June 22, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

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

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. 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

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

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to introduce its new leadership for the coming year. Read More

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

Access to Justice

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

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
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. Read More

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. Read More

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 AMSubject: DEAR COUNSEL Dear Counsel, Read More

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

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. Read More

The Acadian community of Chéticamp will honour its first judicial appointment to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Justice Denise M. Read More

Dear Member: In the fall of this year the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Peter Bryson, will consider candidates for the next Queen’s Counsel appointments. The criteria for these appointments are: Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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.  Read More

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.  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

Office of the Public Trustee – Halifax Department of Justice Solicitor 1 – 3 Competition # JH-1781KL-CB Read More

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.  Read More
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. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, July 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: 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  Read More
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". Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (All day)
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program. The cost for this program is $600 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course. Read More
Event Date: 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. Read More
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. Read More
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! Read More
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? Read More
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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 20, 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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 15, 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. Read More
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