INFORUM

November 23, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

Council has now developed a framework for the scope of the Society's regulatory approach in the future. Read More

The Fall 2015 edition of the Society Record is now available online.  Read More

Legal briefs and documents relating to the Trinity Western University matter are available on the Society’s website, once they are filed with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Find them on the TWU public input page. The appeal is scheduled to be heard on April 6, 7 and 8.  Read More
Council

A significant amount of business was discussed and decided at Council's meeting on Friday, November 20. For a summary and details, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.    Read More
Professional Responsibility

The mandate of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is to uphold and protect the public interest in the practice of law. Lawyers in Canada are extended the privilege of self-regulation and for this privilege, we owe a duty of vigilance in regulating our profession to support high quality client service and ethical behaviour.  Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following former member received a judicial appointment on Nov. 10, 2015: Read More
Professional development

The Society is pleased to announce a comprehensive new online resource portal: Developing an equity strategy in your legal workplace. Find it on the Society’s website under Equity & access, in the Res Read More

The mandatory CPD Requirement for practising lawyers in Nova Scotia is evolving into a more effective regulatory tool for ensuring ongoing professional development. Read More

ACCOUNTING LEGAL ACCOUNTING / Asselin, Jacquline; Dunkley, Sophia — Toronto: Emond, 2016. [K 658.A7 A844 2016] ENVIRONMENTAL LAW Read More
Access to Justice

The LISNS Public Navigator Project has been recognized by the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, for innovation in access to justice. Following the Innovation and Access to Justice Conference in Montreal in October, LISNS and MyLawBC were recognized for having looked to inspiration outside of Canada and successfully integrating it into their respective provinces.  Read More
Tips from LIANS

Does your client really understand what you are saying? Are you using technical legal jargon or legalese? If your clients do not understand the process, the risks or the costs involved in their matter, they are unlikely to be happy at the end of the process and that can lead to a claim. Read More

The following email purportedly from “Vernon Price” of Lawrence Marine & Dredging requests representation in a business transaction: From: Vernon Price pricevernoveec @ gmail. com Date: Nov 10, 2015 at 12:23 AM Subject: Legal Rep To: — Sir, Read More

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

Read the November 2015 issue of LIANSwers at http://www.lians.ca/news-category/lianswers. Note: If the link doesn’t work, simply copy and paste it into your web browser. In this edition … Read More

The Canadian Bankers Association (“CBA”) has provided its November 2015 lists of bank officials to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages. Read More
Courts

Two appointments have been made to the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts by the Honourable Diana Whalen, Attorney General and Justice Minister. Read More
Province

The Voice of the Child Report Guidelines represent an important advancement in access to justice for children. Hearing from children to determine their best interests is recognized in legislation, child’s rights conventions and case law. However, guidance in the approaches by which to hear from children has been less clear. Read More

The process for Nova Scotians dealing with child and spousal support orders between provinces and territories will be clarified with changes to the Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act introduced on November 17. Read More

New grants are available to community groups and organizations with innovative ideas on how to prevent sexual violence. Read More

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

Formerly known as Blackburn English Law (Enfield) Limited, English Law Limited is a client-focused law firm that continues to provide legal services to the residents and businesses of Hants County, Halifax County and Colchester County. Find English Law Limited online at www.englishlaw.ca.  Read More

Dell Wickens has been appointed a Crown attorney in the Yarmouth office of the Public Prosecution Service. "With 38 years of criminal law experience, Mr. Wickens is a solid addition to our team of Crown attorneys," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, who announced the appointment on November 18. Read More

Earl Granville Coffin (DOB September 19, 1932) passed away on November 7 at the Halifax Infirmary at age 83. A son of the late Charles and Isabella (Campbell) Coffin of Bay Fortune, PEI, he is survived by his beloved wife Josephine (Deveau) Coffin. Read More

James Larder Fraser (DOB June 17, 1929) of Park Street, Sydney, NS, died on February 23, 2011. Any lawyers who prepared or know of the existence of a will for Mr. Fraser are asked to please contact Erin Cain of Merrick Jamieson Sterns Washington & Mahody at 902 429 3123 or erin@mjswm.com.  Read More

Dalhousie University is proud to celebrate its outstanding alumni. For nearly two centuries, they have been helping to make the world a better place through their professional successes, volunteerism, innovation and leadership. Read More

James W. MacNutt QC has written a new book, Building for Justice: The Historic Courthouses of the Maritimes. A long overdue celebration of a monumental regional architecture, it is also an insightful examination of the evolution of the justice system in the Maritimes. Read More

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies sponsors several scholarships that provide recent graduates from Canadian law schools with an excellent opportunity to pursue graduate studies abroad. Read More
Careers

Government of Nunavut – Legal Counsel (2 Positions)Department: JusticeCommunity: IqaluitReference number: 05-502430Type of employment: IndeterminateUnionStatus: This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees Union Read More

Crown Attorney Legal Counsel 1-3 (LF1-3) – Regular/full-time Manitoba Justice Manitoba Prosecution Service 300-3rd Street East The Pas, MB Read More

Firm established for more than 60 years seeks buyer. Real estate can be rented, purchased or optioned. Seller may finance. Area is bedroom community for Halifax. Seller may assist in transition. Call 902 798 5997  Read More

A top 50 Best Employer in Canada, Stewart McKelvey is an innovative, client-driven law firm committed to providing the highest quality of ethical legal services, earning clients' trust and striving to meet and exceed expectations.  Read More

This Crown Corporation is a pacesetter in energy and hydroelectric generation. Read More

Davis Reierson is seeking at least one experienced legal assistant for its busy family law practice. The successful applicant(s) will have excellent organization, time management, and communication skills.   Please forward a letter of interest and resume to ldavis@davisreierson.com.    Read More

Legal CounselHalifax, NS       We are further expanding our internal legal team. Description: Reporting to the Senior Counsel, this position will provide legal support on commercial, corporate and regulatory issues as well as to other areas of the business.   Read More

A top 50 Best Employer in Canada, Stewart McKelvey is an innovative, client-driven law firm committed to providing the highest quality of ethical legal services, earning clients' trust and striving to meet and exceed expectations.  Read More

Small firm in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, looking to hire someone who has recently finished their articles, or has practised for a year or two (or more), and is looking for work mostly in family law, and with opportunity to develop other practice areas of personal interest. Email: douglasmackinlay@ns.aliantzinc.ca  Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) needs volunteer lawyers to edit new and existing content for its clear language legal information resource: Guide to Law for Nonprofit organizations in Atlantic Canada. Read More

Apply today to serve on the province's agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs). Read More

Alice Housing provides safe second stage housing and supportive counselling for women and chidlren leaving domestic violence. Since 1983, Alice Housing has helped over 1,000 families move past the devastation of family violence and supported them in their quest for family stability and safety. Read More

Supervising lawyer needed to assist not for profit organization with bylaw development. A social work student at Dalhousie Legal Aid is working on a community file and has identified this need. Please contact morgan.purdy@eastlink.ca if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.  Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (All day)
Join your RELANS Colleagues at our Annual Real Estate Conference, being held on Tuesday, December 8th at the Westin Nova Scotian from 9:30am – 5:00pm. The program is RELANS 2015: OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 12:00
Recent developments in human rights appeals and judicial reviews As with many areas of law, human rights law is constantly evolving. The focus of this presentation is on decisions regarding challenges of decisions of the Human Rights Commission or the Human Rights of Board of Inquiry. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 12:00
Canada-US Cross-Border Privacy IssuesFourth and Final Session: Our Last session will focus on the interaction between Canadian and US privacy laws. Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 12:00
What does your parent/elderly client want the most: Starting the Conversation Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (All day)
The multiple demands of work necessitate that employees know how to prioritize their responsibilities, work with proficiency, be resourceful and complete tasks in a systematic and organized manner. The content presented in this workshop provides a comprehensive review of performance basics and is geared for front line workers. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 14:30
Charities are faced with many of the same operational and human resource challenges faced by other business, while operating in a highly regulated environment. Additionally, most charities depend on fundraising, which presents some liability risk, including risks for directors and officers. Further, the common law imposes special obligations on the directors and officers of charities. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: 7th Annual Dealing With The Lease: What's Next? The Future is Now Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: 7th Annual Aboriginal Law: Consultation and Other Emerging Issues Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 12:00
The product liability law has evolved over the last decade. Join your colleagues as we take a look at the underlying principles of the law and look at practical advice to enable you to effectively bring and defend product liability claims. Take full advantage of the availability of our expert faculty by asking questions or laying our scenarios. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 14:30
Covering a wide swath of bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization topics over the course of an information-packed afternoon, our annual program on corporate reorganization and restructuring is indispensable for practitioners seeking updates, an awareness of best practices, as well as skill augments. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 12:00
Trust Accounts – Information Session Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 12:00
55(2) Update — Review of changes Speaker: Jennifer Campbell, Patterson Law http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_TAX_1115  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: 7th Annual Aboriginal Law: Consultation and Other Emerging Issues Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 14:30
From matters concerning compliance to the management of market initiatives, and from shareholder arrangements to the roles and liabilities of various corporate actors, business law is perennially charged with decision points and the need for strategic advice. Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:00
Every time we interact with someone, we have an opportunity to build or damage the relationship we have with them. Improving the quality of relationships in the workplace can enhance productivity and reduce conflict. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 12:00
The practice of law is faced with a number of novel challenges. In a fast-paced world, ethical conundrums have become more complex, and questions loom large for practitioners in areas such as advocacy, client capacity, and communications. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 17:30
A Sneak Peek at the 2015 Revised User's Guide to the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines Speaker: Professor Rollie Thompson, Schulich School of Law http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_FAM_1115  Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 15:00
  The Schulich School of Law, Nova Scotia Legal Aid and Dalhousie Legal Aid Service presentBig changes coming to the Children and Family Services Act: What lawyers and others who work with children and families need to know.    Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 02:30
There will be an Information session and demonstration at Halifax Provincial Court answering all of your questions about video conferencing. Learn what you can do by video and how including: Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 12:00
Is it Time to Adopt a No-Fault Scheme to Compensate Injured Patients? Elaine Gibson, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University  All welcome! No registration. Free. Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 (All day)
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. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 09:00
Interest-Based Negotiation Training For family lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial professionals November 27 and 28, 2015 Learn to:     Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 16:30
Mining, and the law that enables it, is of great consequence to Canadian industry, and to the Canadian ethos. For mining law practitioners, remaining at the vanguard of developments local and international is critical to effective client service as well as to profit maximization. Our annual program in this area of law has been developed with the mining practitioner in mind. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 12:00
Our program on special topics in civil litigation is dedicated to the exploration of “hot” topics and the provision of actionable solutions. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 19:30
Help us support refugee rights here in Halifax!  Please come out to the Halifax Refugee Clinic's 3rd Annual Auction for Asylum fundraising event! Read More
Event Date: Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 18:30
You are cordially invited to the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society 2015 Bench & Bar Dinner honouring Justice Robin C. M. Gogan, Justice Robert M. Gregan, Justice Lee Anne MacLeod-Archer, and Judge Daniel A. MacRury.   WHEN: Saturday, November 28, 2015 TIME: Reception - 6:00 pm; Dinner - 7:00 pm  Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 30, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: Internet Law & The Competitive Edge Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 30, 2015 - 09:00
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 AND TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015 Maison du développement durable 50 Sainte-Catherine Street West Montreal (QC) CO-CHAIRS:  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: 7th Annual Information Privacy And Data Protection Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 09:00
Panel 1The Politics of Pensions: What lies ahead for Canada's public pension system? 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Rob Carrick, Personal Finance Columnist, The Globe and Mail Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: Managing Regulatory Risks: Compliance, Inspections And Investigations Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: Internet Law & The Competitive Edge Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: Dangers for Directors - Infinite Risks: How to be an Effective Director in Today's World Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: 8th Annual Corporate Governance: Taking Stock of a Changing Landscape Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 (All day)
When two people are in conflict, the negative impact of the dispute typically affects more people than just the disputants. Others often get drawn into a conflict that becomes time consuming and limits the productivity of everyone. When people involved in conflict cannot resolve it on their own, a third party facilitator may be what is needed to resolve the dispute. This skills-based workshop i Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 17:30
On Thursday December 3, 2015, the newly formed Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) will be hosting a social event at the Marriot Harbourfront Hotel, located at 1919 Upper Water St.,in Halifax. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here:4th Annual Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance: Coping With the Onslaught   Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 7, 2015 - 12:00
This practical and interactive session provides participants with the principles and tools of positive parenting focused on children’s skills in social development and well-being. Participants will also get an opportunity to review and discuss strategies for bringing positive parenting into the home. Register:  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (All day)
Mastering Negotiation and Mediation: An interactive workshopTuesday, December 8, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: Dangers for Directors - Infinite Risks: How to be an Effective Director in Today's World Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here:4th Annual Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance: Coping With the Onslaught   Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: Managing Cybersecurity Risk 2015 Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (All day)
Crunching the Numbers: An expert guide to costing and total compensationTuesday, December 8, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 02:00
Spend three hours with lawyer turned humourist Sean Carter, and find out what really happened on the way to the disciplinary hearing. Sean takes a laugh out loud look at the funnier aspects of the practice of law, and how lawyers can prevent disciplinary problems and remain civil. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: 7th Annual Aboriginal Law: Consultation and Other Emerging Issues Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: 8th Annual Advertising And Marketing Law: Less Is The New More Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 09:00
Panel 1 Through a Glass, darkly: Experts analyze the state of the economy 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Sheila Block, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: Managing Regulatory Risks: Compliance, Inspections And Investigations Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: 4th Annual Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance: Coping With the Onslaught Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 13:00
In this user-friendly online training session, you will: Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 21, 2015 - 10:00
Cases are won and lost at discovery. For over thirty years, David Markowitz has been studying American deposition and trial techniques, and presenting seminars to improve the skills of practising lawyers. Don’t miss Dave’s best-selling deposition seminar, adapted for a Canadian audience, in which he shares his 10 important goals of discovery, including avoiding undesired results. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 02:00
Join Egil “Bud” Krogh as he tells the story of his early years in the Nixon White House, and the personal integrity issues that doomed the Presidency. Appointed at just 29 as staff assistant to the President’s counsel, Bud co-directed the infamous White House Plumbers unit, operatives tasked with fixing information links. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 10:00
The next time you think that preparing witnesses is intuitive, or the next time you think that all a fact witness has to do is to tell their story, walk up to some strangers and ask them to spell their names — ask them to describe something that happened months ago! Testimony is far removed from a conversation. Read More
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