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Melanie Petrunia Joins Nijhawan McMillan Barristers

Nasha Nijhawan and Kelly McMillan of Nijhawan McMillan Barristers are pleased to announce that Melanie Petrunia has joined the firm as a partner. Melanie brings to the firm an established tax and commercial litigation practice serving clients across Canada, as well as her commitment to equality and access to justice. The firm has changed its name to Nijhawan McMillan Petrunia, and has moved to new offices at 5162 Duke Street, Suite 200. More information about Melanie and the firm can be found at www.nmbarristers.com.

New Crown attorneys: Saara Wilson in Shelburne, Jonathan Gavel in Antigonish

The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service announced the appointment of two new Crown attorneys on August 3: Saara Wilson in Shelburne and Jonathan Gavel in Antigonish.

"Both Ms. Wilson and Mr. Gavel are excellent additions to our team of Crown attorneys," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions. "Their experience in criminal law is an asset."

Schulich School of Law: Kudos to Mark Knox QC, Professors Naiomi Metallic and Jocelyn Downie

  • Congratulations to Professor Naiomi Metallic, Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy, who has been named to Canadian Lawyer magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers list for 2018. Read more in this August 9 news item on the Schulich School of Law website.

In Memoriam: Richard J. Scott QC, FEC (Hon.) 1953 – 2018

Richard Scott

From the Federation of Law Societies of Canada – August 22, 2018

It is with profound sadness the Federation of Law Societies of Canada announces the sudden passing of Richard J. Scott QC, at his home in Fredericton.

TWU reviews Community Covenant

August 14, 2018 statement from Robert G. Kuhn, President, Trinity Western University

On Thursday, August 9, Trinity Western University’s Board of Governors met to review, among other things, our admissions policy as it relates to the Community Covenant, which has been the subject of much discussion in recent years.

In a decision that we believe will successfully position us to better fulfil the TWU Mission, the Board of Governors has passed the following motion:

Sydney firm LaFosse MacLeod welcomes Ralph W. Ripley

Please note, Ralph W. Ripley has joined the law firm LaFosse MacLeod effective August 1, 2018.

Mr. Ripley is a native of Sydney and has practised law for over 32 years. He has degrees from St.FX, Queen’s (MA History), and Dalhousie (LLB). For 27 years he managed his own practice – focusing on Criminal and Civil Litigation – with a reputation for passionate advocacy, attention to detail, and "plain speaking".

Have your say: National intensive engagement on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis languages legislation

Canadian Heritage, on behalf of the Government of Canada, is engaging with First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples to further inform what may be included in First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages legislation.

For complete details, see Co-development of a National First Nations, Inuit and Métis Languages Act, on the Canadian Heritage website. 

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Ecojustice opens its Atlantic office in Halifax

Ecojustice recently opened the doors to its Atlantic Canada office, based in Halifax.

Located at 1801 Hollis Street, Ecojustice Atlantic is staffed by lawyers James Gunvaldsen Klaassen and Sarah McDonald, and legal administrative assistant Genevieve Rondeau.

With this new, centralized location, the Ecojustice team now has the opportunity to work more closely with local partners and strengthen the environmental community’s impact in Atlantic Canada.

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act now in force

July 17, 2018 – from the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission

The Parole Board of Canada wishes to share that the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act is now in force. The Parole Board is inviting applications for expungement from people with criminal records because of convictions of this type.

Read more in the Parole Board letter posted in the news area of the NSLA website.

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