INFORUM

November 14, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

2018 Society Election: Memo from the Governance and Nominating Committee Read More

Shelley Hounsell-Gray has been elected to Council in the Society’s Halifax District Byelection, and will commence her term effective immediately. Ms. Hounsell-Gray is Managing Lawyer at the Nova Scotia Legal Aid – Family Law office in Dartmouth. Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce that Bruce H. Wildsmith QC of Barss Corner, Lunenburg County will receive the 2017 Distinguished Service Award. Read More

The next application for disposal of undistributed trust funds will be made in December 2017. Submissions should be received at the Society's offices no later than December 1, 2017. Read More

Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society can access the following resources via the password-protected Member Login area of the website: 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: Allnovascotia.com (content available by subscription only) Read More
Council

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, November 17, 2017, starting at 9:00 am. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: http://nsbs.org/council-materials.  Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category.   The following former member received a judicial appointment on Friday, November 10, 2017: The Honourable Ann Marie Simmons is now a Judge of the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Maintaining client confidentiality in a world where your TV is listening with Phil Brown, LSUC Professional Development & Competence Counsel Alternative dispute resolution with Jim Musgrave QC, Peter MacKeigan QC, and Gus Richardson QC *NEW*  Read More

With the calendar year-end fast approaching, this is the time for you to review your files and, subject your clients’ billing requirements, in particular your corporate clients, start preparing year end accounts. For your clients, having 2017 accounts in a timely manner may be important for those who operate on a January – December fiscal year. Read More

This recent scam attempt has targeted numerous lawyers, and nearly convinced several, where “Bob Van Heijst” is requesting representation to sell large construction machines (eg dredgers, cranes, drilling rigs, etc.). For example: Dear [redacted], Read More

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

Judicial appointment brings gender parity to Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Court bench The Honourable Ann Marie Simmons, former Chief Federal Prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, was appointed Friday as a new judge of the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts. Read More

Election by Widow Regulations made under Section 6 of the Intestate Succession ActR.S.N.S. 1989, c. 236, N.S. Reg. 75/77 (February 14, 1977) The Registrars of Probate across Nova Scotia have updated their procedures pursuant to regulations under the Intestate Succession Act. Read More

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has released a new report resulting from its 2017 Cowan Internship Project. The report is now available online: http://courts.ns.ca/appeal_court/nsca_cowan_internship.htm Read More

CLASS ACTION PROCEEDINGS: Remember that the Nova Scotia Courts have an online class action registry found at http://courts.ns.ca/Supreme_Court/NSSC_class_action_registry.htm. Read More

The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 at Provincial Court in Halifax has been updated for December 2017 through June 2018. To read / print the schedule, view the November 6 notice on the Information for Legal Professionals page of the Courts of Nova Scotia website.  Read More
Province

Victims and survivors of sexual assault in Nova Scotia now have access to free, independent legal advice. Read More

On October 31, the provincial government launched a consultation for families and the regulated child-care sector to better understand the child-care needs of families and the ability of providers to meet those needs. Read More

On November 1, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Lena Metlege Diab, announced the creation of the Advisory Committee to the Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie.   The committee will provide the minister with advice and information on issues that are important to Nova Scotia's Acadian and Francophone community.  Read More

Nova Scotians can recognize outstanding volunteers in their communities by nominating them for a 2018 Provincial Volunteer Award. Each year, the awards ceremony honours volunteers from across the province for their volunteer contributions. Nova Scotians can nominate volunteers in the categories of volunteer representative award, volunteer youth award and volunteer family award. Read More

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

Amendments to the Federal Child Support Tables (Schedule I of the Federal Child Support Guidelines) have been approved. The amendments update the tables to reflect more current tax rules.    Read More

November 10, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada The current approach to cannabis is not working, and the Government of Canada is committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of kids, and profits out of the hands of criminals. Read More

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

The ENRICH Project (Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health) has released an edited video of its recent two-part symposium, "Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place and the Environment". Follow this link to the video: https://vimeo.com/242516335. Read More
Careers

The Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal is looking for a full-time Appeal Commissioner.  For information, and to apply for this position, please visit the Government of Nova Scotia jobs website at jobs.novascotia.ca and click the "Finance and Legal" link.        Read More

Valley law practice for sale in Nova Scotia – This long established general practice has been assisting clients for well over 70 years. This practice consists mainly of Real Estate, Corporate, Wills, Estates, Personal Injury, and Criminal; however there is room for expansion into other areas of law.  Read More

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane is seeking a litigation lawyer for its Kentville location. Read More

LEGAL ASSISTANT, HALIFAX  Read More

I am a female, Chinese-Canadian lawyer of Halifax. I was recently called to the bar and have opened my own practice. My focus is exclusively on criminal defence work as this is my passion. I currently accept Legal Aid Certificate clients. I am interested in referral work from other firms who are too busy to handle the files or cannot accept certain client matters. Read More

We have an immediate opening for a Property Assistant at our 2016 Quinn Street office in Halifax. Purpose:  The Property Assistant, through the direction of the Property Lawyers, will assist in all aspects of the file to ensure excellent client service and smooth and efficient workflow.  This role will also include reception coverage. Read More

We have an immediate opening for an experienced Litigation Paralegal at our downtown Halifax location, 1801 Hollis. Read More

One of Halifax's leading law firms, Burchells LLP, is currently recruiting for a full-time, permanent legal assistant to provide support in the Creditor Rights and Recovery Group working in the foreclosure practice area. Read More

We are a busy law firm in downtown Dartmouth looking for a full-time legal assistant to provide secondary support to a partner and two associates. If you have experience in real estate transactions and will and estates – and you would enjoy the challenge of learning about other areas of law on a regular basis – then you will find this position both interesting and rewarding. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 14:00
Topics covered: Three methods for determining morality of an action Two ways to judge lawyers Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients Morality and the duty of candour Morality and the duty of competence Morality and withdrawal  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 14:00
Topics covered: Three methods for determining morality of an action Two ways to judge lawyers Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients Morality and the duty of candour Morality and the duty of competence Morality and withdrawal  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:00
Buying and Selling U.S. Real Estate  Speakers: Mark Tipperman, Barrister & Solicitor, and Earl MacLeod CPA, CA, MNP LLP  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 14:00
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Event Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:00
Accessing Medical Records as an Attorney or Delegate Speaker: L. Martina Munden, Nova Scotia Health Authority - Legal Services  Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 (All day)
Working with Individuals with Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations – Justice professionals, and other interested government and community-based stakeholders, will learn effective ways of working with victims/survivors with disabilities that pose a challenge to communication and understanding. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 17:30
An intimate evening featuring special guests:The Hon. Justice James L. Chipman, Nova Scotia Supreme CourtBarry Mason QC, Pressé MasonMurray J. Ritch QC, Ritch Williams & Richards Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 - 16:00
Julia Cornish QC, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, invites you to attend the 2017 RECOGNITION RECEPTION November 17, 2017 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm Sable Ballroom, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel 1919 Upper Water St.  Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 17:45
“Connect: Women in Law” is a joint event co-hosted by the Women's Forum and Law Students' Section of the CBA and sponsored by Schulich School of Law's Career and Development Office. During this evening, women law students will have the opportunity to rotate through stations and connect with women lawyers in a variety of legal fields. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:00
Recent Developments in Securities Regulation - Derivatives Regulation, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Transactions, etc. Speaker: H. Jane Anderson, Nova Scotia Securities Commission  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 14:00
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Event Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 12:00
Professional Responsibility in Business Law Transactions Including Common Conflict Situations and Ways to Navigate Them Speakers: Maurice Chiasson, QC, Stewart McKelvey and Elliot Fraser, Elliot K. Fraser Barrister & Solicitor Inc.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 14:00
Topics covered: Three methods for determining morality of an action Two ways to judge lawyers Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients Morality and the duty of candour Morality and the duty of competence Morality and withdrawal  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 (All day)
Join us Thursday, November 23, 2017 for LIANS' 9th annual Risk and Practice Management Program conference from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Delta Halifax. Sessions may be eligible to count towards your annual CPD. Registration now open $275+HST Sessions include:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 12:00
The Decision of the Court of Appeal in Ghosn v. Halifax (Regional Municipality), 2016 NSCA90 Speaker: Richard Norman, Cox & Palmer  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 14:00
Topics covered: Three methods for determining morality of an action Two ways to judge lawyers Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients Morality and the duty of candour Morality and the duty of competence Morality and withdrawal  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 14:00
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Event Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 08:00
Save The Dates!November 30 & December 1, 2017CBA-Nova Scotia’s Annual Two-Day Conference Our Annual Two-Day Conference (previously identified as the Mid-Winter) will take place Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 1st, 2017.   This conference will have several new additions: Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00
The Use of Research in Veterans' Health Policy-MakingAlice Aiken Vice-President Research, Dalhousie University A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312. No registration or fee required. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 14:00
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Event Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 01:00
Nearly every part of being a successful lawyer depends on your ability to persuade, to convince others to see the people and experiences – the story – behind the facts. A credible lawyer capable of telling a compelling story will almost always beat the lawyer who cannot. But what are the elements of a good story? Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:00
The Nova Scotia Securities Act: A Day in the Life of an Enforcer Speaker: Heidi Schedler, Nova Scotia Securities Commission  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 14:00
Topics covered: Three methods for determining morality of an action Two ways to judge lawyers Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients Morality and the duty of candour Morality and the duty of competence Morality and withdrawal  Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 8, 2017 (All day)
Advanced Topics in Trauma Informed Practice  – Justice professionals, and other interested government and community-based stakeholders, will be provided with a deeper look into the logic and rationale of using a trauma informed approach when responding to victims/survivors of sexualized violence. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 11, 2017 (All day)
Collaborative Professionals need to develop strong skills in conflict resolution and negotiation so they can help clients shift find workable solutions that reflect what matters most to the clients and their family in transition. Working in Collaborative Practice requires us to engage with our clients differently. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 01:00
Sooner or later, most litigators will advise and represent a client at mediation. Unfortunately, few litigators have ever received formal training in mediation advocacy. This, despite the fact, that inadequate preparation by counsel almost always guarantees a poor result. So what makes a good mediation advocate? Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 14:00
Topics covered: Three methods for determining morality of an action Two ways to judge lawyers Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients Morality and the duty of candour Morality and the duty of competence Morality and withdrawal  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:30
Adjudication of Psychological Injuries at the Workers’ Compensation Board Speakers: Madeleine Hearns, Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, and Kenneth LeBlanc, Workers’ Advisers Program Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 14:00
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Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 18:00
See the Gala Dinner invitation for complete details.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 14:00
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Event Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 01:00
Don’t miss this essential end-of-year wrap-up covering all the latest developments in legal technology and law practice management. Looking for ways to better safeguard confidential information? Passwords, hacking and encryption got you stressed out? Want to increase workplace productivity while reducing expenses? Noted legal tech expert Paul Unger has the answer! Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 14:00
Topics covered: Three methods for determining morality of an action Two ways to judge lawyers Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients Morality and the duty of candour Morality and the duty of competence Morality and withdrawal  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
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