INFORUM

November 07, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Society is pleased to announce that Gail Rudderham Chernin QC of Sydney is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, which was presented October 28 at the annual Recognition Reception. Read More

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

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, October 28, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.  Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Hanaa Ahmed Al Sharief David George Yarwood The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks: Read More
Professional development

A new Society webpage, Legal citation guides, offers citation guidance for some of the most frequently encountered legal resources, following the McGill Guide, 8th ed. Read More

ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS EXTERNAL REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS: PETITIONS TO CABINET, APPEALS TO COURT, AND JUDICIAL REVIEW / Macaulay, Robert W; Sprague, James L.H — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 36.A2 M117E 2016] Read More

Flatlaw is a directory of lawyers who provide flat-rate legal services. It launched in August 2013 as a dedicated space where lawyers can offer their services for flat rates rather than the traditional billing by time method. Read More

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

On November 3, the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia was formally recognized in the House of Assembly by Justice Minister Diana Whalen for its innovation in promoting access to justice for Nova Scotians through the Public Navigator Program, the first program of its kind in the country. Read More

The Family Law Nova Scotia website has added a new online kit, ‘A Guide to Filing for Divorce in Nova Scotia’. The guide provides background information on divorce and the divorce process (contested or uncontested), as well as instructions and links to forms and documents. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Disasters happen and oftentimes without much notice. Is your office ready for such an event? How long would it take your office to resume business? How would you advise your clients and colleagues? How long would it take you to return to pre-disaster levels? Here are some things to think about when creating your Disaster Contingency Plan: Read More

An email purportedly from "Ken Mauring” of “Mauring Exchange Ltd.” featuring virus-laden links has recently been circulating – example here: Read More

Mental illness and addiction are often considered invisible disabilities – because they’re not obvious to spot, they are often overlooked and misunderstood. The impact of mental health and addiction problems on an individual’s life and career can be devastating, and employers can play an important role in helping employees get the help they need to recover. Read More
Courts

Oct 28 - The Chief Justices and Chief Judge have accepted a number of recommendations to encourage diversity on the Nova Scotia Judiciary. Read More

The Government of Canada has announced reforms to the judicial appointments process that will make the process more transparent, accountable and reflective of the diversity of Canadian society. As a result of these changes, all interested candidates must submit their applications pursuant to the new rules and using the new forms. Read More

Oct 29 - Follow the events of the Honourable Chief Justice Michael MacDonald and Jennifer Stairs, Communications Director for the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, as they take part in a judicial reform mission in Ukraine. MORE >>  Read More

OTTAWA, October 31, 2016 – The Honourable Mr. Justice Malcolm Rowe was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada before the Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, and the judges of the Court in a private ceremony on October 31, 2016. Read More

Justice Allan P. Boudreau retired on Oct. 31, 2016 from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, after 26 years on the Bench. Read more >>  Read More

(October 13, 2016) – Most courthouses in Nova Scotia now offer FREE guest Wi-Fi access for lawyers, self-represented individuals and other visiting the building. Check at the front counter and a temporary user name and password will be provided. PLEASE NOTE: Users must follow the policies for using electronic devices in courthouses and courtrooms. Read More

The Mental Health Court has asked the Society to distribute its new brochure to all lawyers in Nova Scotia. The new brochure contains information about the Mental Health Court Program and the Court Monitored Drug Treatment Program. Read More
Province

A public consultation on changes to Nova Scotia’s guardianship law launched on November 1. Read More

The province is inviting Nova Scotians with creative ideas on how to prevent sexual violence to apply for grants through the Sexual Violence Strategy. Read More

Nova Scotians are getting access to historical, cultural and other government data through the province's expanded open data portal. As of Nov. 7, more than 25 new and refreshed data collections have been added to the portal. The portal has 286,000 page views since it was launched last February. Read More

Legislation introduced Nov. 1, will allow Halifax Regional Municipality to set different commercial property tax rates in designated zones. Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: 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

From Slaw.ca on November 1, 2016: Maritime Law Book has a new owner. Slaw contributors Eric Appleby and Colin Lachance have issued a joint announcement (PDF). Read More

Catherine Elizabeth Potribny, 90, passed away on October 19, 2016. Her heirs are nieces and nephews, who are hoping to confirm the existence and location of a will. If completed, it would have been made in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where she lived at 40 First Street, Howie Centre. Read More

I am searching for a Will or anyone who took instructions for a Will for George Wallace Swaine, who died on January 25, 1995. He resided at Canso, Nova Scotia at the time of his death. If you have any information, please contact Mitchell Eliasson of Wickwire Holm by phone or email as follows: P: 902-492-3442 Read More

I am looking for my mother’s Personal Directive and/or Enduring Power of Attorney, which was likely completed at the same time as her last Will in the latter part of the 1990s. She was, until the past month, a resident of Halifax. Her name is Ramona Constance O’Laughlin. If you have any information at all, can you please contact me by email or by telephone: Read More

Colleen Hepburn has been appointed a Crown attorney in Yarmouth. Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, announced the appointment on November 1. "Ms. Hepburn's solid background in criminal law and her years of prosecutorial experience make her a valuable addition to our team of Crown attorneys," said Mr. Herschorn.  Read More

There are two scholarships being offered by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship for study at Cambridge, England, and a French Language Scholarship to study at a French speaking university in Europe. They are available to people who have graduated from a Canadian law school in the last few years.  Read More
Careers

Maitland is a global advisory and administration firm providing investment and fund administration services to institutional clients.  Our Bedford location is seeking a full time paralegal or legal assistant to with experience in the corporate field. The position falls under the title of Fund Administrator. The ideal candidate will have: Read More

McInnes Cooper is among the 20 largest business law firms in Canada. We serve clients across North America and abroad from six offices in Halifax, St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown. With 200 lawyers and over 300 professional resources, we are positioned to offer clients a range of legal and business services. Read More

McKiggan Hebert is currently seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to join our team at our offices on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a permanent full time position. The successful candidate will support a practice in personal injury law. Read More

Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in Antigonish. Ideal Abilities and Skills Read More

Seeking an ARTICLING CLERK position within Atlantic Canada. I have recently graduated with my Juris Doctor (JD) and a Masters of Laws (LLM) specializing Alternative Dispute Resolution. I have previously obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island. Read More

EMM LAW of Port Hawkesbury is busy and needs a lawyer to help share the workload with nine other lawyers. Our preference would be to hire a lawyer who wishes to focus on litigation, including family law, and who has practiced law in the range of two to five years. Read More

McInnes Cooper is among the 20 largest business law firms in Canada. We serve clients across North America and abroad from six offices in Halifax, St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown. With 200 lawyers and over 300 professional resources, we are positioned to offer clients a range of legal and business services. Read More

I am a 2016 graduate from the Schulich School of Law seeking an articling position anywhere in Atlantic Canada. I have a strong resume and great references. I work hard and am easy to get along with. I will happily forward any documentation requested for you to review in considering taking me on as an articling student. Read More

Are you a person that is seeking balance in your professional and personal life? Are you seeking a position that will provide independence and financial stability? Green Tynes Law Office Inc., is a busy Dartmouth law firm that is proud to provide professional legal services to our clients in a relaxed atmosphere. Read More

Bland and Associates is a small but busy four-lawyer (plus an articling clerk) general practice on the corner of Blowers and Argyle streets, in the heart of downtown Halifax. We are located only a minute's walk from the Spring Garden Road Provincial Court and also very close to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (General Division) on Upper Water Street. Read More

The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal is seeking a Legal Research Officer.  The incumbent will work under the direction of the Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador and the other judges of the Court.  In this role he or she will be provided with a unique opportunity to gain insight into the judicial reasoning process and to assist in the development of the law in Newfoundland and L Read More

Ferrier Kimball Thomas is an independent law firm based in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. We currently have an opening for a lawyer to join our growing business law group.   Read More

The Government of Canada has announced reforms to the judicial appointments process which will make the process more transparent, accountable and reflective of the diversity of Canadian society. As a result of these changes, all interested candidates must submit their applications pursuant to the new rules and using the new forms. Read More

Paralegal with four year's experience looking for a part time or flex time position. Experience in Real Estate, Family, Criminal, Wills and Estate Planning, and small civil matters.   Proficient in computers including Microsoft Office Suite and Corel, as well as experience with Property OnLine and submission of documents. Typing is 80 wpm. Read More

I am a recent graduate from the Dalhousie Law School looking to work anywhere between the HRM area and Antigonish. I also completed the health law and policy specialization. I am a hard worker who is capable of both self directed work and working within a team. I am available for work immediately.  I will happily forward any relevent documentation requested.  Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission is the regulator of the real estate industry in Nova Scotia. The Commission's Forms Committee is mandated to review and make recommendations to the Commission Board of Directors regarding new and existing mandated forms. We are seeking an interested laywer with experience reviewing real estate forms to participate on our Committee. Read More

Grow your career. Serve your Community Serving on an Agency, Board, or Commission (ABC) can help you grow personally and professional while making a real impact in your community. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (All day)
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society 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 Barristers' Library in Halifax on November 8 & 9, 2016. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 11:00
Filling the gaps: a workshop on refugee law    Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 17:30
Please join us for an encore performance of our “Three Legal Tenors” program from 2010, where an esteemed panel of current and former Superior Court Justices will provide their insights regarding recent Court decisions involving municipal and planning law cases. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 08:30
It is well established that competent family dispute resolution practice, including collaborative practice, requires professionals to assess whether the proposed process is likely to be safe and effective for the client. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 19:00
Speaker: Professor Greg Marquis, University of New Brunswick Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 12:00
Northern Construction Enterprises Inc v. HRM  2015 decision of the Court of Appeal Speaker: Peter Rogers, QC, McInnes Cooper  Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 19:00
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and The ENRICH Project are pleased to present Indigenous Perspectives, as part of the ongoing Racism series. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7pm Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 12:00
A Primer on the Law Amendments Committee Speakers: Gordon Hebb, QC & Karen Kinley, Legislative Counsels Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 08:00
Who is a Constructor under Nova Scotia’s Occupational Health and Safety Act?R. v. McCarthy’s Roofing Limited Speaker: Jeff Aucoin, McInnes Cooper Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:00
Legal Opinions – Including Trends and Changing Practice Speaker: Jared Schwartz, Patterson Law Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:00
Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions Speaker: Blair MacKinnon, Heritage House Law Office Register  Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 - 12:00
The Constitutional Costs of the War on Drugs: Lessons from Mexico Alejandro Madrazo Lajous Drug Policy Program, Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge No registration required. All welcome! Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 - 18:30
The Chair of the CBA–NS Military Law Section and the Vice-Chair of the Criminal Justice Law Section and the Chair of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Section request the pleasure of your company, with a guest if you wish, at a dinner to take place in the Wardroom, at CFB Halifax (Stadacona) on Friday evening the 18th day of November 2016 (1830 for 1900 hrs)  Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:00
Canadian Border Services Agency Tour, Presentation and Q&A Speaker: CBSA staff There is no cost for this event. Space is limited to 15. Register  Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 08:00
The province of Nova Scotia is taking a leadership role in convening this year’s National Restorative Justice Symposium. Nova Scotia has expanded the use of restorative justice to adults across the province, in public schools, and within the Human Rights Commission. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:00
Provincial Consultation on Adult Guardianship Law Speaker: Department of Justice (with invited guests) Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 17:30
Supervised Access Speakers:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12:00
Cyber-Bullying, Law Reform and Feminism “Minding the Gap: Why and How Nova Scotia Should Enact a New Cyber-safety Act” Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12:00
Not-for-Profit Financial Concepts for Lawyers Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 - 09:00
Canadian Bar Assocation Nova Scotia's Estate Planning Conference Friday, November 25, 2016 Baronet Room, Delta Halifax Hotel. The program will cover everything from Drafting Super Powers of Attorney to Life Interest Trusts, along with useful updates on current issues provided by knowledgeable speakers. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:00
An Update on Access to Information Speaker: Catherine Tulley, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner Nova Scotia Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:00
The Administrative Recalculation of Child Support and Maintenance through Maintenance Enforcement Speaker: Jessica Renfert, Nova Scotia Reciprocity Officer, Department of Justice Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 16:30
26th Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial LectureThe Ethics of Sexual Assault Lawyering The Schulich School of Law and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society cordially invite you to attend the twenty-sixth annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics. Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00
The Constitutional Case Against Canadian Medicare and Why It May Succeed Colleen Flood, Faculty of Law and Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge No registration required. All welcome! Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00
Polling District Boundaries and Court of Appeal: West Hants v. UARB, 2016 NSCA 57 Speakers: Jane O'Neill, McInnes Cooper Peter Rogers, QC, McInnes Cooper Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:00
God is in the Detail: Tips for Prosecuting Regulatory Offences in Nova Scotia  Speaker: Alex Keaveny, Crown Attorney, Public Prosecution Service Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:00
Webb v. Webb and the Future of the Incompetent Persons Act Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:00
Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia Presents our Online CLE Beyond Fines: "Creative Sentencing" for Occupational Health and Safety Offences Speaker: Alex Keaveny, Public Prosecution Service Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 12:00
Patient Advocacy in the Drug Regulatory Process in Canada and the US Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:00
Who Has Seen the Asylum? History and Reconciliation in Mental Health Erika Dyck, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge No registration required. All welcome! dal.ca/hli/seminar-series Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:00
End-of-Life Decision-Making in the US, with some Canadian Comparisons Barbara Noah, Western New England University School of Law Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge No registration required. All welcome! dal.ca/hli/seminar-series Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:00
Litigation as Regulation? A Tobacco Class Action Care Study Camille Cameron, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge No registration required. All welcome! dal.ca/hli/seminar-series Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 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: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 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: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 09:00
Human resource management has evolved from personnel administration to managing human resources to accomplish organizational goals.  This module is intended to strengthen your capacity for professional staff management. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 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, May 12, 2017 - 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, May 12, 2017 - 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, May 13, 2017 - 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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