April 27, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce #TalkJustice, a project that is building a conversation around access to justice in Nova Scotia, with voices from both the community and the legal sector. Read More

At its meeting on April 24, Council approved the Society’s budget for 2015-2016, and set the fees necessary for the membership year beginning July 1, 2015. 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

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

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

Three Council members were elected on April 27 in the Society’s At Large Election, and will begin their two-year terms following the 2015 Annual Meeting on June 13. Read More

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, April 24, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: Read More

The next application for disposal of undistributed trust funds will be made in May 2015. Submissions should be received at the Society's offices no later than May 22, 2015. 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 April 13: 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
Access to Justice

Have thoughts on or are you interested in pro bono in Nova Scotia? The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) wants to hear from you! Read More

On March 13, 2015 the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters convened a meeting in Toronto for provincial and territorial access to justice groups. Read More

BOYNECLARKE LLP, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest law firms, recently held free legal consultations over a three-day period in celebration of Law Day 2015. The Dartmouth firm invited pre-approved applicants to its offices for a free legal consultation on April 14, 15 and 16. The initiative is intended to give residents in the HRM access to justice. Read More
Tips from LIANS

The 2015-2016 LIANS Insurance Levy was approved by the LIANS Board of Directors on April 21, 2015. Read More

Join us on Friday, May 1, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for the 5th Mentorship Program Annual Reception. This is an open invitation to participants of the program, as well as those interested in learning more about the program or networking with your colleagues! Read More

As we’ve alerted in January and March, lawyers continue to receive unsolicited emails with attachments that contain “spoofing” viruses. Although many of these arrive as .zip file attachments, they can arrive through any file type, including Microsoft Office documents. Read More

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

A swearing-in ceremony for the Honourable Judge Elizabeth Buckle will be held on Friday, May 22 at 3:00 pm in Halifax, at the Provincial Court Building on Spring Garden Road. 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

Catherine Woodman has been appointed Deputy Minister of Business, Premier Stephen McNeil announced on April 14. (See the original announcement.) Read More

Police will now be able to access more information that may help solve missing persons cases. The Missing Persons Act, proclaimed on April 22, will allow police to apply to court to get personal information, including text messages, telephone records, GPS, bank records, health records and computer history, to help during missing person investigations. Read More

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is seeking feedback from parents and families on the strengths and challenges related to child care. An online survey is now available for input on accessibility, affordability and programming. Early childhood educators, child-care centre operators and partners are also encouraged to fill out the survey. Read More

The Portland Street Community Services office in Dartmouth has moved. The office opened on Monday, April 27 at 65 King St., Dartmouth, Suite 101. The King Street location provides Employment Support and Income Assistance services. Its regular hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Read More

On April 16, Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab accepted the findings of two independent reviews into the death of Cape Breton teenager Clayton Miller almost 25 years ago. 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

News releases from the federal Department of Justice are available at this link: The following announcements were released since the last edition of InForum: Read More

  J. Gordon Allen of Allen Law Inc. is pleased to announce that Nina Johnsen has joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Johnsen was called to the Nova Scotia Bar on October 17, 2014.  Read More

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

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

FROM THE PROVINCE: Request for Applicants for Provincial Judicial Appointments Read More

Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP is seeking a full time Legal Assistant to cover a maternity leave.  Job Description and Requirements:  Read More

I am currently an Ontario law student seeking membership with the Law Society of Nova Scotia. Before being called to the NS Bar, I have to complete a six month articling term and as such, I am looking for any opportunities that may be available to satisfy this requirement. Read More

Downtown Dartmouth law firm looking for experienced Legal Assistant to join our firm. Position to start immediately. Typical Duties would include: Read More

The CBA will be placing up to six lawyers in internships in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) under the Supporting Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa (SAJCEA)  project in 2015-2016. The project seeks to improve the safety and security of children in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda by improving access to justice for children and youth. Read More

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a Solicitor for a permanent, full time position for the Litigation Team, primarily providing legal services to Halifax Regional Police.HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. 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 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 - 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: 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: 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, May 14, 2015 (All day)
Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 01:00
About the Program: Having a basic knowledge of financial statements is crucial for every well-rounded lawyer. The more you understand about financial statements, the better you’ll be able to counsel clients with confidence, and use your financial understanding to your client’s advantage during negotiations or litigation. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (All day)
Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. Free training is offered at the Halifax Barristers' Library on May 19 & May 21, 2015. Read More
Event Date: Monday, May 25, 2015 (All day)
Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. Free training is offered at the Simon J. Khattar QC Memorial Barristers' Library on May 25, 2015. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (All day)
Exploring the Impact of Inter-Personal Violence28th Atlantic Crime Prevention Symposium Keynotes by: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 10:00
About the Program: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 08:30
(3-day) Due to the high demand for this workshop and its relevance to many workplaces, CTRI offers a train-the-trainer program for our De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™ workshop. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 08:30
Achieving a settlement with the regulator can be tricky, especially where ERT approval of the settlement is required and there are multiple parties or intervenors.  Learn how to successfully negotiate a settlement with the regulator and manage the myriad of issues involved. PROGRAM CHAIR Alexandria Pike, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 13:00
In this user-friendly online training session, you will: Read More
Event Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 08:30
See registration details below. Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:30 am to 12:00 pm Cape Breton University 1250 Grand Lake Road Sydney, NS Read More
Event Date: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 09:00
Prince Edward Island is playing host to the first annual Summer Sessions for Collaborative Professionals. Read More
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