INFORUM

May 11, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Spring 2015 edition of the Society Record is now online at http://nsbs.org/society-record. The new issue provides updates on the Society’s current priorities to enhance access to legal services, and transform regulation and governance in the public interest. Read More

Practising lawyers in Nova Scotia are required to complete a total of 12 hours of qualifying CPD annually, including a minimum of two hours in each of the following: Read More

All lawyers and non-practising members are invited to attend the Society's 2015 Annual Meeting, which will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Cape Breton University in Sydney. The Annual General Meeting begins at 8:30 am, followed by a two-hour educational component from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm.  Read More

At its meeting on April 24, Council approved the Society’s budget for 2015-2016, and set the fees necessary for the membership year beginning July 1, 2015. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Daley takes on new role in halls of justice New Glasgow News | May 8, 2015 By Sueann Musick Read More
Regulation

The next application for disposal of undistributed trust funds will be made in May 2015. Submissions should be received at the Society's offices no later than May 22, 2015. Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following former members received judicial appointments on DATE, 2015: Read More
Professional development

LIANS hosts the following webinar/in-house sessions on Wednesdays this May – these may be eligible as CPD hours (note: you must register for each desired session separately as spaces are limited): Read More

Free training in WestlawNext Canada will be available at these Barristers’ Libraries on the following dates: Read More
Access to Justice

On March 26, 2015, the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP), led by Prof. Julie MacFarlane of University of Windsor Faculty of Law, introduced a resource designed to help Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs) who are trying to navigate the court system alone. Read More

Academic, researchers, practitioners, policy analysts, policy makers, government officers and other stakeholders will gather in Montréal on October 1 and 2, 2015 to explore the future of access to justice in Canada. VISION STATEMENT Read More

Have thoughts on or are you interested in pro bono in Nova Scotia? The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) wants to hear from you! Read More
Tips from LIANS

The Professional Standards (Real Estate) Committee has published a new standard for 'Condominiums' in Nova Scotia. According to the Committee, "acting on the purchase of a condominium unit has become more complex over time, with amendments to the Condominium Act and judicial decisions in Nova Scotia and elsewhere in Canada. Read More

The Professional Standards Law Office Management Committee (LOMC) is seeking input from the membership on proposed introduction of two LOMC Standards: Retention/Billing; and Cloud Computing. Read More

Please read the following for information and dates regarding the permanent closure of several Land Registration offices within Nova Scotia. Notice of Land Registration Office Closures  Read More

With today’s technology, we may feel as though we are on the clock 24/7 but this can come at a price. After-hours communications with clients, colleagues and staff speed up corporate culture, compromising creativity, innovation and engagement. Here are some ways to create an environment that is less distracting and more productive: Read More

LIANS has been received numerous reports of the following scam attempt from “Yoshihiro Shima”: From: Kyoei Steel LtdTo: undisclosed-recipients:Subject: Re: legal advice Read More

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Health, your health and wellness provider. Read More

The 2015-2016 LIANS Insurance Levy was approved by the LIANS Board of Directors on April 21, 2015. Read More
Courts

The Honourable Peter MacKay, PC, QC, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the following appointment on May 5, 2015: The Hon. Richard F. Southcott, Vice President and General Counsel at Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in Halifax, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court to fill a new position created by Bill C-11. This appointment is effective immediately. Read More

The Honourable Joseph P. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, is pleased to welcome the Honourable Justice R. Lester Jesudason to the Supreme Court Family Division. Justice Jesudason was appointed to the Bench on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by the Honourable Peter MacKay, PC, QC, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. The appointment took effect immediately. Read More

Enhancing the use of video appearances in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia is one several initiatives of the Criminal Justice Transformation Group (CJTG). The CJTG is an action group that is transforming the province’s criminal justice system. Read More
Province

Legislation introduced on May 11 aims to improve the effectiveness of public inquiries in the province. The amendment to the Public Inquiries Act will provide protection to witnesses and participants who provide testimony at public inquiries. Read More

Vulnerable children and families will be better protected and supported by amendments to the Children and Family Services Act introduced on April 30. Read More

Nova Scotia's youth have a unique perspective on sexual violence and they want to be part of the conversation on how to prevent it. That is what over 100 young people said during engagement sessions last fall as part of the sexual violence strategy. On April 29, Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard released a summary of what they said. Read More

Nova Scotia's justice centres are on alert after suspicious packages were delivered to a number of provincial courthouses on Tuesday, May 5. Read More

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: Pension Benefits Act, S.N.S. 2011, c.41, s.145 NS Gaz Pt 2, 05/01/2015 NS Reg 199/2015 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

Brian Warcop has been appointed as a Crown attorney in the Halifax office of the Public Prosecution Service. Read More

We are trying to determine if any lawyer may be aware of a will made after October 30, 2000, by deceased PATRICIA ELAINE CARTY SQUIRES (DOB August 27, 1935), at one time of Bedford, NS.  Her spouse, Walter George Squires, died on June 20, 2010, and she was in a nursing home at that time.  She died on March 17, 2015, in Kentville, NS.   Read More
Careers

FROM THE PROVINCE: Request for Applicants for Provincial Judicial Appointments Read More

Advertisement Number: 30101Job Title: Crown AttorneyJob Classification: Legal Counsel 1-3 (LF1-3)Job Type: Regular / Full-timeDepartment: Manitoba Justice / Manitoba Prosecution ServiceLocation: Portage la Prairie, MB Read More

Parkland is Canada’s largest independent marketer and distributor of fuels, managing a nationwide network of sales channels for retail, commercial, wholesale, and home heat. Through our operations we deliver competitive fuel products and serve communities through local operators who care. Read More

I am a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society offering legal research services. I have extensive experience in legal research and legal writing projects. My hourly rate is $75. Please feel free to contact me for further information: legalresearchernovascotia@hotmail.com  Read More

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a Solicitor for a permanent, full time position for the Litigation Team, primarily providing legal services to Halifax Regional Police.HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. Read More

Are you tired of sitting in rush hour traffic every day? We are a law firm located in Lower Sackville and are looking for someone to join our team as a receptionist/legal assistant. If you are hardworking, detail oriented, well-spoken and have the ability to multitask, we would love to hear from you.  Read More

FIRM: Blackburn English Law (Enfield), is a general practice firm situate in Enfield, that provides legal services to the residents of the surrounding communities of Fall River, Grand Lake, Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz, Nine Mile River, Milford, Dutch Settlement, Middle Musquodoboit and surrounding areas. Read More

Labour Services DivisionPlease quote Competition # BT-1495AS-CB  Read More

MacKinnon Buckle Stevenson has an immediate opening for an experienced lawyer to enter into a cost-sharing arrangement.  Preferred candidates will have an established practice in criminal law. Corporate/commercial or estate practices would also be of interest but other areas of practice will be considered.  Read More

We’re seeking a receptionist / legal assistant to join our busy eight-lawyer Halifax law firm. Applicants must have previous legal experience (preferably litigation and/or wills & estates). The successful candidate will possess the following skills and abilities: Read More

Dartmouth law firm is seeking an experienced family law paralegal to join our firm on a full time permanent basis. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative team setting. The successful candidate will have experience working in the area of family law, the ability to work independently, possess excellent typing, organizational and communications skills. Read More

I am currently an Ontario law student seeking membership with the Law Society of Nova Scotia. Before being called to the NS Bar, I have to complete a six month articling term and as such, I am looking for any opportunities that may be available to satisfy this requirement. Read More

Hello, I am an eager and enthusiastic recent graduate from the Schulich School of Law, and I am seeking articling opportunities in Nova Scotia beginning anytime.I have lived in Nova Scotia for the past seven years and I am eager to stay in my new home. Read More

CREDITOR PRACTICE – PARALEGAL – SECURED TRANSACTIONSForeclosure and Power of Sale Our Creditor Practice Team is looking to hire a dedicated, enthusiastic and organized Paralegal to manage a variety of foreclosure and power of sale transactions in Atlantic Canada.   Core Duties and Responsibilities:  Read More

The Municipal Joint Services Board (MJSB) was incorporated on behalf of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Town of Bridgewater and the Town of Mahone Bay. The MJSB was created to administer municipal services under a cost sharing arrangement to better serve the residents of the municipalities. Read More

Dartmouth law firm Weldon McInnis is seeking a lawyer to join our team. We are a long established and respected firm with strong connections to the Dartmouth community. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones. We raise funds for vital programs and services that help make this possible, province-wide. We work to eliminate stigma related to mental illness by generating awareness and understanding. Read More

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN NOVA SCOTIA? Apply today to serve on the province’s agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs). Read More

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society is a not-for-profit association whose goal is to deliver excellent educational programming and interpretation of our social history in our community. In collaboration with the Halifax Regional Municipality, we manage our collection of roughly 48,000 artifacts and two registered historic houses: Evergreen (1867) and Quaker Whaler House (1785). Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 09:00
As a real estate lawyer, you know exactly what to do when a client with a purchase or sale transaction walks through your door. But are you confident you know the right steps to take when you need to prepare or negotiate a commercial lease? Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (All day)
Transformative Mediation: Foundations and Practice Sponsored by: ADR Atlantic InstitutePresenter: Joseph P. Folger, Ph. D.Co-facilitator: Basia Solarz, Certified Transformative Mediator™ Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 09:00
Pre-Conference WorkshopTuesday, May 12, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Grievance Arbitration Advocacy: Winning strategies, practical tips, reducing costs, and more Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 09:00
Pre-Conference WorkshopTuesday, May 12, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mastering Mediation and Interest Arbitration: Preparing and presenting a persuasive case Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 12:00
PCLaw session with Nancy Bembridge, PCLaw Certified Independent Consultant for Lexis Nexis Register: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 08:45
Human Rights and Labour Law Conference May 13 - 14, 2015 at The Westin Nova Scotian More information and registration Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 09:00
Pension lawyers increasingly find themselves needing to become familiar with the principles of pension finance. When clients are dealing with shortfalls in funding, looking for de-risking strategies and struggling with pension investment principles they look to their professional advisers for solutions. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015 (All day)
Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 01:00
About the Program: Having a basic knowledge of financial statements is crucial for every well-rounded lawyer. The more you understand about financial statements, the better you’ll be able to counsel clients with confidence, and use your financial understanding to your client’s advantage during negotiations or litigation. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (All day)
Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. Free training is offered at the Halifax Barristers' Library on May 19 & May 21, 2015. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 12:00
Details of a proposed new NS PNP business stream: the Nova Scotia Venture Economic Visa Program Speaker: Saeed El-Darahali, CEO of SimplyCast and member of the oneNS Coalition More information  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:00
Apps & Software for Law Practice Efficiency & Securitywith Matt Edmonds of Edmonds Legal Solutions  Register: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 09:00
This unique program, presented by the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association Québec Division, brings together the leading practitioners in multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions from both Québec and Ontario. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 17:30
Increasingly lawyers are “going solo” whether in private practice, as corporate counsel or in other alternative positions. There are great rewards in doing so – you get to be your own boss, take control of your daily schedule and reap the profits as well. But going solo also presents specific challenges, can be isolating, lonely and can take a toll on your mental health. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 04:30
Are you an LGBTT Lawyer, Judge, Law Student, Professor or Ally?  Read More
Event Date: Monday, May 25, 2015 (All day)
Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. Free training is offered at the Simon J. Khattar QC Memorial Barristers' Library on May 25, 2015. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 09:00
One of the OBA's most unique and in demand CLE programs is back again this year with the most exciting agenda yet! Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (All day)
Exploring the Impact of Inter-Personal Violence28th Atlantic Crime Prevention Symposium Keynotes by: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 10:00
About the Program: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 08:30
Achieving a settlement with the regulator can be tricky, especially where ERT approval of the settlement is required and there are multiple parties or intervenors.  Learn how to successfully negotiate a settlement with the regulator and manage the myriad of issues involved. PROGRAM CHAIR Alexandria Pike, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 08:30
(3-day) Due to the high demand for this workshop and its relevance to many workplaces, CTRI offers a train-the-trainer program for our De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™ workshop. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:00
Planning and Implementing Your Technology Strategy with C-Level Execswith Scott Amyoony, Legal Chief Information Associate at C-Level Executive Solutions LP  Register: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 13:00
Gain a practical guide on the nuts and bolts of bankruptcy law, with a basic overview of creditors' rights and debtors' rights. Our seasoned panel will share practical tips and strategies for the general practitioner faced with representing creditors or debtors. PROGRAM CHAIRS Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 18:00
Mindfulness for Lawyers Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, June 10 & June 17 6pm - 7:15 Living Well IHC 2176 Windsor Street, Halifax led by Pamela Rubin, CCC, RCT-C, Ll.B., and Pat Ullman, Ll.B. $25 per class or $85 for the series (drop-ins are fine!) Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 02:00
Christine van Cauwenberghe, author and Assistant VP, Tax and Estate Planning, in the Advanced Financial Planning department of Investors Group (Winnipeg), will be presenting a seminar titled "Estate Planning Tips and Traps". This will be followed by STEP Atlantic's Annual General Meeting, and all STEP members (and prospective members) are encouraged to register and attend.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 08:30
This intensive program will take you through the critical steps and issues in a real estate transaction and provide you with a refresher on the fundamentals as well as important developments and updates that you need to know. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 09:00
Young Lawyers Division (Central) assembled a panel of experts to guide you through the lateral interview process. Refine your interviewing skills!  Topics include: Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 (All day)
Lawyers know that very few disputes actually end up in court. That means effectively employing altrenate dispute resolution mechanisms is becoming essential to an effective practice. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 (All day)
** This conference has been approved for ELEVEN (11) HOURS of Mandatory Continuing Professional Development credits.** Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 - 09:00
If your practice touches on human rights law, this program is a must-attend event for you. Get up-to-date on the latest developments and take-away helpful strategies on handling current issues in human rights. Our exceptional faculty will provide the expertise you need: from navigating parallel proceedings to drafting releases and much more. Additional information to come. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:00
MacKean v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, 2015 NSCA 33: A discussion on motions for assessment of damages Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 02:00
This program is based on a truth best stated by Daniel Webster: “The power of clear statement is the great power of the bar.” It gives participants a systematic, powerful approach for creating documents that are as clear, forceful, and persuasive as possible.Designed for litigators, the program focuses on four critical aspects of advocacy writing, with an emphasis on writing persuasive factums: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 18:00
Mindfulness for Lawyers Wednesdays May 27, June 3, June 10 & June 17 6pm - 7:15 Living Well IHC 2176 Windsor Street, Halifax led by Pamela Rubin, CCC, RCT-C, Ll.B., and Pat Ullman, Ll.B. $25 per class or $85 for the series (drop-ins are fine!) Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 09:00
On March 5, the CRTC issued its first Notice of Violation under CASL with an accompanying fine of $1.1 million. As CRTC enforcement is on the rise, ensure that you and your clients aren't next on the list. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 13:00
In this user-friendly online training session, you will: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 16:00
Mindfulness for Lawyers Wednesdays May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17 6pm - 7:15 Living Well IHC 2176 Windsor Street, Halifax led by Pamela Rubin, CCC, RCT-C, Ll.B., and Pat Ullman, Ll.B. $25 per class or $85 for the series  (drop-ins are fine!) Call 902 406 1500 to register — space is limited Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 11, 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, June 13, 2015 - 08:30
See registration details below. Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:30 am to 12:00 pm Cape Breton University 1250 Grand Lake Road Sydney, NS Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 18:00
Mindfulness for Lawyers Wednesdays May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17 6pm - 7:15 Living Well IHC 2176 Windsor Street, Halifax led by Pamela Rubin, CCC, RCT-C, Ll.B., and Pat Ullman, Ll.B. $25 per class or $85 for the series  (drop-ins are fine!) Call 902 406 1500 to register — space is limited Read More
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