INFORUM

August 29, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

Visit the Society’s YouTube channel to view “The Year Ahead,” inaugural remarks from President R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP. His address was delivered during the Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting held June 18, 2016 at Dalhousie University. Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following member has changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Ms. Allison Lynn Carpenter  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

The Society is pleased to introduce desktop access to the  Read More
Access to Justice

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

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) thanks and recognizes BOYNECLARKE LLP as a supporting partner in access to justice by helping law students gain practical knowledge and experience in access to justice initiatives through their summer student placement program with LISNS in recognition of LISNS' innovative work in helping Nova Scotians through quality legal information. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Resilience is an important quality in today’s fast-paced, stressful, ever-changing world. It’s basically the ability to face life’s challenges, cope with disruptive change and catastrophe and the ability to rebound from setbacks without acting in a dysfunctional way. Read More

We have received numerous reports from Nova Scotia lawyers who’ve received the following scam attempt from “Fumiko Anderson”. The initial contact emails were as follows: From: fumanderson @ iprimus. com. au [mailto: fumanderson @ iprimus. com. au] Subject: I need your Counsel Dear Counsel, Read More

One of the questions we get quite frequently is what practice management software comes recommended. Unfortunately, it’s not a one size fits all type product. Here are some questions to ask yourself when decided whether to invest in practice management software: Read More
Courts

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – Are you a lawyer or law student in the Halifax area looking to give back to the community and help improve access to justice? The Free Legal Clinic wants you! Volunteers are needed for the upcoming fall/winter session at the Halifax Law Courts. The Free Legal Clinic is open on Thursday mornings only, on the following dates: Read More

As part of the revision of the Civil Procedure Rules, the Association des juristes d'expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) asked the judges to consider the preparation of a French version of the rules. The Supreme Court agreed, and they asked the Department of Justice of Nova Scotia to assume the funding of the translation. The Department agreed and the two levels of government (f Read More

RE: Valuation of real property Date: August 15, 2016 Some time ago, it was agreed among the Registrars of Probate that the valuation used for the real property in estates should be the Nova Scotia property assessed value, as prepared by the Property Valuation Services Corporation. Read More

August 11 notice from the Courts of Nova Scotia Updated version of the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules and Forms, including amendments approved on June 24, 2016, is now online: http://courts.ns.ca/Civil_Procedure_Rules/cpr_home.htm  Read More
Province

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

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

You are being invited to participate in a research study conducted by Professor Jacob Shelley, and law students, Gabriella Levkov and Michelle Noonan at the Faculty of Law, Western University.  Read More

reachAbility, a grassroots charity desperately needs office furniture – especially chairs! If you have anything in good condition to donate, please contact: moira@reachability.org or 902.429.5878. Thank you in advance for your generosity. www.reachAbility.org  Read More

After 48 years of case law publishing, Maritime Law Book is closing in November 2016. Both print and online publications will end. Our 14 databases are now available for sale - see below. We will entertain offers for a single database or for any combination of the databases. The databases are in the WordPerfect format. We will consider offers until November 1, 2016. Read More

Brandon Trask has been appointed a Crown attorney in Dartmouth. Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, announced the appointment on August 11. "With his prosecutorial experience and extensive legal education Mr. Trask is a valuable addition to the Public Prosecution Service," said Mr. Herschorn. Read More

August 16, 2016 – Halifax, Nova Scotia:  BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to announce that twenty-one of their fifty-nine lawyers will be included in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 publication by Best Lawyers®. Congratulations to the following lawyers. Year of initial recognition in brackets: Read More
Careers

Our busy law firm is seeking a full time property / litigation paralegal. The successful candidate will possess a diploma as a Legal Assistant or a Paralegal in addition to the following:  Read More

Billing Clerk (3 month contract) Read More

Paralegal – Personal Injury/Commercial Litigation   Read More

Pressé Mason in Bedford is seeking a full time, permanent legal assistant with litigation/personal injury experience. The successful candidate will possess the following: Read More

over 20 years experience as a legal assistant proficient in Office 365, MS Word, PC Law, MS Outlook, spreadsheet applications and internet searches quick and astute with the ability to learn new areas of law and technology appointed a Commissioner of Oaths of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia  Read More

Do you want a career in a law firm that rewards you for a commitment to an excellent work product? Are you looking for an employer who facilitates a team-working environment? Are you tired of commuting in rush hour traffic to Halifax?  Read More

Weldon McInnis, a downtown Dartmouth law firm, is looking for a Legal Assistant to fill a full-time position in the area of Family Law, commencing immediately.     Significant experience working in a family law practice and a good working knowledge of legal terminology, family law rules, documentation and court procedures are required. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Jost Mission Day Care Society (dba Edward Jost Children’s Centre) is currently recruiting community board members with skills and expertise in fundraising, finance and accounting, digital/social media, law and construction/building management.     Read More

Recruitment of Legal Members for the Nova Scotia Health Research Ethics Board Read More
Upcoming Events
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: Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 17:00
The microprogram in Medicolegal expertise given by Université de Montréal is a 17 credit-web based curriculum. It is a unique collaboration between 12 North American Universities. It allows legal profesionnals to gain better understanding of the principles underlying medical expert testimony, disability assessments and independant medical evaluations. Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 9, 2016 (All day)
The 3rd annual Northern Nova Scotia CLE Day will consist of 10 speakers drawn from private practice, NSLA, the Public Prosecution Service, LISNS, Provincial Court, Family Court, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal for 6.5 hours of CLE. 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: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (All day)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm   Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 16, 2016 - 09:00
Live Webcast Available 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: 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 - 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: 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 - 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: 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: Friday, August 26, 2016 - 11:45
In its ongoing Pathways to Power series, the Women Lawyers Forum (WLF) shines a light on the successful journeys of female lawyers into positions of power and influence. The WLF, in partnership with Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) - Ontario Chapter, is proud to present the next installment in the series focused on women general and in-house counsel. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00
Update on NSOI Programs  Speakers: Representatives from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration  NOTE: Questions to be submitted to NSOI in advance. Please send questions to Section Chair, David Nurse, david@windwardimmigration.com, by September 12th. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00
Now that summer has come to a close, find out what you may have missed while you were away on your summer vacation and hit the ground running this September. Our expert panel will bring you up to speed on the latest tax caselaw developments. http://cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=ON_16TAX0915T  Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 16, 2016 - 08:30
Why fear your upcoming hearing, arbitration or court appearance, when you can get practical experience with guidance from expert advocates and decision makers in a safe, educational environment? Get essential updates and practical strategies for advocating before Labour Boards, Human Rights Tribunals, Arbitrators and the courts in Session 1. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:00
Real Property Law Section Meeting “Easements”  Speaker: David Melnick, Melnick Doll Condran http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_rp_0916  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 16:30
Join us for our first program of the year as we review and discuss some of the most critical jurisprudence recently issued by Canada’s top courts in relation to immigration, citizenship and refugee law. These decisions impact all immigration categories and are crucial to every immigration practitioner. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 08:00
When debt troubles enter the picture, it can add a whole other layer of complexity to working with clients - particularly when marital separation is involved. Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 08:00
When debt troubles enter the picture, it can add a whole other layer of complexity to working with clients - particularly when marital separation is involved.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 12:00
The evolution of the internet continues to provide challenges for intellectual property (IP) regimes, IP rights holders, and service providers. In fact, the rapid growth and emergence of cloud and streaming services in particular has created unique issues for both IP rights holders and service providers. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 08:30
With the growing trend of globalization and continuous advancements in technology, more and more businesses are looking to increase their market footprint and conduct their business on a global scale. With this, lawyers need to ensure they are up to date on the ins and outs of international transactions. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 17:30
All construction law practitioners are aware of the trust regime under the Ontario Construction Lien Act, however few have considered its full strategic implications. While the trust regime affords a powerful additional layer of protection for construction industry participants, it also has pitfalls for the unwary. Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 30, 2016 - 08:30
Hungry for know-how to get you up to speed? It doesn’t matter whether you are on the offence or defence, Insurance Law is a niche area of practice requiring specialized knowledge and skill. Take the ‘curve’ out of your learning with our highly qualified and experienced panelists ready to assist in the evolution of your skill set. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 12:30
The Top 10 Wrongful Dismissal Cases: Recent ground-breaking decisions Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT Moderator Colin Johnston, Arbitrator/Mediator  Issues Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (All day)
Each year, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) hosts a number of multi-disciplinary conferences which are open to everyone interested in the justice system, including its flagship Annual Conference. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 09:00
Join your colleagues for this follow-up to our vastly popular past program, Easements for Real Estate and Municipal Lawyers. Take your knowledge to the next level as our expert faculty delves into the finer points and issues. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 17:45
In Canada, people can be charged and prosecuted for not disclosing their HIV-positive status to their sexual partner before engaging in sex. Ontario continues to lead Canadian provinces in charges against people living with HIV, even when there is little to no risk of transmission. People are usually charged with aggravated sexual assault. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 7, 2016 - 08:30
Construction arbitrations and mediations can be complex, daunting and rewarding, all at the same time. Timelines can be quite tight, multiple expert opinions are required on very technical issues and the amounts at issue are substantial. Productions can also number into the hundreds of thousands or more. All of these factors contribute to a costly and challenging process. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 09:00
Use your unique skills to help the non-profits and charities that make Ontario a better place to live, work and play! Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 12:30
Damages and Dignity: Trendsetting remedial awards in human rights cases Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT Moderators Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 08:30
Is your first civil appeal approaching and you don't know what to do? Gain the tools and strategies you need to ensure you get the best result possible for your clients. At this half-day program, prominent litigators will share their time-tested strategies and practical advice on topics ranging from choosing when and where to appeal, to drafting the factum and arguing the appeal. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 09:00
What are key ethical issues facing corporate lawyers today? Join your colleagues to delve into the most current professionalism topics, from conflicts in the transactional setting, to the regulation of alternative business structures, to civility in the courtroom and beyond. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 17:30
The law in the area of workplace safety and insurance continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Both the courts and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeal Tribunal have addressed a number of important and complex legal issues this past year. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 - 08:30
Ensure you have the expertise to advise your clients on how to effectively advertise and market their business without getting tripped up by legislative and regulatory hurdles. Get up-to-date on the ever-evolving field of advertising and marketing law, as you gather critical insights and key strategies from our exceptional faculty of regulators, in-house counsel and private practitioners. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:30
Disciplinary Investigations: Revisiting the rules in a post-Ghomeshi era Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT Moderators Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 08:30
Attend this session to gain valuable tips, advice and best practices regarding communication issues that can arise in your real estate practice. From ensuring your early client interactions and retainers are clear and thorough, to overcoming tricky communication issues with fellow real estate professionals, you will gain the tools to approach these potential scary issues with ease. Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 31, 2016 - 08:30
The relationship between in-house counsel and their external litigation counsel can at times be strained. This is especially true when in-house counsel must do more with less, and litigation in the electronic age becomes ever more complex. It is clear that a new paradigm for this relationship is needed. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 08:30
Ontario courts have heard many significant motor vehicle accident cases in the past year. Join our expert faculty who will help you: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 12:30
Gender Identity and Gender Expression: Best practices in the workplace Thursday, November 3, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT Moderators Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 12:30
Sick Leave and Return to Work: Accommodating employees, preventing abuse Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST Moderators Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 08:30
The summary judgment motion is a powerful tool and a core component of a litigator’s toolbox. Understand where summary judgments are appropriate and how these motions can be used effectively, whether you are pursuing or defending them. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 17:00
Join us for our first joint Ottawa/Toronto Evening with the Masters, with dinner programs in each city and presentations by video conference. This is a unique opportunity to discuss the latest developments in construction law directly with Justice MacLeod and the lien Masters in both Ottawa and Toronto. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 17:00
Join us for our first joint Ottawa/Toronto Evening with the Masters, with dinner programs in each city and presentations by video conference. This is a unique opportunity to discuss the latest developments in construction law directly with Justice MacLeod and the lien Masters in both Ottawa and Toronto. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:30
Substance Use at the Workplace: The scope and limits of accommodation Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST Moderators Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 08:30
Attend this practical, hands-on program to gain the fundamental knowledge and strategies you need to draft, review and negotiate commercial agreements. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 02:00
Since time immemorial, lawyers have tried to balance the needs to be truthful, keep client information confidential, manage conflicts and uphold a sense of civility. It’s a delicate highwire act and attempting to serve all four masters at once can lead to serious falls from grace. So how should you navigate these four important and frequently competing ethical commitments? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 12:30
Negotiating Drug Benefits: Generics vs. brand names, reasonable and customary charges, formulary limits, and prior authorization Thursday, December 1, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST Moderators Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 08:30
Get up to speed on the fundamental principles of accounting for executors, trustees, attorneys and guardians, and explore some of the thornier issues which haunt fiduciaries at this essential program. Our faculty will share expert insights on accounting for trust-controlled corporations, compensation in complex administrations, strategies for avoiding court-ordered audits, and best practices fo Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 12:30
Dealing with Employees with Mental Health Issues: Ethical dilemmas confronting employer and union representatives Thursday, December 15, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST Moderators Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:00
Ensure you are up-to-date on recent income tax case law, legislative changes and CRA administrative developments from the past year which could (and likely will) have a significant impact on your estate planning and estate administration files.  Our expert panel will also unravel the portions of the 2017 Federal Budget relevant to estates and trusts practitioners. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 17:30
Join us for our most popular Administrative Law Section event to get up-to-date on the latest in judicial review jurisprudence and trends. Justice David Stratas and Dr. Paul Daly will be back again this year to share their expert insights on how to understand, apply and successfully argue the courts’ most recent guidance on judicial review. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 17:30
Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from your Superior Court of Justice judges in a less formal setting than the courtroom. Gain insights from Estates List judges as they review cases of note, comment on procedural concerns and provide invaluable guidance to trusts and estates practitioners. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 02:00
Of all the elements you have to work with, none is more precious than time. Designed to address lawyers’ unique organizational and time challenges, and ethical obligations to be competent, prompt and diligent, this solution-oriented program offers practical strategies for better managing time, projects, paper, and people (including yourself). Read More
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