INFORUM

May 01, 2017 InForum Issue

View Full Content
Society news

At its meeting on April 28, Council approved the Society’s Operating and Capital Budgets for 2017-2018, and set the fees necessary for the membership year beginning July 1, 2017. Read More

Message from R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP, President, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Dear Members, On behalf of the Officers and Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, I want to let you know about a significant, impending change at the very core of the Society. Read More

Three Council members were elected on April 24 in the Society’s At Large Election, and will begin their two-year terms following the 2017 Annual Meeting on June 17. Read More

The next meeting of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm. The Committee is comprised of members of the Court of Appeal and a range of private and public sector appellate counsel. Read More

The Society’s fiscal year-end is April 30, 2017. We are asking that all Society volunteers please submit their Travel Expense Claim forms to the Society by Friday, May 5 for any expenses incurred up to April 30. Read More

The Society is pleased to announce Don Thompson QC, CEO of the Law Society of Alberta, as keynote speaker for the 2017 NSBS Annual Meeting next month. He will speak on the topic "Pan-Canadian lawyering: The future is here".   Read More

In Memoriam: Steven Zatzman QC 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

Last year, Education & Credentials introduced an Articling Handbook as a resource for the articling year.  It provides detailed instructions on how to complete the articling application, what’s involved in the admission process and everything in between. 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, April 28, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.    Read More
Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society hereby gives notice that David T.R. Parker QC passed away on March 5, 2017. Any inquiries from clients of Mr. Parker or members of the public concerning client files or matters should be directed to the Custodian appointed to this practice: Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The Society welcomes the following lawyers, called to the Nova Scotia Bar on April 21, 2017:   Read More
Professional development

Free training in WestlawNext Canada will be available at these Barristers’ Libraries on the following dates: Read More

CORPORATE COUNSEL THE INSIDE COUNSEL REVOLUTION: RESOLVING THE PARTNER-GUARDIAN TENSION / Heineman, Ben W — Chicago: ABA, 2016. [KB 109 H468 2016] DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT Read More
Access to Justice

February 23, 2017 – 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

Funding to advance access to justice for families in Canada Read More
Tips from LIANS

For many lawyers, email has become the preferred method of communication with clients and colleagues. It’s fast, efficient and can be effective if used correctly. At a recent committee meeting, lawyers discussed their views regarding the formality of email and whether it is perceived as correspondence or a telephone call. Read More

A bogus Interac e-Transfer email purportedly from "Bell Mobility” that features a virus-laden link has recently been circulating – example here: From: INTERAC e-TransferSubject: INTERAC e-Transfer: Bell Mobility sent you money (refund for $200.00 (CAD) #94884DE3) Read More

“Spirited children are also called challenging children by parents who find raising them to be a little on the stressful side at times. Spirited children have been described as sensitive, intense, loving, perceptive, empathetic, persistent, moody, energetic, bright, and passionate.” Read More
Courts

Information sessions ahead for lawyers and paralegals on amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act, which will be become the Parenting and Support Act upon proclamation: www.courts.ns.ca/Bar_Information/documents/FamilyLawInfoSessions.pdf  Read More

A robing ceremony for Judge Rickcola Brinton will be held in Halifax at 2 p.m., Friday, May 12: www.courts.ns.ca/News_of_Courts/ProvCourtAppointments_17_03.htm  Read More

This is to inform you that Trial Management Guidelines were issued by the Honourable Paul Crampton, Chief Justice of the Federal Court, and published on the Website Read More
Province

Provincial Court services will soon be established in Wagmatcook First Nation, including Nova Scotia’s first Gladue or specialty court. The court will support the cultural needs of Aboriginal people in conflict with the law. Read More

Legislative amendments passed by the House of Assembly to improve support for children and put their interests first when their families break up will come into effect on May 26th. Amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act, which has been renamed the Parenting and Support Act, include modernized family laws and updated court rules and forms. Read More

The following memo is from Valerie Pottie Bunge, Executive Director, Policy & Information Management, Department of Justice Read More

Nova Scotia has set a goal to be accessible by 2030 under the Accessibility Act, passed on April 27. Nova Scotia is only the third province in Canada to pass accessibility legislation. The passage of Bill 59 will start the process of removing barriers for persons with disabilities. Read More

Twenty-four community groups from across Nova Scotia are receiving more than $630,000 in Prevention Innovation Grants through the province's Sexual Violence Strategy. Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard announced the recipients on April 24, in Annapolis Royal. Read More

Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that will help keep Nova Scotians safe at work will take effect on June 12. Read More

Government introduced its second straight balanced budget on April 27, while making strategic investments to create a better economy, improving the health and well-being of Nova Scotians, and reducing taxes for the middle class, those who need it most, and small businesses. 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

Veteran prosecutor Susan MacKay has been appointed regional Crown attorney, administrative, to help manage the Halifax Region of the Public Prosecution Service. She will report to Paul Carver, chief Crown attorney for the Halifax region. Read More

Note: April 21 memo below from NSLA; online chat launched April 25 and continues Tuesdays from 4 to 7 pm Read More

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission is seeking nominations for the 2017 Community Leadership Award. Please note the deadline for nominations is May 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm. Read More
Careers

Ritch, Williams & Richards, a Boutique Insurance and Marine Law Firm in downtown Halifax have an immediate opportunity for an Associate Lawyer. The ideal candidates will possess the following: Read More

Program Admin Officer – Justice Officer 4 – Department of Justice (Supreme Court - Halifax Family Division) Closing Date: 05/02/2017 Read More

I am a new graduate of a 2-year Legal Office Assistant program and graduated on Presidential List. I enjoy family law and I am always open to continued learning. I would like an opportunity to meet with you, so we may discuss a possible position with your firm. I am a very hard worker, and I have reference letters to provide along with a copy of my diploma. Read More

I'm returning home to Halifax permanently after articling in Ontario and am hoping to secure an associate position with a local firm. Read More

I am graduating Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law in May 2017. I grew up on the South Shore and am looking to secure an articling position within the province. Read More

Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in our Bridgewater office. Ideal abilities and skills Read More

over 20 years experience as a legal assistant worked for major firms in Toronto and Halifax proficient in PC Law; Office 365, including Word, Outlook, Excel and document management quick and astute with the ability to learn new areas of law and technology appointed a Commissioner of Oaths of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia  Read More

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is seeking qualified Legal Agents to complement in-house counsel Read More

Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in our Dartmouth Family Office. Ideal abilities and skills Read More

McLennan Ross LLP has an immediate opening for a Corporate Commercial Securities Lawyer to join our busy Yellowknife office. Read More

The Law firm of Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab requires a full time Property Paralegal. Interested candidates must have a post-secondary legal secretarial/paralegal course with at least 2 years of previous experience working as a property paralegal, specifically working with purchases, sales, title migrations and condominium transactions. Read More

Life is too short to stay at a job you don’t love. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you a lawyer or law student in the Halifax area looking to give back to the community and help improve access to justice? The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts wants you! Read More

Grow your career. Serve your community. Serving on an agency, board, or commission can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact in your community. Read More

The Board of Directors of ACNS is seeking new members. Read More

Are you interested in being part of a Nova Scotia Board of Directors that has one goal — to make Nova Scotia a healthier place to live and breathe? We're looking for people who are committed in the fight against lung disease in Nova Scotia and are interested in serving as a board member for LANS. Read More

We are a small firm in St. Margaret's Bay, approximately 30 minutes from Halifax. Based on the size of our firm and the community in which we work, we do not have the budget to hire an article clerk, but we do see value in having a clerk as part of our team.  Read More
Upcoming Events
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: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:00
Raising Capital for Small to Medium Sized Businesses  Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 18:00
Trivia Night: Women's Forum Social Event Please join us for a 2nd annual night of trivia, networking  and merriment at Gahan House in Halifax. Questions will be read by the Honourable Justice Elizabeth Jollimore, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Family Court Division.  Prizes to be won! Dinner included with registration. Cash bar.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 08:30
Join us for a free accredited breakfast seminar where you'll learn how to protect yourself and your clients before, during, and after a real estate transaction. Our keynote speakers, Will McCarthy and John Tracy will provide real-life commercial and residential examples that will teach you how to ensure you, your clients and your business are protected. 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: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (All day)
Free training in WestlawNext Canada is offered at the Barristers’ Library in Halifax on May 17 & 18. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:00
Judicial Review of Non-Adjudicative Administrative Action Speaker: Sean Foreman, NS Department of Justice  Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, May 18, 2017 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 13:00
The Schulich School of Law and Nova Scotia Legal Aid are hosting the education session "Representing Youth in a Child Protection Proceeding." It's what lawyers and those who seek to act as a guardian ad litem need to know. Speakers will include: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:00
Condo Transactions Speaker: Ian Sutherland, Stewart McKelvey Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:00
Motions for Recusal: Strategic Applications of the Law and Process Speakers: Gavin Giles, QC, McInnes Cooper & Brian Awad, McInnes Cooper  Visit the CBA-NS calendar for details.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:00
Indigenous Justice Speakers:  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
Event Date: Monday, May 29, 2017 (All day)
Free training in WestlawNext Canada is offered at the Simon J. Khattar QC Memorial Barristers' Library in Sydney on May 29, 30 & 31.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 13:30
Issues Using scenarios drawn from real-life situations, experienced labour and employment lawyers will provide guidance on a range of ethical issues that arise in negotiation and settlement, including: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 12:00
Structuring Aboriginal Businesses  Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 9, 2017 (All day)
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number and type of specialized processes in the criminal justice system. The rationale given for the enactment of special provisions for sentencing Aboriginal offenders is that the unique circumstances and social histories of these individuals have given rise to disproportionate rates of imprisonment. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (All day)
Location: Online 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 the first two weeks to review the materials and the final week to complete the assessment. Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 13:00
Administrative Law Section Spring Outreach Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 08:30
All lawyers, articled clerks and non-practising members are invited to attend the Society's 2017 Annual Meeting, which will take place on Saturday, June 17 in Halifax. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 13:30
Issues In this advanced session, a panel of experts will address the nature and scope of the duty to accommodate under human rights legislation in relation to four complex areas: stress, obesity, allergies and religious practices. Questions to be addressed include: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 13:30
Issues Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (All day)
Location: Online 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 the first two weeks to review the materials and the final week to complete the assessment. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (All day)
Location: Online 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 the first two weeks to review the materials and the final week to complete the assessment. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (All day)
Location: Online 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 the first two weeks to review the materials and the final week to complete the assessment. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (All day)
Location: Online 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 the first two weeks to review the materials and the final week to complete the assessment. Read More
View Full Content