INFORUM

January 25, 2018 InForum Issue

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Society news

New Regulations under the Legal Profession Act came into force January 2, 2018, introducing a significant development in law firm regulation: now, all new law firms in Nova Scotia must be registered before practising law and delivering legal services (see subregulation 4.8.4 and the  Read More

Tilly Pillay QC is the new Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, as of January 22, 2018. Read More

When lawyers are newly admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar, they must meet a number of regulatory requirements and make certain practice arrangements.  Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family. Richard Murphy QC, Yarmouth – November 28, 2017 Obituary    Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Nova Scotia’s Stealth Revolution Not Just For Lawyers | Jan. 8, 2018 | By Laura Snyder Read More
Council

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, January 19, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: http://nsbs.org/council-materials. Read More
Professional Responsibility

The Hearing Committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society will hold a hearing respecting charges against Duane Rhyno of Lower Sackville, a member of the Society, scheduled to commence at 8:30 am on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Society's offices, 800-2000 Barrington Street, Halifax.  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 January 12: Read More
Tips from LIANS

A virus-laden email purportedly from document sharing service "Dropbox” has recently been circulating. It is a phishing scam, attempting to do any of the following: Read More

Your well-being and happiness in your chosen profession, and the health of your practice, are important to us at LIANS and the Society. Accordingly, we would like to take a few minutes to remind you of the Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program we have in place to provide you with assistance and guidance if issues arise. Read More
Courts

A robing ceremony for the Honourable Judge Ann Marie Simmons of the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts will be held in Halifax on Friday, February 2. The event will begin at 2:00 pm in Courtroom #2 at Provincial Court, 5250 Spring Garden Rd.  Read More

Indigenous parents whose children have been taken into care can now access a child protection booklet in the Mi'kmaq language. An audio version of the book is also available.    Read More
Province

The ISO Act is the NS provincial legislation used to establish, vary and enforce child and spousal support orders when one party lives in Nova Scotia and the other party lives in a reciprocating jurisdiction inside or outside Canada. Read More

The Nova Scotia Office of the Public Trustee closed at noon on Thursday, January 25, to accommodate a move within its current building. The office will reopen on Monday, Jan. 29, at its new location: Office of the Public Trustee 5670 Spring Garden Rd., Suite 200 P.O. Box 685 Halifax, NS B3J 2T3 Read More

The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry Council of Parties has released its second public report identifying three central issues as the focus of the inquiry's remaining work. Read More

Nova Scotians are invited to celebrate, experience and learn about the rich culture, history, achievements and contributions of people of African descent during African Heritage Month 2018. Read More

Government recently launched procurement e-bidding, which will save time and money for suppliers interested in doing business with the Government of Nova Scotia. Read More

The Commission on Effective Electoral Representation of Acadian and African Nova Scotians released its report on Thursday, January 11. For details, see https://novascotia.ca/representation/ Direct links to the report and recommendations: Read More

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

Please be advised that as of January 15, 2018, the civic and mailing address for the law office of Damian J. Penny has changed to: 50 Eileen Stubbs Avenue Unit 130 Dartmouth, NS B3B 0M7 The physical location of the office, telephone and fax numbers will remain unchanged. Thank you for your understanding.  Read More

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, January 16, 2018 - Terry Sheppard, partner and criminal lawyer at BOYNECLARKE LLP, is offering a new record suspension (formally known as pardon) service. For a flat fee, Terry will complete the complicated and lengthy application process and apply on your behalf for a record suspension. Read More

The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has appointed two new Crown attorneys to focus on sexual assault prosecutions.   Read More
Careers

Deputy Director, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (English version)https://www.appointments-nominations.gc.ca/slctnPrcs.asp?menu=1&lang=eng&SelectionProcessId=E357C3D0-2F48-468D-8E7E-2DAA8C48E16F Read More

Position:  Managing Lawyer and/or Staff Lawyer position in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia practicing family law.  Initial one year contract with potential to become permanent. Read More

Are you ready to make a difference?  Prosecutors at the PPSC play a key role in the Canadian criminal justice system. As a Counsel working in the Regulatory Team of the St. Read More

Nova Scotia Securities Commission Read More

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.  Read More

TD Insurance is part of TD Bank Group, one of Canada’s largest financial institutions. TD Insurance helps protect clients from the ‘accidents of life’ with a wide range of products including credit protection, life, health, travel, home and auto insurance. Read More

Employees of Intact Insurance make a difference. We believe insurance is not about things; insurance is about people. We are here to help people, businesses and society prosper in good times and be resilient in bad times. Read More

CORPORATE ASSOCIATE, HALIFAX POSITION OVERVIEW Read More

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. Read More

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

Legal Aid Saskatchewan has the following lawyer opportunities available at the following locations: • Northern [La Ronge] – Term until June 2019 • Prince Albert – Term until June 2019 • Meadow Lake – Permanent position • Melfort – Permanent position Read More

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. Those interested in applying for the position of law clerk with the Court of Appeal should submit their applications no later than March 9, 2018.     Place of work  Read More

Are you looking for a challenging position that will utilize your strong organizational and administrative skills?   Who are we? Read More

Boudrot Rodgers is currently seeking an additional Legal Assistant as our Halifax location continues to grow.  Job purpose: The purpose of the legal assistant is to prepare legal documents, maintain records and files and conduct research to assist lawyers. Duties and responsibilities Read More

One of Halifax's leading law firms, Burchells LLP, is currently recruiting for a full-time, permanent legal assistant to provide support to a partner and associate in the area of litigation.  Read More

We are a busy law firm in downtown Dartmouth looking for a full time legal assistant as a secondary support to three senior lawyers.  The ideal candidate will have experience in real estate transactions and wills and estates, and must enjoy the challenge of learning something new on a regular basis. Read More

Seeking an Administrative Position: I consider myself to be: • Detail orientated, accurate, flexible and reliable; • Extremely organized and proficient in Microsoft Office and various databases; • Team player with the ability to work effectively in any environment; • Professional and friendly demeanor. Read More

Good Day, I graduated from a two-year Legal Office Administration program with high honours. I am seeking a psotiton and really enjoy Family Law. I have some experience with drafting affidavits and divorces. I am eager to work, hard working, trustworthy, honest. I would like an opportunity to gain experience and put my course to you. Read More

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane proudly traces its roots in the Annapolis Valley back to 1835 when the founding Partners opened the very first law office in the Kings County Shire Town of Kentville. Read More

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

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane proudly traces its roots in the Annapolis Valley back to 1835 when the founding Partners opened the very first law office in the Kings County Shire Town of Kentville. Read More

I am an internationally trained lawyer who was admitted into the Nigerian Bar Association in 2013. I am a 2016 Master of Laws graduate from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. I am a permanent resident living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Read More

I graduated a 2-year Legal Office Administration course in March and I am looking to start my new career. I graduated on the Presidential list. I have plenty of administration experience and also medical experience. I am eager, hard working, dependable, honest, trust worthy and dedicated to getting the job done. Read More

South African trained attorney seeking legal support position Age: 31 (Canadian permanent resident) Education: Masters of Law / Bachelor of Commerce in Economics Legal office experience: 5 years Available to begin: February / March 2018 Email: darrenglossop@msn.com / tel: 4037635165  Read More

Pressé Mason is seeking a full time receptionist. The successful candidate will have strong communication and people skills and will be required to manage a multi-line phone system, have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook and be able to operate and trouble shoot various office equipment. Experience working with PCLaw and basic accounting knowledge is an asset. Read More

I recently completed the Legal Administrative Specialist Program at Eastern College. Along with my recent education, I have over 20 years of Executive/Administrative experience in various industries. For a copy of my CV, please contact me at: Email: tabrannen@gmail.com Cell: 902 210 2574  Read More

Needed:  A small-firm practitioner seeks a lawyer to work in his firm, mostly (but not exclusively) in the field of Family Law, to take a current set of files from a retiring lawyer.  Proven community service work would be an asset, and, experience in family law is a requirement.  Area of practice:  Cape Breton, particularly Glace Bay and Sydney area.  Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia (the College) is seeking lay representatives to serve on the Investigation Committee of the College.   The College, in the best interest of the public, regulates members, promotes excellence in care, and advances the profession. Application Criteria Read More

Are you a lawyer or law student in the Halifax area looking to give back to the community and help improve access to justice? Consider volunteering your time at the Free Legal Clinic this winter.  Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:00
Practice and Procedure Before the Utility and Review Board Speaker: Nancy Rubin, QC, Stewart McKelvey  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:00
This course is available via free on demand podcast and video. It is also available at the date and time shown, and other times, via live webinar for $35 plus HST. Topics: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 18:30
The Dalhousie Indigenous Law Students' Association, Dalhousie Black Law Students' Association, Environmental Law Students' Society, and Halifax Central Library invite you to come hear about grassroots and community efforts to resist and seek redress for environmental injustices, and to learn about the legal tools that exist—or could be created—to support those efforts. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00
This course is available via free on demand podcast and video. It is also available via live webinar at the time and date shown, and other times and dates, for $35 plus HST. Topics: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00
This course is available via free on demand 24 minute long podcast or video. It is also available at the date and time shown, and other dates and times, via 35 minute long live webinar for $35 plus HST.   Topics:   Read More
Event Date: Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
Regulatory Enabling Authority: Drafting to Achieve Statutory Vires Speaker: James Charlton, Office of Legislative Counsel Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 12:00
This course is available via free on demand 24 minute podcast and video. It is also available via live 35 minute webinar at the time and date shown, and other times and dates, for $35 plus HST.   Topics:   Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 12:30
In this session, seasoned counsel will review the most important recent wrongful dismissal decisions and explain their implications for workplace parties. They will also flag significant litigation on the horizon. Final selection of topics will take place a few weeks before the audio conference, ensuring coverage of late-breaking decisions. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:00
This course is available via free on demand 24 minute long podcast or video. It is also available at the date and time shown, and other dates and times, via 35 minute long live webinar for $35 plus HST. Topics: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 16:00
In 1989, at age 26, Canadian citizen Derek Twyman was sentenced to 160 years in a U.S. prison for a spate of non-violent burglaries in North Carolina. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 08:00
Breakfast with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Speakers: Kymberly Franklin, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, and Christine Hanson, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 01:00
With recreational marijuana use scheduled to be legalized in July 2018, many employers and employees are feeling a little dazed and confused about what the new place of cannabis, and changing employee expectations, will mean for the workplace. Can employers continue to expect that employees will show up sober and ready to work? Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 19:00
All are welcome to attend an upcoming public information session on the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act. Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 pmWoodlawn Public Library, Dartmouth Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:00
A Brief Overview of the Role of the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) Speaker: Sherry Redden, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:00
This course is available via free on demand podcast and video. It is also available at the date and time shown, and other times, via live webinar for $35 plus HST. Topics: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:30
Bill 148, also known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, made the most significant changes to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) in decades. Many of those changes took effect January 1, 2018; others will take effect within the next two years. Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 12:00
A Matter of Survival: Health Rights from the Bottom UpPascale Allotey United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (Seminar cosponsored with the McBain Chair in Health Law and Policy) A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312. No registration or fee required. ​ Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 18:30
Honouring African Nova Scotian Judges Please join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Judge Corrine Sparks' appointment to the bench and all past and current African Nova Scotian Judges. The evening will include music, poetry and celebration. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:00
Powers of Appointment and Powers to Add and Remove Beneficiaries Speaker: Richard Niedermayer, Stewart McKelvey  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:00
Basics of Bylaw Drafting Speaker: Karen Kinley, Nova Scotia House of Assembly - Legislative Counsel Office  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:00
This course is available on demand via free 24 minute long podcast and video. It is also available at the time and date shown, and other times and dates, via 35 minute long live webinars for $35 plus HST. Topics: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00
This course is available via free on demand podcast and video. It is also available at the date and time shown, and other times, via live webinar for $35 plus HST. Topics: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 01:00
Differences in how men and women communicate, and how people across cultures communicate, can have a powerful influence on a lawyer’s professional and personal life. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
How to…Conduct a Discovery Examination Speakers: Guy Harfouche, HRM Legal Services, and Kate Marshall, Stewart McKelvey  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
This course is available via free on demand 24 minute long podcast and video. It is also available via live 35 minute long webinar at the time and date shown, and other times and dates, for $35 plus HST.   Topics:   Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:30
The extensive caselaw generated by courts, arbitrators and human rights tribunals on the topic of workplace disability accommodation demonstrates that parties frequently disagree on relatively straightforward matters such as obtaining adequate medical information, assessing whether an accommodation is suitable, and determining whether the point of undue hardship has been reached. Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00
Fostering an Effective Relationship with the Medical ExpertAmy Ornstein Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312. No registration or fee required.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:00
Intellectual Property and Not-for-Profits Speaker: Christene Hirschfeld, QC, BoyneClarke LLP  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (All day)
The Metro Domestic Violence Court will start sitting on March 7, 2018, for matters within the Halifax Regional Municipality. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 08:30
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Event Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 09:30
Join us for a day of professional development in cultural awareness and competency specific to race, law and practice in child protection matters. Topics include: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00
Lost Capacity and Legal Fees… Who Pays and What is a Reasonable Bill? Speaker: Jonathan Hooper, Patterson Law  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:30
For many Canadian workers in the "sandwich generation", squeezed between the demands of caring for both their children and their elderly parents, the need for workplace family status accommodation is greater than ever. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:30
Dalhousie Law Hour provides a one hour lecture each week geared at engaging our student body and surrounding community with presentations from prominent legal, academic, and political minds of the day.This forum provides an excellent opportunity to connect the legal issues and ideas learned in law school with how the law actually works in everyday life. Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:00
The Challenge of Migration and Health Care Solidarity in Liberal DemocraciesY.Y. Brandon Chen Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312. No registration or fee required. ​ Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (All day)
Hear directly from esteemed judges and accomplished lawyers from diverse practice backgrounds about success in leadership, career development, and advocacy skills. Connect with colleagues, share advice and learn from other's experiences. Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Justice Suzanne Côté, Supreme Court of Canada.   Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 19:30
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, recently retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will deliver the Annual Allan J. MacEachen Lecture at St FX University, on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm, in the Schwartz Auditorium, St FX. The title of her lecture is "Democracy and the Rule of Law".    Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 13:00
In this user-friendly online training session, you will: Learn about the responsibilities of the executor and the risk they face while performing these tasks Understand the coverage available and the benefits of executor liability insurance for both the exeutor and the lawyer Learn how easy it is to provide executor clients with the protection they need  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 12:30
In the wake of numerous allegations of sexual harassment made against high-profile men, workplace behaviour, including speech, has become the subject of intense scrutiny. While certain types of comments or language might be clearly unacceptable in the workplace, there are many instances in which it may be difficult to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable speech. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:30
The rules for working and managing in a unionized workplace are very different from those that apply to non-union workplaces. Managers and supervisors new to unionized work environments as well as new union stewards and representatives will find this session to be an invaluable introduction to the law and structure of the unionized workplace. Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 09:00
Criminal Law Conference "The Nuts and Bolts of Bail" Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room For details, check out our brochure at: http://www.cbans.ca/CBAMediaLibrary/cba_ns/PDF/Reference%20Material/CBANSCriminalLawConf2018.pdf Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 16, 2018 (All day)
The Workplace Institute is delivering a suite of courses in Halifax on how to conduct investigations from April 16 to 20, 2018. Lots of counsel have attended previous iterations across Canada and found them extremely useful. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:30
Medical issues frequently arise in the workplace that lead to employer requests for medical information, such as fulfilling the duty to accommodate, determining eligibility for benefits, and managing workplace attendance. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 12:30
The #MeToo movement and recent high profile events, such as the RCMP's historic apology and compensation to female officers, have raised societal consciousness about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in employment. Has there been a change in the culture? Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 (All day)
Registration is open for  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 (All day)
This 2-day workshop will teach the basics of Collaborative Practice: How to work in interdisciplinary teams to help separating couples reach agreement. In the Collaborative process, Collaborative Lawyers act as legal advisors while facilitating an interest-based negotiation. Read More
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