December 19, 2016 InForum Issue

Society news

The Society is pleased to announce a new course taught by Senator Kim Pate, designed to orient lawyers and advocates to key issues related to incarceration and the correctional system.

The two-part course will take place in the NSBS Classroom on January 12 and 13, 2017, from 9:00 am to noon both days. It is offered free of charge, in person or by webinar.

Participants will analyze legislation, case law, reports and supplementary research materials. The goal is to think critically about the ethical and other constraints upon counsel in trying to assist prisoners, the specific barriers confronted by women prisoners (particularly Indigenous women and women with mental health issues), as well as legal and other reforms that are possible in this area.

To attend, please RSVP to Emma Halpern, Equity & Access Officer, at

See the event posting on the Upcoming events page at

The 26th Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics took place on Thursday, December 1 at the Schulich School of Law, co-presented by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

This year’s topic was “The Ethics of Sexual Assault Lawyering,” with Elaine Craig, Associate Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.     

In her lecture, Professor Craig discussed the ethical duties and obligations placed on criminal defence lawyers and Crown attorneys in the context of sexual assault cases. Relying on data gathered from interviews, trial transcripts and law firm websites, she examined some of the ways in which the attitudes and practices of lawyers contribute to the harms experienced by sexual assault complainants.

Professor Craig teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, evidence law, law and sexuality, feminist legal theory and queer legal theory. She has written extensively on the treatment of complainants in sexual assault trials. Her first book, Troubling Sex, was published in 2012 by UBC Press and her next book focuses on the treatment of complainants in sexual assault trials.

Find out more about the Wickwire Memorial Lecture series on the Schulich School of Law website under Public Lectures, where you can also watch videos of past lectures.

Frederick B. (Ted) Wickwire was educated in Halifax and practised in the field of corporate and commercial law with a special interest in property rights, as senior partner in the firm of MacInnes Wilson Flinn Wickwire. In 1977, he was appointed the first Chairman of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. Mr. Wickwire worked tirelessly to ensure that Nova Scotia lawyers maintained a level of uncompromised professionalism. To this end, he served as Society president and chairman of the Legal Ethics Committee, and oversaw creation of the original handbook on ethics and professional conduct.

The next edition of InForum will be published on Monday, January 9, 2017. The 2017 Publication schedule and submission guidelines for the e-newsletter are now available at the top of the InForum webpage.

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Please note, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society will hold a Special Meeting as follows, pursuant to Regulation 2.2.3:

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm
At the Society’s Offices
800-2000 Barrington St., Cogswell Tower, Halifax

Participation may be in person or by video/computer link and phone. To obtain login and dial-in instructions, which will be provided closer to the meeting date, please register for the meeting by contacting Shirley Shane at No registration is required if attendance is in person.

See the Notice of Special Meeting, dated November 17, 2016, for further details and a message from President R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP.

Society Record Fall 2016The Fall 2016 edition of The Society Record is now available online.

The new issue’s cover feature examines recent updates to the Code of Professional Conduct, with content provided by members of the Society’s Code of Professional Conduct Committee.

See the new edition for these articles and more:

Special cover feature:

•  Keeping the Code current – Frank E. DeMont QC, Second Vice-President and Chair of the Code of Professional Conduct Committee
•  Doing business with clients – Angus Gibbon & Stephen McGrath
•  Self-regulation, professional responsibility and the duty to report – Professors Richard Devlin, Jocelyn Downie & Sheila Wildeman
•  Conflicts and confidentiality: Lawyer transfers between firms – T. Arthur Barry QC, John Kulik QC & Susan Hayes 
•  Physical evidence of a crime: Clarifying the rules for lawyers – Dale Darling & Denise Smith QC

Other contents:

  • “Lawyer participation in the new regulatory world,” a new column by President R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP
  • 2016 Recognition Reception
  • Photo essay: “Legally Proud” at the 2016 Pride Reception & Parade
  • Volunteer Profile: Free Legal Clinic delivers a vital service – Michael Lightstone     
  • Volunteer Profile: Refugee Sponsorship Support Program – Julie Sobowale
  • Actions not words: Lawyers and the First World War – Barry Cahill
  • LIANS – Tips from the Risk & Practice Management Program
  • In Memoriam: The Honourable Lorne O. Clarke QC, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia

The Spring 2017 edition of the magazine will be published in April. The deadline for advertising and content is Friday, March 3, 2017. For more details, see the Society Record ratecard & submission guidelines.

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

Nova Scotia students wade into a title fight: Many descendants of black Loyalists in Nova Scotia don’t have legal title to the land they’ve been living on for generations
Maclean’s | December 8, 2016 | by Emily Baron Cadloff

Lyle Howe disciplinary hearing to extend into new year: Hearing has run about 60 days stretched out over more than a year
CBC News | Dec 15, 2016 | By Blair Rhodes

Systemic racism focus of testimony at Lyle Howe disciplinary hearing: Sociologist Robert Wright says blacks in professional fields must battle perception they're not as qualified
CBC News | Dec 13, 2016 | By Blair Rhodes

Lawyer Lyle Howe tells hearing of personal history with justice system: Howe accused by Nova Scotia Barristers' Society of professional misconduct and professional incompetence
CBC News | Dec 07, 2016 | By Blair Rhodes

Suspended Halifax lawyer Lyle Howe sobs during testimony: Nova Scotia Barristers' Society accuses Howe of professional misconduct and incompetence
CBC News | Dec 06, 2016 | By Blair Rhodes (subscription only)

  • Court says Lawyer Lyle Howe Overpaid (Dec. 16)
  • EY Law Opens in Halifax (Dec. 6)

In order to improve its annual reporting and filing requirements, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is updating its information-gathering processes and reducing overlap in the various filings of lawyers and firms during the year. These filings include the Annual Lawyer Report, Trust Account Report, Accountant’s Report on Trust Account Reports, Declarations, etc.

Starting December 31 the Society will distribute a revised Trust Account Report, which has been updated to reflect changes in the Regulations pursuant to the Legal Profession Act. It now includes some data-gathering questions that will assist the Society in improving reporting requirements in future years. 

Starting with the December 31, 2016 filing year, we are also introducing a new Annual Firm Report. This will serve as a compliance/confirmation report in which the Society provides information and the firm, lawyer and/or company verifies or modifies the data. We will also ask some additional questions to gather information required for future initiatives. This report will continue to evolve to include firm-specific items that may have previously been asked in the declaration reporting, Annual Lawyer Report or the Trust Account Report.

For the December 31, 2016 filing, the Trust Account Report will continue to be an online survey format while the Annual Firm Report will be sent as a questionnaire with instructions on the form’s completion.

Please note, for the purposes of the new Annual Firm Report, a firm is defined as any association, corporation, partnership, proprietorship or individual that practises law. Examples include law firms, sole proprietorships, non-profits, federal and provincial Departments of Justice, corporate legal departments and more.

The Society views these changes to filings as an improvement in data gathering with a lens toward risk-focused “Triple-P” regulation (proactive, principled and proportionate).

Further details will be emailed shortly. We welcome your questions and comments on the process; please direct your input to Sean Walker, Director, Finance & Administration, at

Professional development


  • ADMINISTRATIVE LAW / Craig, Paul – 8th ed. – London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2016. [KB 32 C886 2016]


  • THE 2017 ANNOTATED DIVORCE ACT / MacDonald, James C; Wilton, Ann – Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 138 M135 2016]


  • DEFENDING DRUG CASES / Bolton, P. Michael – 4th ed. – Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 94.D7 B694 2016]


  • CANADIAN IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE LAW: A PRACTITIONER'S HANDBOOK / Desloges, Chantal; Sawicki, Cathryn; Fournier-Ruggles, Lynn – Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2016. [KB 24 .E57 D462 2016]
Access to Justice

A message from the Honourable Thomas Cromwell

November 23, 2016 – As work to improve access to justice in civil and family matters continues to gain momentum across Canada, the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters is pleased to announce the launch of a major project to develop and publish a Status Report on the State of Access to Justice in Canada. The project will be carried out by the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice.

The Action Committee was convened in 2008 by the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, in order to develop consensus and priorities around improving access to civil and family justice in Canada, while also encouraging cooperation and collaboration between all stakeholders in the justice system. In 2013, the Action Committee published Access to Civil & Family Justice: A Roadmap for Change, which contains 9 Justice Development Goals that, if accomplished, will help to address the large and growing access to justice gap in Canada.

The first step in the project is to do an in-depth survey of organizations working to improve access to justice. The survey instrument, which is now available, is built around the Justice Development Goals. The survey can be completed online by any organization, institution or body that defines itself as engaging in activities designed to improve access to justice. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and is also available in French. Please complete the survey no later than December 9, 2016.

The next step will be to compile and publish the survey results. This will occur in time for the Action Committee’s next annual meeting in March of 2017.

I urge every organization working to improve access to civil and family justice to complete and return the survey and to encourage other organizations in your network to do the same. The value of the status report depends on the response level and I hope that you will support this ground-breaking project.

This article is also published

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project has created a National Database of Professionals – lawyers, paralegals, and others who offer services such as mental health counselling and dispute resolution coaching – to SRLs.

The purpose is twofold.

  • We hope to connect the professionals working to develop innovative and responsive services in this emerging new area.
  • We want to provide concrete information to SRLs looking for services that are relevant to their needs and affordable for them.

If you are a professional – lawyer, paralegal or other – providing services to SRLs, we would love to know more about you in order that we can add you to our database. Please take a few minutes to answer some questions.

If you are a SRL, go to our searchable database of professionals offering individualized assistance and services to the primarily self-represented, and search for one in your area or offering services remotely. Please note that NSRLP does not endorse or recommending specific service providers – our goal is to provide information. If you are interested in working with one of the professionals in our database, you should contact them and conduct your own “due diligence” (asking questions about services and fees, asking for testimonials, and so on).

If you are a lawyer considering offering unbundled services but you have questions, please consult our new NSRLP Resource, The Nuts and Bolts of Unbundling, which is presented in an easy-to-read question and answer format and includes many useful hyperlinks.

And take 5 minutes to watch leading judges from across Canada (with guest appearances from a NSRLP Special Correspondent, and a Professor of Legal Myths) encourage lawyers to offer unbundled services, and increase Access to Justice for all Canadians in this video. (See the cameo by the Honourable Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia.)

Find out more about the new database on the NSRLP website at

Tips from LIANS

With 2017 just around the corner, we thought we would look ahead to the New Year and offer some suggestions on how to make the upcoming year even better than the last:

  • Are there some financial goals or growth you have in mind? Develop a critical path plan for the upcoming year.
  • What about new and exciting networking opportunities? Have you considered mentoring? (LIANS has a great mentoring program!) Or volunteer with your local county bar or CBA.
  • How about giving back to your own non-legal community through volunteer work?
  • How about learning a new skill? Consider learning a second (or third or fourth!) new language. 
  • How is your tech knowledge? Proficient in all the software programs you use? Why not take a course and become the resident expert?
  • Review and update your office systems. When is the last time you updated your operating system?
  • Consider the importance of work/life balance and try a new hobby or sport! Or maybe start a bit smaller: promise yourself that you will take a 30-minute walk at lunchtime, three days a week.
  • Consider taking some time on a regular basis to write a personal thank you note to a colleague, a client or staff person.
  • Many have gotten into the habit of overbooking their schedules. If you’re one of these, resolve to carve out an hour or two each week for yourself. And keep it sacred!

Resolutions need not be onerous and time consuming. Small changes can yield significant results. From all of us at LIANS, have a safe and happy holiday season! 

For more information about the LIANS mentorship program, visit our page at

If you have any questions on these or any other risk- or practice-related matters, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel with the Risk and Practice Management Program, at or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

As we’ve recently reported, lawyers from several US law societies have received emails threatening action for various practice-related infractions. Although we have not received reports of similar scam attempts in Nova Scotia, the subject line may appear as:

  • “[state/province] Bar Society Annual Invoice: PAST DUE”
  • "[state/province] Bar Complaint"
  • “The Office of the [state/province] Attorney Complaint”
  • "Lawyers and judges may now communicate through this portal" or
  • Simply using the name of a lawyer that you know who threatens to “See you in court”

The emails provide either a link to your “Account information” or will attach an “invoice” – opening either will infect your system with ransomware or other viruses that can block access to your computer until the user pays to unlock their own system.

The scam emails may also feature names and details from the bar association website to add an air of legitimacy to the scam attempt. Visit the NSBS ‘Contact us’ webpage and the LIANS ‘Staff’ page to obtain legitimate employee contact information. If you receive a version of this email do not respond to them, do not open any attachments or click any links – and contact us immediately (below).

For tips to avoid being victimized, visit the Fraud section on, and to report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at or 902 423 1300, x346.

The following is an article from Homewood Health™, your health and wellness provider, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP).

Expressing your emotions is healthy, but letting your anger explode can have serious consequences in interpersonal relationships and can quickly spoil a positive family holiday gathering. There is nothing wrong with being angry; it is how you express your anger that makes all the difference. Here are some suggestions to help you control and express your anger.

Know yourself

The first step in controlling your anger is to be aware of the kinds of situations that set you off.

What are your triggers?

Emotions usually have triggers. Identifying your 'high risk' situations, or external triggers, is a good place to start. You probably know what situations usually trigger your anger. This information will allow you to prepare for 'high risk' situations. For example, it could be coming home and finding that the kids have left their toys all over the place. The workplace is another likely source of irritation, perhaps in the form of a colleague with whom you often disagree.

What is your self-talk?

How you talk to yourself about a situation is often as important as the situation itself. It is helpful to be aware of how you can talk your own anger up by dwelling on negative assumptions and thoughts, for example: "I am sure he did that on purpose."

Recognize your anger signs

The earlier you are aware of your anger, the better. Practise paying attention to your own set of physical reactions (e.g., rapid heartbeat, flushing, muscle tightness, etc.) and behavioural signs (e.g., pacing, talking faster, slamming doors) that you are getting angry.

Calm yourself down

Take ten deep breaths. Deep breathing is a simple way to lower your arousal. It is also a way to put some time between the event and your reaction and to increase your chances of communicating your anger more effectively.

Take time out

There are not many people who can communicate anger effectively, when they are at a '10' on a '0 to 10' anger scale. Most find it useful to take a break and remove themselves from the situation before acting. It may help just to take a walk around the block or, if possible, do a physical activity.

Direct yourself

Once you are aware of your anger and 'talk up' process, you can begin to direct yourself by acknowledging your anger and channeling it into a plan. This implies that you are responsible for your own reactions and gives you a sense of control.

Choose a time to talk

Once you have cooled down, you may find it helpful to go back to the person you are angry with and arrange a time and place to get together and work out your differences. This is an act of control and it points to a constructive way you can work out your differences.

Clarify the issue

Angry threats and accusations do not work well if solutions are what you had in mind. Tell the other person why you are angry by describing the facts, what he or she said or did (e.g., "you criticized me in front of the boss"). Make certain the other person is prepared to listen, in other words, has calmed down also. Finally, be sure you are prepared to listen.

Express your anger

Perhaps you feel you are unjustly treated or have not been respected. Whatever your feelings are, state them clearly (e.g., I felt angry and humiliated).

Specify what you would like

Letting the other person know what you would like helps create a problem-solving atmosphere and represents an opportunity for dialogue (e.g., "Next time, I would like you to talk to me privately if you have any criticism").

Be realistic

Keep in mind that even if the strategy described here is highly effective, it does not guarantee compliance or event that you will be heard. If there is nothing you can agree on, you can agree to disagree and follow other options (e.g., in the workplace, talk to a supervisor).

Professional help

If you enter in violent or destructive behaviours when you are angry, whether they are physical or verbal, or if you feel angry most of the time, you should consider getting professional help.

Visit the NSLAP website at For more information and support in dealing with holiday anger, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, register with Homewood Health Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register. Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (Click here if outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).


The Honourable Justice Simon J. MacDonald of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court is retiring after 34 years on the Bench. Read more >>

The Nova Scotia Courts have announced their holiday hours for December 2016 and January 2017.

Read more on the Courts of Nova Scotia website


Diana Whalen will take a brief leave from her cabinet duties as Justice Minister and Attorney General, and Deputy Premier, after being hospitalized on Monday, Dec. 5.

Ms. Whalen is expected to make a full recovery.

"We wish Diana well and hope she makes a speedy recovery," Premier Stephen McNeil said in a December 6 notice. "She is a valuable member of the team and we are looking forward to having her back as soon as possible."

While Ms. Whalen is on leave, Energy Minister Michel Samson will be the Acting Justice Minister and Attorney General, and Deputy Premier.

Karen Hollett, a senior legal professional with 25 years of experience, has been appointed chair of Nova Scotia's Labour Board.

Kelly Regan, minister responsible for the Labour Board, announced the appointment on Dec. 8.

Ms. Hollett holds a Master of Laws in alternative dispute resolution from York University and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. She has previously served as a roster mediator with the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador and an arbitrator with the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Agency.

She has held several positions with Memorial University in St. John's, including director of faculty relations and general counsel, and served as a labour relations officer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union.

The selection process for the chair was facilitated by Knightsbridge Robertson Surette, which worked with a selection committee of members from the labour and legal communities. The committee provided the minister with a short list of qualified candidates for consideration.

Ms. Hollett's appointment is for five years, effective Jan. 3, 2017.

The Nova Scotia Labour Board is an independent tribunal that adjudicates and resolves disputes under provincial labour and employment laws. The board receives between 200 and 250 new matters annually.

On December 16, the Province launched the second phase of the Sexual Violence Strategy's public awareness campaign, Sexual Violence with the Birds and the Bees.

The campaign, aimed at youth age 14-20, uses an animated, modern twist on the popular metaphor to broach subjects like consent. The second video, which debuts in theatres just in time for the holiday season, deals with the issue of online sexual harassment. To watch the video, go to

"Young people told us repeatedly during our consultations that they deal with sexual harassment and violent comments online all of the time," said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. "We hope this video will lead to conversation, cause some people to think twice about what they post and hopefully prevent some people from posting comments like this at all."

The campaign, which kicked off in October, consists of 30-and-60-second videos featuring birds and bees type characters animated in the style of popular shows like Bojack Horseman and The Simpsons. The episodes deal with situations of sexual violence that youth face today.

The first 60-second video takes place at a house party and explores the issue of alcohol and consent.

"I liked that I learned more about sexual violence so we can put a stop to it when we see it happen," said Leiv Grude, age 16. "A lot of people don't realize what sexual violence means. It's an important issue because it happens all the time, and we never do anything to stop it."

The videos are available on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. They're also being shown in cinemas across the province.

The campaign includes a website with information on where to get help and how to support a friend who has been subjected to sexual violence. Campaign materials have been designed so they can be easily used by organizations around the province.

"We used the first Birds and the Bees video in youth workshops and the messages are clear," said Lisanne Turner, of the Tri-County Women's Centre. "The video sparked conversation about consent and bystander intervention. Youth quickly asked to see more."

The campaign is a key commitment of the Sexual Violence Strategy, launched in June 2015. It's a three-year commitment with a total budget of $6 million.

The strategy is focused on the coordination of services to better respond to the needs of victims and survivors, and to ultimately prevent sexual violence from happening in the first place.

Strategy actions have been identified in three main categories: services and supports; education and prevention; and approach and accountability.

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

The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:  

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at

  • Police Partner with MADD for Operation Christmas (Dec. 7)

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at

  • Government Eliminating Video Retail License (Dec. 14)

AGRICULTURE – Food Banks Benefiting from Farmer Donations (Dec. 13)


COMMUNITIES, CULTURE AND HERITAGE – Project Grants to Support Publishers and Nova Scotian literature (Dec. 14)

COMMUNITY SERVICES – Province Launches Second Video in Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign (Dec. 16)

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT – Government Requests Teachers Union Return to Conciliation Table (Dec. 14)

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE – Province to Repair or Buy 18 Flood Damaged Homes (Dec. 8)

ENERGY – Community Solar Program Coming Soon, Regulations Now Available (Dec. 13)


  • Budget Update Reports Surplus, Investments (Dec. 15)
  • Statement by Minister Delorey (Dec. 14)


  • Two EHS LifeFlight Helicopters to be Added (Dec. 8)
  • Community Groups Receive Grants from Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (Dec. 7)
  • One Person One Record Project Moves to Next Phase (Dec. 6)

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – 2016 Human Rights Awards Presented (Dec. 10)


  • Statement from Minister (Dec. 14)
  • New Labour Board Chair Appointed (Dec. 8)

MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS – Be Fire Safe This Holiday Season (Dec. 19)


  • Viola Desmond, First Canadian Woman to Appear on a Banknote (Dec. 8)
  • Premier Attends First Ministers' Meeting (Dec. 8)
  • Justice Minister Takes Leave From Cabinet (Dec. 6)

STATUS OF WOMEN – Nova Scotians Remember Women Who Lost Their Lives to Gender Violence (Dec. 6)

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION – Seasonal Business Opportunities Available (Dec. 9)

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

Proclamations are published in the Royal Gazette, Part II, which is issued every other week and is available by subscription. Unofficial copies of the Royal Gazette, Part II are available online through the Registry of Regulations website.

The Office of the Legislative Counsel maintains a Proclamations of Statutes database, providing the effective dates of proclamations for statutes from 1990 to date. The database is updated with information received weekly from the Executive Council Office. To access the database, go to the Office of the Legislative Counsel’s website, then select Proclamations from the list of links on the left side of the page. The information provided by the database is for convenience only. For purposes of interpreting and applying the law, please consult official sources.

The orders in council authorizing the proclamations can be searched via the Orders in Council database maintained by the Executive Council Office. This database contains information about orders in council dating back to 1991.

This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services.

Other news

December 15 announcement  from Donald G. Harding QC, Chair, Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission

Megan Longley

I am pleased to advise you that, effective December 14, 2016, Megan Longley has been appointed Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission.

Megan graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1994 and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1995. She joined NSLA in 1999. Megan has worked as a Staff Lawyer in all four NSLA metro offices primarily as a criminal lawyer but also briefly as a family lawyer. Megan took over as Manager of the Youth Justice Office in 2011 and moved to the Office of the Executive in September of 2015 as Service Delivery Director.

Megan has made submissions to the Nunn Commission and has presented at local, provincial and national conferences on youth justice and on the over-criminalization in HIV non-disclosure cases following an internationally reported decision in that area. Megan is a past Board Member of the Community Justice Society and the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia among others. In addition, Megan has sat on various justice system committees throughout her career, and continues to do so. Megan is also outgoing President of the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers’ Association and a board member of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

I am confident that under Megan’s leadership, Nova Scotia Legal Aid will continue to provide essential service to individual Nova Scotians and will continue to work with others in the justice system to improve access to justice in this Province. I invite you to contact Megan with any questions about the services of NSLA.

Donald G. Harding QC
Chair, Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission

William A. Sutherland QC wishes to announce his retirement from the practice of law, effective November 30, 2016.

Enquiries respecting his practice should be directed to:

David B. Robert
D.B. Robert, Law Practice, Inc.
Ste. 2130, 6960 Mumford Road
Halifax, NS  B3L 4P1 Canada
Tel. (902) 445 2500 (ext. 1)
Cell: (902) 478 2045
Fax: (902) 445 5187

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is proud to officially welcome West Hants and Cumberland County to its suite of published Vital Signs reports! Congrats to the core leadership team in each area for more than 8 months of community engagement, research, outreach and design work. You can check out these latest reports (and our 9 other Vital Signs) via the Community Foundations of Canada website here

Want a Vital Signs in your area?

Vital Signs is more than just a report – it's a tool for creating real, sustainable change on the issues that matter most. Communities interested in participating in the 2017 Vital Signs program can complete and submit our Expression of Interest form by Jan 3, 2017.   

You can read more about our Vital Signs program on our website under “Initiatives” or for more information, please contact Jo Fitzgibbons at 902 490 9916 or     

Please send your nominations for the Irving and Ruth Pink Award for Youth Development and Social Justice to:

The Nominating Committee
c/o Reena Davis
Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
2209 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS   B3K 3B5.

Nominations are due no later than December 30. For more info, email

Find out more about the award in this February 11 article about last year’s winners.

For sale – Philips pocket memo digital dictation recorder LFH9600 series with SpeechExec software.  Please phone 902-222-4052.


Janet M. Stevenson
P. O. Box 33085, Halifax, NS  B3L 4T6

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. 

Details are available on their site: The deadline for applications is December 31, 2017 for the 2018-2019 academic year.


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.

I am eligible for the Government of Nova Scotia's "Graduate to Opportunity" program, which can help offset the cost of taking on a recent graduate.

Please contact me at if you are considering taking on an articling student.

Halifax Water is the municipal water, wastewater and storm-water utility serving the residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality.  An autonomous, self-financed utility, Halifax Water is regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB). 

As part of its on-going commitment to best-in-class customer service, Halifax Water, with the approval of the NSUARB, has established the position of Dispute Resolution Officer, a part-time independent mediator who will investigate and adjudicate service or billing complaints from customers who wish to pursue grievances beyond Halifax Water’s customer service channels. 

The Dispute Resolution Officer will analyze the details and merits of customer complaints and concerns, as well as the position of Halifax Water, consult and interpret relevant regulations and standards, determine appropriate outcomes based upon an impartial examination of the issues, and provide clear and concise explanations of the decisions rendered. 

As the ideal candidate for this role, you have a background in engineering, law or business, many years of senior management experience and broad knowledge of best practices in customer relations. You have superior skills in verbal and written communications, administration, time management and priority setting. You are well organized, analytical, detail-oriented and self-directed. Most importantly, you are highly ethical, fair-minded, tactful and well respected for your integrity and diplomatic approach to contentious matters. Working independently on a part-time basis, you thrive on analyzing complex issues and determining the most appropriate course of action for achieving satisfactory resolutions. Experience working within a regulated environment would be an asset. 

To express interest in this opportunity please visit, or contact Jeff Forbes or Nikki Mifflen at 902 421-1310.                                  

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.  We pride ourselves on providing efficient legal services with a mission to maintain our client base.  

We are currently seeking an associate lawyer who is comfortable with maintaining client satisfaction, and who is ready for the challenge of the busy demands of a general law practice. You should be able to work independently and welcome all the challenges and benefits of working in private practice. This position offers a balance between your professional and personal life and provides independence and the chance for financial stability. If this opportunity sounds like a good fit to you then we would be happy to hear from you. Recent calls welcome to apply. 

This is a fee splitting arrangement, however a cost share arrangement would also be considered.   

Interested applicants should apply in confidence to: 

Associate lawyer position: 

530 Portland Street Suite 208
Dartmouth, NS  B2Y 4V6
Phone:  902-463-9634
Fax:  902-463-9608

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!

Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP is seeking to expand and to bring on an associate lawyer with entrepreneurial spirit and who has an existing and established client base in the Halifax Regional Municipality.  

Established in 1864, BNB LLP is one of Halifax’s original full-service law firms. With new and modern offices located in the heart of the downtown core, and a satellite office located in Lower Sackville, we are committed to delivering professional, effective and resolute representation and legal services to those we serve.  

This position represents a great opportunity within a dynamic, challenging and professional environment. Qualified candidates who are interested in this opportunity should email, in confidence, a cover letter and curriculum vitae (PDF format) to:

Kent Clarke
Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP
1100-1645 Granville Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3B7
Visit us online at:

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. 

Since becoming the first regional law firm more than 20 years ago, Stewart McKelvey has grown to become one of the 20 largest law firms in Canada, with six offices across four provinces. 

The firm invests in its people, technology and its business to ensure the continued delivery the quality service that clients have come to expect from the firm. Driven by its commitment to outperform expectations, Stewart McKelvey is on the cutting edge of legal technology and process solutions. Tightly integrated within the firm’s workflows are innovative approaches the practice of law and a desire to optimize service delivery.

As a firm, we value diversity and are committed to providing a workplace that fosters a culture of awareness, appreciation and respect. It is our mission to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the firm, to support the diversity initiatives of our clients, and to encourage greater inclusion in our communities through sponsorships and support. It is our belief that diversity and inclusion enhances the delivery of legal services to our clients through the respected and valued input of diverse perspectives, ideas and experiences.

Stewart McKelvey is looking for an Associate Lawyer to join our team to work with our real property group in our Halifax, NS office. The ideal candidate will have three to six years of experience primarily focused on commercial real property matters. Candidates with strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as demonstrated experience will be given preference. Applicants should outline their specific real property experience. 

This is a partnership track role and, as such, candidates must actively participate in client development and corporate social responsibility initiatives. 

Stewart McKelvey takes pride in providing exceptional service to our clients and our ability to offer Associates challenging legal work often found only in larger urban centres. We offer a collegial work environment, unsurpassed technical and professional support, a competitive compensation package including, and the opportunity to work with some of Atlantic Canada’s leading litigators. 

Interested applicants must be a member in good standing with a Canadian Law Society and should provide a resume and cover letter, including, as noted, details on the type of experience the applicant offers by January 6, 2017.

If you have specific questions about this role, please contact Susan Hayes at or 902.490.8574. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

No agencies please.

Landry, McGillivray is a well established full service law firm in downtown Dartmouth and has been providing legal services to our clients throughout Halifax Regional Municipality and the Province of Nova Scotia for 40 years.

Landry, McGillivray has an immediate opening for an associate lawyer with a general practice, but will have a heavy emphasis in the areas of Family Law and General Litigation. This person will have the ability to further develop his or her practice and client base and will be expected to deliver the high quality of legal services that Landry, McGillivray is known for.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Sandra Godin via email at or Timothy J. C. Hall via email at

Please note that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

NSLAC is seeking an experience Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in our New Glasgow office.

Ideal Abilities & Skills

  • Graduate of a recognized post-secondary paralegal/clerical certificate program or 5 years equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in a law office and have a good working knowledge of legal terminology and court procedures.
  • Ability to work independently, to take initiative and to use judgement in matters of extreme confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team setting.
  • The candidate should be proficient in transcription of dictation with excellent typing and communication skills, including attention to detail, accuracy and capcity to work under pressure of deadlines and multiple competing priorities.
  • Ability to work in a high stress enviornment is an asset.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including knowledge of programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

Salary Level
NSLAC Clerical Pay Scale (CL14-1 to CL22-5), plus benefits

Deadline for Applications
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Submit To
Barry Whynot
Internal Operations Director
1701 Hollis Street, Sutie 920
Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8

NSLA has an employment equity policy and encourages candidates from historically disadvantaged groups. While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All Applications held in confidence.

Children's Lawyer
Department of Justice & Public Safety
Open to the public
Location: Provincial Admin Building, Charlottetown
Full-time excluded position (Commencing immediately)
Duties include:
  • Representing children who require the services of a lawyer to protect their best interests in custody and access cases;
  • Reporting to the court about what, if anything, has been accomplished to advance the interests of the child client towards a resolution or court order;
  • Representing children in Child Protection proceedings when deemed practical by the court;
  • Determining children’s best interests with respect to a custody and access proceeding by conducting interviews, making observations about the parent/child relationship and collecting relevant collateral information from departments and agencies dealing with the child or youth client.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess a law degree a recognized university and be a practicing member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island or be eligible for registration;
  • Candidates must have extensive experience as a practicing lawyer and at least 5 years of experience in the area of Family Law;
  • Must have extensive litigation experience, particularly in matters involving custody and access;
  • Must have completed related human services work (i.e. conflict resolution, suicide prevention, etc.); 
  • Must have experience dealing with high conflict families, and aggression and de-escalation of anger including experience applying positive problem-solving approaches;
  • Must have experience drafting court documentation;
  • Must have a demonstrated knowledge of the Family Law Act, the Divorce Act, the Federal Child Support Guidelines, Inter-Jurisdictional Support Orders Act, the Child Protection Act, the Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the Judicature Act, and the Rules of Civil Procedure;
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to use legal research databases; 
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;
  • Must have functional knowledge of the Supreme Court system, child protection, the education system, the health system, law enforcement and the Family Court Counselors’ Office, as they relate to children and youth; 
  • Must have child interviewing skills, knowledge of the stages of child development and knowledge of family systems theory;
  • Must have experience with alternate dispute resolution; 
  • Must have family violence prevention training; 
  • Must have a good work and attendance record; and
  • other duties as required

Other qualifications:

  • The successful applicant must provide a satisfactory criminal records check prior to beginning employment;
  • Collaborative Law training and practice experience would be considered an asset;
  • A degree in Social Work or Psychology would be considered an asset; and
  • Additional relevant education and experience will be considered an asset.
Please note: Please ensure the application clearly demonstrates how you meet the noted qualifications as applicants will be screened based on the information provided. The successful candidate will be the only individual receiving written notification of competition results. The "Notification of Successful Candidates" list posted on the Employment Opportunity board will serve to inform all other applicants of competition results.
Salary Range: $47.77 – 59.71 per hour (Level 25S)
Bi-Weekly Hours: 75.0 hours bi-weekly
Posting ID: 127957-1216JPPO
Closing Date: January 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Please return application forms to:
PEI Public Service Commission
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PEI  C1A 7N8.
Please ensure that the appropriate Posting ID number is stated on all application forms. You can apply online or obtain an application form by visiting our web site at Forms may also be obtained by contacting any PEI Government Office, ACCESS PEI Centre, Regional Services Centre, or by telephoning 368-4080. 


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. 

Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions. 

In the beautiful Annapolis Valley, two lawyers in a long established law firm are looking towards retirement and the sale of their practice. Valley life has a lot to offer, there are many community events, attractions, exhibitions, festivals, museums, farmers markets, sport venues, historic sites, to name a few.

Please write or call if this existing opportunity for a fulfilling practice is of interest to you.

PO Box 208
Berwick, NS   B0P 1E0
(902) 538-3123

Position information

Nova Scotia Power's greatest source of energy is our people. In a culture focused on safety, we're committed to providing exceptional service to our customers and rewarding jobs to our employees. We're hiring solution-minded people excited to help us grow into the future. We are currenlty looking to fill the position of Senior Solicitor (18 month term).


Under the direction of the EVP Regulatory, Legal and Business Planning, the Senior Solicitor will advise on a broad range of corporate/commercial issues relating to our business. The successful candidate will work with the senior management team and other members of NSPI's legal services team on assessing and advising on strategies to address business issues, opportunities and risks. The incumbent will be involved with a wide variety of legal matters including the following:

  • Reviewing, negotiating and drafting of commercial contracts;
  • Interpretation of and provision of advice on the Company's contractual obligations;
  • Review of Company activities and business decisions to provide legal advice on future steps and to identify legal risks;
  • Provide counsel to interbal business departments on diverse range of issues including procurement, IT, privacy, employment and labour, environment and real estate;
  • Coordinate and cooperate with other business units within the Company to identify legal issues and risks;
  • Assist in the co-ordination and supervision of outside counsel, including litigation matters;
  • The review and interpretation of laws, rules and regulations for compliance purposes; and
  • Assessing and advising on strategies to address business issues, opportunities and risks.

You will be responsible for your personal safety and that of co-workers, by observing and ensuring compliance with all Occupational Health and Safety Rules and Regulations. You will be accountable for environmental performance as it relates to the environmental management system processes and initiatives.

Skills, Capabilities and Experience:

Preferred candidates will have a law degree along with five (5) or more years of corporate and commercial legal experience as in-house counsel or in private practive. You must be, or eligible to be, a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.

This position will appeal to individuals seeking a demanding role in a progessive organization. Excellent communicaton skills, the ability to work effectively on a team and an analytical mind are requisite competencies. You also offer the ability to offer strategic, practical solutions to business and legal problems in a fast-paced environment.  Experience in the areas of energy and construction law would be considered an asset.

All interested canddiates should apply via our website no later than December 30, 2016.

We value diversity in the workplace and strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including African Nova Scotians and other members of the visible minority community, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and women in non-traditional roles.

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commssion (NSLAC) is currently accepting applications for the position of Service Delivery Director (SDD). A copy of the position description can be found at:

Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) delivers quality legal services to qualified applicants in the three core areas of criminal, family and social justice law. Some level of help is available to all Nova Scotians on a continuum of service which includes information, summary/duty counsel services, limited retainer and full service.

Nature and scope of position
The SDD reports to the Executive Director (ED) and the NSLAC and has a focus on what services the NSLAC can and should provide. The SDD works closely with the ED and must be ready to assume all responsibilities in the event that the incumbent is not available to discharge the duties of that office. The SDD works closely with other Justice Stakeholders and is a member of the Executive Committee, which provides management for the NSLA program.

Reports to:

  • The Executive Director
  • The Commission

Typical duties include:

  • the service delivery management of the NSLA program;
  • working closely with the ED, the Chief Financial Officer and the Internal Operations Director in developing policies, protocols and processes in service delivery management;
  • developing criteria and data for service evaluations and day-to-day management issues and consultation.

Required abilities and skills

The SDD, a full-time Adminsitration Office position, must meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Must work in the Office of the ED located in HRM
  • Bachelor of Law Degree
  • Practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, in good standing
  • Possess management experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to represent NSLA effectively when working with other justice system stakeholders and the community
  • Broad understanding of the Province's justice and legal services systems and curent issues
  • Exceptional planning, organizational, analytical and administrative skills
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships with colleagues and external contacts
  • Ability to speak both English and French will be an asset

References required.

Salary: Legal Services Pay Plan MCL 32-127 – this is a five-year (renewable) contract position

Closing date: January 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm ADT

Barry Whynot
Internal Operations Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8
(902) 420-3471 Fax

NSLA has an employment equity policy and encourages candidates from historically disadvantaged groups. While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications held in confidence.

The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) is seeking the services of a Professional Conduct Consultant to join our dynamic team and contribute to our organization’s vision, mission and strategic plan. This is a 24 month contract with the possibility of renewal.
The Professional Conduct Consultant is responsible for processing all written complaints not dismissed, informally resolved or authorized for resignation by the CEO & Registrar, from time of receipt of complaint until final resolution by the Complaints, Professional Conduct, Fitness to Practice or Reinstatement committee. The incumbent of this position serves as the main resource for Complaints, Professional Conduct, Fitness to Practice or Reinstatement committees. The incumbent negotiates and develops formal agreements, setting out terms and conditions to be met for maintaining or reinstating licensure.
She/he works collaboratively with Policy and Practice Consultants to identify practice issues and trends that may require intervention from CRNNS. She/he works alone or with other service areas to develop and implement education documents and programs relative to CRNNS’ regulatory mandates and provides input into policy and legislative changes.
  • A Bachelor of Laws degree or a Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master’s degree, preferably in nursing.
  • Licence in good standing with a relevant regulatory body.
  • Three to five years of nursing experience or legal practice in administrative law.
  • Experience in the field of investigation and administrative law is an asset.
  • Experience in a regulatory environment preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency i.e. MS Office, internet and e-mail.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Proficiency in interviewing/ writing reports/ writing summaries of interviews and decisions.
  • Proficiency in the principles of decision-making and assisting people with decision-making skills.
  • Ability to adjust positively to multiple demands and shifting priorities. Air and vehicle travel is required.
  • Candidates must hold a valid Nova Scotia driver’s licence
Please respond to:
In your cover letter, please address how you meet the above-noted qualifications, and after reviewing the job description, please describe why you believe that you are the best candidate for this position.
Closing date: December 30, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. Atlantic
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for lawyers and law students to volunteer their time during the 2017 winter session.

An initiative of the Access to Justice Coordinating Committee, the Free Legal Clinic provides support and free legal advice to people in the Halifax area who are representing themselves in court but have limited or no experience navigating the justice system.

This service is made possible thanks to the generosity of practising and aspiring lawyers in the Halifax community. The clinic, which is open Thursday mornings only, needs volunteers for the following dates:

  • January 12, 19 & 26
  • February 2, 9, 16 & 23
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • April 6

If you are interested in volunteering at the clinic, please contact Meaghan Gillis, Office Coordinator in the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, at 902-424-3690 or by email at

The Free Legal Clinic is going into its third year of operation. It began as a five-week pilot in early 2015. The project offers private one-hour sessions with a volunteer practicing lawyer and a law student, available by appointment. Only those people with certain types of cases appearing in Nova Scotia Supreme Court or the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal are eligible for this service.

For more information about the Free Legal Clinic, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website . 

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 08:00 to 09:00

Notice Provisions in Construction Agreements


  • Christopher Wilson, McInnes Cooper


Event Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, January 13, 2017 - 09:00

Course taught by Senator Kim Pate

January 12 and 13, 2017, 9:00 am to noon (both days)

Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Classroom
Cogswell Tower, 8th floor
2000 Barrington St., Halifax

This course is designed to orient lawyers and advocates to key issues related to incarceration and the correctional system. As part of this course, you will analyze legislation, case law and reports, as well as supplementary research materials. The goal of the course is to think critically about the ethical and other constraints upon counsel in trying to assist prisoners, the specific barriers confronted by women prisoners (particularly Indigenous women and women with mental health issues), as well as legal and other reforms that are possible in this area.

This course is offered free of charge, in person or by webinar. To attend, please RSVP to Emma Halpern, Equity & Access Officer, at

Event Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (All day)

Creating Evaluations and Contracts for Governmental Non-Profit Service Providers

This workshop helps provincial government departments develop in collaboration with their non-profit service providers:

  1. an evaluation protocol for non-profits in partnership with government;
  2. an evaluation tool for non-profits, and
  3. a framework for the their service contract.  


  • What should be the criteria for evaluation of the programs?
  • What stakeholders should be contacted for input into the evaluation?
  • How frequently should evaluations be done?
  • What happens if a program does not meet expectations?
  • Who makes the final recommendation and to whom about funding renewals based on evaluations?

Contract Framework

  • How long should be the term of the contract?
  • Should a new Executive Director of the non-profit trigger a review of the program within a year?
  • Should a “does not meet expectations” evaluation trigger a funding review and automatic public tendering of the program?
  • Who within government has the power to act on the the evaluation and funding recommendation, and therefore who should ultimately receive this report?


  • $175 per person plus HST, maximum 20 participants
  • $3,500 for the day plus HST for organizations that wish to host the workshop exclusively for their program participants.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016 [SOLD OUT]
Tuesday, November 15, 201
Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc.
Suite 101, Bedford Highway, Halifax


Lisa Teryl, legal management consultant
Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc.
cell — 902 233-6660

Event Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Restrictive Covenants and Building Schemes


  • Jane Gourley-Davis, Patterson Law


Event Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:00 to Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 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: January 18-25, 2017


Event Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Get On Board: Practical Tips for Lawyers Sitting on Not-For-Profit Boards


  • Ann Levangie, Patterson Law and Scott Campbell, Stewart McKelvey 

This session will cover the nuts and bolts of sitting on the board of a not-for-profit organization. You’ll learn about how to manage risk, avoid conflicts, and fulfill your duties as a director, while getting involved in the community. There will be tips on chairing meetings, taking minutes, drafting board policies and procedures, and advancing the cause of your not-for-profit organization.

As always, law students are welcome to attend, as are lawyers of all stages of practice.

Event Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Mediation Processes before the Utility and Review Board


  • Wayne Cochran, QC, member – Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board


Event Date: Friday, January 20, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, January 21, 2017 (All day)
This is a general call for participation in the CLSA’s Annual Mid-Winter Meeting & Symposium, which will take place at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB January 20-21, 2017.

CLSA poster Mid-winter Meeting

The Mid-Winter Meeting is a relatively small, informal gathering and a great way to connect with CLSA members from across the country and to get involved in the organization.
The theme for this year is Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon (the Wolastoqey word for Changing Minds, Living the Truth) as part of our continuing engagement and response to the challenges put forward in the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Calls to Actions.
Keynote address: “Sāsipihkeȳihtamowin: Restorying the Indigenous Feminine in an Age of Reconciliation” — Dr. Margaret Kress-White (Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, UNB).

David Perley, the Director of the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, and Imelda Perley, UNB’s Elder-in-Residence, will host a traditional welcome ceremony to which all are invited to participate.

Members are strongly encouraged to organize round table discussions or panels around the main theme as well as other issues within socio-legal scholarship such as law and religion, crime and punishment, socio-legal methods, legal history or any other research area that is of interest. Individual submissions for paper presentations are also welcome.

Please send a brief abstract or description of your roundtable, panel or individual paper (up to 250 words) to Nicole O’Byrne ( no later than 20 December 2016. The CLSA board meeting will take place late afternoon Saturday January 21st .

Please note that all presenters must be members of the CLSA at the time of the conference. 
There is no charge for registration but please let us know if you plan to attend. We hope to see you in Fredericton in January!
Dr. Lyndsay Campbell, President
Dr. Nicole O’Byrne, Vice-President (Conferences)
Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Estate Bullying


  • Cora Jacquemin, Registrar of Probate


Event Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 (All day)

Cross-examination is a rigorous discipline that requirespractice, reflection and more practice. This best-selling program teaches you how to take and keep control of witness testimony. Learn how to develop and execute a successful cross-examination strategy from skilled litigators and distinguished judges. Dynamic presentations bring theory to life. Make this program an essential component ofyour advocacy skills-building regime!

Register for the morning only, featuring presentations by noted faculty anddynamic demonstrations. Or, stay for the full day including the afternoon skills workshop for hands-on cross-examination exercises. Workshop materials will be distributed electronically prior to the program. Advance preparation is required for the afternoon skills workshop.

More information and registration

Event Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 (All day)

The Advocates’ Society invites you to attend our Spring Symposium, the premier continuing professional development and networking event for civil litigators. Coming to Halifax for the first time, this popular and practical program features the latest developments, strategies and tips for success in your everyday practice. If you are a civil litigator this is one program you cannot afford to miss.

The Honourable Thomas Cromwell, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will deliver the symposium's keynote address. Numerous local lawyers and seven other judges will be participating in panel sessions:

  • the Hon. Chief Justice Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia;
  • from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Hon. Justice Jamie W.S. Saunders
  • from the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Hon. Associate Chief Justice Deborah K. Smith, the Hon. Justice Gregory M. Warner, and the Hon. Justice Michael J. Wood;
  • from the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Court, the Hon. Judge Anne S. Derrick; and  
  • from the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick, the Hon. Justice J.C. Marc Richard.   

More information and registration

See the updated flyer with complete program information.

The agenda's panels include the following: 

  • Lightning Round: Limitation Periods
  • Lessons Learned: Good Faith in Contractual Performance in Commercial Cases 
  • Debate: Arbitrate of Litigate? 
  • Judges' Panel: Effective Appellate Advocacy
  • Recent Developments in the Law of Privilege
  • Recent Developments in Expert Evidence
  • Big Cases in Atlantic Canada
  • View from the Bench: Recovering from a "Knock-down" 

Note: Registrants can count their attendance at this program toward their annual CPD requirement.  

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