June 09, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites you to join a discussion about how the regulatory framework can support innovation in delivery of legal practice. Read More

Lawyers and members are reminded that Annual Fees are due on or before Monday, June 30, 2014. The Society sent out the invoices in May. Members can pay by cheque or via online banking. Read More

The Society recently completed a successful one-year pilot Observership Program for Internationally Trained Lawyers in Legal Workplaces. The year saw 11 observerships and much positive feedback. Read the final report: Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce Meaghan Mahadeo is the recipient of the 2014 Race and the Law Essay Prize. Ms. Mahadeo is a student at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: 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 Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society continues to seek input from lawyers across the province for a study in collaboration with researchers from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. Read More

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

Sixty-two new lawyers joined Nova Scotia’s legal profession in a Bar Admission Ceremony on Friday, June 6. Read More

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 since May 26  Read More
Professional development

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Access to Justice

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia has started pro bono civil litigation clinics in HRM under the Access Legal Help NS banner. This important access to justice initiative is seeking volunteer lawyers to provide just a small time commitment. Read More

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia is starting pro bono labour and employment law clinics in HRM under the Access Legal Help NS banner. This important access to justice initiative is seeking volunteer lawyers to provide just a small time commitment. Read More
Tips from LIANS

The 6th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held November 28, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax. Earn CPD hours with sessions including: “Let’s Talk About Tax” with Daren Baxter QC, and a motivational session with two-time kayaking World Champion and two-time Olympian Karen Furneaux.  Read More

LIANS has advised the membership that claims related to allegations of ineffective trial counsel in criminal appeals are on the rise but what is leading the charge? Effective – or allegedly ineffective – communication between lawyers and their clients, particularly the conversations lawyers have with their clients regarding pleas. Read More

There have been recent reports of a computer scam via telephone that we’ve warned about in the past. A caller purporting to work for Microsoft, PC Law or another software company inquires about the proper functioning of your computer and your personal account information. Read More

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. Read More

The Honourable Justice Lee Anne MacLeod-Archer will be sworn in at a ceremony in the Sydney courthouse on Tuesday, June 17 at 12:00 noon. The public is invited. The ceremony will be webcast live on the Courts website:   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

(OTTAWA, June 4, 2014) – The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, welcomes the appointment by Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Justice Clément Gascon to the Supreme Court of Canada. “Justice Gascon is a distinguished jurist,” said Chief Justice McLachlin. “He brings extensive expertise in the commercial and civil law of Quebec, as well as many years of experience as a j 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. June 6, 2014 Read More

Memo from Judith Ferguson, Deputy Minister of Justice I am writing to seek input from the membership of the Barristers' Society on proposed family law changes. Read More

The Nova Scotia Government is seeking input on family law changes to provincial laws. Read a summary of the changes and share your thoughts at or call 902 424 5341 to request a copy. The deadline to respond is June 30, 2014. Read More

Dear Member: In the fall of this year the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Peter Bryson, will consider candidates for the next Queen’s Counsel appointments. The criteria for these appointments are: 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: The following are some announcements since the last edition of InForum:    Read More
Other news

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released a public survey regarding the Powers of Attorney Act. The survey invites respondents to give feedback on a number of proposals for reform of the Powers of Attorney Act. It also asks respondents to share their experiences using powers of attorney. Read More

(MONCTON, NB June 9, 2014) – The New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench has blocked a bequest to transfer funds to the National Alliance, a white supremacist organization based in the United States. Marc-Antoine Chiasson, lawyer for applicant Isabelle Rose McCorkill, has received notice that Justice William Grant of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench has blocked the bequest of Ms. Read More

(May 30, 2014) – BOYNECLARKE LLP, one of Atlantic Canada's largest law firms, is pleased to welcome Telaina Kelly, LL.B., to our firm. Telaina will be joining our growing Corporate Services Team in the new role of Assistant Director. Read More

The Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Aid Commission is expanding!  We are proud to provide an innovative and collaborative legal aid system that responds to the needs of low income persons. Our services promote access to justice through the provision of quality legal assistance for criminal, family and some administrative law matters. Read More

L'AJEFNE est à la recherche d'un(e) consultant(e) pour la création de l'image de marque ainsi qu'un plan de communication pour son futur Centre de justice de proximité. La firme recherchée en collaboration avec la direction générale et le conseil d'administration devra d'ici le 1er septembre 2014:   Read More


LAWYER REQUIRED Busy Charlottetown Law Office seeks associate. Apply in confidence to: Collins & Associates Law Office 200 – 134 Kent Street National Bank Tower Charlottetown, PE  C1A 8R8 Phone - (902) 894-4430 Fax - (902) 894-4432 Email -  Read More

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal is an independent, quasi-judicial, administrative tribunal established under the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, and Appeals Tribunal Act.  The purpose of the Tribunal is to decide appeals initiated by workers and/or employers who determine review of a decision made by WorkSafeNB is necessary. Read More

CASEY RODGERS CHISHOLM PENNY, a Dartmouth law firm, is relocating its office and looking for an additional associate to join their growing practice. If the opportunity to join a mid-sized firm in brand new premises is of interest, we would welcome the chance to speak with you. Read More

L'AJEFNE est à la recherche d'un(e) consultant(e) pour la création d'un cadre d'évaluation des performances ainsi que l'évaluation des résultats pour son futur Centre de justice de proximité.  La firme recherchée devra d'ici le 1er septembre 2014:  Read More

The Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Aid Commission is expanding! We are proud to provide an innovative and collaborative legal aid system that responds to the needs of low income persons. Our services promote access to justice through the provision of quality legal assistance for criminal, family and some administrative law matters. Read More

The Social Security Tribunal is anadministrative tribunal with adjudicative powers that provides a single point of access for appeals pertaining to Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS). 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
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 08:30
All members of the Society are invited to attend the 2014 NSBS Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program, which will take place on Saturday, June 14. The Annual General Meeting begins at 8:30 am, followed by keynote speaker Jordan Furlong of Law21, who will address opportunities for innovation in practice. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 12:00
Physician Narratives and Experts Witnesses: The Impact of Russell v. Goswell (2014) Speakers: Clarence Beckett QC, Patterson Law Jeremy Smith, Patterson Law On-Site Attendance - $11.00 (incl. HST) Conference call - $10.00 (incl. HST) Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 19:00
Find out how tech multi-millionaire Zita Cobb's investments in Fogo Island are really making a difference as she speaks at the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia's 3rd annual Inspired Conversatons Series on Philanthropy, Entrepreneurship and the Courage to Lead. Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 12:00
Women as Advocates Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 26, 2014 - 14:00
Litigation demands a special set of lawyering skills, and not surprisingly, it is the subject of a special set of rules pertaining to professional conduct. Regardless of the stakes, for the advocate, professionalism demands unimpeachable conduct in and out of the courtroom, sometimes under the most challenging and stressful of circumstances. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 14:00
Mental health concerns, ranging from anxiety to depression, and encompassing a variety of disorders, addictions and behaviours, constitute a sizeable issue to the legal profession for a plethora of reasons. For instance, depression rates within the legal profession have climbed significantly over the past few decades. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 14:00
The Labour Code and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board are key facets of Canada’s industrial relations regime, and for practitioners seasoned and new, the ongoing navigation of that regime requires a keen awareness of both legislative and jurisprudential changes. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (All day)
Attendance Management: Reducing absenteeism, accommodating disabilities 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Topics Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:00
Global connectedness has rendered Intellectual Property boundless, capable of traveling around the world at the blink of an eye. Trade agreements have sought to rationalize this reality, with the introduction of additional practice considerations as a by-product. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 08:45
Labour Law Conference October 1 - 2, 2014 The Westin Nova ScotianWednesday, October 1, 2014  Registration and Hot Breakfast Buffet – 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs – 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 27, 2014 - 14:00
The laws applicable to Canadian public procurement and infrastructure development are vast and interesting, and are perhaps only rivaled by the factual scenarios typical of procurement proceedings, which often possess high stakes and a fair degree of complexity. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 14:00
Concerned as they are with the efficiency and resilience of the Canadian economy, as well as with ensuring a fair and competitive environment for businesses of all sizes, the importance of Canada’s competition laws cannot be overstated. Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:00
Intellectual Property rights deliver substantial benefits to holders, and due to their nature, also possess substantial challenges related to misappropriation. This program has been designed to deliver an overview of the Canadian law of Intellectual Property exploitation and enforcement. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 12:00
Subsequent to the article they recently published in the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society's magazine, the Society Record, entitled "Race as a significant variable in the legal system", social workers Robert S. Wright and Jackie Barkley will continue the conversation in this thought provoking lunch and learn. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 14:00
Client service is at the core of the provision of legal services, and it is trite to remark that clients can be especially dependent upon the advice and actions of their counsel in instances that often involve high stakes or substantial monetary amounts. Thus, for practitioners, a focus on client management is rightly perennial, and holds all the more true in challenging circumstances. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014 (All day)
Seminar Details:Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PSTLocation: Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel (300 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC)Seminar Formats In-Class or Live-Online Read More
Event Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 17:00
All lawyers are invited to join the Artists' Legal Information Society (ALIS) for our summer social. It doesn't matter what type of law you practice, or how long you have been practicing for, you're invited! Come meet the ALIS board of directors and find out more about what we do, what projects we have planned for the 2014/2015 year and how you can get involved.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:30
  You are cordially invited to celebrate with us at the 12th Annual Pride Reception, co-hosted by the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.   Thursday, July 24, 2013 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 14:00
Effective legal business development, the kind that shows up repeatedly in the bottom line, doesn’t just happen, it’s a learned skill, albeit one not taught in law school. To compensate for this dearth of knowledge, lawyers must learn and practice new habits. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (All day)
Investigating Misconduct and Weighing Discipline: How to conduct a fair process and ensure a proportional response 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Topics Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 14:00
The roles, responsibilities and benefits of various corporate actors sit in a complex and ever-changing web of legal relationships, challenging both the knowledge and creativity of legal practitioners. For actors within public corporations, there are additional dimensions to consider, and the same holds true for actors within startups engaged in the raising of capital in ways old and new. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 14:00
App development is located where rapid change meets intellectual property, new forms of exchange and perhaps a touch of the wild west. With apps changing the way people interact with the world around them, current laws continue to play catch-up, and in many instances remain in stasis, even as clients require clear, unimpeachable and bankable opinions and contracts. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:00
Real estate law, which entails the undertaking of a high volume of high dollar figure transactions, is increasingly fraught with challenges posed by unscrupulous individuals, as well as ethical concerns that are mundane in comparison but no less deserving of caution. Read More
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