January 05, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

Employment equity is improving overall in the province’s legal profession, according to a new statistical analysis from the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. A much greater diversity of lawyers have entered the profession in the past 25 years, particularly in the public sector, though a number of gaps and disparities are still evident. Read More

In July 2014, Council approved adoption of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Discipline Standards. These will be effective on January 1, 2015 for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.  Read More

In January 2012, Council approved a refocusing of the purpose and direction of Library & Information Services, moving away from a role as a publisher of legal information, as that service is provided by CanLII, the Courts, and various private publishing houses. Read More

The next two editions of InForum will be published on Monday, December 22, 2014 and Monday, January 5, 2015. Please submit notices by noon on the Thursday prior to each publication.  Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Disciplinary info to go online in Nova Scotia Canadian Lawyer / Legal Feeds | December 29, 2014 by donalee Moulton Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Read More
Professional development

LAW FIRMS GOING IT ALONE: A START UP GUIDE FOR THE SOLE PRACTITIONER / Oughtred, Wendy E – 2d ed. – Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2014. [KB 267 O93 2014] MANAGEMENT GREAT BY CHOICE: UNCERTAINTY, CHAOS, AND LUCK - WHY SOME THRIVE DESPITE THEM ALL / Collins, Jim; Hansen, Morten T – London: Random House Books, 2011. [KB 267 C712G 2011] Read More
Access to Justice

The Equity Committee of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch established this Award to recognize a legal workplace striving to advance equity and diversity in the legal profession and/or the general community.  Read More
Tips from LIANS

One of the cornerstones of the Risk and Practice Management Program is getting feedback from our membership. Was the presentation helpful? Will you implement some of the suggestions you learned? Are there other topics you would like to see covered? These are some of the questions we ask so we may tailor the program to fulfil our obligation to you. Read More

LIANS has received several reports of the following scam attempt from “Zhi-Yuan Hu”: From: Chu Kong Group Shipyard Co Ltd [mailto: teste @ gs. com. br]Sent: December 23, 2014 5:16 PMSubject: Dear Counsel Dear Counsel, Read More

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

The Federal Courts Rules Committee is seeking feedback from lawyers and the public on its Discussion Paper on Limited Scope Representation in the Federal Courts. The discussion paper is available in both official languages on the websites of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court. Read More

Nova Scotians are invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas to a review of the Mineral Resources Act. The Mineral Resources Act is legislation that establishes the rights and obligations around the responsible development of Nova Scotia's geological resources. It was last reviewed in 1990. Read More

In September 2014, the Minister of Justice announced a client service review of the Maintenance Enforcement Program. The Committee overseeing the review is interested in hearing from lawyers about their experience with the Program and their suggestions for improving the delivery of client services. Read More

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education continues its consultation process for Phase 2 of the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations. Read More

Memo from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Correctional Services DivisionNovember 27, 2014 Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:    Read More

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

Effective January 19, 2015 Nova Scotia Legal Aid – Office of the Executive Director is now located at: Suite 920 1701 Hollis Street Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8 All phone numbers, fax number and email addresses remain the same.  Read More

Seeking a missing will for Joyce Barbara Peterson of Dartmouth, NS (born March 10, 1939), who passed on December 12, 2014. Lawyers with any information on the location or existence of a will for Mrs. Peterson are asked to contact her husband, Mr. Frederick (Fred) Eldon Peterson at (902) 462-4652.  Read More

Shared office space available for rent, commencing January 1, 2015 with three independent, experienced lawyers, in the Mumford Professional Centre in the west end of Halifax. Large, furnished corner office with separate paralegal station. All infrastructure in place, including shared conference room, telephone system, fax, computer server, copier, scanner, etc. Read More

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab is seeking an associate lawyer to join their team of lawyers to practise on an income-splitting arrangement. We are looking for a self-motivated person with a very strong work ethic and a desire to build a solid practice.  At least one year experience is required and an existing client base is an asset. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (All day)
Whether you are trying to get launched on the right career path, move up the corporateladder, or find more meaningful work, How to Find a Job You Love and Add Five Days to Your Weekend will help you get on the right track.Should you attend this one-day course? Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (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: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:00
Our substantive program for wills and estates practitioners has been designed to address pertinent and timely questions that pertain to the law, as well as explore the questions posed by clients and faced by lawyers, in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:00
Our substantive program for family law practitioners has been designed to address pertinent and timely questions that pertain to the law, deliver an examination of legal issues that lie at the intersection between family law and other areas of law, and explore questions of ethics in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 17:30
Join our panelists, Rollie Thompson, Julia Cornish, Ann Levangie and Cynthia Chewter, to discuss "The Ins and Outs of Matrimonial Property Law Reform". Hear about the inclusion (or not) of common-law couples, and business and pre-marital assets, and the harmonisation (or not) of pensions.   Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 14:00
Our substantive program for residential real estate law practitioners has been designed to address pertinent and timely questions that pertain to the law, provide updates, and explore questions posed by clients and faced by lawyers in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 12:00
Medical Aid in Dying: Reflections on the Quebec Experience Veronique HivonMember, National Assembly of Quebec Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:00
Advising family-owned businesses often brings together a mix of business law, estate planning, tax and even mediation skill sets. From basic matters such as the identity of the client in a familial business setting, through to ownership, succession, compliance and growth concerns, matters for legal counsel abound. Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:00
For franchisors and franchisees, an awareness of provincial franchise legislation is of the utmost importance in forestalling any exposure to business, compliance and reputational risk. For counsel advising them, that awareness must be coupled with other concerns relevant to the operation of their clients, from employee management to trademark issues, and from financing to restructuring. Read More
Event Date: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:00
Law, perceived as a business, is faced with a number of novel challenges. In a fast-paced world, the conundrums of practice management have become more complex, and for solo or small firms, the need for practice support is very real indeed. Today's practitioners require a robust awareness of concerns beyond knowledge of the law itself. Read More
Event Date: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 14:00
Immigration law has undergone myriad changes over the past half decade, and the pace of change continues apace. For the busy practitioner, staying abreast of it all requires the acquisition of legal updates and know-how in as efficient a manner as possible. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 14:00
This program presents an educational opportunity for civil litigators. Pithy and information packed, with two hours of easily accessible, relevant, and re-visitable information for the busy litigator, the program will cover three timely litigation topics. Stay on top of developments with a program presented by our faculty of seasoned counsel.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 (All day)
CBA Nova Scotia Mid-Winter Conference January 29 and 30, 2015 Join with your colleagues to hear from experts and leaders in the legal world at this signature event of the year while earning a total of 12 CPD hours. This conference will offer two full days of concurrent sessions including two morning plenaries. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:00
For the injured, the pursuit of redress and care as legally available can be both complex and intimidating. It is the role of the personal injury law practitioner to render the complex simple, and the intimidating approachable. As part of that process, which is essential to serving their clients, such practitioners must constantly keep abreast of evolutions in both law and process. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 14:00
Our annual program dedicated to the practice needs and challenges of female lawyers once again promises presentations by thought-provoking, high-achieving, experienced and innovative female practitioners. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:00
CBA Nova Scotia Bench and Bar Reception and DinnerCasino Nova ScotiaJanuary 29, 2015 We are proud to host a Bench and Bar Reception and Dinner on Thursday, January 29th at the Casino Nova Scotia with special guest Ian Hanomansing, Canadian television journalist with the CBC. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 16:30
The Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, offers participants a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation upon completion of the five-module program.  Read More
Event Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 09:00
Join us January 31, 2015 for an in-depth look at skilled trade workers. This Continuing Professional Development program will provide attendees with an understanding of skilled trade workers in Canada and their options for immigrating to Canada. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 17:30
The Social Justice Soiree With MC Peter Harrison of C100FM During the event the Third Annual “Irving and Ruth Pink Award for Youth Development and Social Justice” will be presented to an individual or organization working with youth in N.S. Saturday, January 31st, 2015 Details: Read More
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