April 13, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

In the year leading up to the introduction of a completely new set of civil procedure rules, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society contracted with Lexum to develop an online, full-text, searchable version of the Rules.  Read More

Practising lawyers in Nova Scotia are required to complete a total of 12 hours of qualifying CPD annually, including a minimum of two hours in each of the following: Read More

All lawyers and non-practising members are invited to attend the Society's 2015 Annual Meeting, which will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Cape Breton University in Sydney. The Annual General Meeting begins at 8:30 am, followed by a two-hour educational component from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm.  Read More

The following media report was published since the last edition of InForum: (subscription only) Gavin Giles Gets Political About Trinity (April 9)    Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following former member received a judicial appointment on March 31, 2015: Read More
Professional development

Free training in WestlawNext Canada will be available at these Barristers’ Libraries on the following dates: Read More

Library & Information Services collects current, practical Canadian legal resources to meet the basic needs of practising lawyers in Nova Scotia and the information needs of Society staff. Read More

All decisions published in the Supreme Court Reports since inception in 1875 are now available on the SCC Judgments website and CanLII. Read More
Access to Justice

Update from Heather de Berdt Romilly, Executive Director, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) Read More
Tips from LIANS

The American Bar Association is holding its annual ABA TECHSHOW® from April 15 until April 18 and LIANS will be there. We’ll be tweeting live with tips and tricks we learn from the industry’s top technology experts on topics such as going paperless, the Cloud, how to’s, and the latest in practice management software! Read More

LIANS has been received numerous reports of the following scam attempt from “Harmony Young”: From: Harmony Young [mailto: hyyoung335 @ gmail. com]Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 7:11 PMSubject: legal representation Read More

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

The Hon. Elizabeth Buckle has been appointed as a Nova Scotia provincial and family court judge. Read More

A swearing-in ceremony for the Honourable Justice LouAnn Chiasson will be held on Friday, April 17 at 2:00 pm in Halifax, at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division courthouse on Devonshire Avenue. The public is invited. Read More

(April 7, 2015) The Halifax Regional Municipality is working towards changing the manner in which tax certificates are requested for the purpose of preparing for Foreclosure sales within Sheriff’s Services. This process will become the responsibility of the Law Firms. Read More

Amendments to the Vital Statistics Act will further protect transgender Nova Scotians from harassment and discrimination. Amendments introduced on April 8 will remove the requirement for Nova Scotians to have sex reassignment surgery to change the sex designation on their birth certificate. Read More

Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, effective April 1, are expected to reduce crashes and injury for new drivers and make roads safer from impaired drivers. There are two changes affecting new drivers: Read More

The Public Service Commission is updating and modernizing the Civil Service Act for better human resource management and immigration support. Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis introduced the amendments on April 2. Read More

Amendments introduced on April 1 aim to allow Halifax Regional Municipality to disclose senior officials' salaries and give landowners and municipalities more clarity when subdividing land. Changes to the HRM Charter allow the municipality to define thresholds, disclose staff salaries and designate to which agencies, boards and commissions it will apply. HRM requested the change. 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

Under the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Joint and Trust Account Disclosure By-law (Disclosure By-law), for a trust deposit to enjoy additional insurance coverage, trustees must disclose certain information on the records of the member institution by May 30th in each year (see subsections 6(1) and (2) and 7(1)(c) of the Disclosure By-law). Read More

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is featuring Darrel Pink, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, in its ongoing series of “150 Stories” to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial in 2017. He was nominated by United Way Halifax, to be recognized during National Volunteer Week, April 12 - 18, 2015. Read the article online: Read More

We are trying to determine if any lawyer may be aware of a will made after October 30, 2000, by deceased PATRICIA ELAINE CARTY SQUIRES (DOB August 27, 1935), at one time of Bedford, NS.  Her spouse, Walter George Squires, died on June 20, 2010, and she was in a nursing home at that time.  She died on March 17, 2015, in Kentville, NS.   Read More

The family of the late John Joseph Martin, of Grant Street, Glace Bay, is trying to locate a copy of his will. Mr. Martin was born on Dec. 29, 1919, and passed away on September 18, 2014 at age 94. One son has a copy of the will but is denying access to his siblings and other family members, who are concerned mental incapacity issues may be a factor. Read More

Seeking a missing will for Glen Gordon Weston of Truro, who passed away on March 9, 2015. Date of birth: April 13, 1932. A will was apparently prepared by the late Bud Kennedy, a lawyer in Truro who is also now deceased.   Lawyers with any information on the location or existence of a will for Mr. Weston are asked to please contact his daughter Kimberlee Blenkhorn at 902 890 1798.  Read More

FROM THE PROVINCE: Request for Applicants for Provincial Judicial Appointments 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

20 years experience in most areas of practice; worked for major law firms in Toronto and Halifax; proficient in MS Word, Outlook, PC Law, spreadsheet applications, conducting research on the internet; proven performer in accurately preparing court documents and correspondence; excellent communication and relationship-building skills; Read More

Hello all Nova Scotian & Maritime law firms. I hope this message finds you well. My name is Graham Haynes and I am a recent graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish (2015), with an honours BBA in Finance & Management. Read More

A top 50 Best Employer in Canada, Stewart McKelvey is an innovative, client-driven law firm committed to providing the highest quality of ethical legal services, earning clients' trust and striving to meet and exceed expectations. Read More

Intact Insurance Company is seeking a lawyer to join its in-house legal department in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. You will be joining our team of more than 137 lawyers in 12 locations across the country, including 3 lawyers in Nova Scotia. As part of our in-house legal team, you will defend casualty and property insurance litigation files. Read More

The Breton Law Group is seeking expressions of interest from individuals in the position of Corporate Legal Assistant. The Corporate Legal Assistant is required to provide a full range of secretarial and administrative support services to busy corporate and commercial law practices. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN NOVA SCOTIA? Apply today to serve on the province’s agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs). Read More

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society is a not-for-profit association whose goal is to deliver excellent educational programming and interpretation of our social history in our community. In collaboration with the Halifax Regional Municipality, we manage our collection of roughly 48,000 artifacts and two registered historic houses: Evergreen (1867) and Quaker Whaler House (1785). Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 08:30
The M&A Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section recently released the fourth edition of its popular report on trends in Canadian deal documents in private company acquisitions. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 08:30
The challenges of cost, predictability and timeliness in e-discovery projects can be minimized and avoided with proper information governance planning. Learn how content management in advance of and during litigation can help control e-discover costs, protect business, client and customer privacy and maintain data security. SPEAKERSTBD PROGRAM CHAIR Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:00
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Event Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 13:00
In this user-friendly online training session, you will: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 16:00
At the intersection of family law and psychology lies the opportunity for lawyers and psychologists to work collaboratively to minimize conflict as they assist families through separation and divorce. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 16:30
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) Annual General Meetingfeaturing guest speaker Prof Colleen MacQuarrie April 15th, 2015, 4:30pm Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 (All day)
Diversity can be seen both as a challenge to manage or a source of conflict within our work environments; however, diversity can also be a valuable asset. This workshop helps participants to broadly examine specific elements and dynamics of diversity and inclusion as they relate to culture, identity, communicating across difference, power differentials and experiences of discrimination. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 14:00
Keeping Yourself Balanced on the Scales of Justice Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 18:00
Join us for an overview of how to use social media and technology to enhance your firm’s reputation, and generate new client development opportunities.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 07:30
Learn and network with legal technology experts from April 16-18, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago, bringing you the latest in CLE-related legal technology news and tools to benefit your practice. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:00
Discrimination and the Older Person Speaker: Kimberley Pochini, Patterson Law  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 08:30
A half-day, hands-on, practical seminar addressing some of the more intractable ethical issues lawyers, judges, and tribunal members must deal with in practice: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 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: Friday, April 17, 2015 - 09:00
Effective deal makers and litigators need the capacity to negotiate skillfully, communicate strategically and appreciate the neuroscience that drives human behavior in conflict. Non-adversarial advocacy is not an oxymoron, but rather the very definition of advocacy now. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 18:00
Do you want to know what it takes to forge a successful career in politics? Hear inspirational stories of women in politics from across the partisan spectrum, chronicling their individual journeys in pursuit of their goals and aspirations in politics. Paths to politics     Read More
Event Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 13:30
As the newly formed Community Child Welfare Board for the Halifax Region, the Halifax Society for Children, Youth and Families invites you to their first ever event, featuring:  Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 12:15
The Policy Defence in Law for Government Action Speaker: Michael T. Pugsley, NS Department of Justice  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 12:00
Payments in Lieu of Taxes and the Halifax Citadel: The Latest (and Hopefully Final) Round Speaker: Joseph F. Burke,  Cox & Palmer  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 05:30
Ethical Issues in Labour and Employment Law Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 18:30
Rescheduled from February 25, 2015 Drafting Enforceable Support Orders Drafting Administrative Recalculation Authorization Orders Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:30
Managing the Transition to Retirement: Flexible work arrangements and other critical issues for retiring employees Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 18:00
Please join us at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 for the April edition of Sessions @ Schulich — you will hear from Terrance Sheppard of Boyne Clarke who will provide a brief ‘Fertility Law 101’ primer and then go on to discuss recent case law, emerging trends and how this cutting edge area of the law intersects with health law, family law, wills & estates law, and constitutional law. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 17:30
Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from your Superior Court of Justice judges in a less formal setting than the courtroom. Gain insights from Estates List judges as they review cases of note, comment on procedural concerns and provide invaluable guidance to trusts and estates practitioners. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:00
About the Program: Lawyers are trained to recognize or defeat theories of liability but medical issues, such as causation and damages, play an equally important role. Without an understanding of medical matters, you’re at a disadvantage when cross-examining a health care professional or trying to explain or disprove an injury. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:00
Common LRA Audit Issues Speaker: John Washington, Merrick Jamieson Sterns Washington & Mahody In April & May 2015 consider bringing a non-member buddy to a Section Meeting. Your buddy must register and pay the registration fee as well. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:30
Staying on the Right Side: The do's and don'ts of fair and effective disciplinary meetings and investigations Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 1, 2015 (All day)
A full day of Criminal CLE Key Note Speaker: Linden MacIntyre — Journalist, Award-Winning Author and Nova Scotian Topic include: Read More
Event Date: Monday, May 4, 2015 (All day)
  Threat Assessment, Stalking and Cyber-Bullying – Assessment and Management Strategies  Vancouver, British Columbia – Hampton Inn and Suites May 4-6, 2015 (early rate deadline April 4)    Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 09:00
Attend this unique program and receive insight and advice from judges that will discuss critical challenges at all levels of court. Gain practical tips, practice guidelines and advocacy strategies. Refresh your knowledge and receive important legal updates. Learn what judges' expectations are of counsel and what makes not just good counsel but great counsel in the eyes of the bench.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 13:00
Unlock your full potential and learn the keys to success. Judges answer the questions new counsel are afraid to ask, with candid discussion about what to expect during your early court appearances, and what the bench expects from you.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (All day)
Transformative Mediation: Foundations and Practice Sponsored by: ADR Atlantic InstitutePresenter: Joseph P. Folger, Ph. D.Co-facilitator: Basia Solarz, Certified Transformative Mediator™ Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 09:00
Pre-Conference WorkshopTuesday, May 12, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Grievance Arbitration Advocacy: Winning strategies, practical tips, reducing costs, and more Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 09:00
Pre-Conference WorkshopTuesday, May 12, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mastering Mediation and Interest Arbitration: Preparing and presenting a persuasive case Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 08:45
Human Rights and Labour Law Conference May 13 - 14, 2015 at The Westin Nova Scotian More information and registration Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 02:00
This program is based on a truth best stated by Daniel Webster: “The power of clear statement is the great power of the bar.” It gives participants a systematic, powerful approach for creating documents that are as clear, forceful, and persuasive as possible.Designed for litigators, the program focuses on four critical aspects of advocacy writing, with an emphasis on writing persuasive factums: Read More
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