INFORUM

July 18, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce updates to its Vision and Values statement. On June 17, 2016, Council approved several amendments including new gender-neutral language and changes that reflect the Society’s new Triple-P approach to regulation (proactive, principled and proportionate). Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Pride Reception, co-hosted by the Society and the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia. Read More

Many articled clerks have been inquiring about the Society’s Exam Writing Seminar. Instead of holding an in-person session this summer, we have posted an online version of the seminar on our website. This will allow clerks to view the seminar whenever it is convenient. Read More

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

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, July 22, 2016, starting at 12:00 noon. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: http://nsbs.org/council-materials.    Read More
Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society hereby gives notice that by Order of the Complaints Investigation Committee (CIC), it is in the public interest for Lyle Howe of Halifax to be subject to a number of new and amended practice restrictions and conditions. 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

(From the CFCJ June 2016 newsletter) – In a recent piece on the changing culture of legal aid in Nova Scotia, Dr. Read More

Nova Scotia's legal community has received three national Lexpert Zenith awards, which recognize efforts across Canada to advance diversity and inclusion. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is very pleased to announce its Equity & Access Office received a Zenith Award this year. Read More

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released a Discussion Paper on family property division. The paper proposes a number of reforms to the Matrimonial Property Act and related areas of law. The paper is available online, here.   Read More
Tips from LIANS

Preparing to shut down your office during the summer holidays can be easy and stress free if you remember to follow this simple checklist: Read More

We’ve received numerous reports over the years from lawyers who have dealt with threatening phone calls from bogus law firm directories who have demanded payment for fake invoices, or risk going to collections. Always ensure that you and your staff confirm who they are dealing with before paying any invoice, and closely monitor your financial statements. Read More

Homewood Health™ offers two options for accessing secure and private online counselling sessions: Read More
Courts

Monday, July 18, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – Judges, lawyers, legislators and law enforcement officials from around the globe will be in Halifax next week to discuss cyber-crime, privacy and the increasingly difficult balance between the rights of the individual and society’s collective security. Read More

The Nova Scotia Courts have a contingency plan in place for filing court documents in the event of a Canada Post service disruption: http://www.courts.ns.ca/News_of_Courts/PostalServiceDisruption.htm.    Read More
Province

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice has embarked on a project that will enable lawyers, their assistants and paralegals to conduct estate searches by remotely accessing online the Department’s estate management system (EMA) for inquiry purposes only. Read More

All four Atlantic provinces will introduce a new system to help make provincially issued identification more secure and prevent identity theft. Read More

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission wants to hear from you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDPo3kFv8Sw. Read More

Nova Scotians are encouraged to share their input on the proposed amendments to the Municipal Government Act. This is the first round of amendments as part of the ongoing review of the act, which began in September. Read More

Plans are in place to distribute provincial government mail and cheques if there is a Canada Post postal service disruption. Nova Scotians will be able to use Access Nova Scotia Centres and some government offices to drop off provincial government mail if there isn't a settlement. Read More

Dear Member: In the fall of this year the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Cindy A. Bourgeois, 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 announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:    Read More

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

The first national food law conference of its kind in Canada will be taking place at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, 2016. Read More

July 12, 2016 – On behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, partner Maurice Chiasson QC, was awarded a Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers at a ceremony on July 13 in Halifax. Read More

Peter Harrison has been appointed a Crown attorney in Sydney and Aaron Martens has been appointed a Crown attorney in Shubenacadie. "Both Mr. Harrison and Mr. Martens have a good foundation in criminal law, which makes them valuable additions to our team of Crown attorneys," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, in announcing the appointments on July 6. Read More

The Halifax Regional School Board, responding to student demand, is piloting a law co-operative education program for high school students. Read More

The Canadian Afghan Associations of Atlantic Canada (CAAAC) was created earlier this year. Our mandate is to spread awareness of the Afghans’ situation and to help build our relationship with local Afghani communities in order to support the younger generation with issues of education and offer opportunities for university students in Afghanistan to attend universities in Canada. Read More

The Government of Canada is leading a national consultation process to inform the development of legislation that will transform how the government addresses accessibility. Read More

I am looking to see if anyone did a will or took instructions for a will for a Fred Reuben Joudry from the Middleton area between March of 2010 and December 4 of 2015.  If so, please contact me at 902 634 8713 or lawyer@eastlink.ca.  David R. Hirtle Hirtle Legal Services Inc.  Read More
Careers

Our client, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, is responsible for the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS), which administers the mandatory professional liability insurance program for lawyers in Nova Scotia. We are seeking a seasoned professional to lead the Association, ensuring the future is as successful as its past. Read More

Offering to share a small office on Quinpool Rd. Ideal for solo practitioner. Available July 1, 2016. Contact pavelboubnov@gmail.com  Read More

We are seeking an associate to join our expanding family law practice. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one year post-call experience in family law. New calls who demonstrate a strong interest in establishing a career in family law will also be considered. Read More

Todd & Drake LLP is a full service law firm in Cold Lake, Alberta.  We are seeking to hire a criminal defense lawyer. Our firm has a general criminal law practice and represents clients charged with everything from provincial traffic offences to drug offences to murder. The eventual goal is for the lawyer to take over an established criminal law practice. Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is the public interest regulator of the legal profession. Read More

Founded in 1887, McMaster is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities (one of only four Canadian universities), with an impressive reputation for academic and research excellence. Its innovative approaches to teaching and learning have been adopted by universities around the world. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter community outreach approach and governance model, and in partnership with various social equity groups in Washington DC, we aim to empower local participants to take their ideas for community development from concept to execution.  Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 06:30
You are cordially invited to celebrate with us at the 14th Annual Pride Reception, co-hosted by the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.   Thursday, July 21, 2016 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm  Read More
Event Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 11:30
  Join us to march in the 29th Annual Halifax Pride Parade, Saturday, July 23rd, 2016   We will meet at 11:30 am (try to get there before noon) at the Halifax Dockyard. Parade starts at 1:00 pm and it gets pretty busy around noon.    Read More
Event Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016 (All day)
The digital and internet age has thrown up a vast array of challenges for the criminal law. The internet provides a new platform for criminal activity. Cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying and internet luring are only a few of the new additions to the criminal law vocabulary. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:30
Back by popular demand, this must-attend event has been designed to meet the current needs of new Articling and LPP students. You will gain strategies on conducting legal research efficiently and writing a persuasive research memo. You will also obtain practical tips on how to negotiate in transactional work and succeed in motions court. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:30
Back by popular demand, this must-attend event has been designed to meet the current needs of new Articling and LPP students. You will gain strategies on conducting legal research efficiently and writing a persuasive research memo. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:30
Back by popular demand, this must-attend event has been designed to meet the current needs of new Articling and LPP students. You will gain strategies on conducting legal research efficiently and writing a persuasive research memo. You will also obtain practical tips on how to negotiate in transactional work and succeed in motions court. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:00
Recent changes to Ontario’s lobbying rules and federal income tax rules have changed registration and reporting requirements for charities, and also created limitations on political activities. As a result, your charitable clients will soon be turning to you to ensure they know their obligations at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:00
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program.   Cost for this program is $650 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course.   Dates for next LRA course: September 21-28, 2016    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 13:00
In this user-friendly webinar session, you will: Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 09:00
Get the practical insights you need to navigate the tricky issues arising in your daily practice with confidence. From recent need-to-know developments to fundamental skills, gain expert perspectives and strategic advice from our top notch faculty. Registration  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 12:00
Join us to explore the issues estate lawyers should be considering when advising clients in both estate planning and estate administration where frozen human reproductive material is involved. Get up-to-speed on what you need to know, including: Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 30, 2016 - 08:30
Join us to explore the who, what, where, when, and why (but not how) of estate planning. Gather expert insights from our esteemed faculty on critical factors in assessing the usefulness of various estate planning tools and opportunities to achieve your clients’ goals. Read More
Event Date: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 11:15
Explore the skills and strategies that every litigator must know to successfully seek and oppose injunctive relief. Leaders of the bar and bench provide strategic and practical advice about this powerful remedy. New calls and seasoned veterans will both benefit from this program. Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 16, 2016 - 09:00
Live Webcast Available Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 08:30
Continuing disabilities present complex issues for you and your clients and claims can be very tricky to settle. Help your clients control costs and minimize prolonged litigation by ensuring you are up to date on the latest legal developments and trends effecting disability claims. Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 13:00
Live Webcast Available Early Bird Ends August 19 Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 26, 2016 - 13:00
Live Webcast Available Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 08:30
Join your peers for an in-depth examination of instruments which can impact real property conveyances. Hear from our expert faculty, who will provide an overview and delve into nuances of construction liens, condo liens, tax liens, executions, super priorities and parcel register impediments. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (All day)
Some of the most prevalent disabilities in Canada, including mental illness, cancer, HIV, and arthritis, can be characterized as episodic disabilities, which are defined as disabilities involving periods of good health alternating with periods of illness or disability. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (All day)
Please see the attached conference website for full details: http://lancasterhouse.com/conferences/show/id/68 Day One - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 08:30
Hear from experienced litigators from both the generic and brand sides as well as in-house counsel and the Bench on best practices for litigating under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 13:00
Program Description: Have all your pressing questions answered about advocacy before appellate courts. Gain key insights on how to make your written and oral appellate submissions effective, compelling and persuasive. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 08:45
SAVE THE DATE! LEAF Halifax's Annual Persons Day Breakfast on October 14 will honour and feature Nasha Nihjawan and Kelly McMillan. Tickets, tables and sponsorships will be available soon!   Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day)
Employers, unions, and disabled employees themselves must all cooperate in the accommodation process. However, differing perceptions of safety risks posed by various accommodations can become obstacles to cooperation in the accommodation process. In this workshop experts will explain what leading arbitrators say about balancing accommodation and workplace safety. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day)
The process of returning injured workers to the job can pose challenges for all workplace parties, especially in cases that involve complex interactions between physical and psychological impairments. Participants in the workshop will learn from the experience of experts who have confronted the problem and have succeeded in creating a widely-praised program to return workers to the job. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day)
Please click on conference website link for more details: http://lancasterhouse.com/conferences/show/id/60 Conference Day - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day)
Program Agenda:   9:00 am - 10:00 am - Challenging Credibility of the Sympathetic Witness 10:00 am - 10:50 am - Challenging Credibility of the Expert Witness 11:00 am - 12:00pm - Addressing Credibility in Closing Arguments Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 (All day)
Please visit the conference website for more details: http://lancasterhouse.com/conferences/show/id/61 Conference Day - Thursday, October 20, 2016 Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 (All day)
The Advocates' Society, in conjunction with the Young Advocates' Standing Commitee, is pleased to present Ontario's premier CLE and networking conference for lawyers one to ten years in practice. Join us for a great retreat that only happens every other year. Gain practical advice from senior members of the bar and bench on how to excel as an advocate. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 09:00
This comprehensive two-day program offers everything you need to put your best case forward at trial. On Day One, hear from esteemed judges and leading members of the family bar as they take you through trial preparation, strategy and theory. On Day Two, get the unique opportunity to practice your trial advocacy skills in a hands-on skills-based workshop. Read More
Event Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 13:00
A unique opportunity to network with other leaders of the bar and speak candidly with the bench about the issues that matter to you. Gain insight and advice from judges, refresh your knowledge and hear important legal updates. This CPD program is specifically designed for experienced counsel, with content and speakers tailored to develop your practice and your skills. Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
Program description: Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 - 13:00
Conducting fulsome client and witness interviews can lead to a better understanding of your client’s case and possible outcomes. Attend this new program on the art of interviewing and learn how to structure and guide the interview process in order to get the best and most reliable evidence for your case. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:00
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program.   Cost for this program is $650 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course.   Dates for next LRA course: November 16-23, 2016    Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 09:00
This program will tell you what every advocate needs to know about evidence. Learn how to deal with hearsay issues at trial and how to attack and defend claims of privilege. Esteemed members of the bench and experienced litigators will provide key insights into how to effectively obtain, use and get your evidence admitted. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 - 09:00
Have all your pressing questions about advocacy in commercial arbitrations answered. This program will focus on advocacy challenges and provide practical techniques and tools for winning your arbitrations. The morning sessions will feature esteemed arbitrators and practitioners who will share their strategies for effective advocacy in commercial arbitrations. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 09:00
Effective cross-examinations can damage a witness’ credibility, limit the witness’ direct testimony and elicit helpful testimony for your case. Learn the techniques used by successful criminal trial lawyers to accomplish these goals. The morning session will feature discussion and live cross-examination demonstrations from experienced counsel focusing on advanced strategies and techniques. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 5, 2016 - 09:00
Explore the skills and strategies that every litigator must know to successfully seek and oppose injunctive relief. Leaders of the bar and bench provide strategic and practical advice about this powerful remedy. New calls and seasoned veterans will both benefit from this program. Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 09:00
The discipline of science meets the art of advocacy in this full-day, definitive course on scientific evidence in the courtroom. Discussion and demonstrations by practitioners, judges, and scientific experts will provide you with the expertise to assess, introduce and challenge scientific evidence with confidence. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 09:00
Learn how to set the stage and deliver powerful and effective opening statements, and examinations-in-chief. Judges and trial lawyers share practical tips for mastering the art of storytelling in an opening statement and strengthening your case through comprehensive examination-in-chief. Register for the morning only for presentations, demonstrations and commentary by noted faculty. Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 16, 2016 - 13:00
Civility is not just good manners. It is also good advocacy. Ignoring the principles of civility and professionalism can result in the loss of your credibility, your case and your confidence. Master the art of civil advocacy with this fundamental program designed for litigators. Read More
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