INFORUM

January 19, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Society will be upgrading its membership database on the weekend of February 7 and 8. Please note, the Member Login section of the website will not be available that weekend. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Read More

Employment equity is improving overall in the province’s legal profession, according to a new statistical analysis from the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. A much greater diversity of lawyers have entered the profession in the past 25 years, particularly in the public sector, though a number of gaps and disparities are still evident. Read More
Council

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, January 23, 2015, starting at 9:00 am at the Society’s offices. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.  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 on January 16: Read More
Professional development

When seeing the InForum newsletter email in your inbox on Tuesday mornings, did you take a few minutes to scan the lists of new Supreme Court of Canada and Nova Scotia court decisions, clicking through to skim the full text of decisions pertinent to your practice? Read More

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE THE COURTS AND BEYOND: THE ARCHITECTURE OF JUSTICE IN TRANSITION / Farrow, Trevor C; Molinari, Patrick A; Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice – Calgary, AB: Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 2012. [KB 85 C212A 2012] Read More
Access to Justice

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) invites you to save the date for its very first Pro Bono Symposium March 27th, 2015 at the Halifax Central Library.     Read More

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) is inviting nominations for the recipient of the 2015 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Learn and network with legal technology experts from April 16-18, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago, bringing you the latest in CLE-related legal technology news and tools to benefit your practice. Read More

Looking for opportunities to network, gain knowledge about practice management issues, and receive support from the Risk and Practice Management program? Consider joining the Mentorship Program! The Mentorship Program offers the following advantages and opportunities: Read More

LIANS has been received numerous reports of the following scam attempt from “Marlene Cox”: Dear Attorney, Read More

The following article is from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. Read More
Courts

The Hon. Justice Doug Campbell of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division has published several new instalments of his Family Law Practice Tips for family law practitioners: Read More

OTTAWA, January 9, 2015 – The official welcome ceremony for the Honourable Justice Suzanne Côté will take place at 2:00 pm on February 10, 2015 in the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court of Canada.  Read More

The Federal Courts Rules Committee is seeking feedback from lawyers and the public on its Discussion Paper on Limited Scope Representation in the Federal Courts. The discussion paper is available in both official languages on the websites of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court. Read More
Province

Nova Scotians can give their thoughts and comments about taxes, the tax system and the upcoming provincial budget, in a number of ways until February 28. Read More

In September 2014, the Minister of Justice announced a client service review of the Maintenance Enforcement Program. The Committee overseeing the review is interested in hearing from lawyers about their experience with the Program and their suggestions for improving the delivery of client services. Read More

Nova Scotians are invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas to a review of the Mineral Resources Act. The Mineral Resources Act is legislation that establishes the rights and obligations around the responsible development of Nova Scotia's geological resources. It was last reviewed in 1990. Read More

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education continues its consultation process for Phase 2 of the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations. Read More

Laurel Broten has been appointed president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., its board of directors announced on January 14. "Laurel is committed to a stronger Nova Scotia," said Janice Stairs, NSBI board chair. "As a leader, she has expertise in international trade policies, corporate law and economic development. We welcome Laurel and we look forward to working with her." Read More

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: Medical Act, S.N.S. 2011, c.38, s.72 NS Gaz Pt 2, 01/09/2015 NS Reg 223/2014 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 announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:    Read More
Other news

The White & Case Canadian National Division Qualifying Tournament of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (the “Jessup”) is the largest moot court competition in the world. It is an annual competition engaging subjects of public international law: Read More

(January 6, 2015) – BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to welcome Natalie J. Woodbury, TEP as a Partner to the firm. Natalie joins the growing Business Law team, practising primarily in the areas of Corporate Law, Tax and Estate Planning. Read More

Effective January 19, 2015 Nova Scotia Legal Aid – Office of the Executive Director is now located at: Suite 920 1701 Hollis Street Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8 All phone numbers, fax number and email addresses remain the same.  Read More

Seeking a missing will for Beatrice Louise Tingley of Halifax (born March 12, 1920), who passed on December 25, 2014. Lawyers with any information on the location or existence of a will for Mrs. Tingley are asked to contact Russ Quinlan, Parkland Law Inc., at (902) 444 3998.  Read More

Seeking a missing will for Joyce Barbara Peterson of Dartmouth, NS (born March 10, 1939), who passed on December 12, 2014. Lawyers with any information on the location or existence of a will for Mrs. Peterson are asked to contact her husband, Mr. Frederick (Fred) Eldon Peterson at (902) 462-4652.  Read More

(Toronto, January 6, 2015) – “In Futures: Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada, the Canadian Bar Association noted a significant lack of the information needed to create successful law firms in this highly competitive, globalized legal landscape,” says Stephen Mabey, Fellow of The College of Law Practice Management and Managing Director of Applied Strategies I Read More
Careers

Shared office space available for rent, commencing January 1, 2015 with three independent, experienced lawyers, in the Mumford Professional Centre in the west end of Halifax. Large, furnished corner office with separate paralegal station. All infrastructure in place, including shared conference room, telephone system, fax, computer server, copier, scanner, etc. Read More

20 years experience; including, but not limited to, litigation, property, family proficient in MS Word, Outlook, PC Law, spreadsheet applications, etc. proven performer in accurately preparing court documents excellent communication skills ability to work both independently and as a team player Read More

Our vibrant boutique law firm is currently seeking a lawyer (possibly two) to join our team. A complimentary practice involving corporate and commercial law, property law and/or wills and estates law is preferred but not a requirement. 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 Litigation Group. Duties & Responsibilities Read More

We have an opening for a lawyer to join our Property Law and Estate Planning teams.   Read More

We have a one year term opportunity for an experienced family law associate to cover the maternity leave of one of our current associates. The ideal candidate would have at least 2 years of experience practicing family law, including litigation and negotiation. Excellent client and time management skills are required. Read More

Aviva Insurance Company of Canada, one of Canada’s foremost underwriters of property and casualty insurance, has an immediate opening for an experienced legal assistant to support its in-house lawyers. We are looking for an individual with at least two years’ experience in litigation, preferably in insurance work. Read More

Growing law practice in Upper Tantallon is seeking an Associate lawyer to join a busy sole practitioner in a general practice. The ideal candidate should have an interest in building a litigation practice, including family law and civil litigation. Farrow Law is a practice focused on a high level of service for its' clients in a warm and friendly environment. Read More

LaFosse MacLeod, a Sydney law firm, is looking to hire a full time legal assistant to start as soon as possible. The successful candidate should be experienced in working in MS WORD, Outlook and PC Law. The firm offers a full medical and dental plan. Applications should be sent to Guy LaFosse via email at glafosse@lafossemacleod.ca  Read More

Morneau Shepell Inc provides human resource consulting and outsourcing services. The firm’s solutions are designed to help organizations reduce costs and improve their competitive positions by assisting employers with managing the financial security and well-being of their employees with an array of consulting, administrative outsourcing and training services. Read More

We are a five lawyer firm practicing in St. Margaret's Bay. We require an associate lawyer to offer services in the areas of: corporate law, civil litigation and family law. The ideal candidate will have experience, but experience is not necessary if you prove to be the right fit for our firm. This is a fee splitting arrangement. Read More

The law firm of Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab requires a full time Property Paralegal. Interested candidates must have a post secondary legal secretarial/paralegal course, with at least 2 years of previous experience working as a property paralegal, specifically working with Read More

We have an opening for a lawyer to join our growing Business Law group.   The successful candidate will have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in all aspects of Business Law, including: Read More

Reference Number: 003-15 EE Company: Emera Energy Location: Halifax, NS Read More

Paralegal with experience in real estate, wills, family and civil law seeking part time position. Willing to work from home as well as office with ability to use Dropbox or other networking programs for real time access and file transfers.  Proficient with Word and Word Perfect with ample typing speed. Read More

CASEY RODGERS CHISHOLM PENNY DUGGAN LLP, recently relocated to Waverley Road in east Dartmouth, is looking for an associate to join its growing practice. If you have three or more years of experience and the opportunity to join a mid-sized firm is of interest, we would welcome the chance to speak with you.     Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you interested in gaining hands-on experience in a wide variety of areas of law including entertainment law, intellectual property law, wills and estates, tax or just have an interest in the needs of local artists? If so, ALIS might be an organization that would interest you! Read More

Are you interested in gaining hands on experience in a wide variety of areas of law including entertainment law, intellectual property law, wills and estates, tax or just have an interest in the needs of local artists? If so, ALIS might be an organization that would interest you! Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 12:00
The Minor Injury Regulations and the Cap in Nova Scotia - A Review of the Current State of the Legislation and the CaselawGeneral Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Meeting, CBA-NS Speaker: John McKiggan, QC, McKiggan Hebert $11.00 incl. HST (in person) $10.00 incl. HST (conference call) Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 12:00
The SCC Decision in R v Spencer: Implications for the Reasonable Expectation of PrivacyPrivacy & Access Law Section Meeting, CBA-NS Speaker: Kevin Kindred, Senior Counsel, Bell Aliant Regional Communications $11.00 incl. HST (in person) $10.00 incl. HST (conference call) Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:15
The Recent Reorganization of the District Health Authorities (DHAs) in Nova ScotiaHealth Law Section Meeting, CBA-NS Speaker: The Honourable Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia Minister of Health & Wellness $11.00 incl. HST (in person) $10.00 incl. HST (conference call) Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:00
Farther Afield – International Work and Volunteer Opportunities for Lawyers Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 12:00
Ownership of Intellectual Property Created by VolunteersIntellectual Property and Charities & Not-for-Profit Joint Section Meeting, CBA-NS Speakers: Alayna Kolodziechuk, Patterson Law Jon Penney, Schulich School of Law Cost:  Read More
Event Date: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:00
Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman: The Role of an Administrative Oversight Body in Provincial and Muncipal GovernmentsAdministrative Law Section Meeting, CBA-NS  Speaker: Christine Delisle-Brennan, Ombudsman $11.00 incl. HST (in person) $10.00 incl. HST (conference call) Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 08:30
Letters to a Young Lawyer Speaker: Timothy W. Hill, QC, BoyneClarke LLP ​REGISTER  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:00
HST Hot Topics - In a Corporate and Real Estate Environment Speaker: Mark Singer, Principal, Grant Thornton LLP ​REGISTER  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:00
Our substantive program for wills and estates practitioners has been designed to address pertinent and timely questions that pertain to the law, as well as explore the questions posed by clients and faced by lawyers, in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:00
Our substantive program for family law practitioners has been designed to address pertinent and timely questions that pertain to the law, deliver an examination of legal issues that lie at the intersection between family law and other areas of law, and explore questions of ethics in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 17:30
Join our panelists, Rollie Thompson, Julia Cornish, Ann Levangie and Cynthia Chewter, to discuss "The Ins and Outs of Matrimonial Property Law Reform". Hear about the inclusion (or not) of common-law couples, and business and pre-marital assets, and the harmonisation (or not) of pensions.   Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 14:00
Our substantive program for residential real estate law practitioners has been designed to address pertinent and timely questions that pertain to the law, provide updates, and explore questions posed by clients and faced by lawyers in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 12:00
Medical Aid in Dying: Reflections on the Quebec Experience Veronique HivonMember, National Assembly of Quebec Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:00
Advising family-owned businesses often brings together a mix of business law, estate planning, tax and even mediation skill sets. From basic matters such as the identity of the client in a familial business setting, through to ownership, succession, compliance and growth concerns, matters for legal counsel abound. Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:00
For franchisors and franchisees, an awareness of provincial franchise legislation is of the utmost importance in forestalling any exposure to business, compliance and reputational risk. For counsel advising them, that awareness must be coupled with other concerns relevant to the operation of their clients, from employee management to trademark issues, and from financing to restructuring. Read More
Event Date: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:00
Law, perceived as a business, is faced with a number of novel challenges. In a fast-paced world, the conundrums of practice management have become more complex, and for solo or small firms, the need for practice support is very real indeed. Today's practitioners require a robust awareness of concerns beyond knowledge of the law itself. Read More
Event Date: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 14:00
Immigration law has undergone myriad changes over the past half decade, and the pace of change continues apace. For the busy practitioner, staying abreast of it all requires the acquisition of legal updates and know-how in as efficient a manner as possible. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 12:30
Looking Back, Looking Forward: What's happened recently – and what lies ahead? Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 14:00
This program presents an educational opportunity for civil litigators. Pithy and information packed, with two hours of easily accessible, relevant, and re-visitable information for the busy litigator, the program will cover three timely litigation topics. Stay on top of developments with a program presented by our faculty of seasoned counsel.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:00
The Priorities Between Trust Claims Under the Builders' Lien Act and Creditor Claims Under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act Speakers:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 14:00
Our annual program dedicated to the practice needs and challenges of female lawyers once again promises presentations by thought-provoking, high-achieving, experienced and innovative female practitioners. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 (All day)
CBA Nova Scotia Mid-Winter Conference January 29 and 30, 2015 Join with your colleagues to hear from experts and leaders in the legal world at this signature event of the year while earning a total of 12 CPD hours. This conference will offer two full days of concurrent sessions including two morning plenaries. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:00
For the injured, the pursuit of redress and care as legally available can be both complex and intimidating. It is the role of the personal injury law practitioner to render the complex simple, and the intimidating approachable. As part of that process, which is essential to serving their clients, such practitioners must constantly keep abreast of evolutions in both law and process. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:00
CBA Nova Scotia Bench and Bar Reception and DinnerCasino Nova ScotiaJanuary 29, 2015 We are proud to host a Bench and Bar Reception and Dinner on Thursday, January 29th at the Casino Nova Scotia with special guest Ian Hanomansing, Canadian television journalist with the CBC. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 16:30
The Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, offers participants a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation upon completion of the five-module program.  Read More
Event Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 09:00
Join us January 31, 2015 for an in-depth look at skilled trade workers. This Continuing Professional Development program will provide attendees with an understanding of skilled trade workers in Canada and their options for immigrating to Canada. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 17:30
The Social Justice Soiree With MC Peter Harrison of C100FM During the event the Third Annual “Irving and Ruth Pink Award for Youth Development and Social Justice” will be presented to an individual or organization working with youth in N.S. Saturday, January 31st, 2015 Details: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 12:30
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Overcoming a culture of fear Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:00
The Commons Institute presents a morning program on patents and trademarks law. Join us for three hours of practice-oriented information from five experienced practitioners, covering topics such as IP remedies, theCopyright Modernization Act, the legalities of online selling, and the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Alice v. CLS Bank.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 14:00
The Commons Institute presents an afternoon program on the law of pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Join us for four hours of practice-oriented information from eight experienced practitioners, covering topics such as patent infringement, biosimilars, regulatory developments, and amendments to the Patent Act.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:00
From matters concerning compliance to the management of externalized projects, business law is perennially charged with decision points and the need for strategic advice. Our annual program on this area of law has been designed to bring timely topics to the fore, for information, exploration and analysis.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 14:00
Premised on the resolution of disputes through the activation of contractual rather than state-sponsored mechanisms, the understanding and promotion of arbitration is of critical importance to commercial actors, legal practitioners and academics. In furtherance of the objectives that underpin commercial arbitration, the topics within this program are focussed on practicalities. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:30
Shining a Light on Off-Duty Misconduct: When is it cause for discharge? Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 14:00
Technological advancements, the prevalence of international business deals, and a trans-boundary marketplace have rendered cross-border litigation a persistent reality. In response, this half day program aims to cultivate practitioner skills by delving into examinations of selected and topical cross-border litigation concerns. Who should attend? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 (All day)
Understanding our communication style and how we interact with others is essential to positive and productive relations. Effective communication requires us not only to be aware of ourselves, but also to be responsive and aware of others. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 (All day)
  The Department of Justice Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development are hosting a conference entitled Tackling Early and Forced Marriage and "Honour" Based Violence in Canada on Thursday, February 26, 2015. The conference will be held at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:30
Anti-Social Media: Pulling the plug on electronic bullies Thursday, February 26, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:30
Who's Running the Shop?: Balancing employer rules against employee privacy Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:30
Sick Leave and Return to Work: Accommodating employees, preventing abuse Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 30, 2015 (All day)
Pre-Conference WorkshopGetting It Right: Expert advice on conducting effective workplace investigationsMonday, March 30, 20159:00 AM - 4:00 PM Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 08:45
Human Rights and Accommodation ConferenceMarch 31 - April 1, 2015 Sheraton Centre Toronto Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Registration and Hot Breakfast Buffet – 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs – 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM   Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 09:00
Post-Conference WorkshopAccommodation or Discipline? A step-by-step guide to dealing with disability-related misconduct Thursday, April 2, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:30
Learning to Accommodate: A step-by-step guide to accommodating employees with learning and intellectual disabilities Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:30
Managing the Transition to Retirement: Flexible work arrangements and other critical issues for retiring employees Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:30
Staying on the Right Side: The do's and don'ts of fair and effective disciplinary meetings and investigations Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
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