INFORUM

March 29, 2016 InForum Issue

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The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event: Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QCAn annual event supported by McInnes Cooper April 14, 2016 | 5:30 to 7:30 pmThe Gateway, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, Halifax NS Read More

Legal briefs and documents relating to the Trinity Western University matter continue to be made available on the Society’s website, once they are filed with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Find them on the TWU court documents page: nsbs.org/twu-court-documents Read More
Council

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Thursday, March 24, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's websit.   The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Society’s offices at 9:00 am.   Read More
Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society gives notice that by Order of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, client files from the former law practice of J. William Jordan will be destroyed not later than June 15, 2016. Read More
Professional development

The new Law Practice Management program is designed to equip lawyers and managers in the legal profession with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to effectively and strategically manage a practice.  Read More
Access to Justice

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is providing free wills clinics to seniors in need in the communities of North Preston, East Preston and Cherry Brook.   Read More
Tips from LIANS

LIANS is always looking for new and exciting ways to make your practice more efficient. Here are some new tips and tricks from MS Word that are sure to help: In large documents, creating a table of contents assists in quick navigation. Adding a table of contents that automatically updates is even better. Here’s how you do it: Read More

As we’ve alerted in the past, lawyers continue to receive unsolicited emails with embedded links or attachments that may contain “spoofing” viruses. Read More

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

As the current phase of the HVAC renovation project at The Law Courts at 1815 Upper Water Street concludes, the Barristers’ Gowning Rooms, Lounge and Meeting Room have moved back to the first floor, on the south side of the building. Read More

Notice from Bill Clancey, Court Administrator, Supreme Court (General Division), Department of Justice To All Concerned: Effective Monday, March 21, 2016, the Probate Court and Bankruptcy Court Administration Offices have been relocated to the first floor level of The Halifax Law Courts located at 1815 Upper Water Street, Halifax. Read More

(March 23, 2016) – The judges of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia have revised the "Draft Temporary Practice Memorandum on Physician Assisted Death" first released on March 4. It will be considered by the Court as a whole on May 12 and 13, 2016. Submissions can be made in writing to Justice James L. Chipman or Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy at the following address: Read More

(OTTAWA, March 22, 2016) – The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, has announced that Justice Thomas A. Read More
Province

NOTE: The following is a March 15 statement by the Hon. Diana Whalen, Justice Minister and Attorney General for Nova Scotia Last December, Nova Scotians raised concerns about a young man who had court ordered restrictions placed on his freedom. They said the Incompetent Persons Act fails to protect the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. 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

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: Read More
Other news

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family. Read More

William Lahey, Associate Professor at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law and former senior public servant, has been appointed next President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Read More

Seeking information on a will, possibly prepared by a law firm on the Bedford Highway. Names: Barbara and Peter Grant, originally from Hampton in the Annapolis Valley, who died around 2006 in Bedford, N.S. (Mr. Grant died first; Mrs. Grant died several years later.) Read More

Census information is important for all communities and is vital for planning services such as schools, daycare, housing, police services, fire protection, roads, public transit, and skills training for employment.  Read More
Careers

Life is too short to stay at a job you don’t love. Read More

CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2016-2017 OVERSEAS PLACEMENTS IN AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA AND ASIA The CBA has received funding from Global Affairs Canada to select and place twenty young Canadian lawyers in 2016-17 as interns with human rights and legal development organizations overseas.   Read More

The Breton Law Group is seeking expressions of interest from individuals in the position of Corporate Legal Assistant. Read More

A Halifax lawyer is seeking a part-time legal assistant. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of legal experience, preferably with experience in criminal law. This is a permanent, part-time position, three days per week. Ideal candidates will have strong computer skills. Experience with PC Law and Sage Accounting would also be considered an asset. Read More

Are you a sole-practitioner looking to realize the benefits of being associated with an established downtown medium-sized firm? Are you associated with another firm and looking for a positive change? If the answer to either question is yes, this may be the opportunity you have been seeking and we would like to hear from you!    Read More

General Management, Legal and Justice Department of Justice Halifax City, Nova Scotia   Halifax Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street   Please quote Competition #16-DOJ0720GS    Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Since 1985, the Nova Scotia-Gambia Association (NSGA) has worked with West Africans and Canadians to build healthy communities in The Gambia. Through education and health promotion initiatives, NSGA staff and volunteers have become a major force in youth and community education in West Africa. Read More

This is a renewable two year term by election at an AGM (next AGM: April 20th) of the Chebucto Community net. The membership in this oldest of IPS's in Nova Scotia and participating in its exciting roles in the community and future plans would promise a wealth of encounters in private, business and government (all levels) sectors. Read More

Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS) is currently recruiting volunteers to sit on the Board of Directors as members-at-large. Read More

Board of Directors opportunities with AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 13:00
Mentally Healthy Workplaces in the Legal Sector Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 14:30
BELABOURING ECONOMY AND POLITICS: AN ANALYSIS OF POSSIBILITIES AND CONSTRAINTS    Speaker: Dr. Navarro-Genie, AIMS (Atlantic Institute for Market Studies) http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_LAB_0316  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 14:00
Willing and Trying:Law Practitioners and Mental Health — Half Day Event Speaker: Paul Hutchinson  An interactive workshop that will seek to create a safe professional space for participants to explore this sensitive but essential subject with special guest Paul Hutchinson.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 09:00
Human Rights and Accommodation Conference March 30 - 31, 2016 The Westin Harbour Castle Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Registration and Hot Breakfast Buffet 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM  Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs8:45 AM - 9:00 AM  Panel 1 Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 (All day)
Friday, April 1, 2016 Taking Human Rights Cases to Adjudication: Mastering procedure and presentation 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 - 19:00
Professor Richard Susskind OBE will claim there are two futures for the professions. Both rest on technology. The first is reassuringly familiar. It's a more efficient version of what we already have – professionals will heavily standardize and systematize today's routine activities. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 09:00
For the first time in Halifax, The Advocates' Society presents The Art of Communication and Persuasion with Steve Hughes. Learn to: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 17:30
Book launch: Negotiating So Everyone Wins You are invited to the David C. Dingwall book launch for Negotiating So Everyone Wins. Special guests: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 12:00
Conflicts of Interest for Estate Practitioners Speakers:  Richard Niedermayer, Stewart McKelvey Stacey Gerrard, LIANS http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_wil_0416  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 12:00
Mortgage Lender's Instructions Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 02:00
Storytelling – the art of connecting with, captivating and persuading an audience – is the key to success as an advocate. A credible lawyer capable of telling a compelling story that engages the mind and emotion at the same time will almost always beat the lawyer who cannot. But what exactly are the elements of a good story? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 17:30
  The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event, Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC   April 14, 2016  |  5:30 to 7:30 pm  The Gateway, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, Halifax NS Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 02:00
Every day lawyers make decisions about whether someone is telling the truth. We do it at home, at work, and in social situations. Most of us rely on stereotypical “signs” that a person is lying and we are no better at it than chance. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 02:00
Expert witnesses offer unique opportunities but also specific challenges, and your ability to control your opponent's expert on the stand can make or break your case. In this focused, practice-oriented seminar, internationally-recognized litigation skills instructor Todd Winegar shares his Ten Steps to Success for cross-examining all types of expert witnesses. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 09:00
This conference for women advocates is aimed at maximizing your power as leaders in the profession. Hear directly from accomplished and successful litigators and judges. Acquire career and business development tools, practice management strategies, and effective advocacy tips. Connect with colleagues and learn from the experiences of others. Prepare to be inspired. Topics include: Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 - 13:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the fundamentals of client care. You will be engaged in discussions about ethics, systems and process for client care, risk management, and strategies for follow-up, retention and client satisfaction.   By the end of this module you will be able to: Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 - 09:00
Grounded in the fundamentals of the functional areas of business, including marketing, human resources, and finance, this course is an overview intended to equip you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required for the successful management of a law practice. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 09:00
This course is intended to strengthen your capacity for employee attraction and retention. You will be engaged in discussions about current HR theories, including the role of emotional intelligence in professional development, and the importance of teamwork.   By the end of this module you will be able to: Read More
Event Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 13:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the skills, tools and tactics required to be strategic and successful in the sales and marketing of a law practice. You will be engaged in discussions about market research, social media and digital strategies. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 09:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the financial management of a law practice. You will be engaged in discussions about topics such as the key factors affecting profitability, operation of trust accounts, concepts of time-keeping, liabilities and capital funding.   By the end of this module you will be able to:  Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 13:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the structure of the legal services market in Canada. You will be engaged in discussions about the key commercial and practical issues facing law firms, and the advantage and disadvantages of the principle business vehicles used by legal service providers.   By the end of this module you will be able to: Read More
Event Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 09:00
Tying together all the content from the six modules of the Certificate in Law Practice Management program in an interactive, team-based group activity; this course (Module 7) is the final capstone course. Read More
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