:00
The Nova Scotia Government is seeking input on family law changes to provincial laws. Read a summary of the changes and share your thoughts at www.gov.ns.ca/just/consultation or call 902 424 5341 to request a copy. The deadline to respond is June 30, 2014. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 10, 2014 (All day)
Effective leaders inspire positive growth, change and healthy work relationships. This workshop focuses on providing leaders with a set of tools to bring out the best in the people they lead. It will examine the mindset necessary to lead others through the difficult moments they encounter in their working careers. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (All day)
Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to identify and assess the emotions of oneself and others and then to use that information to guide one’s actions. While cognitive skills are also important, it is emotional intelligence that has the greatest impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 (All day)
This workshop is offered through Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc. For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (All day)
Everyone encounters difficult people on a regular basis and typically conversations with them leave people feeling frustrated, stressed, angry and tired. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (All day)
One of the most difficult and often overlooked aspects of moving into a supervisory or management position is developing the skills necessary to truly manage people. Like all skills, management skills must be learned. This workshop presents the crucial skills for managing employment relationships from beginning to end, with particular focus placed on hiring and performance management. Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 20, 2014 (All day)
The 18th Annual IT.CAN Conference will be held in Montreal, QC on October 20-21, 2014. It is the pre-eminent IT law conference in Canada with an array of IT, IP and related topics. For full conference brochure including registration details, please visit our website at www.it-can.ca.  Read More
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