INFORUM

April 03, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

Are you looking to practise law in Nova Scotia? Did you earn your law degree outside of Canada? There are many things to consider and complete before being admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar. Read More

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

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Constructing Competence: One Student’s Experience in Legal Education  Slaw.ca | March 30, 2017 | By Sunil Sharma, Guest Blogger Read More
Council

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, March 24, 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 former members received judicial appointments on Friday, March 31, 2017: Read More
Access to Justice

The Courts of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Department of Justice, Nova Scotia Legal Aid and the Schulich School of Law are working together on a new approach to public engagement. It’s called #TalkJustice. Read More

From the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) | March 13, 2017 Read More
Tips from LIANS

During a recent LIANS committee meeting, the issue of data security while travelling abroad was raised. With increased border security, it is becoming much more commonplace for agents to request your passwords, thereby gaining access to client information stored on your mobile device. To combat this potential breach, some firms are now providing lawyers who travel abroad with “burner phones”. Read More

Numerous lawyers continue to receive emails from various potential “clients” requesting representation to purchase large construction equipment (e.g., dredgers, cranes, drilling rigs, etc.). For example: Read More

“There’s a darker side to how social media can affect us, however. According to researchers, the more time you spend on social media, the more likely you are to suffer from mental health issues.1 This is especially true in children and teens, however, prolonged and excessive use presents dangers that have become more evident in adults as well. Read More
Courts

The Honourable Chief Judge Pamela Williams was delighted by the March 31 announcement that four new judges have been appointed to the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia, including two African Nova Scotian lawyers and an advocate for LGBTQ rights.     Read More

A robing ceremony for the Honourable Judge Ronda van der Hoek of the Provincial and Family Courts will be held in Halifax at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 21. For more details, see the following notice on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.  Read More

We would like to advise you of forthcoming changes to the security measures in place at each of our Courts and how this will affect your members. Read More

The Honourable John R. Nichols, retired judge of the Provincial Court, passed away on March 17, 2017: www.courts.ns.ca/News_of_Courts/JudgeNicholsObit.htm Obituary  Read More
Province

Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier, Justice Minister and MLA for Clayton Park West, says she will not re-offer in the next provincial election. Premier Stephen McNeil thanked her for her service. Read More

Government is enhancing the Graduate to Opportunity program to encourage more businesses to hire women, people with disabilities and other diverse graduates. Employers will now receive an additional 10 per cent subsidy in the first year for diverse and international hires. Read More

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has launched a free online course to help businesses address and prevent consumer racial profiling. The course, Serving All Customers Better, is expected to train thousands of front-line service staff in Nova Scotia. Read More

All recommendations of the Independent Review of the Police and Prosecution Response into the Rehtaeh Parsons Case have been completed or are underway. A progress report on the response to the recommendations was released on March 22 and is available online. Read More

Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey said tax relief is coming for small businesses in a balanced budget to be delivered next month. 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

March 30, 2017 – The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Mary Hamblin will become our new Executive Director, effective April 2017. Mary comes to the Foundation from her most recent position as Consultant, Investors Group. She also serves currently as Vice President of the Dalhousie Law Alumnae Board. Read More

Antigonish The Public Prosecution Service recently announced the appointments of the following new Crown attorneys in Halifax, Dartmouth and Antigonish. Halifax: Katharine Lovett    Read More

Department of Justice Canada announcement in Yarmouth on March 31, 2017 Read More

Dear friends and colleagues, I am very pleased to announce, and invite you to attend, Children's Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward, a two-day national symposium scheduled for 15 and 16 September 2017 in Calgary. Read More

Sydney Sheriff Services in partnership with Cape Breton Regional Police Service, Scotiabank, Sobeys and the Canadian Cancer Society are having our 5th Annual Cops Against Cancer Auction. We are looking for donations from businesses to help us raise money for this worthwhile cause. Read More

The family of the late James Leonard MacNeil of New Victoria, Nova Scotia is seeking to locate his Last Will and Testament. Mr. MacNeil’s date of birth was July 5, 1949 and he passed away on December 29, 2016. He was also known by the nickname “Jimmy Jake” and his surname sometimes appeared as McNeil.  Read More
Careers

Employer: Nova Scotia Barristers’ SocietyPosition Type: Permanent, Full-timeJob Location: Halifax, NS Read More

Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny Duggan LLP is seeking a permanent, full-time legal assistant to join our family law group. Applicants with a minimum of two years experience in family law preferred. Must be comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment. Read More

Are you a senior strategic leader excited by the opportunity to make a significant contribution to a progressive and complex Nova Scotian organization? Read More

Competition # 1186 Office of Service Nova Scotia, Halifax Duties Read More

The law firm of Dianne E. Paquet, Barrister & Solicitor, Truro, NS, is hiring for position of LEGAL ASSISTANT.  Read More

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. Read More

Heritage House Law Office, a Downtown Dartmouth Law Firm, is seeking a Legal Assistant for Corporate, Commercial, Foreclosure and Litigation. Applicants with a minimum of 2 years experience in these areas preferred. Applicant must be comfortable working independently and have a knowledge of PCLaw, Microsoft Word, Excel, Hot Docs and Word Perfect.  Read More

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is hiring a full-time Legal Information Provider. You must show a strong commitment to access to justice, and have an ability to work collaboratively to build on LISNS role as a key legal triage and referral navigator for Nova Scotians. You are the ideal candidate for this position if you: Read More

As the successful candidate for this opportunity in Berwick, Nova Scotia, you have at least five years of experience in a law firm, you have experience with Property-OnLine migrations, PC Law Accounting, and you are proficient in Corel WordPerfect. You are comfortable with real estate transactions, wills and general office matters. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

With retirements, LIANS is seeking expressions of interest to fill six (6) upcoming vacancies on its 12 member Board of Directors. Though all members are welcome to respond, with a view to having representation on the Board from all regions of the province, expressions of interest from the South Shore, Valley, Fundy and Highland regions are particularly welcomed. Read More

The Bryony House Board is a volunteer Board composed of both men and women from various disciplines. We are seeking one or possibly two lawyers who might be interested in serving on our Board. The entire Board meets every 4th Thursday of the month. However, board members are expected to serve on at least one committee. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (All day)
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: April 5-12, 2017    Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:00
Personal Directives Speaker:  Martina Munden, General Counsel to the Nova Scotia Health Authority APRIL IS BRING-A-BUDDY MONTH! Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 17:30
Young Lawyers Night: Discussion of Recent Decisions of Interest Speakers:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:00
Why & How to Maintain Professional Distance Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day)
  The Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Nova Scotia presents Identifying, Assessing and Managing Power Imbalance & Family Violence in Family Dispute Resolution Processes   Family Dispute Resolution Training with Hilary A. Linton, B.J., J.D.,  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:00
Technology for Business Lawyers Speaker:  Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel This presentation will review technology specific to business lawyers including technology to improve efficiency and avoid claims. It will also explore new and upcoming products discussed at the ABA Tech Show recently held. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:00
Privacy Breach Management Speaker: Catherine Tully, Information and Privacy Commissioner Join us for a must-do training session on privacy breach management offered by the Information and Privacy Commissioner. This session is geared specifically to CBA members who deal a little or a lot in privacy matters.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 08:00
Stewart Title Lecture Series: Stewart Title will be holding a breakfast information session of interest to lawyers or paralegals practicing in commercial real estate, or residential lawyers who also do some commercial. Topics covered will include: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 13:00
Join us for an afternoon of high quality accredited programming from Canada's only national provider of CLE specifically tailored to Canada's defence bar. Hear from experts on fire loss, accident reconstrucion, and forensic psychiatry and physiatry. Open to members and non-members, lawyers, insurance adjusters and claims managers. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:00
Superboxes and Superordinate Laws Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:00
The Subdivision Approval Process Speaker: Kevin Warner, Acting Operations Manager, HRM, Development Services Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00
Work Permits, both LMIA-based and LMIA-exempt, plus a discussion about changes to the temporary Foreign Worker program resulting from the new federal budget Speakers: 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: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, May 18, 2017 Read More
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. Read More
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