March 17, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

See the video of the 23rd Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics, presented on March 6 by the Society and the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Read More

The Society is continuing with its work to consider all aspects of the regulatory model used in Nova Scotia. To assist the Society and to solicit the views of members of the profession, a brief summary of the issues and a questionnaire have been developed. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Read More

Join the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on Twitter @NSBS, for timely updates and current awareness between publications of InForum: Read More
Professional development

Barristers’ Libraries are making the switch to WestlawNext Canada. Library & Information Services licenses Westlaw Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. Read More

Effective January 24, 2014, the NSBS CPD Requirement is amended to require practising lawyers to complete a total of two hours of education in the areas of Risk & Practice Management (RPM) and/or Professionalism. Read More
Tips from LIANS

We often say “work smarter, not harder” but with today’s myriad of technological devices – computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet – we sometimes find ourselves duplicating efforts or worse: losing or forgetting important notes. Evernote is a multiplatform app that can help simplify your practice. Here are some of the things Evernote can do: Read More

A new type of cheque scam targeting trust accounts has been identified that uses the new ‘Remote Deposit Capture’ or ‘eDeposit’ technologies. This smartphone-based service allows banking customers to ‘deposit’ a cheque simply by taking a picture of both sides of an endorsed cheque and uploading it though an app offered by the banking institution. Read More

The following contains, in part, an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. Depression among lawyers has been covered in the news in recent months: Read More

Please note, the Courts of Nova Scotia website has four important new items on its “Notices to the Bar” page:  Read More

TO: Parties and Members of the Legal Profession Read More

In cases below where no link is present, the decision was not yet available on CanLII at the time of InForum publication. Read More

The following decisions were released on the Supreme Court of Canada Judgments website since the last InForum. The subject headings and summaries have been prepared by the Supreme Court of Canada. This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services. March 7, 2014 Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following are some announcements since the last edition of InForum:    Read More

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

(February 24, 2014) I am writing to advise you of the attached changes to the above-noted policies of the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP), for your information and communication to clients. Read More

In order to provide services for families that better match their situations and levels of conflict, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice is now offering a High Conflict Information Program (HCIP) on a pilot basis. Read More
Other news

Please be advised that the Federation of Law Societies of Canada launched its revised website on Friday, March 7. The revisions were made without any changes in URL designations, in order to not disturb any of the links. This means depending on your browser settings, you may have to clear your cache to view the new site correctly. On a PC, you can also use Control and F5. Read More

Celebrating a long tradition of service in the public good, this annual award is presented by the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. The award honours alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the community and the legal profession on either a worldwide, Canada-wide or province-wide basis, or in a local setting. Read More

Example of a forensic photograph for personal injury cases Bring an added edge to your current or next case by using Ruth Gallo Forensic Photography. Read More

The following case law reporters are available free of charge from the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Library: Dominion Law Reports – approximately 1914-1976; and Canadian Abridgement – 1980s and early 1990s. Please contact Andrew Waugh @ 902 420 6590 if interested.   Read More

(HALIFAX, NS) – On March 7, Canadian law firms McInnes Cooper and Branch MacMaster announced a proposed class action settlement with the Government of Canada over the reduction of disabled Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) veterans’ long-term disability benefits.  Read More

I am seeking employment in the Legal Assistant/Paralegal and/or Human Resources/Administration field. I have 20+ years of experience in most areas of law plus the above noted areas as well including Accounts Receivable. Read More

The Sydney law office of LaFosse MacLeod is currently offering a career opportunity for an associate lawyer within our litigation department.  This is an excellent opportunity for a lawyer to be introduced to challenging work and potentially secure a leadership role in the future. The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. Read More

Emera Inc. is a growing energy and services company with over $8.8 billion in assets and  annual revenues of more than $2 billion.  The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, as well as gas transmission and utility energy services. Read More

Employer: Waterbury Newton ( – Kentville and Berwick, Nova ScotiaTitle: Operations Manager (Management)Immediate Supervisor: Chief Executive OfficerStart Date: May 2014 (exact date to be determined) Read More

I graduated from the Schulich School of Law in May 2013 and am seeking an articling position to begin as soon as possible. I am currently living in Halifax but am willing to relocate. I am comfortable working in a larger firm or in a sole practitioner setting. I am organised, hardworking, and reliable.  Read More

Do you want a career in a law firm that rewards you for a commitment to an excellent work product? Are you looking for an employer who facilitates a team-working environment? Are you tired of commuting in rush hour traffic to Halifax? Does state-of-the-art Document Management technology interest you? Read More

WorkSafe NB is building a legacy of safety and security in the workplace.  With this culture of safety as the backbone, coupled with responsible insurance rates and solid benefits, WorkSafe NB is quickly becoming one of the pre-eminent institutions of its kind in Canada. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 19:00
A Society at the Crossroads: The Charter of Values and the Future of Quebec Dr. Daniel Weinstock - Professor in the Faculty of Law, McGilll University Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 09:00
This conference is tooled for Real Estate support staff and paralegals; lawyers are also welcome to attend. Get out of the office and speak directly with the people we deal with indirectly everyday!   Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 (All day)
On the Edge of Now is ALIS’ premiere conference. We're bringing together lawyers and artists for the first conference of its kind.    March 21, 2014 - opening reception March 22, 2014 - all day 8:30am until 5:30pm    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 17:30
The Advocates' Society invites advocates from all practice areas to join us for cocktails and to celebrate advocacy, with special guest, The Hon. Ian Binnie, C.C., Q.C. Hear from one of Canada's most remarkable and well respected advocates in an intimate and social setting, and learn more about what thTAS has to offer advocates in Atlantic Canada. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:30
Learn how to deal with a range of ethical dilemmas that you could easily face in your immigration practice.  You will have the opportunity to consider hypothetical situations based on case law and existing legislation, and discuss how to avoid difficult ethical traps that could damage your reputation and your clients’ interests, and run afoul of professional regulations. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:00
CBA-NS Citizenship & Immigration Law Section Meeting. The RCMP's Investigation and Enforcement of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Citizenship Act, and Criminal Code Violations Related to Citizenship Offences, Canadian Passport Offences and Fraud. Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 (All day)
The New York State Bar Association’s International Section and the Ontario Bar Association are pleased to present the second Ontario-New York Legal Summit to be held in Toronto on March 28 and in New York City on March 31, 2014. The first Summit held in 2012 was extremely successful with approximately 150 registrants in Toronto alone. In addition, this Summit will be webcast. Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 09:00
The world economies are changing, and Atlantic Canada is no exception. Given the pace of change today, and the complex nature of so many of the business deals being transacted, you will not want to miss the opportunity to participate in this bi-annual program which has been updated and revised to stay abreast of the latest developments and to reflect your priorities. Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 31, 2014 (All day)
Note: CLE Accreditation - Law Society of Upper Canada CPD: This program qualifies for 12.25 substantive hours. Both workshops qualify for 3 substantive hours each. Dear colleague, Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:00
Transactional Project Management – Building an Essential Skill Set for Commercial Deals This hands-on workshop is intended to help you build project management skills that will be invaluable as you move into a leadership role on complex commercial transaction files. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 13:00
This workshop will provide an in-depth interactive learning opportunity focused on IP licensing and the relevant laws that are applicable to this core business activity. Legal and business strategies will be discussed with a special focus on technology agreements. IP license deal negotiation and key provisions Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:00
This hands-on workshop is intended to help you build project management skills that will be invaluable as you move into a leadership role on complex commercial transaction files. Benefit from the expertise of a top legal project management expert who will guide you through key topic areas including: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 17:30
The Constitutional, Civil Liberties & Human Rights Sections, Labour & Employment Section, and Women Lawyers Forum jointly present: How to Avoid Family Status Discrimination Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:00
The Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia Branch Aboriginal Law Section Meeting Evolutions in Aboriginal Law with Bruce Clarke, QC, Burchells LLP.    Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 (All day)
Distance Learning Available This program has been developed to provide you with the key information, expert insights and practical knowledge you need to be effective in your work in thies field. Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:00
After much anticipation, Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) finally comes into force on July 1, 2014. Do not miss this essential program for your complete "CASL Guide" to ensure you and your clients meet the impending compliance deadline. Our expert faculty will provide you with a comprehensive toolkit and essential precedents. Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00
Melissa LaFlair, PMP, LLB, Ivey HBA LaFlair Legal and Project Management Services Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 17:30
On behalf of the UNB Alumni Council, I want to invite you to a reception on April 14, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McInnes Cooper Atrium, 1300-1969 Upper Water Street, Halifax, NS, Canada. Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:00
Melissa LaFlair, PMP, LLB, Ivey HBA LaFlair Legal and Project Management Services Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 (All day)
This dynamic program will feature experienced members of the bench and bar sharing practical strategies and tips for handling difficult witnesses, and will allow you to test and refine your advocacy skills in a safe, supportive learning environment. Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 28, 2014 (All day)
Whether you are doing deals or resolving confl icts, effective negotiation skills are essential for success as a practising lawyer, business person or other professional. Understanding and developing these skills is even more critical in today’s increasingly complex, fast-paced working environments. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (All day)
Boost your business and financial knowledge and your ability to protect and advocate for your clients' legal interests. In this one day course, you will gain a greater understanding of essential accounting principles and the ability to address complicated financial issues that often arise in business transactions. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 (All day)
How has the law developed and evolved since the Supreme Court of Canada’s seminal decisions in essential employment topics? Reinforce your knowledge of these pivotal cases and their impact on employment law today by participating in this timely program. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and critical issues to help you stay on top of your field. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 23, 2014 (All day)
Annual Conference for Criminal Defence Lawyers with presentations from Judges, senior counsel and special guests Keynote Speaker: Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator for Canada   Topics include:   Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 09:00
As a litigator, you don’t leave your courtroom skills to chance. The majority of cases are won or lost before going to trial, and you need to be just as vigilant about your advocacy skills outside the courtroom. Our lead instructors will walk you through a live mediation in freeze frame, whereby you will critically analyze which strategies are working, which are not and why. Read More
Event Date: Monday, July 14, 2014 (All day)
2014 National Family Law Program Monday July 14 to Thursday July 17 2014 Opening reception and conference office opens Sunday July 13, 2014 Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel and Conference Centre Whistler British Columbia Read More
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