INFORUM

June 22, 2015 InForum Issue

Society news

The Society's 2015 Annual Report and Financial Statements are now available on the website.

Visit http://nsbs.org/annual-reports.

The documents were presented at the Society’s 2015 Annual Meeting, held June 13 at Cape Breton University in Sydney, along with a 2015 Annual Report Summary booklet.

“I believe very strongly that we are on the brink of changing how we regulate, and how the justice system will respond to the public’s needs for accessibility and affordability,” Past President Tilly Pillay QC said in her report summarizing the year’s accomplishments.

“Council’s focus this year has been on understanding what entity regulation means (moving away from regulating an individual lawyer to regulating the entity in which the lawyer works), and developing an approach to determine whether this new and innovative form of regulation should be adopted in Nova Scotia … the approach Council is taking is to ensure that any new regulatory regime is proactive, principled and proportionate,” said Ms. Pillay, adding “you will hear more about these concepts as Council continues to refine its thinking and reaches out to you for your input.”

As far as enhancing access to legal services and the justice system, “Council has recognized that to make real progress in this area, we must collaborate and facilitate discussions with our justice partners and the public. You cannot really talk about regulating in the public interest without giving the public a voice, and listening to ideas as to how we can improve the justice system.”

To read Ms. Pillay’s full report, see the 2015 NSBS Annual Report online. The 59-page document also includes reports from the Society’s regulatory and Council committees, Executive Director Darrel Pink, the Equity Office and Public Representatives, plus detailed updates on professional responsibility, admissions and credentialing activity.

A few highlights from the 2014-2015 year:

EXCELLENCE IN REGULATION AND GOVERNANCE

Transforming regulation and governance in the public interest

  • Council approved Regulatory Objectives and 10 elements as the foundation for the Society’s entity regulation work. Proactive, principled and proportionate regulation is the goal of the regime being developed.
  • To advance adoption of a model to regulate legal entities, a Steering Committee chaired by the President is overseeing working groups addressing risk and ethical principles for effective management, legislation and regulations, and communications and engagement. Extensive consultation continues.  
  • The Society continues to implement of the Federation’s National Discipline Standards, adopted effective Jan. 1, 2015.
  • A new case management system is expediting the public hearing process by addressing administrative matters early on. 
  • 522 callers used the Society’s informative telephone complaints intake process (up 8% from previous year); 153 written complaints were filed (a 15% decrease); complainants will soon be able to file complaints electronically.
  • New professional standards for law office management and criminal law practice continue to be developed. Several new real estate law standards and practice tools were also introduced.
  • A review of the NSBS CPD Requirement will result in a new approach that will require lawyers to prepare an annual CPD plan, as opposed to recording their CPD hours. This is consistent with the new proactive approach to regulation.
  • The Society created a skills matrix for lawyer and non-lawyer members of Council, and an orientation package and program for incoming new Council members.
  • The Risk and Practice Management Program offered a wider array of in-person and online education and support for lawyers.
  • Council approved regulatory amendments to define ‘ungovernability’ and add ‘repeat offender’ to the definition of professional misconduct. The CIC is using a proactive approach in meeting with repeat offenders to help address the root causes of their misconduct. 
  • The Society is working with the DOJ to improve the notary public application process. The NSBS Lawyer Search web directory will soon indicate which lawyers are notary publics, to make it easier for members of the public to find one when needed.

IMPROVING THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

Enhancing access to legal services and the justice system for all Nova Scotians

  • The Society launched #TalkJustice, a community outreach project that is building a public conversation around access to justice for equity-seeking and economically disadvantaged communities.
  • President Tilly Pillay QC represents NSBS on the new Access to Justice Coordinating Committee, which includes the Justice Minister, Chief Justice and other key stakeholders.   
  • The Society’s first statistical review of employment equity found a much greater diversity of lawyers have entered Nova Scotia’s legal profession in the past 25 years, though gaps and disparities remain.
  • Council approved amendments to the Code of Professional Conduct to remove impediments to the provision of short-term limited legal services.
  • The Society developed a full-day cultural competence workshop for the Skills Course, and offered a pilot workshop on trauma-informed lawyering in relation to sexual assault cases. 
  • The Nova Scotia Supreme Court reviewed the Society’s conditional approval of Trinity Western University’s proposed law school; the Court ruled in favour of TWU. Council voted to appeal the decision.  
  • The Society provided research support to the North/East Preston communities so they can address longstanding land title issues.
  • An Aboriginal Child Welfare Working Group was established to assist indigenous communities with tackling child welfare issues.
  • UnCommon Law 5 drew 100 people to a community conversation in New Minas about mental wellness and access to justice.
  • An outcomes-based measurement framework is in development for the equity and access to justice work, to ensure a consistent evaluation process that will measure results of these initiatives.
  • Dr. Julie Macfarlane of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project led a Society workshop on her legal coaching model, “Working with the Self-Represented Litigant Challenge: New tools and strategies for lawyers”. The Society also saw an increase in SRLs phoning for advice and direction.
  • The 24th annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics featured Prof. Rebecca Sandefur, Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, with “Rethinking Outreach for Greater Access to Justice”.
  • A collaboration among justice sector stakeholders aims to create a new criminal law information website, similar to nsfamilylaw.ca.

Lawyers and members are reminded that Annual Fees for 2015-2016 are due on or before Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The Society sent out the invoices in May. Members can pay by cheque or via online banking.

Full details are available in Schedule A: Society Fees and Assessments on the Society’s website. Schedule A also includes the specific amounts for the monthly preauthorized withdrawal option.

The Annual Lawyer Report template is now available. Practising lawyers received an email recently with their unique links for completion. Annual Lawyer Reports must be completed and filed by Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

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.

While Practising Fees required to balance the Society’s operating budget should be $2,111.00, a fee credit of $171.00 (paid from reserves) will be applied, bringing the net Practising Fee to $1,940.00. This is $115.00 higher than the net fee charged last year but is $337.00 lower than the fee charged in 2010.

The fee increase results primarily from the increased costs in the Professional Responsibility process, together with the costs associated with the Trinity Western University appeal and the ongoing work on transforming regulation, through the establishment of a specific budget that will allow this work to carry on.

New fees for 2015-2016: Due by June 30, 2015 

  • Practising lawyers: $1,940 + HST ($115 higher than 2014-15)
  • Non-practising members: $300 + HST ($50 higher than 2014-15; first increase since 2007)

A similar situation exists for the amounts due the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS). The full cost of insurance should be $2,193 but a credit of $293.00 reduces the net amount to $1,900.00 (for those paying insurance at the full rate). See the LIANS notice for more details.

Reminder: Monthly payment plan option available

Last year, Council approved a change to the Preauthorized Payment (PAP) plan, changing it from a quarterly draw to a monthly draw. The first draw this year on June 20, 2015 will be for two months and include the administrative charge, but subsequent draws (on the 20th of each month) will be for the monthly amount. There will be no withdrawal in May 2016.

This plan assists lawyers and law firms in managing monthly cash flows. Lawyers may also pay in full by July 1 with cash, cheque or electronic payment, or by providing the Society with post-dated cheques dated and equal to the amounts that would be drawn through PAP.

Through regulation, Council explicitly prohibited the use of credit card payments for Practising Fees. The cost of processing credit card transactions (2.5% to 3.5% or $99.13 to $138.78 per practising insured lawyer) is prohibitive.

Invoices and notices of Preauthorized Payment amounts will be sent to lawyers and firms before the middle of May. The new SCHEDULE A: Society Fees and Assessments document, with full details for 2014-2015, is now available on the website. 

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

STEVE BRUCE COURT REPORTER 
Chronicle Herald | June 19, 2015
 
Halifax Port Authority nominated for award despite drop in traffic: Containerisation International Awards given out Thursday; Port of Halifax did not win
By Jennifer Henderson, 
CBC News | Jun 18, 2015
 
Four provinces have paved the way for alternative business structures. Ontario is not among them. 
by Julius Melnitzer
Lexpert Magazine | print July/August 2015 Issue, posted June 10, 2015 
 
Business Vancouver | June 9, 2015
by Karen Selick, litigation director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation 

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)
  • Bar Society President Jill Perry on law crises (June 22)
  • Lawyer facing charge (June 19)
  • Lawyers gather for Annual Meeting (June 15)  
Council

Jill PerryThe Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to introduce its new leadership for the coming year.

Jill Perry of Sydney assumed the position of President for 2015-2016 during the Society’s 2015 Annual Meeting, held June 13 at Cape Breton University. Joining her as Officers are First Vice-President R. Daren Baxter QC TEP of Halifax, and Second Vice-President Julia Cornish QC of Dartmouth.

Ms. Perry is the Managing Lawyer (Family) with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Sydney, where she has worked as a staff lawyer since 2001. She was first elected to Council in 2007 as a member for Cape Breton District, completing three terms in that position before her election as Second Vice-President in April 2013, followed by her service as First Vice-President over the past year.

Mr. Baxter is a Partner at McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, and a member of the firm’s board of directors and its Tax, Estate Planning and Cross-Border practice groups. A member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1992, Mr. Baxter previously served three consecutive terms as an elected member of the Society’s Council, from 2005 to 2011. Among other committee work, he spent 11 years on the Finance Committee, six of those years as its Chair.

Ms. Cornish is a Partner at Sealy Cornish Coulthard, which she co-founded in 1999, and is well attuned to the issues and concerns of small firms and private practitioners. She has been an active volunteer on a national scale with other legal organizations, and with the Society for almost two decades – including the Professional Standards (Family Law) Committee since 2007, and the Bar Examination Screening Committee for the past 18 years. 

Keynote address and professional development program
Jeff Hirsch, Vice President and President-Elect of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, provided the Annual Meeting's keynote address, “Access to Justice – Core Business for Law Societies.” He discussed why it is crucial for legal regulators to be addressing the public’s need for greater access to legal services and the justice system. He also explored why access to justice means much more than simply access to courts or pro bono legal services, and requires broader and innovative thinking about how legal services are delivered and by whom.

Note: Videotapes of Ms. Perry's inaugural address and Mr. Hirsch's keynote address are available on the Society’s YouTube channel

A Past President of the Law Society of Manitoba, Mr. Hirsch represents the Federation on Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, and chairs the Federation’s Standing Committee on Access to Legal Services. He practises in Winnipeg as a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. 

The Annual Meeting and keynote were followed by a two-hour professional development component that featured a cultural competence session with lawyer Tuma Young, Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies at CBU (and newly elected Council member for NSBS), titled "L’nuwi’tasimk: A Foundational Worldview of Mi’kmaq Legal Principles." Other CPD sessions addressed legal research; changes in the Code of Professional Conduct; and claims trends and the importance of retainer letters and file documentation. 

Credentials

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:

  • Donna Lynn Davis
  • Matthew Alexander Edmonds
  • Jessica Robyn Lumiere
  • Tabitha Joyce Webber

The Society welcomes the following new articled clerk:

  • Alexander James MacKillop

The following members have resigned: 

  • David A. Bird
  • Dorothy R.R. DuPlessis
  • Paul A. Falvo
  • Gordon L. Graham
  • Faisal Joseph
  • David John MacDonald
  • Maureen Elizabeth Shebib
Professional development

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  • HIGH CONFLICT PEOPLE IN LEGAL DISPUTES / Eddy, Bill — United States: HCI Press, 2009. [KB 125 .A7 E212 2009]

BANKRUPTCY

  • THE 2015 ANNOTATED BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY ACT / Houlden, Lloyd W; Morawetz, Geoffrey B; Sarra, Janis P — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2015. [KB 113 H838 2015]

CRIMINAL LAW

  • CANADIAN CRIMINAL LAW: A TREATISE / Stuart, Don — 7th ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2014. [KB 90 S93 2014]

ELECTION LAW

  • ELECTION LAW IN CANADA / Bourgeois, Donald J; Campbell, Susan B — Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2015. [KB 24.E5 B772 2015]

INSURANCE

  • INSURANCE LAW / Boivin, Denis W — 2d ed. — Toronto: Irwin Law, 2015. [KB 140 B678 2015]

LAWYERS

  • THE LAW OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATION / Salte, Bryan — Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2015. [KB 265 S176 2015]

LEGAL ETHICS

  • ETHICS AND CRIMINAL LAW / Layton, David; Proulx, Michel — 2d ed. — Toronto: Irwin Law, 2015. [KB 265 P968 2015]

MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS

  • HANDBOOK FOR MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS / Rust-D’Eye, George — 2d ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2014. [KB 34 R971 2014]

OFFICE MANAGEMENT

  • VIRTUAL LAW PRACTICE: HOW TO DELIVER LEGAL SERVICES / Kimbro, Stephanie L — 2d ed. — Chicago: American Bar Association. Law Practice Management Section, 2015. [KB 267 K49 2015]

PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE

  • ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER: NEWLY REVISED / Robert, Henry M; Robert, Sara Corbin; Evans, William J; Honemann, Daniel H; Balch, Thomas J — 11th ed. — Cambridge, Mass. Perseus Publishing, 2011. [KB 28 R644 2011]

RISK MANAGEMENT

  • OPERATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONAL RISK FRAMEWORK / Girling, Philippa X — Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2013. [KB 267 G515 2013]

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE: CANADIAN LABOUR REPORTER SPECIAL REPORT / Roher, Eric M; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP — 4th ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2014. [KB 60 R737 2014]
Access to Justice

This summer, introduce the NSRLP Client Communication Feedback Survey into your practice.

National Self-Represented Litigants ProjectThe National Self-Represented Litigants Project has focused over the last few months on the theme of communication among justice system players. One of the projects we have been working on throughout this period is the NSRLP Client Communication Feedback Survey, released June 18. The Survey is endorsed by many respected leaders in the legal profession.

The Survey comprises five simple questions that focus on the issues that we hear most often from clients cause them disappointment and stress in their interactions with the profession (and are reflected in the most frequent causes of complaints to regulators). 

We believe that the answers to the five Survey questions will provide important information for lawyers. Contrary to what some lawyers may think, it is in the clarity and honesty of their communications with clients that most conflicts first arise, rather than in relation to the lawyer’s technical competence (although these are easily conflated, making clear and frank communication even more important). Read more about the survey on the National Self-Represented Litigants Project website.

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!

On the heels of its Pro Bono Symposium on March 27, 2015 (summary found here http://www.legalinfo.org/lisns-spotlight/better-navigator.html), LISNS invites you to complete a short survey and have your say on pro bono in Nova Scotia.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NNVWTSQ.

LISNS encourages all members of the Bar to complete this survey, whether you do/do not or used to provide pro bono services. Your input will help us develop programs that will ensure greater access to justice for Nova Scotians with limited means.

Tips from LIANS

Excess insurance provides another layer of security should your defence and indemnity costs exceed the primary mandatory limits. As the value of client matters and transactions increases over time, so too does the need to secure adequate levels of errors and omissions insurance. One large claim could quite quickly erode the primary policy, leaving you or your firm exposed to significant personal liability.

The CLIA Voluntary Excess Program (VEP) has been protecting subscribing firms in the Nova Scotia legal community for more than 20 years, and continues to be the leading provider of excess errors and omissions insurance in the province. CLIA offers members an option to purchase excess insurance up to an additional $9 million in excess of the primary policy coverage of $1 million. Should a member or firm require additional coverage, alternate insurance markets are available. For limits in excess of $9 million, please contact your local commercial broker.

This program is proud to be a not-for-profit plan designed by lawyers for lawyers, with stable coverage and rates during both “soft” and “hard” market conditions. Firm-wide coverage includes partners, employed lawyers, professional corporations and service/management companies, as well as former partners and employed lawyers for services rendered prior to retirement.

Matters you should consider in assessing the adequacy of existing insurance limits for you or your firm:

  • the type of transaction and its potential impact on the client;
  • the size of the transaction and the frequency of large transactions;
  • regarding past employees and partners, the possibility that their present insurance is either inadequate or excludes their past activities;
  • the time horizon of the advice, as the impact of the advice may continue to grow over time as may the potential liability; and
  • your risk tolerance.

Premiums
Premiums vary with the amount of excess coverage purchased. A member can choose the level of excess insurance based on the potential risk exposure.

The total premium is based on the total number of lawyers in a firm. If a member is a partner or associate in a firm and the member requires excess insurance, the excess policy must be purchased for the firm as a whole.

Discounts may be provided to subscribing members in the form of premium credits. Firms that have been with the program for a number of years may be eligible to receive additional credits based on the length of their participation in the excess program. Discounts and credits for renewals are communicated to each firm in their renewal application, while new applicants receive their credits as a percentage towards their premium calculation.

Keep in mind, there may be further reductions if claims experience at June 30, 2015 allows for a distribution of existing profit sharing coming out of prior years. These reductions, if available, will be applied against the posted rates.

Retired lawyers
It is important to note that lawyers who have retired from practice continue to be responsible for work performed prior to retirement. Now available is the option for retired lawyers to purchase excess coverage on an individual basis, to address any unforeseen circumstances that may develop after retirement, provided they are retiring as a current member of CLIA’s VEP, either as a sole practitioner or as a member of a firm.

Claims-made policy
Excess insurance policies are generally claims-made, which means that it is not when the work was done that triggers coverage but when the claim was known to the insured and reported to the insurer that triggers the policy. If you have stopped carrying excess insurance at the time the claim is made, the excess policy will not respond.

Applications/renewals
Although new business applications can be accepted at any time, the deadline for renewals is June 15, 2015.

For more information on the CLIA VEP program and/or excess coverage for practising and retired lawyers, please contact Donna McDermott dmcdermott@lians.ca at the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia, and visit www.clia.ca

To apply for excess insurance offered by CLIA, download the Nova Scotia 2014-2015 Excess Insurance Application. Please contact Donna McDermott for the Renewal Application Form for Excess Insurance.

To ensure that you preserve your policy coverage, you must report a claim (or potential claim) as soon as practicable after learning of a claim or becoming aware of circumstances that might constitute an occurrence or give rise to a claim, however unmeritorious. You must report that claim (or potential claim) within the policy period. This is a condition of your policy. The current policy period ends June 30, 2015.

Therefore, if you are currently aware of a claim or a potential claim, even if you believe the claim or potential claim to be completely without merit, you must report by June 30.

For more information on how and when to report a claim, read:
http://www.lians.ca/news/lianswers/reminder-report-all-claims-within-policy-year-june-30-2015.

If you have any questions on these or any other risk- or practice-related matters, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel with the Risk and Practice Management Program, at sgerrard@lians.ca or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

LIANS has received numerous reports of the following scam attempt from “Shino Lee”:

From: Shino Lee [mailto: shinolee0147 @ gmail. com]
Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2015 4:06 AM
Subject: DEAR COUNSEL

Dear Counsel,

I wish to file a case against my ex-husband ( Wilfred Lee ) for failure to complete court ordered payments of Child Support, Spousal Support, Equitable distribution and Medical support in our separation agreement. Kindly respond to confirm your readiness to assist.

I am earnestly waiting for your reply.

Warmest Regards,
Shino Lee

This has been confirmed as a scam attempt – any communication from these individuals may be simply dismissed.

Be vigilant with every request for services that you receive. Fraudulent requests for services can be made by email, paper mail and courier, as well as individuals who arrive in person to retain you and use your trust account to receive and disburse funds. Be cautious with all cheques received, especially if they exceed an agreed upon amount.

Visit our Fraud section to read more on current reported scams and how to avoid them. Remember that you must always confirm a prospective client’s identification in accordance with the Client ID Regulations of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

If you decide to proceed with a transaction, be sure to go to the bank website to verify branch transit number, address and phone number on the cheque. Wait until the bank confirms that the funds are legitimate and are safe to withdraw from the deposit. Where possible, use the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), an electronic funds transfer system that allows large payments to be exchanged securely and immediately.

For tips to avoid being victimized, read a list of "Red Flags”, and visit the Fraud section on lians.ca. To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

The following contains, in part, an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider.

A healthy amount of self-esteem gives us the resilience to bounce back from adversity and the confidence to take charge of our lives without fearing rejection or criticism. We like ourselves. On the other hand, poor self-esteem can seriously damage our relationships, career and quality of life. But the good news is that with a little effort we can raise our self-esteem and grow to love ourselves.

Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive our value to the world and to others. Without a healthy amount of self-esteem we lack confidence, have a negative view of life and have trouble making decisions and communicating our needs effectively. This can lead to a lack of satisfying relationships and reluctance to pursue professional and personal goals.

Signs of low self-esteem
Everyone is different, but people can exhibit some or all of these characteristics:  

  • anxiety, depression and shyness;
  • feeling unloved and unlovable;
  • fear of being ridiculed;
  • negative thoughts about yourself, your abilities and life in general;
  • pessimism about your capacity to be successful;
  • difficulty accepting compliments and easily hurt by criticism;
  • perfectionist attitude;
  • mistrusting others — even those close to you;
  • frustration and impatience with yourself;
  • a lack of confidence in your decision-making abilities;
  • negatively comparing yourself to others;
  • tendency to blame yourself for negative events and not taking credit for positive ones;
  • an inability to overcome past negative emotional experiences; and
  • poor coping behaviours such as compulsive use of alcohol, nicotine, food or drugs.

Raising your self-esteem 

Here are some simple strategies to raise your feelings of self-worth:

  • Pursue your passions. Whether you love to play an instrument, sing, sew or dance – be sure to make time for it. Doing something that gives you joy not only lifts your spirits but also bestows a sense of accomplishment and pride as your skill improves. 
  • Exercise. Exercise makes you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that interact with receptors in your brain and trigger feelings of wellbeing and a positive and energizing outlook on life.
  • Volunteer. When we help other others, we feel valued. Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people and lessen any feelings of isolation.
  • Take care of a pet. Pets offer unconditional love and give us attention and affection. They depend on us and taking care of their needs takes the focus away from your own problems.
  • Take pride in your appearance. When you look good, you feel good. You also project confidence – even if you don’t feel that way inside. Try to act as if you have confidence and eventually your inside will match your outside.
  • Heal past wounds. Past issues and traumas can keep you trapped in a mindset of negativity and self doubt. Seek the support of a professional counsellor to help you come to terms with what’s happened in your life.
  • Write down your accomplishments. Think back on your life and all you’ve accomplished. List everything you‘ve done that fills you with pride.
  • Practice affirmations. Keep an affirmation journal in which you write positive, loving statements about yourself. For example, “I am a wonderful parent,” “I am a caring friend,” “I am really good at my job.” Repeat those affirmations every day when you wake up and before you go to sleep.
  • Spend time with friends. Good friends accept us as we are, love us for who we are, and provide companionship and support. They make us feel valued and special.
  • Create boundaries. Know what your personal boundaries are and how you will react when people cross them. Don’t allow others to take advantage of you or manipulate you. Begin to demand more for and of yourself in various areas of your life.

And finally, be willing to ask for help. Seeking support is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of courage and a willingness to make positive changes. Heal the past, tackle the present and face the future with confidence.

For more information and support in raising your self-esteem, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. Please note that LAP is your “company” name when you register. When you call the LAP number at 1 866 299 1299, your call will be answered any time, day or night, 365 days per year.

Courts

On June 22, the Court released the results of an independent study of three of the Court's past five-and-a-half years.

The comprehensive 72-page report details the findings of an evaluation conducted by Dr. Mary Ann Campbell of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and the Psychology Department at the University of New Brunswick - Saint John Campus.

REPORT (pdf)

Dr. Campbell found that the Mental Health Court is doing what it was intended to do and recommended that it continue to be funded.

The Honourable Pamela Williams, Chief Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia and the presiding Judge in the Mental Health Court, says she is encouraged by the findings in the report.

“It shows”, she says, “that we are on the right track but need to adjust what kind of help, and how much, we offer our program participants.”

Read a summary of the evaluation report and its recommendations on the Courts of Nova Scotia website. 

Justice Denise M. BoudreauThe Acadian community of Chéticamp will honour its first judicial appointment to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Justice Denise M. Boudreau, who was appointed December 2013, will be honoured on July 11, 2015 in conjunction with the opening of the Gypsum Mine Trail.

La Société St Pierre, the Club vélo Chéticamp and the community will have a reception in her honour. If you want to reserve, please call or send an email to: La Société St Pierre at 902 224 2642 or lestroispignons@ns.sympatico.ca. You can also contact Réjean Aucoin at 902 224 1450 or email to rejean@rejeanaucoin.ca.

The opening ceremonies of the Gypsum Mine Trail organized by the Club vélo Chéticamp will be held at 2:00 pm, followed by a walk from the Belle Marche Road (Chéticamp Back Road) to the Gypsum Mine lake site.

The mine which operated from 1908 to 1939 was managed by Justice Boudreau’s grandfather Anselme Boudreau. Her father Gerard Boudreau, has always held the history of the mining operation dear to his heart. He was present with his daughter at the opening of the first segment of the trail at le Quai Mathieu at the Chéticamp harbour.

The trail started in 2009 by Le Conseil économique de Chéticamp, follows the old railroad bed from le Quai Mathieu at the Chéticamp Harbour right up to what is now a pristine emerald lake at the base of the mountains some 12 km further. National Gypsum Canada donated the land as well as David Fraser.

Prior to her appointment, Justice Boudreau worked for the Atlantic Office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC), where she specialized in prosecuting major crime throughout the Atlantic Region. Before joining the PPSC, Justice Boudreau worked with Nova Scotia Legal Aid for nine years and had been an associate with the law firm of LeBlanc, MacDonald, and Pickup in Port Hawkesbury prior to that.

Justice Boudreau was born in the Acadian community of Chéticamp where her parents still reside. She attended Acadia University, l’Université de Moncton law school and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

She was an active member of the Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse, served as a member and Chair of the Leeside Transition House in Port Hawkesbury and a member of the Board of Directors of l’Université Sainte-Anne.

Justice Boudreau presides in Halifax, at the Law Courts.  

Province

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:

(a) fifteen years or more as a member of the Bar of Nova Scotia as of September 30, 2015 and eligible to practise law in Nova Scotia;

(b) demonstrated professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the practice of law through one or more of:

(i) recognition by other members of the profession as an exceptional barrister or solicitor,

(ii) exceptional contributions through legal scholarship, teaching or continuing legal education,

(iii) demonstration of exceptional qualities of leadership in the profession, and

(iv) engaging in activities of a public or charitable nature in such a way as to raise the esteem in which the legal profession is held by the public;

(c) the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments is asked to consider regional, gender and minority representation among the persons recommended for appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

In order to be considered as a candidate for a Queen’s Counsel appointment, you must apply pursuant to this request. The Committee will not consider applications or nominations from previous years.

A complete application or nomination package must consist of an original and one copy of the Authorization for Disclosure of Information and Release Form, and an original and twelve copies of the following documents:

(a) Application or Nomination Form;

(b) Information form. (Ordinarily the information will be confined to the Form provided. However, if you find the space on the Form insufficient, additional material that you may wish to provide [not exceeding two pages in length] will be considered by the Committee. Material exceeding two pages will not be forwarded to the Committee); and

(c) Two Letters of Reference.  

These forms are available on the Queen’s Counsel process page of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society website

Persons may either apply personally or may nominate a member of the Bar. All applicants will be treated equally by the Committee whether they are nominated, or whether they apply personally.

Your complete application or nomination must be received by Justice Bryson no later than 4:00 pm, Wednesday, September 30, 2015. It may be mailed or delivered to:

Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments
c/o The Honourable Justice Peter Bryson
The Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1S7

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Yours truly,
Tilly Pillay QC, A/Deputy Minister of Justice

Shannon Ingraham-Christie has been appointed as the Public Trustee for Nova Scotia. Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab announced the appointment on June 17 and it is effective immediately.

"Ms. Ingraham-Christie has been with the Office of the Public Trustee for eleven years and is committed to serving and protecting those who need her office's services," said Ms. Diab. "I know she will provide strong advice and guidance for vulnerable Nova Scotians who rely on the public trustee to look out for their best interests."

Ms. Ingraham-Christie, a graduate of the Acadia School of Business with a focus on finance and economics, is a practising lawyer who was admitted to the bar in 1999. She was previously a general practice litigator in private practice and served as a barrister with the Department of Justice adult and child protection team from 2002 to 2003. She was part-time faculty at Mount Saint Vincent University from 1999 to 2014.

Ms. Ingraham-Christie was appointed to a solicitor position with the Office of the Public Trustee in February 2004 and has served as the acting Public Trustee of Nova Scotia since the fall of 2014.

The Office of the Public Trustee is an independent body that protects the financial and personal well-being of its clients. It manages children's trusts, the estates of deceased individuals, is a substitute decision maker of last resort for individuals who have no one to consent to medical treatment on their behalf, manages the affairs of mentally incompetent adults and missing persons, and acts as legal representative for individuals who are not capable of managing their affairs in a legal proceeding.

The public trustee has specific powers and duties under 14 pieces of provincial legislation.

In 2014, the Office of the Public Trustee provided support to almost 1,500 clients and managed clients' assets worth more than $52 million. The public trustee reports annually to the Attorney General and the House of Assembly. Find out more at http://novascotia.ca/just/pto/

Better-coordinated supports for victims, more public education and awareness, and continued community engagement on prevention are among the approaches in Nova Scotia's first sexual violence strategy.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard launched Breaking the Silence: A Coordinated Response to Sexual Violence in Nova Scotia, on June 16 in Kentville.

"Sexual violence is a traumatic and pervasive problem in all of society and our province is no exception," said Premier McNeil. "This strategy calls on Nova Scotians to work together to better understand and prevent sexual violence in our communities."

Some of the actions planned over the next two years include:

  • Helping people get urgent support faster through existing crisis lines, online and other new technologies
  • Expanding the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program in Sydney and western Nova Scotia
  • Creating nine community support networks to coordinate counselling and support, visibility of services and help with navigation
  • Establishing a prevention innovation fund to support best practices, research and evaluation

"We promised Nova Scotians we would listen, and we did. In year one we engaged with over 1,000 Nova Scotians, and what we heard will set our direction as work on the strategy continues," said Ms. Bernard. "We need to keep these conversations going and make sure we reach out to people whose voices need to be heard."

"Living in a rural area can create barriers, but with our partners, the Red Door Youth Health and Support Centre is able to support youth, women, men, children and the LGBTQ community," said Tara Newcombe, co-chair of the centre. "We recognize the importance of engaging youth to truly shift the current culture of sexual violence. In addition, inviting youth to voice their thoughts on how to improve support services will inform our local demonstration project as well as the larger provincial sexual violence strategy."

Last December, government released a summary of what Nova Scotians said during meetings and through an online survey. In April, a summary of youth engagement responses was also released.

This month, two provincial committees on training and public awareness have been appointed. A new provincial specialist has been hired to coordinate the work on the strategy.

For more information on the strategy and for a list of services for victims of sexual violence, visit http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/ .

A restorative inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children aims to bring government and community together to examine the effects of systemic and institutional abuse and racism, and to work together to build better relationships.

Premier Stephen McNeil joined former home residents, home board members and community organizations on June 12, to introduce the terms of reference for the inquiry. Participants signed a statement of commitment to show support for, and commitment to, the goals of the inquiry.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to create genuine change in Nova Scotia," said Tony Smith, co-chair of VOICES, the organization representing former residents. "While the past has been painful, we don't just want to look back. We want to make a real difference for the future."  

The inquiry will be overseen by a council of parties that includes representatives from government, former residents, the home board, and African Nova Scotian community members.

"This restorative inquiry was designed by the people most affected," said Premier McNeil. "We are committed to working hand-in-hand as we address the hard issues together. We want to come out of this not simply with recommendations, but stronger relationships that will help us create lasting change together."

The restorative inquiry will take place throughout the province in a model similar to a truth and reconciliation process. A trained facilitation team will help former residents and others participate in a safe way, with a commitment to doing no further harm.

A reflection and action task group of government and community partners will meet throughout the process to review what has been learned and begin implementing next steps.

"We don't have to wait until the end of the inquiry to act," said Premier McNeil. "As it progresses, government and community will work together on what we can begin to do right now to make a difference for the future."

Members of the council and task group will be selected in the coming weeks with input from all parties involved. The restorative inquiry is expected to begin in the fall and will have a mandate of up to two and a half years.

Full terms of reference are available at http://restorativeinquiry.ca .

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum:

An Act to Amend Chapter 6 of the Acts of 2001, the Land Registration Act, and Chapter 392 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Registry Act, S.N.S. 2011, c.20, s.5
NS Gaz Pt 2, 06/12/2015
NS Reg 225/2015

This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services.

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: http://novascotia.ca/news/

The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/communications/

  • Public Trustee Appointed (June 17)

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/

AUDITOR GENERAL—June 2015 Report Released (June 17)

COMMUNITY SERVICES—Government Releases Coordinated Response to Sexual Violence (June 16)

COMMUNITIES, CULTURE AND HERITAGE
  • Canadian Black Government Leaders Meet for First Time (June 10) 
  • New Economic Data Shows Economic Value of Culture, Arts, Heritage, Sport (June 9) 
ENVIRONMENT--Province Protects Hundreds of Islands on Eastern Shore (June 18) 
 
INTERNAL SERVICES
  • Province Making Advances in Open Data (June 19) 
  • Surplus Auction Set For June 27 (June 18)
  • Government Streamlines Access To Information (June 9)  
LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION--2015 Johnstone Scholarship Awarded (June 15) 
 
N.S. LIQUOR CORP.
  • NSLC Announces Year-end Results (June 17) 
  • Nova Scotia's First and Only Signature Wine (June 11) 
N.S. SECURITIES COMMISSION--Commission Issues Investor Alert (June 11) 

PREMIER'S OFFICE

  • Elections Act Amended (June 15)
  • Byelections Announced in Three Ridings (June 13)
  • Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry Introduced (June 12)
  • Premier Recognizes Excellence in Public Service (June 9) 
TRADE CENTRE LTD.--Halifax Convention Centre Shortlisted for International Award (June 22) 
 
TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL
  • MV Miner Removed from Scaterie Island (June 22) 
  • Government Issues Request for Proposals for Tolling Feasibility Study (June 19) 
  • William Davis, Lost Miners Honoured With Route Name (June 11) 
 
Other news

On June 8, Dalhousie University President Richard Florizone announced the appointment of Camille Cameron as Dean of the Schulich School of Law for a five-year term.

Ms. Cameron is currently Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, and as Dean is a member of Senate, Deans' Council, Faculty Council, and serves on various other institutional- and Faculty-level committees and working groups at University of Windsor. For 10 years prior to her appointment as Dean at University of Windsor, Ms. Cameron held numerous appointments at University of Melbourne (including Director, Civil Justice Research Group and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies) and at City University of Hong Kong in the 1990s. Prior to commencing her career in academia, Ms. Cameron was a practising lawyer at Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales in Halifax from 1982-1992.

Ms. Cameron has over 20 years of international consulting and advisory experience. Her areas of research interest include: administration of and access to civil justice, dispute resolution, class actions, the regulatory role of civil litigation, tobacco litigation, comparative civil procedures, and court reform in transitional legal systems. She earned her LL.M. at University of Cambridge and her LL.B. at University of New Brunswick.

Ms. Cameron will be the sixteenth Dean of the law school, and the third woman to serve in the position.

Ms. Cameron's term as Dean will begin September 1, 2015. She will succeed Dean Kimberley Brooks, who will step down after five years as Dean of the Schulich School of Law on June 30, 2015.

"Provost Watters and I look forward to working closely with Camille in the months and years ahead," says President Florizone. "I also take this opportunity to once again thank Kim Brooks for her five-year tenure as Dean, and her excellent service to the Schulich School of Law and Dalhousie University. I know you will join me in wishing her well as she returns to teaching and research."

See the June 8 announcement on the Schulich School of Law website.

Sarah Lane has been appointed a Crown attorney in the Antigonish office of the Public Prosecution Service. Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, announced the appointment on June 17.

"Ms. Lane's experience in criminal law and her keen interest in public service will be an asset to the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service," he said.

A native of Lower Sackville, Ms. Lane graduated in 2010 from Mount Saint Vincent University with a bachelor of arts. In 2013, she graduated from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

Ms. Lane articled with the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission in Grand Falls-Windsor and as staff solicitor with the commission concentrated on criminal and family law.

Ms. Lane was a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Legislative Stakeholders Committee on the Mental Health Care and Treatment Act. She was also active in Toastmasters Grand Falls-Windsor and was recently elected president. 

The Public Justice Foundation, based in Washington D.C., has announced that the legal team for the Plaintiffs, headed by Raymond F. Wagner QC and Michael Dull of Wagners, in the case of Elwin v. The NS Home for Colored Children and the Province of Nova Scotia, has been selected as one of five finalists for the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. 

The award, which celebrates and recognizes the work of a lawyer or team of lawyers working on behalf of individuals and groups that have suffered injustice and harmful abuse, will be presented at the organization’s annual awards dinner on July 13 in Montreal.

“Every day, trial lawyers across the country help countless people obtain justice while also creating positive change through the legal system,” said Paul Bland, executive director of Public Justice. 

“Far too often, the immense skills, time and commitment necessary to foster such impact and change is overlooked or underappreciated. Many trial lawyers take great risk and overcome incredible odds to advance the development of the law, to make new law, and to win justice for their client and for the public. Our Trial Lawyer of the Year Award was founded to bring some particularly important path-breaking cases, and remarkable legal teams behind them, to the attention of the public and the legal profession.”

The Public Justice Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable membership organization that supports Public Justice's cutting-edge litigation and educates the public about the critical issues it addresses. Membership includes leading trial lawyers, appellate lawyers, consumer advocates, environmental attorneys, employment lawyers, civil rights attorneys, class action specialists, law professors, law students, public interest advocates, and other people who care about justice.

BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to welcome Stephen M. Campbell to the firm. Stephen joins our growing Business Law team, practising primarily in the areas of banking, finance, commercial real estate and tax law.

A graduate of Dalhousie University, Stephen joins BOYNECLARKE LLP from Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office, where his practice focused on commercial lending for chartered banks and other lenders, as well as business planning and advice for small to medium enterprises. Prior to that, Stephen was an Associate with Wickwire Holm.

‘We are lucky to have Stephen joining us. He brings strong experience and will be a valuable compliment to our Business Law team. He adds to the momentum that our Business Law team has generated with the addition of Marc LeClair and Natalie Woodbury,’ stated Managing Partner James D. MacNeil.

Stephen is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Canadian Tax Foundation and the Real Estate Lawyers Association of Nova Scotia. He is currently the Secretary of the Risk Management Association and a Board Member with The Newbridge Foundation for Academic and Athletic Excellence. http://boyneclarke.com/

Careers

I have recently graduated from the University of New Brunswick and am looking to obtain an articling position in Nova Scotia.

I am organized and hardworking with a keen sense of time management. My experience working in the hospitality industry has allowed me to develop excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

I have strong research, analytical and writing abilities. I have honed relevant legal skills through my studies, and by conducting coursework in areas including tax, real estate, dispute resolution and commercial law.   

Overall, I believe that my strong work ethic and ability to handle and excel at challenging endeavours will allow me to successfully manage the demands of an articling position. 

Please contact me to discuss my qualifications for a possible position by email at sarahmichael.walker@gmail.com

The QEII Foundation inspires generosity to advance health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, the largest teaching health centre in the region providing care to Nova Scotia residents and specialized services to Atlantic Canadians. 

With a culture of celebrating success, the QEII Foundation team has a passion for health care and for making a difference through philanthropy. We are currently seeking an accomplished legal professional to fill a 1-year maternity term as a Director, Risk Management & Legal Services.

Reporting to the Vice President, Administration and CFO, the Director, Risk Management & Legal Services provides legal advice regarding non financial risk and acts as the Privacy Officer to the Foundation. The position also manages the policy/procedure development process, as well as other documents/agreements; manages the development, creation, and ongoing process regarding endowments and designated funds including documents and guidelines for creation, maintenance, and disbursement; manages the gift agreement process/documents which include designing the template through to the signing the agreement all while ensuring organizational risk is mitigated and a legal & ethical standards are maintained. 

The Director, Risk Management & Legal Services position will also play a critical role as Project Champion as the QEII Foundation continues on its path to Accreditation with Imagine Canada in 2015.

 As the successful candidate, you will have a Bachelor’s Degree plus Legal Designation and are a practicing member of, or are eligible to become a practicing member of, the NS Barristers' Society. A Master’s of Health Administration Degree and a minimum of 3 to 5 years practicing law or in administration is preferred but not required for the position.

If you demonstrate the above attributes and are interested in exploring this opportunity to make a meaningful difference, we’d like to hear from you. Please forward a cover letter and resume to Mike Hurley, VP, and Administration and CFO at mike.hurley@qe2foundation.ca.

Application deadline is June 22, 2015. 

The QEII Foundation offers a highly competitive benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are a busy law firm in downtown Dartmouth looking for a full time legal assistant to support a partner and associate in a general practice.  If you have experience in real estate transactions, litigation, and corporate/commercial transactions – and you enjoy the challenge of learning something new on a regular basis – then you will find this position both challenging and rewarding. 

You must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word and Outlook Express and have a strong attention to detail. The ability to organize multiple tasks and set priorities is essential.

We offer a great work environment and a team approach in a busy office where people enjoy their work.   

Only applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted.  

Please deliver, in confidence, résumé and cover letter to:

Sealy Cornish Coulthard
200 – 56 Portland Street
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1H2

Attention: Peter L. Coulthard, Q.C./Jackie Savage

Or by e-mail to pcoulthard@scclaw.ca or jsavage@scclaw.ca

 

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.

I am available to start immediately. Please contact me for my CV: l.sgotto@gmail.com

 

Location: Flexible

The Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation (CDRAF) established in 2004, is a national forum for the provincial dental regulators in Canada to share resources and address common issues. With the ten provincial dental regulatory authorities constituting the membership of the Federation, and with an active management committee of the Board, the intent is to work on behalf of members to create a climate for collaboration on regulatory issues while respecting the autonomy of each member organization to fulfill their regulatory mandate.

CDRAF has enjoyed the steady leadership of an Executive Director for the past several years. However, this gentleman held concurrent roles in that he is also the Registrar of the nation’s largest dental regulatory body (overseeing regulation in Ontario).

An opportunity now exists for the CDRAF to be led by an Executive Director who can dedicate his/her full attention to the role and the organization. Supported by a small team and working closely with the Board and Management Committee of the Board, this individual has a unique opportunity to advance the interests of an already trusted profession and position it even more strongly for the future.

The ideal candidate brings a demonstrated track record of providing strategic senior leadership to an organization with multiple stakeholders and ideally with experience in, or knowledge of, professional regulation. Experience reporting to a board, and successfully advancing an agenda in an organization with a small infrastructure will be seen as assets.

The opportunity exists for the successful candidate to establish the office in the city of their residence. In this way, relocation would not be required.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact Kathryn Young or Lorraine Scrimshaw at 604-685-0261, or please submit your resume and information to vancouver@boyden.com and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.

Office of the Public Trustee – Halifax
Department of Justice

Solicitor 1 – 3
Competition # JH-1781KL-CB

The Public Trustee of Nova Scotia is a corporation sole of the Province of Nova Scotia, established to protect the financial and personal well-being of its clients. It offers a wide range of unique services and its authority is set out in numerous provincial statutes.

Duties: The solicitor must provide formal and informal legal opinions to the Public Trustee and staff on all aspects of the law under the jurisdiction of the Public Trustee Office and therefore must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the relevant statutes and case law. The solicitor will be responsible for the administration of living and deceased estates, guardianship files and the establishment and management of trusts. He/she will appear in Court as legal counsel for the Public Trustee and for estates and interests represented by the Public Trustee. He/she will engage in the resolution of conflicts arising in estates by utilizing various techniques such as negotiation and litigation in accordance with the law and the best interests of the estates and interested parties. He/she will work with other stakeholders and provide advice on the processes involved in applying to the Office of the Public Trustee for healthcare and financial management.

Qualifications: Must be a participating member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (or eligible for practicing membership), with three or more years practicing experience. The successful candidate will demonstrate competent research and practical analytical skills; effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; the ability to function both independently as well as part of the team and possess a thorough knowledge of the relevant common law and statutory law. Experience in the area of trusteeship, guardianship, the administration of wills and estates, real property and real estate transactions is mandatory. Knowledge of family law and income tax law in relation to real estate and trust matters would be considered an asset. Court experience and chambers experience is mandatory. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to multi-task job functions efficiently and perform well in a high volume office. He/she must be fully functional in a computer environment.

Classification: MCL 20 - 26

Salary: To be determined based on experience

Closing Date: June 30, 2015

MacKinnon Buckle Stevenson has an immediate opening for an experienced lawyer to enter into a cost-sharing arrangement. 

Preferred candidates will have an established practice in criminal law. Corporate/commercial or estate practices would also be of interest but other areas of practice will be considered. 

Interested applicants must be in good standing with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and may apply, in confidence, by forwarding their resume to:

Roxanne Ayer
MacKinnon Buckle Stevenson
roxanne@lawmbs.ca

Volunteer and Pro Bono

A full compliment to our board will strengthen our ability to fulfill our mission and mandate. Our vision is of healthy, hopeful and empowered individuals, supported by a caring and involved community. We need people that understand the challenges, stigmas, and systematic issues faced by women and girls involved in, and at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system.

Coverdale has a mandate to provide programs and services for women and girls navigating their way in the community and those integrating back into society following incarceration. We offer a court support program, personal development workshops, and one-on-one support services. Our programs were developed and implemented to create self awareness and encourage positive change while promoting safe and healthy environments.

We are seeking people who understand that women and girls who are criminalized, living with mental health issues, marginalized, institutionalized and facing many barriers daily, require comprehensive and consistent supports and services.

Do you have the skills and desire to productively assist a not-for-profit organization and the women it serves? Coverdale Courtwork Society is the place where your passion and expertise can make a real difference. The committment includes a monthly board meeting, an opportunity to work on a committee, and a willingness to use your skills and knowledge to assist the Society. Attendance at Society events may also be required.

Interested? Please email us at hrcoverdale@eastlink.ca, Attn: Kathy McKay.

If joining the board isn't for you, there are other ways to help. If you have fundraising and/or proposal writing experience in your background, you may be interested in joining our Fund Development Committee.

We also rely on the generosity of the community for donations to ensure we can meet the ongoing needs of the women and girls we serve. Contact Marlene at 902-405-4327 or visit our website at www.coverdale.ca to donate.    

 

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 16:30 to Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 17:00

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. 

The Chartered Director program focuses on practical governance issues, as well as the cultural and behavioural aspects of good governance. Board members and senior executives gain understanding of both the processes and behaviours that underpin today’s best practices in corporate governance.

Module 5: The Board Simulation

Put into practice all your experiences and learnings from the previous four modules.

  • Participate as a board member at an actual board and committee meeting, as your experience a "day on the board" of our simulated corporation.
  • Gain personal insight on how your board behaviour, and that of others, affects board process and productivity.

This module, unique to the Directors College, gives candidates a chance to experience realistic board situations. Our participants rate this module as the highlight of the program. 

Register online at thedirectorscollege.com

Event Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 16:30
 
You are cordially invited to celebrate with us at the 13th 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 23, 2015 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm
(Note: Please enter at the north entrance by Fruition)
 
Special guest Craig Scott is the Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth and Official Opposition Critic for Democratic and Parliamentary Reform. Prior to his election in 2012, he was an influential scholar in the field of international human rights law as Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and previously at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. 
 
Craig has carried a life devoted to fighting for human rights and equality – and pursuing justice through law – into his government work. Ontario’s only openly gay MP, he works on parliamentary law reform initiatives with colleagues in the NDP’s LGBTQ Caucus. He introduced Bill C-448 to repeal an outdated Criminal Code provision that unconstitutionally discriminates against members of the LGBTQ community with regard to sexual activity and the age of consent. Last year he tabled Motion M-517, calling for an investigation into the many decades during which LGBTQ Canadians were dismissed or forced to leave the Canadian Forces (1950s to 1992). He’s also a strong advocate for Aboriginal rights and anti-poverty, housing and environmental issues.
 
RSVP by Thursday, July 16 to Kevin Hong at khong@nsbs.org.
Event Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 18:00

The Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (Dr. Ingrid Waldron, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University) and the Halifax Central Library would like to invite you to "Connecting the Dots: Confronting Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia". This free event will take place at the Halifax Central Library (Paul O'Regan Hall) on Tuesday, July 28 from 6 pm - 8:45 pm.

Poster

You can find more information on the event at the Facebook Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1618624878380482/

Please come out to learn from some of the research and ongoing community work that is happening to fight against environmental racism. Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate location of toxic facilities and other environmentally hazardous activities in communities with historically marginalized voices (predominantly racialized and working poor).

Although environmental racism has been a long-standing issue in Nova Scotia and is a term that is becoming more well-known, we are still far away from a collective understanding of how this form of oppression manifests itself in the province we live in.

This event hopes to create greater awareness and spark more critical discussions about the importance of incorporating "race" as a core element of environmental justice initiatives in Nova Scotia.

The event will feature five panelists who will share their challenges, successes and strategies for mobilizing on environmental racism in Mi'kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities.

Long-time activist Lynn Jones will moderate the panel discussion.

Panelists will include:

  • Dorene Bernard (Indian Brook)
  • Sherry Pictou (Bear River)
  • Mary Desmond (Lincolnville)
  • Carolann Wright-Parks, Director, Community Economic Development & Strategic Engagement, Halifax Partnership
  • Lenore Zann, NDP Deputy House Leader; NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs; Education; Community Services; Communities, Culture & Heritage; and MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Salmon River-Millbrook.

Free refreshments will be provided

The event will include performances by:

  • All Nations Drummers
  • Umoja Cultural Diversity Drummers

This event is being funded by an Open Academy Grant from the Royal Society of Canada.

The event is being organized by:

  • Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (ENRICH): http://www.enrichproject.org/
  • Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG)
  • Ecology Action Center (EAC)
Event Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, September 30, 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.

Dates for next LRA course: Sept 23–30, 2015 
Event Date: Monday, October 5, 2015 - 02:00

You've likely seen dozens of trial advocacy instructors. Many were probably very good - some great. But you haven't seen anybody like Mike Cash. Cash's timing and gift for delivery are important aspects of his presentations at trial and his skill as a seminar leader. In this fast paced program, rich with demonstrations, Cash presents tips and tactics illustrated with tales from actual trials where they were successfully employed. You'll experience:

  • high impact openings;
  • illuminating examinations-in-chief that hold a judge and jury's attention;
  • decisive cross-examinations that will unravel any witness;
  • show-stopping demonstrative evidence; and
  • closing arguments that move the judge or jury to action.

Don't expect the trite or the familiar from Cash or this intense, creative program. He respects your experience and will celebrate and reinforce your already proven abilities as a trial lawyer.

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 02:00

Learning to draft effective contracts can often be trial by fire. Unlike expository writing which is designed to persuade or provide information to the reader, the goal of a contract is to describe with precision the substance of the meeting of two minds, in language that will be interpreted by each subsequent reader in exactly the same way. A skillful lawyer is adept at sniffing out issues before the parties have bound themselves to the transaction, and proposing workable solutions, that, when put into words, clearly express the parties’ intent.

This program will share ten specific strategies to improve the clarity and overall quality of the contracts you draft and review. Veteran transactional lawyer, author and instructor Charles Fox will untangle common provisions experienced counsel will recognize, and provide practical insights into how you can build on past experiences to get better at writing and reading contracts in the future. Before and after examples, taken from real contracts, will allow you to test and hone your skills.

Register

Event Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 02:00

Have you ever…

  • had trouble getting facts from a hard-to-interview client?
  • Felt like you lost control of an interview?
  • Sensed you weren’t getting the full story?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this program is for you!

Investigative interviewing is one of the most important skills required of lawyers – to be able to engage in a seemingly casual but directed conversation that opens locked doors and organizes scattered memories. Yet few lawyers have received formal training in how to conduct effective interviews. Relevant for both new and experienced practitioners, this program will teach you how to structure and guide the interview process so you can gather relevant information you need to build your case. You’ll explore the causes and consequences of poorly conducted interviews, techniques for overcoming obstacles, and methods to ensure you get a complete and accurate telling of facts. There is no one personality best suited for conducting an effective interview, and anyone can learn. Let experienced investigator Gareth Jones show you how to get the information you need to answer the questions what? who? when? where? why? and how?

Register

Event Date: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 02:00

The overriding issue when any witness testifies — in a mediation, pre-trial hearing or at trial — is credibility. Your effectiveness and success as an advocate are grounded in your ability to expertly defend your witnesses’ credibility, or to effectively attack your adversary’s. But what do you ask? And when do you ask it?

Irving Younger’s teachings on credibility and cross-examination electrified and inspired an entire generation of lawyers. Younger’s classic rules are reborn in this contemporary update by Professor Stephen Easton. Incorporating more than two dozen video clips from Younger’s masterpiece presentation, Easton takes a fresh look at the philosophy, psychology and physiology of credibility, and expands on Younger’s 10 Commandments of Cross to ensure they bring the same impact to the modern courtroom. Don’t miss this extraordinary seminar, adapted for Canadian lawyers, featuring two of North America’s most passionate and practical thinkers on cross-examination.

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Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 02:00

Spend three hours with lawyer turned humourist Sean Carter, and find out what really happened on the way to the disciplinary hearing. Sean takes a laugh out loud look at the funnier aspects of the practice of law, and how lawyers can prevent disciplinary problems and remain civil. He explains that all too often, legal ethics are filled with unrealistic hypotheticals that rarely occur.

There are, in fact, very basic things that lawyers must do and not do to avoid disciplinary problems, and he covers these with his ten commandments for avoiding ethical problems and six suggestions for improving professionalism. Let Sean remind you how to be courteous, ethical and effective — with references to the FLSC's Model Code of Professional Conduct — and have a great time in the process.

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Event Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (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.

Dates for next LRA course: Jan 20–27, 2016
Event Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (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.

Dates for next LRA course: June 15–22, 2016
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