August 05, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

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

At its last meeting, Council approved an amendment to the definition of “law degree” under Section 3.1 (b) of the Society’s Regulations. The changes are effective immediately. The updated definition is as follows: ADMISSIONS 3.1 Interpretation (b) “law degree” means Read More
Access to Justice

The Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) is proud to announce the opening of the its bilingual access to justice center in Halifax, thanks to the financial support of Justice Canada. The official opening is scheduled for Friday, November 21, 2014 in conjunction with the annual meeting and celebration of the AJEFNE’s 20th anniversary.  Read More

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) at Dalhousie is looking for lawyers to supervise projects in the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year. PBSC is a national organization with chapters at 21 Canadian law schools devoted to providing pro bono legal services in the community. We match organizations with our students to work on law-focused volunteer projects. 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

Before leaving for a much-earned vacation, here are a few tips to help ensure a stress-free break and a smooth return to work: Read More

Very legitimate-looking email phishing attempts purportedly from "Apple ID" have been circulating for some time – example here: Dear Customer, We need to ask you to complete a short and brief step to securing and validating your account information. Click here to complete validation Read More

The following contains, in part, an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. Make memories and establish traditions that everyone will cherish Read More

The Honourable Pamela S. Williams, Chief Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia is pleased to welcome Daniel A. MacRury QC to the two Courts. 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. 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

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
Other news

Starting August 23, business and residential consumers in the 902 region will have to adopt 10-digit dialing – the area code followed by the phone number – for all local communications. Read More

Paul Huber, age 79, Honorary/Adjunct Professor with the Department of Economics at Dalhousie University, recently sustained a serious brain injury. Lawyers with any information on the location or existence of a will or living will for Mr. Huber are asked to please contact:  Urs Frei  Read More

The new edition of Canadian Lawyer includes the magazine’s annual Top 25 Most Influential ranking for the justice system and legal profession across the country.   Read More

Patterson Law is very pleased to announce that Michael Kennedy has joined the firm as a Partner in the Corporate/Commercial Group of our Halifax office. Read More

Patterson Law is very pleased to welcome associate lawyer Adam D. Crane to our Halifax Litigation group. Read More
Awards and congratulatory messages

The Society is pleased to announce that Heather Ann McNeill QC will be the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1999, the award is presented to a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession and the Society.  Read More

How Lawrence White Bowes of Windsor, Nova Scotia, is seeking a paralegal/legal assistant to fill a maternity position to commence in early October. Read More

LaFosse MacLeod, of Sydney, is seeking a full-time assistant for its litigation practice. Full medical and dental benefits are available after 3 months employment.  Applicants should have a working knowledge and experience in WORD. Experience in working at a law office is preferred. Read More

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab is a well established law firm located in Halifax and has an opening for an associate to join our practice. Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is the public interest regulator of the legal profession in Nova Scotia. The Society ensures that lawyers are competent, ethical, and practise law in accordance with the standards set by the Society. Read More

The Law firm of Russell Piggott Jones, located in downtown Dartmouth, is looking for a property paralegal. Interested candidates should have at least 3 years previous experience working as a property paralegal, specifically working with purchases, sales, mortgages and title migrations. Proficiency in typing, computer systems, file management and property online processes is required. Read More

Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Halifax and Truro and with clients whose interests range from global to purely local. Our 100 lawyers and staff are dedicated to meeting our clients’ diverse legal needs. Read More

Bailey & Associates is seeking a full-time legal assistant/receptionist to join its practice in Downtown Dartmouth. Ideal applicants will have relevant experience and be willing to learn on the job. Applications may be sent to  Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 09:00
For the busy practitioner, our pre-selected, curated bundle of current year Continuing Professional Development programs offers a one-stop solution for ongoing learning needs. With a early bird fee of just $525 granting access to 35.50 Hours of CPD (9.25 Professionalism Hours and 26.25 Substantive Hours), it’s also a very cost-effective solution. Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 8, 2014 (All day)
This conference is organized by the CIAJ Legislative Drafting Committee chaired by John Mark Keyes, former Chief Legislative Counsel of Canada. 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: Friday, September 19, 2014 - 16:00
Tilly Pillay QC, President, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, invites you to attend the 2014 Recognition Reception   September 19, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Cogswell Tower – 8th Floor    Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 (All day)
Understanding Financial Statements: A Litigator’s Guide to Persuading With Numbers  Monday, September 22, 2014 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pmWorld Trade & Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia  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: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:00
Overview: Federal Skilled Worker Class Program will cover a variety of topics as discussed by presenter Ana Rasmusson. Topics include: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 (All day)
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program. The cost for this program is $600 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 28, 2014 (All day)
LIANS’ 6th annual 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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (All day)
Day One - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, December 11, 2014 Read More
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