September 14, 2015 InForum Issue

Society news

Library & Information Services, in collaboration with Lexum and CanLII, have migrated the annotations from the recently ceased Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules onto CanLII Connects, the new platform aggregating online Canadian case law commentary.

Annotations to cases up to October 2013 that consider provisions of the current Rules are now live on the service.

Also look for the links to annotations on CanLII, under Show headnotes for Nova Scotia cases in which Rules provisions are considered (see an example).

The Society will not continue to publish annotations. For more information on these changes, see the announcement in the April 13, 2015 issue of InForum.

CanLII Connects aims to make available high-quality legal commentary on Canadian court decisions. Are you interested in publishing your writing via this vetted service?

See the CanLII Connects FAQand contact L&IS for more information.

The Courts have developed enhancements to how the Civil Procedure Rules are published on the Courts’ website. On their interactive Rules and Forms pages, all Rule text is now in HTML, providing searchable, faster and more mobile-friendly access.

In addition, the Courts have added Forms in MS Word, providing contextual links at relevant Rules.

The Rules are now searchable on the Courts’ website. To keyword search Rule provisions, use the search box linked from the interactive Rules and Forms page.

The official, consolidated Civil Procedure Rules and Forms will continue to be available on the site as entire documents in PDF.

Library & Information Services is working with Lexum and CanLII to migrate the annotations from the Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules onto CanLII Connects, the new platform aggregating online Canadian case law commentary.

Annotations to cases up to October 2013 that consider provisions of the current Rules will go live on CanLII Connects by September 15. The Society will not continue to publish annotations.

The Society will maintain the Nova Scotia Rules page on the Society website, providing quick access to key resources on the Courts’ website, as well as the table of concordance from the 1972 Rules to the new Rules.

As announced in the April 13, 2015 issue of InForum, the Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules has been taken down as of August 31, 2015.

We welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. For the Society, please contact Deborah Copeman, Librarian, at For the Courts, please contact John Piccolo, Director of Communications, at

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

Lyle Howe’s suspension lifted by bar society
Chronicle Herald | September 14, 2015

Lyle Howe suspension lifted by Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
CBC News | Sept. 14, 2015

Halifax defence lawyer reinstated after conviction for sexual assault overturned
Global Halifax | September 14, 2015

Halifax lawyer Lyle Howe allowed to practice law again
Halifax Metro | Sept. 14, 2015

Halifax lawyer Lyle Howe reinstated after sexual assault conviction overturned
CTV Atlantic / CP | Sept. 14, 2015

Williamswood man gets bail on Molotov cocktail charges
Chronicle Herald | September 14, 2015

Why Trinity Western University remains defiant despite anti-LGBTQ claims
Yahoo! Daily Brew | Sept. 8, 2015

Lyle Howe, Halifax lawyer, has sex assault conviction overturned
By Blair Rhodes
CBC News | Sept. 4, 2015

Appeal Court allows Lyle Howe new trial on sexual assault charge
Chronicle Herald | September 4, 2015

Suspended lawyer Lyle Howe has sexual assault conviction overturned
CTV Atlantic / CP | Sept. 4, 2015

New judge to be sworn in Friday
The Cape Breton Post | September 01, 2015

EDITORIAL: In a liberal society Trinity Western should be free to educate according to its beliefs
National Post | August 28, 2015

B.C. judge reserves decision in Trinity Western law school dispute
The Province (CP) | AUGUST 27, 2015

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Migrates to VuFind Discovery Interface
by Jonathan Jacobsen | August 26, 2015

Trinity law school appeal underway
Langley Times (B.C.) | August 25, 2015

Trinity Western asks BC judge to overturn law school rejection
Daily XTRA | August 24, 2015

Trinity Western University fights law society's rejection in B.C. Supreme Court

Trinity Western University and B.C. Law Society face off in court: At issue is covenant students have to sign that rejects same-sex marriage (BC) | August 24, 2015

Arguments this week into if TWU law grads can practice in B.C.
News Talk 980 CKNW, Vancouver BC | August 23, 2015

BC hearing for TWU School of Law begins Aug. 24 | August 20, 2015 (subscription only)

  • Legal Briefs: Sheree Conlon, Maurice Chiasson Appointed (Sept. 10)
  • Lyle Howe Bar Hearing Set (Sept. 10)
  • Update: New Howe Trial (Sept. 4)
  • Tragedy Lies Behind Lawyer's Guilty Plea (Aug. 26)
  • Gerald Regan Honoured For 60-Year Legal Career (Aug. 24)

Loretta ManningLoretta Manning has been elected to Council in the Society’s At Large Byelection, and will commence her two-year term effective immediately. Ms. Manning is a Partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer, practising in the fields of health care law, professional regulation and litigation. See her bio and election statement for more details.

Four candidates were vying for the member at large seat, vacated when the Hon. Justice Robert Gregan was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division. The byelection ran from September 4 to 11. 


Loretta Manning, Halifax – 191 votes (38%)
Laurie C. LaViolette, Bedford – 123 votes (24%)​
David Schermbrucker, Halifax – 117 votes (23%)
Joshua Santimaw, Dartmouth – 73 votes (14%)

Voter turnout: A total of 504 members cast ballots, of a possible 2,903 eligible voters (17%). All lawyers and non-practising members of the Society were eligible to run and vote for this position.

The other two Members at Large on Council for 2015-2017, elected in April, are Gavin Giles QC of Halifax and Tuma Young of Sydney.

Also see:

The Society extends its thanks to all candidates and voters in the 2015 Council Elections for their commitment to the regulation of the legal profession. Details of the Society’s election process are outlined in the Society’s Regulations 2.4 (District Elections), 2.5 (At Large Elections), and 2.6 (Second Vice-President Elections).

The next meeting of Council is on Friday, September 18. To follow the work of Council throughout the year, see Council materials for meeting agendas, documents and highlights.

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, September 18, 2015. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website:


Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) adopted a package of omnibus amendments to the Model Code on October 10, 2014. The package included amendments to the definitions section, new rules on language rights, revisions to the conflicts rules flowing from the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Canadian National Railway Co. v. McKercher LLP, 2013 SCC 39 (CanLII), (“McKercher”), and amended conflicts rules on transfers between law firms and doing business with clients.

The 2014 amendments reflect input from law societies, the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the CBA, and academic members of the legal ethics community. The Code of Professional Conduct Committee (the Committee) spent several meetings reviewing the Federation’s proposed amendments and ultimately recommended the majority of those changes for approval by Council.  The amendments were ultimately adopted by Council on May 25, 2015.

Language Rights Rules

New rules have been adopted that require lawyers, when appropriate, to advise clients of their right to proceed in the official language of their choice.

The new rules were drafted following those that already appear in the codes of conduct of the Law Society of New Brunswick, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the CBA, and are meant to be broad enough to account for a variety of linguistic groups that may be afforded special rights in different Canadian jurisdictions.

Conflicts of Interest – General Provisions

Although the conflicts rules in the Model Code are consistent with the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2013 decision in McKercher, the Standing Committee determined that some changes to the rules and commentaries were warranted to bring greater clarity. These amendments reflect input from the law societies and other stakeholders received during a consultation on draft amendments.

The amendments do not change the basic structure of the conflicts of interest rules; they start with a clear prohibition against conflicts, with accompanying commentary that includes a clear reference to the bright-line rule, and continue with the permitted exceptions. The definition of “client” in rule 1.1-1 has been amended to add the following language: “and includes a client of the law firm of which the lawyer is a partner or associate, whether or not the lawyer handles the client’s work.”

The definition of “disclosure” has also been deleted from rule 1.1-1. To ensure that appropriate guidance is given on disclosure obligations in cases of conflict of interest, the amendments move much of the content of this deleted definition into the commentary to the rule on consent, rule 3.4-2.

There are also amendments to the commentary following rules 3.4-1 and 3.4-2 to reflect, with greater clarity, the conflicts of interest principles articulated in the McKercher decision. The amendments do not change the conflicts rules. Amendments to the heading and introductory language to the commentary to rule 3.4-1 attempt to make it clear that the examples set out in the commentary illustrate situations in which conflicts of interest may occur. There are further amendments to commentary [9] of rule 3.4-1 regarding the duty of candour including language directly from paragraph 45 of the McKercher decision.  

Amendments to rule 3.4-2 on consent address an unintended gap in the original language. The former rule appeared to permit a lawyer to obtain consent to act in a case of conflict of interest from a current client only. The amendment broadens rule 3.4-2 to clearly allow for consent from all clients, not just current clients. Rule 3.4-10 continues to provide for consent from former clients.

A new paragraph [2A] has been added to the commentary of rule 3.4-2 to provide guidance on independent legal advice requirements in the context of consenting to conflicts. The commentary recognizes that independent legal advice may not be required in all cases, but notes that in some cases lawyers should recommend that such advice be obtained.

The commentary to rule 3.4-10 has been revised to better reflect the purpose of the rule on acting against former clients.

Conflicts of Interest - Transferring Lawyers

The guiding principle underlying the redrafted rules is that there should be no use of confidential information that may prejudice the client. The transferring lawyer rules have been amended with the goal of creating practical and easy to apply rules for the safeguarding of confidential information (see new rules 3.4-17 — 3.4-23 generally). This resulted in the deletion of much of Code rule 3.4-20 and its replacement with rules based on a principled and simpler approach.

The rules make it clear that only actual possession of confidential information is caught by the rules; knowledge of confidential information is not imputed to a lawyer. This is underlined by the retention of the clear statement of principle from the commentary to rule 3.4-19 of the Code which provides that imputed knowledge does not give rise to disqualification (see first paragraph of commentary to new rule 3.4-18).

Rule 3.4-25 “Determination of Compliance” has been deleted, reflecting the view that the Code ought not to require law societies to make decisions or findings about transferring lawyer situations. Another significant change is to allow for summary disclosure of confidential information to detect and resolve conflicts of interest arising from a lawyer’s change of employment or from changes in the ownership of a law firm. This change is based on the American Bar Association model and reflects a desire to regulate a practice that currently falls into a regulatory grey area. These changes appear in the commentary to both the transferring lawyer and the confidentiality rules (see new rule 3.3-7 and see the corresponding commentary under new rule 3.4-20 under the heading “How to Determine If a Conflict Exists Before Hiring a Potential Transferee”).

The separate definition of “client” applicable to the transferring lawyer rules has been deleted in recognition of the fact that the definition in rule 1.1-1 is broad and inclusive and is applicable to the entire Code. The definition of “confidential information” has also been deleted as rule 3.3-1 covers this concept, making the definition in 3.4-17 both vague and unnecessary (see deletions in new rule 3.4-17).

The commentary describing law firms with multiple offices was amended, eliminating language specifying that legal aid programs with community law offices form one law firm (see commentary paragraph [3] to rule 3.4-18). Further, rule 3.4-22 concerning relevant information that is not confidential has been deleted as no principled reason could be identified to impose an obligation to set up confidentiality screens or risk law firm disqualification for information that is not confidential.

The rule regarding lawyers supervising non-lawyer staff has been amended and new commentary has been added to provide additional guidance. The rules governing transferring lawyers confirms that lawyers and law firms must have administrative structures in place to protect confidential client information (see new rule 3.4-23).

Conflicts Of Interest — Doing Business with Clients: Transactions, Gifts and Testamentary Instruments

Transactions with clients

The provisions in the rules on doing business with clients cover many possible types of transactions. To improve readability and clarity, the amendments start with a single rule setting out a clear prohibition on transactions with clients unless they are “fair and reasonable to the client” (see rule 3.4-28). Much of the content of rules 3.4-28 and 3.4-29 has been moved into the newly revised rule 3.4-29. The list of steps a lawyer must take before entering into a transaction has also been revised so the steps appear in the order in which they should occur.

In the review of these amendments, there was some concern that the original rule would, for example, prohibit a lawyer in a small community from entering into a nominal transaction with a client who operates a snow plowing business for a small amount of snow removal. No public interest in such a prohibition could be identified, and the Committee noted that law firms often contract with clients for the provision of services that are in the normal course of the client’s business but are not nominal, ex office renovations.  The amendments to rule 3.4-30 address such circumstances which excludes transactions from these rules if they are “in the normal course of the client’s business” OR of nominal value (rule 3.4-30(c) and (d)).

To ensure that lawyers are not able to use an associate, related person, or trust/estate to enter into otherwise prohibited transactions with clients, the amendments include a new definition of lawyer (applicable to rules 3.4-27 to 3.4-42). The revised rules will thus prevent lawyers from doing indirectly what they are prohibited from doing directly.

Reflecting the view that independent legal advice will provide sufficient protection for the client in most situations covered by the rules and may not be required in every case, rule 3.4-29 has been amended to require a lawyer to consider whether independent legal advice is necessary.

Gifts and testamentary instruments

The rules governing the drafting of testamentary instruments (rules 3.4-37 to 3.4-39) have been slightly reorganized. The only substantive change is to narrow the circumstances in which a lawyer may include or cause to be included a provision in a testamentary instrument giving the lawyer a gift or benefit. This is now permissible only when the client is a member of the lawyer’s family.

If you have any questions about these amendments particularly or the Code generally, please do not hesitate to contact Elaine Cumming, Professional Responsibility Counsel at or at 902-422-1491.   


This feature is available in most editions of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category.

The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

  • Hanaa Ahmed Al Sharief
  • Gordon Wallace Blackmore
  • Meghan Eileen MacGillivray Case

The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks:

  • Nicholas Edward Burke
  • Maria Catherine Bethany Dugas
  • Kimberley Anne MacEwan

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Lauren Alicia Grant
  • Jennifer L. Morin
  • Joyce M. Ruck De Peza
  • Jennifer Lynn Young

The following member has changed to Retired status:

  • Craig R. Botterill QC
Professional development

The new Barristers’ Library Discovery Catalogue is now live at


With one search, find

  • texts, case law reporters, legislation, forms & precedents collections, and other print material available in barristers’ libraries;
  • online resources (WestlawNext Canada, O’Brien’s Online)  licensed for in-library use in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney; and
  • NS Continuing Professional Development papers in full-text.


Tell us what you think – or for assistance or information, please contact Library & Information Services at, 902 425 2665, or 1 866 219 1202 (toll free).

Access to Justice

Family Law Nova Scotia ( has produced a new workbook to assist self-represented parties in preparing for court.

NEW: Please read this October 5 letter from Ken Winch, Executive Director, Court Services, Nova Scotia Department of Justice; and Karen Hudson, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Legal Aid

For more information, also see the August 24 announcement and a direct link to the workbook, Going to Court: Self-Represented Parties in Family Law Matters.

The workbook contains information on:

  • getting legal advice,
  • proving your case,
  • what the hearing process is like, and
  • what happens at the end of the hearing.

It also contains worksheets and checklists to assist unrepresented parties in preparing their cases for court.

This workbook was a collaborative effort between the Nova Scotia Judiciary, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Court Services, and Nova Scotia Legal Aid.

Tips from LIANS

With September comes back to school and back to work. Here are some tips to help you get back on track after saying goodbye to the sun and downtime:

  • Consider shorter days for the first week or two, and match work with your natural rhythms. If you’re a morning person, go in early and tackle the challenging tasks right away. If you are an afternoon person, consider more administrative work when you first go in: reviewing email, calendaring deadlines and meetings, etc.
  • Edit emails to keep them concise and on point; write what you want the recipient to do or think rather than what you want to say.
  • Do not schedule too many meetings when you first return to work. From meetings come action items and you want to make a smooth transition back to the office.
  • Make a “to do” list at the beginning of the week and stick to it! You will feel more productive and it will help you organize your workload and stay on task.
  • Put down the smartphone! Distractions come in many forms but you want to minimize the biggest offenders until you fall back into your work rhythm.

Taking time away from work is essential to productivity, job fulfillment and your own well-being. These tips will help prevent you from undoing all the benefits you enjoyed during the summer months. Welcome back!

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 or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

The following email purportedly from “Nao Mizuno” of Eikoh/KIC Trading requests representation in a business transaction:

From: Nao Mizuno [mailto: debramv80. dv @ gmail. com]
Sent: September 10, 2015 8:49 PM
Subject: Inquiry

We need your legal assistance with business transaction/drafting of sales agreement.A referral will be appreciated if you are unable to assist. Please advise.

Nao Mizuno

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 To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at or 902 423 1300, x346.

We all carry on an internal dialogue with ourselves that continues more or less nonstop throughout our waking hours. But for many of us, much of our internal dialogue is negative, which, in turn, can have negative consequences on our actions (e.g., quitting at tasks instead of persisting, becoming creatures of habit rather than trying new, unexplored things). In contrast, positive internal dialogue focuses on hope and positive outcomes. Someone with a positive attitude may acknowledge that there are some possible negative aspects to a situation, but they remain optimistic (i.e., positive) that things will turn out well.

Have more energy. Thinking negative thoughts depletes your energy reserves. Choosing positive thoughts, and letting go of the negative ones, can be self-liberating and energizing.

Achieve goals and realize success more quickly. There is no doubt that one of the most important keys to succeeding at reaching your goals is a positive attitude. This is because a positive attitude can open your mind to a wide variety of options, motivate you to take reasonable risks, and propel you to take action.

Inspire others. People with an optimistic and ‘can-do’ attitude are inspiring to be around and their energy is contagious.

Encounter fewer difficulties along the way. Positive, optimistic people tend to be convinced that setbacks and obstacles are temporary and they try to learn from these events rather than avoid them or complain.

Depend less on others for happiness. Positive people tend to have more self-confidence and feel more at peace.

Keep life in perspective. Thinking positively does not mean putting one’s head in the sand, nor is it being unrealistic. A positive attitude allows us to focus on the hopefulness of a situation, rather than letting a sense of hopelessness get us down.

Make a change!

Anyone can learn to be a more positive thinker. If you have a tendency to be negative in your outlook, perhaps now is the time to make a change!

It’s important to remember we always have choices in life. We can choose to look at life negatively and see the dark side of situations, or we can choose to be positive and live a happy and fulfilling life. Here are some suggestions on how to do that:

  • Rather than living your life on autopilot, make a conscious effort to fill your mind with positive thoughts.
  • Keep a journal and at the end of the day, write down all the good things that happened to you.
  • Find something positive to say about everyone you meet.
  • Use positive words and phrases in your internal dialogue with yourself and in spoken conversations with others. Talk about what works rather than what doesn’t.
  • Take action even if you aren’t certain things will go well. When you challenge your fears, you build self-confidence. If things don’t go well, look at the situation as a learning experience.
  • Find reasons to smile more often. And if you don’t have a reason to smile, try smiling anyway.
  • Surround yourself with other positive people.
  • Read inspiring stories and quotes.
  • Learn to be more conscious of your thoughts through meditation and concentration exercises.
  • Be appreciative of all that is good in your life.

For additional information, support, resources and counseling in developing a positive attitude, visit the NSLAP website at Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register. When you call the NSLAP number at 1-866-299-1299, your call will be answered any time, day or night, 365 days per year.

The 7th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held November 6, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax. 

Sessions (approximately six hours) may be eligible as CPD hours with:   
  • Building your practice” with John Beaton of CEED (Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development) 
  • "Tips from the trenches" with Tara Miller, Margot Ferguson and Franco Tarulli
  • Back to basics for improved network security” with RCMP Senior Computer Forensic Analyst, Greg Bembridge  
  • Top 10 things I learned from a Law Coach” with Julia Cornish QC 
  • Data Security” with Victor Abou-Assaleh of TitanFile Inc. 
  • "Dealing with difficult behaviour in the workplace" with Andria Hill-Lehr of Homewood Health™ 
Register online through the NSBS Member Login section:
To register by telephone or email, contact Alex Greencorn at 902 423 1300 x325 or
Registration rate: $250+tax
Sessions will appeal to lawyers, office managers, paralegals and legal assistants from across Atlantic Canada. Lawyers and staff from all sized firms are welcome. Free on-site parking for all registrants.  
We look forward to seeing you there! 

People who want to resolve their legal problems in court will have access to free legal advice and information at the Halifax Law Courts (Upper Water Street). The “Free Legal Clinic” opened its doors on September 17.

One morning each week, self-represented litigants have an opportunity to meet with a volunteer lawyer and a volunteer law student in private. During the 60-minute sessions, they will offer litigants basic advice and guidance to help them through their anticipated court appearances in the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal.

The Clinic is not “needs-based”, meaning that a person’s income has nothing to do with whether or not they qualify for the free service.

The sessions will be held by appointment only. The advice and information offered is limited to civil law cases before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and to family law cases (except child protection matters) before the Court of Appeal. Criminal law cases and family law cases normally dealt with by the Supreme Court Family Division do not qualify (Nova Scotia Legal Aid already provides a similar service for these types of cases – Duty Counsel – in the courthouses).

The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is part of the Province’s broader access-to-justice initiative under the auspices of the Nova Scotia Access to Justice Co-ordinating Committee. Co-chaired by the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia’s Minister of Justice, this committee promotes and coordinates existing efforts to improve access to justice and encourages new projects.

There are plans to add a second morning worth of Free Legal Clinic sessions each week as awareness and interest grows. There are also plans to hold legal workshops, periodically, to provide advice and information to people who are still only considering their legal options.

Together, these clinics and workshops are expected to involve some 50 lawyers as well as students from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Their volunteer time and effort will allow for 200 sessions, two a day, twice a week, for 50 weeks a year.

Longer term, depending on the availability of resources, it is hoped that the Free Legal Clinic concept can be brought to the Province’s other courthouses.

The Free Legal Clinic is expected to provide:

  • for self-represented litigants, better, more efficient access to justice;
  • for students, the hands-on experience of working with a practising lawyer;
  • for lawyers, an opportunity to provide a valuable public service;
  • for opposing counsel, fewer complications in court when they face better prepared, more knowledgeable self-represented litigants; and
  • for Courts, a potential reduction in the number of frivolous actions and a more efficient process for those cases that do proceed.

For more information, go to the Courts of Nova Scotia website:

This edition includes:

  • Staffing updates: Caroline McInnes has returned from her parental leave, and resumes her position as Registrar / Provincial Prothonotary;
  • Court dockets for September and October;
  • Halifax Law Courts launching new free legal clinic this week; and
  • Reminder: Liaison Committees

See the September 14, 2015 Hints and Tips from Nova Scotia’s Prothonotary/Registrar for details.

To view a complete archive of the Hints & Tips newsletters, visit the Information for Legal Professionals page on the Courts of Nova Scotia website:

Also choose to follow the Courts on Twitter, for links to decisions, notices, news and other updates via the Courts of Nova Scotia’s Twitter service:

For the next phase of the HVAC renovation project underway at the Law Courts at 1815 Upper Water Street, the Barristers’ Gowning Rooms — separate change rooms and washrooms for men and women and a shared lounge — have moved to the third floor at the Law Courts, on the south side of the building.

The Men’s Gowning Room entrance is off the public foyer; the Women’s Gowning Room entrance is through the doors next to Courtroom 301.

The Society provides WiFi and a telephone for lawyers’ use in the Barristers’ Lounge, as well as seating areas and work spaces (table and chairs).

Lockers for day use are available in the men’s and women’s changing areas.

Please contact Library & Information Services at 902 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 for the door passcodes.


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

The amended Limitation of Actions Act was proclaimed on September 1, 2015.

The Act establishes a two-year basic limitation period (including motor vehicle claims) and creates an ultimate limitation period of 15 years. It does not apply to real estate matters, nor does it apply to sexual misconduct and abuse in an intimate or dependent relationship.

Lawyers are reminded to continue to track limitation dates carefully and to file their actions on time to avoid claims against them.

Information prepared by the government on the legislation can be found here:

The amended legislation can be found here:

Direct link to news item on the LIANS website.

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

Proclamations are published in the Royal Gazette, Part II, which is issued every other week and is available by subscription. Unofficial copies of the Royal Gazette, Part II are available online through the Registry of Regulations website.

The Office of the Legislative Counsel maintains a Proclamations of Statutes database, providing the effective dates of proclamations for statutes from 1990 to date. The database is updated with information received weekly from the Executive Council Office. To access the database, go to the Office of the Legislative Counsel’s website, then select Proclamations from the list of links on the left side of the page. The information provided by the database is for convenience only. For purposes of interpreting and applying the law, please consult official sources.

The orders in council authorizing the proclamations can be searched via the Orders in Council database maintained by the Executive Council Office. This database contains information about orders in council dating back to 1991.

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:

The following announcements since the August 17 edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at

  • Government Monitoring Gas Shortage Situation, Looking at Prevention (Aug. 31)

AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN AFFAIRS--Speaker to Focus on UN Decade for People of African Descent (Sept. 9)

BUSINESS--Updated NSBI Regulations Cut Red Tape, Increase Accountability (Sept. 10) 
  • Passing on Gaelic Language Through Culture (Sept. 2) 
  • More Atlantic Canadian ebooks for Public Library Users (Aug. 26) 
  • Students Celebrate Stand Up Against Bullying Day (Sept. 10) 
  • New Initiatives for Students, Teachers as New School Year Begins (Sept. 2) 
  • Homework Standards in Place for New School Year (Sept. 1) 
ENVIRONMENT--Northern Pulp Stack Test Results Posted (Aug. 21) 
HEALTH/WELLNESS--Province Commits to Funding Psychology Interns (Aug. 28) 
INNOVACORP--Technology Start-Up Competition Launched (Sept. 3) 
INTERNAL SERVICES--Requests For Proposals Issued for Boat Harbour Site (Sept. 3) 
  • 2015 Order of Nova Scotia Recipients Announced (Aug. 28) 
  • Fall New Season of Public Events at Government House Announced (Aug. 28) 
  • Fuel Supply Review Leads Appointed (Sept. 11) 
  • Government to Review Plans for Emergency Fuel Supplies (Sept. 2) 
  • First Responders to Purchase New Equipment (Aug. 26) 
  • Government Funds Municipal Infrastructure Improvements (Aug. 21) 
  • Request for Proposals Issued for Wild Blueberry Development (Sept. 14) 
  • New Science Advisory Committee to Focus on Forestry (Aug. 27) 
NOVA SCOTIA BUSINESS INC.--International Financial Services Firm Chooses Nova Scotia for Growth (Sept. 9) 
  • Premier Supports Seafood Exports To Asia (Sept. 7) 
  • Province Donates $50,000 to Syrian Refugee Effort (Sept. 4) 
  • Premier Leads Mission to Asia (Aug. 27) 
  • Ministerial Expenses Posted Online (Aug. 26) 
  • Still Time for Segway Feedback (Sept. 8) 
  • Province Continuing with Nova Star Cruises for Remainder of 2015 Season (August 20)
Other news

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released its final report on the Nova Scotia Powers of Attorney Act.  The report is available on the Commission’s website, here.

The report recommends a thorough overhaul of the Act, for the protection of the public and improved access to a vital estate planning document. The new legislation should ensure that the enduring power of attorney remains an accessible, effective tool for planning for potential incapacity, while guarding against financial exploitation of vulnerable persons, particularly seniors.

The report makes 178 recommendations for reform of the Act and related programs. They include recommendations to clarify and strengthen the attorney’s duties, to give greater guidance to the attorney when making a decision in the donor’s best interests, to require the attorney to notify other people when the attorney begins to act and the donor has become incapacitated, and to require the attorney to account periodically to third parties named in the enduring power of attorney or on a default list of relatives.

The report also recommends the development of public education materials and a standard form enduring power of attorney, and programs to better respond to abuse of enduring powers of attorney when it occurs.

Other recommendations deal with execution requirements for a valid power of attorney, limits on who should be able to act as an attorney, the scope of the attorney’s authority, how multiple attorneys should exercise authority, the rights of the person who makes a power of attorney, liability of third parties dealing with attorneys, and how powers of attorney may be varied and terminated.

For further information about the Powers of Attorney Act project, and the Commission's other work, please visit the Commission's website, or email:

My name is Alison Morgan and I’m an associate in private practice. Like many of you, I am deeply concerned about the Syrian refugee crisis and want to know what I can do to help. It seems that as advocates and protectors of human rights, we as lawyers especially should help in any way that we can to respond to a crisis of this magnitude.

In fact, law firms in other parts of Canada are responding already. See the following article:

I have spoken with some of you and conducted initial research to learn how those of us who don’t work in this field every day can even start to be involved in responding. There are options available to respond at various levels:

1. Lifeline Syria has accessible information on how to get involved. 

2. The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is hosting a series of public information sessions on refugee sponsorship, and has an information package available on its website.

3. Canadian Immigration and Citizenship offers details on its website on how to sponsor a refugee, with several different options:

  • Contact Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH’s) for information on ways to assist. SAH’s are organizations that have signed sponsorship agreements with the Government of Canada. In Nova Scotia, the current Sponsorship Agreement Holders are:

- the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island;
- the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia; and
- the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Halifax.

  • Groups of Five (G5s): These are five or more Canadian citizens/permanent residents who have arranged to sponsor a refugee living abroad to come to Canada. The commitment is to give emotional and financial support to a refugee or family for the full sponsorship period, which is typically one year. There are eligibility requirements, including having a viable/approved plan. Groups can fundraise to meet the financial commitment. Although it appears to be a slow and bureaucratic process, this is one way our current Canadian government is counting on bringing refugees here: private support. The result can be directly lifesaving.
  • Community organizations: If you sit on a Board (profit/non-profit) and wish to be involved in that capacity, community organizations can also sponsor refugees.

4. Volunteer with or donate to groups working on the forefront – UNICEF, UNHCR, ICRC

5. Write mayors/Premier/political candidates. Vote on October 19 for a government that will respond to this humanitarian crisis effectively.

I know many among us are already responding or becoming informed, but I want to extend an open invitation to meet and talk about how we as lawyers in Nova Scotia can join forces to respond. If you are interested in attending such a brainstorm or discussion session, please drop me a line at or 902 896 6194 and let me know.

The Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada have elected 87 new Fellows, including Dr. Richard Devlin, Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.  

The newly elected Fellows were elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

“The RSC warmly welcomes this year’s 87 newly elected Fellows,” said Graham Bell, President of the Royal Society of Canada. “By promoting and recognizing these leading intellectuals and researchers, the Royal Society of Canada continues to be on the forefront of significant advances for the betterment of Canada and the world.”

This year's new Fellows will be inducted to the academies of the RSC during the Induction and Awards Ceremony on November 27, 2015 in Victoria, BC.

See a full list of newly elected Fellows on the Royal Society of Canada website. The announcement includes the following citation for Professor Devlin:

Richard Devlin is a dynamic, creative and internationally recognized scholar who draws on the insights of critical theory and radical democracy to analyse, critique, and reconstruct law and legal institutions. His work has exposed, and challenged, the ways that law excludes on the basis of class, race, gender and disability. More recently, he has spearheaded Canadian scholarship on legal/judicial ethics, and the regulation of both lawyers and judges.

Richard Devlin est un chercheur dynamique, créatif et reconnu internationalement qui tire sur les apports de la théorie critique et la démocratie radicale afin d’analyser, critiquer, et reconstruire la loi et les institutions juridiques. Son travail a exposé et contesté, les moyens que la loi exclut sur la base de la classe, la race, le sexe et le handicap. Plus récemment, il a dirigé la recherche canadienne sur l’éthique juridique / judiciaire, et la réglementation des avocats et des juges.

Jennifer Mickelson has been appointed as a Crown attorney in the Halifax office of the Public Prosecution Service.

"With her unique background and experience in criminal prosecutions, Ms. Mickelson is a strong addition to our team of Crown attorneys," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, in his September 9 announcement.

A native of Collingwood, Ont., Ms. Mickelson graduated from the University of Victoria in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science.  In 2005, she graduated from the police academy in the Justice Institute of British Columbia and worked as a patrol officer in downtown Vancouver for three years.

In 2011, Ms. Mickelson graduated from the University of Victoria law school with a co-op distinction. As a co-op law student, Ms. Mickelson worked with the Advocacy Centre in Nelson, B.C., the Waddell Raponi law firm in Victoria, and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Yellowknife.

Ms. Mickelson articled with Waddell Raponi and Clay and Company, focusing on family law and general litigation. She was appointed an associate lawyer with Clay and Company in 2012. In 2013, Ms. Mickelson joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Yellowknife, where she prosecuted Criminal Code and drug offences.  

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family.

  • The Hon. John McNab (Jack) Davison, Halifax – September 1, 2015 Obituary

Also see: Retired Justice Passes Away at Age 79, on the Courts of Nova Scotia website

Application for this year’s program (2015-2016) due now!
Overseas Placements In Africa, The Caribbean and Asia: 2015-2017

The CBA has received funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to send twenty (20) young Canadian lawyers for each of the two years to work with legal human rights and legal development organizations overseas.

The internships are expected to be for 8 months each, from October 2015 to May 2016 in the first year and from August 2016 to March 2017 in the second year. The first month will be spent in Canada preparing, and there is a two-week holiday approximately half-way through the placement.

Living and accommodation expenses are paid by the program, as well as travel costs to the overseas placement.

For further information about the program, please see the CBA’s web site at . Please note the eligibility guidelines and the information on how to apply.


Les candidatures pour le programme de cette année (2015-2016) doivent être présentées maintenant!

L’Association du Barreau canadien a obtenu du  ministère canadien des Affaires étrangères, du Commerce et du Développement (MAECD) les fonds qui permettront à vingt (20) jeunes juristes canadiens et canadiennes de participer, pendant chacune des deux années du programme, à des stages à l’étranger auprès d’organismes de défense des droits de la personne et d’aide au développement juridique.

Les stages devraient être d’une durée de huit mois chacun, d’octobre 2015 à mai 2016 la première année et d’août 2016 à mars 2017 la deuxième année. Le premier mois du stage, qui sera passé au Canada, est consacré aux préparatifs, et chaque stage comprend deux semaines de vacances environ à mi-parcours

Le programme couvre les frais d’hébergement et de subsistance, ainsi que les frais de voyage jusqu’au lieu du stage.

Vous trouverez plus amples renseignements concernant les stages sur le site Web de l’ABC à Veuillez prendre note des critères d’admissibilité ainsi que des informations sur comment présenter votre candidature. 

Awards and congratulatory messages

Ron J. MacDonald QCThe Society is pleased to announce that Ron J. MacDonald QC is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1999, the award is presented to a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession and the Society.

Mr. MacDonald is a practising lawyer and Director of the province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT). Called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1985, he has spent his career working within the province’s criminal justice system, initially as defence counsel for six years. He then spent 17 years in Antigonish as a Crown attorney before becoming a criminal law policy advisor at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. During his time as a policy advisor, he was involved in several initiatives that resulted in legislative changes at both the federal and provincial levels.

He was President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society during the 2005-2006 Council term, and is the current Chair of the Society's Professional Standards (Criminal) Committee. He was a member of Council for much of the 1990s and also in 2000-2001, and has served on numerous Society committees. He was also President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in 2010-2011, after representing Nova Scotia on the Federation Council from 2004-2009. 

Mr. MacDonald's extensive community service has also included volunteer efforts such as coaching girls’ softball and mens’ high school and university basketball, chairing community boards, working at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and helping to create the first Sexual Assault Response Team in Antigonish. He was awarded the National Heads of Prosecutions Humanitarian Award in 2007 to recognize his contributions.

The Distinguished Service Award was presented on September 18 at the Society’s annual Recognition Reception. The reception is an annual opportunity for the Society to honour lawyers and law students for their contributions that demonstrate the profession’s commitment to excellence and public service.

Several other achievements were also honoured:
  • Long service recognition: Gerald Regan QC will receive his 60-year practising certificate;
  • The 2015 NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award: Rohan Rajpal, now articling with McInnes Cooper, received this award for leadership qualities and volunteer efforts while attending the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University; and
  • The 2015 Race and the Law Essay Prize: Robin Vernest of Antigonish, currently articling with Cox & Palmer, received the seventh annual prize for her paper, "Land: Inherent to Indigenous Sovereignty – The Crown must honour their solemn promises.” 
  • NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Summer Internship: Kathleen Tanner, now in her second year at the Schulich School of Law, spent this past summer as an intern with Bangladesh Legal Aid Services and Trust (BLAST) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

McInnes Cooper is among the top business law firms in Canada, with nearly 500 members and seven offices, serving clients across North America and abroad. The firm is a market leader in litigation, corporate/commercial law, employment law and tax law, with clients in key sectors: construction and property development; energy and natural resources; financial services; government and institutions; insurance; manufacturing, processing & sales; private client services; and, technology, media & telecommunications. 

McInnes Cooper is seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to join our team in our Halifax, Nova Scotia office. Responsible for managing the legal practice of multiple lawyers, the Legal Assistant is tasked with drafting lawyers’ correspondence and communications, preparing and managing documents and files, and completing client invoicing. They are responsible for maintaining and organizing calendars, contact information and travel arrangements.  

The successful candidate will have a Legal Assistant Diploma or related education, from a recognized institution, with a minimum of three years experience in a Legal Assistant role. They must excel in a demanding, high-pace environment, be highly detail-oriented, and be flexible to changing priorities. The successful candidate will have exceptional technology skills, with proficiency in all aspects of Microsoft Office and legal billing systems. As the liaison between the Firm and clients, the incumbent will have exceptional communication skills, a special focus on client service and the highest degree of professionalism. Working in a team environment, the successful candidate will be strong team player and have high personal integrity. Previous experience in Real Property and bilingualism would be an asset for this opportunity.  

This role offers an exceptional compensation package including a competitive salary, defined-benefit pension plan and Firm-paid health and dental benefits as well as Vacation, Personal & Sick Days, a Health Spending Account, and a Wellness Spending Account.  

At McInnes Cooper you will find a team that values you. We recognize that our members are key in delivering outstanding client service and we provide a collaborative, professional environment with a member focused culture. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that values, respects and supports different perspectives, cultures and experiences.   

If you are interested in this opportunity please apply here.    

We work for the best: our clients.

If you are an ambitious individual looking to practice law in a rural community but in a busy practice with interesting and different types of work, we would like to talk to you.

Pickup MacDowell, a well-established law firm in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, is seeking an Associate Lawyer.

The individual who would be successful to obtain this position would be expected to assist the current lawyers in Municipal, Family, and general practice and will be encouraged to build their own practice.

Newly called lawyers are welcome to apply.

Pickup MacDowell is seeking to fill the position upon fiinding the right person and fit.

Interested applicants should apply in confidence to
Lorne J. MacDowell, Q.C.
302 Pitt Street
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
B9A 2T8
Telephone (902)625-2500
Fax (902)625-0500

Truro office of busy law firm requires an experienced legal assistant to commence full time employment immediately. Experience in family law highly desirable, with a minimum of two years legal experience. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Please direct resumes, in confidence, to:    

J. Mallov, Firm Administrator
Burchell MacDougall
PO Box 1128                                          
Truro, NS  B2N 5H1                                     


  • 20 years experience in most areas of practice
  • worked for major firms in Toronto and Halifax
  • proficient in MS Word, MS Outlook, PC Law, spreadsheet applications and conducting research on the internet
  • proven performer in accurately preparing and managing court documents and correspondence
  • excellent interpersonal, communication and relationshijp-building skills
  • ability to work both independently and as a team player

I thrive in a challenging environment. I'm self-motivated and a professional. I'm interested in full time, part time or contract employment. Please email or call 902-240-4336 and I will be happy to send you my resume.

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab is a well established law firm located in Halifax and currently has opportunities for associates to join our growing practice.   

We are seeking lawyers who are self-motivated and preferably have an existing clientele. 

Please reply in confidence to John Di Costanzo at

The Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association (CLIA) provides professional liability insurance for lawyers practicing in 7 of Canada's province's and its 3 territories. The non-profit association was created to be a reliable and cost-effective source of insurance for the members of its subscribing Law Societies.

The CEO reports directly to CLIA's 7 member board and can be located anywhere in Canada. In this newly created position, the individual will be responsible for setting the strategy for the association going forward and ensuring the insurance programs operate in accordance with the rules set up by the subscribers. The CEO will also manage reinsurance, claims processes and underwriting functions for CLIA, as well as have oversight of all its financial affairs.

CLIA is looking for an individual with a postgraduate degree from an accredited educational institution, preferably with a LLB, CA and/or MBA designation. A background in insurance, law and/or accounting is considered an asset, as well as experience with handling claims, loss prevention and reinsurance. The individual will possess strong financial and communication skills, be a great strategic thinker and be comfortable working with many different stakeholders. A minimum of 10 years in a leadership position is a must, including a proven track record of relationship building with both internal and external parties.

If you are interested in being a key player in the Canadian law community, don't hesitate to contact us.

Johan Bolin

Reference Number:  032-15 EE
Company: Emera Energy
Location:  Halifax, NS
Type of Employment:  Regular Full Time
Number of Positions: 1 

Company Overview: Emera Energy (EE) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. and is the premier energy marketing company in Atlantic Canada. Based in Halifax and Boston, Emera Energy owns over 1400 MWs of natural gas and renewable generation assets, manages energy commodities and provides related energy management services on behalf of customers throughout Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States.   

Accountabilities: Reporting to Senior Legal Counsel, the Legal Counsel will join the existing team of five lawyers at Emera Energy to provide legal support in the areas of corporate, commercial, regulatory and other legal matters to the business in Canada and the US. Duties will include providing legal advice to the Company, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations, drafting and reviewing contracts, supporting the trading and marketing business and generally protecting the Company’s interests.   

You will be responsible for your personal safety, that of co-workers, and those under your direction, by observing all Occupational Health and Safety Rules and Regulations. 

Skills, Capabilities and Experience: The successful candidate must have solid experience in corporate and commercial legal work at a reputable law firm; be a member in good standing of a provincial law society and be eligible for admission to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society; and have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a legal role.   

You have the ability to communicate in an effective and non-technical manner, possess solid oral and written communication skills and have demonstrated success in effectively presenting and communicating ideas and successfully translating those ideas into action. You have strong organizational skills, and are detail-oriented. You are a client-focused problem solver, comfortable in a fast-paced environment and working to fixed deadlines while protecting the company’s interests. You will be a proactive team player with excellent interpersonal skills. 

Reports to: Senior Legal Counsel 

Remuneration: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Emera Energy offers a comprehensive remuneration package including a competitive salary, potential for an incentive bonus, pension plan, share purchase plan and employee wellness program.   

Form of Application:  To apply, please go to – click on the Careers link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to APPLY for the Emera Energy opportunities. Complete all required information fields, and copy and paste your covering letter and resume into the online form. 

Application Deadline:  All interested candidates should apply no later than Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Late applications may not receive consideration. 

Recruitment and Promotion Policy: When filling vacant positions, we are determined to hire the best candidates available. We’re committed to providing employees with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for jobs. Hiring and promotion of employees is based on skills, capabilities, knowledge and demonstrated abilities. We value diversity in the workplace and strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including African Nova Scotians and other members of the visible minority community, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and women in non-traditional roles. Applicants from these designated groups wishing to self-identify may do so through a series of questions in the on-line application process. Normally, unless otherwise requested in advance, the supervisors of internal candidates selected for an interview will be contacted in order to facilitate scheduling of the interviews. The supervisor will maintain the confidentiality of the employee’s application.

Nova Scotia Legal Aid 
Legal Assistant position in Kentville, Nova Scotia (contract) to commence November 1, 2015 
Qualifications – desired experience and training:
  • Grade 12; 
  • accreditation from a recognized secretarial/commercial school; 
  • legal assistant training or experience; excellent typing, organizational and communication skills; 
  • demonstrate initiative; and have the ability to work independently while using judgment in matters of extreme confidentiality.  
  • The candidate should be proficient in transcription of dictation and possess excellent word processing skills using software such as Microsoft Word and Outlook. 
Closing date: October 1, 2015
Reply to:  
Brian Vardigans
Nova Scotia Legal Aid 
325 Main Street, Salon B 
Kentville, NS  B4N 1K5
Tel:  902-679-6110 
Fax:  902-679-6177 
or email your resume to
NSLA has an employment equity policy and encourages candidates from historically disadvantaged groups. While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications held in confidence. 

I am a property paralegal with over 7 years experience in a high volume position.  

Looking for full time not maternity 



Support Staff Employment Opportunity: 
Senior Administrative Officer, Faculty of Law UNB Fredericton
Competition #: #061-15.16
Closing Date: September 15, 2015 4:30PM
Employment Group: A.P.T.
Salary or Rate: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Employment Date: (tentative) October 15, 2015
Hours per week: Full-time (36.25 HPW)
Position Length: (tentative)
Continuing Funding: University Budget
Accountable to the Dean’s Office for the planning, organization, operation and direction of activities with respect to student career placement, public and alumni relations, communications and event planning.
Representative Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership information, programming and advice to students regarding job search strategies and labour market trends.
  • Plan and execute events and programs to expand employment opportunities for law students locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Work with the Dean’s Office and relevant committees and staff to plan and organize Faculty events.
  • Work with the Dean’s Office and relevant committees and staff to oversee communications and marketing with respect to prospective students, alumni, the legal community, and members of the general public.
  • Responsible for working with the Dean’s Office, Office of Development and Donor Relations and the UNB Associated Alumni with respect to the Faculty’s advancement objectives.


  • Bachelor of Law degree accompanied by 1-3 years’ work experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with faculty, staff, students, lawyers and the general public in an effective and courteous manner.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficient as a member of a team of professionals with minimal supervision; identify and achieve priority objectives, organize work independently, fulfil assigned tasks and meet critical deadlines; be adaptable and flexible in the face of evolving priorities; exercise discretion, diplomacy and tact.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative ability, knowledge of the legal community.
  • Work flexible hours if necessary.
For more information, please contact:
UNB Fredericton
Human Resources Room 102
Physics & Admin. Building
Fax: 506-453-4611
UNB Saint John
Financial & Admin. Services
Room 114/115, Oland Hall
Fax: 506-648-5714
We thank all applicants for their interest but wish to advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Applications will be accepted ONLY until the end of regular business hours on the closing date.

We are looking for an energetic lawyer to join our practice in Halifax. The ideal candidate will have a particular interest in civil litigation and administrative law, including union-side labour law, employment law, human rights, professional regulation, and pension and benefits law. She or he will have outstanding research skills, an interest in developing strong advocacy skills and be comfortable working independently as well as in support roles for senior lawyers. We are a close-knit team with a strong sense of camaraderie, committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients.

Pink Larkin is a well-established, progressive law firm with offices in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. We are committed to employment equity, and offer a liberal benefits package to all our employees.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and competitive with the leading Halifax firms.

Please forward a letter of interest and resume to Sandy McKenna, Manager of Administration, via email at or by fax to (902) 423-9588 by September 28, 2015.

While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Small firm in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, looking to hire someone who has recently finished their articles, or has practiced for a year or two (or more), and is looking for work mostly in family law, and with opportunity to develop other practice areas of personal interest.


Small firm seeking an associate with an interest in family and property law. We offer opportunity for growth, flexibility and work life balance. 

Compensation based on a fee split arrangement, open for negotiation based on "fit", experience and existing client base. Open to experienced counsel and newly called lawyers.

Interested applicants should apply to:
Simon Hodge
Passage Law

Power, Dempsey, Leefe & Reddy, located in Bridgewater, is one of the longest serving law firms in the South Shore region.

We are currently seeking an associate with an interest in civil litigation, as well as criminal and family law. The ideal candidate will have two to five years' experience, and be ready to hit the ground running at our busy firm.  Compensation shall be commensurate with experience and is negotiable. 

Please check out our website at

Interested applicants should forward their qualifications to:
Gail M. Tracey
Office Manager
via e-mail:

We look forwarwd to hearing from you.

Irving Shipbuilding, located at 3099 Barrington Street Halifax NS B3K 5M7, is part of the J.D. Irving Group of companies and is in the business of building quality ships and repairing vessels. The company’s primary site is Halifax Shipyard, with three other locations in the Maritime Provinces. Irving Shipbuilding is currently working on a number of significant projects for the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Coast Guard. The company’s commitment to health, safety and care for its employees and the environment is an integral part of its business.

Labour Relations Analyst

This is a permanent full time staff role based in Halifax NS.


  • overseeing the organization and integrity of labour relations data, documents, and information systems  
  • writing and running reports to support daily labour relations work, collective bargaining and the grievance arbitration process
  • conducting and presenting research to the labour relations team or stakeholders
  • performing routine, in-depth factual data compilation and analysis, including document review, requests for information, and preparing correspondence, reports, presentations, and files for review
  • preparing files for disciplinary matters and grievance hearings
  • assisting with policy development
  • completing project work as assigned
  • work includes diverse analytical duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods.


  • post-secondary education, preferably in the field of Human Resources
  • experience in the practice of law OR a minimum of 3 years’ experience in human resources and/or labour relations
  • ability to write clear and persuasively
  • a systematic, disciplined and analytical approach to problem solving
  • ability to effectively manipulate large quantities of data (advanced skills)
  • advanced skill level for VISIO and Microsoft Office
  • experience using Cognos and Kronos is an asset
  • impeccable eye for detail
  • advanced analytical skills
  • familiarity with interpreting collective agreements
  • working knowledge of employment legislation and policies, including Human Resources best practices
  • excellent documentation and file management skills

All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the goals of Employment Equity.


Nova Scotia Legal Aid is seeking a part-time (3 days per week) Legal Assistant for its Truro Office (contract position)

Desired experience and training:

  • Grade 12;
  • Accreditation from a recognized secretarial / commercial school;
  • Legal Assistant training or experience (excellent typing, organizational and communication skills);
  • Demonstrate initiative and have the ability to work independently while using judgment in matters of extreme confidentiality;
  • The candidate should be proficient in transcription of dictation and possess excellent word processing skills using software such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel;
  • Proficiency in both official languages is an asset;
  • Familiarity with Family Court practices is an asset. 

Closing Date: September 18, 2015 

Forward resume to :

Robert Moores
Managing Lawyer
102-523 Prince Street,
Truro, Nova Scotia
B2N 1E8 

NSLA has an employment equity policy and encourages candidates from historically disadvantaged groups. While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications held in confidence.

A small, community based practice with a social justice focus is seeking an Associate to assume carriage of family law and child protection files for the Managing lawyer and to develop their own practice on a long term basis.

We strive to serve the diverse community we werve and to make justice accessible for all. Creative, empathetic and compassionate associates will be given first consideration. A minimum of two (2) years experience is preferred to deal with diverse and often complex issues. Flexible working arrangements are encouraged.

This is a growing firm in an underserved community of Halifax with plenty of opportunity for expansion. A fast track to partnership is possible for the right individual(s).

Please call 902-453-1600 or email a CV and covering letter stating the reason for your interest and the areas of practice you are most interested in to

Thank you for your interest. Those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Position: One year contact Staff Lawyer position in Antigonish, NS, practicing criminal and family law.

Qualifications: Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society with a thorough understanding of criminal and family law. Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset. Position to start on October 1, 2015.

Salary range: Per Legal Aid salary scale based on "Relevant Experience" as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus beneftis.

Closing date: Friday, September 11, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Reply to:

Joseph A. Cameron, Internal Operations Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8
Fax:  902-420-3471

NSLA has an employment equity policy and encourages candidates from historically disadvantaged groups. While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications held in confidence.

We are looking for an energetic lawyer to join our practice in Halifax. The ideal candidate will have a particular interest in civil litigation and administrative law, including union-side labour law, employment law, human rights, professional regulation and pension and benefits law. She or he will have outstanding research skills, an interest in developing strong advocacy skills and be comfortable working independently as well as in support roles for senior lawyers. We are a close-knit team with a strong sense of camaraderie, committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients.

Pink Larkin is a well-established, progressive law firm with offices in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. We are committed to employment equity, and offer a liberal benefits package to all our employees.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, and competitive with the leading Halifax firms.

Please forward a letter of interest and resume to Sandy McKenna, Manager of Administration, via email at or by fax to (902) 423-9588 by September 28, 2015.

While we appreciate all applications, only those applicants selected for an interview will be conatcted.

Crown Attorney
LF1-3 Legal Counsel 1-3
Manitoba Justice, Manitoba Prosecution Service
Dauphin, MB  

Advertisement Number: 30811
Salary(s):  LF1-3 $70,394 - $141,999 per year
Closing Date: September 29, 2015 

Manitoba Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting most offences in Manitoba. These offences are identified in provincial statutes, the federal Criminal Code of Canada and The Youth Criminal Justice Act. This is a unique opportunity with Manitoba Prosecution Service to work in a dynamic, moderate sized office in Dauphin, Manitoba with Crown Attorneys of varying levels of experience. Situated in the heart of Manitoba’s parkland, Dauphin is a community surrounded by rich productive farmland, natural beauty and a myriad of opportunities for outdoor recreation. For more information on living and working in Dauphin, please visit

Manitoba Prosecution Service offers an attractive benefits package and a defined pension plan and provides opportunities for development. 


Conditions of Employment:

  • Eligible for Membership or Membership (in good standing) with the Law Society of Manitoba.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Satisfactory Child Abuse Registry Check.
  • Satisfactory Adult Abuse Registry Check.
  • Enhanced Security Screening.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Ability to travel by road and air, including overnight stays.
  • Evening and weekend work as required.


  • Litigation experience in the practice of criminal law.
  • Superior oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Superior written communication skills.
  • Superior interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Effective case management.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to effectively meet short deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience and proficiency with computer software packages including legal research applications, MS Word, and Outlook or equivalents.


  • Prosecutions experience.


As a Crown Attorney, you will provide prosecutorial service regarding matters arising under the Criminal Code of Canada and provincial statutes, in the provincial and superior courts. Other duties involve giving legal opinions, reviewing police reports and instructing police with respect to charges and investigations. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in community and other legal education in the areas of criminal law and procedures on behalf of Manitoba Prosecution Service.    

Apply to:

Advertisement No. 30811
Human Resource Services
300-305 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J7
Phone: 204-948-3688
Fax: 204-948-2193


Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications. Please quote the Advertisement Number and the Position Title in the subject line of your e-mail.

Employment Equity is a factor in selection. Applicants are requested to indicate in their covering letter or resumé if they are from any of the following groups: women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with a disability.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you interested in gaining hands on experience in a wide variety of areas of law including entertainment law, intellectual property law, wills and estates, tax or just have an interest in the needs of local artists? If so, ALIS might be an organization that would interest you! We have an active board where each director participates in chairing different committees within the Board.

The Board of Directors meets monthly and meetings generally last 1-2 hours. The overall monthly time commitment should run between 6-10 hours, according to your involvement with activities occurring in each specific month. As Director, you would sit on the Board for a term of one year, namely October 2015 – 2016. There is a possibility to extend your term should you desire to. We are seeking directors who are interested in event organization and fundraising.


Veith House is a multiservice non-profit located in Halifax’s North End. We offer a wide range of programs focusing on three key areas for children, families, and individuals: healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy relationships. We believe that these are the pillars that build healthy neighbours, who together create heathy neighbourhoods. We are about to start our strategic planning process and are looking for Board Members to fill in several key roles.

  1. Treasurer – must have experience in reading and interpreting financial statements, be available to work with our Finance Department. Background in Accounting preferred.
  2. Fundraising Chair – Lead our Fundraising Committee in setting goals, developing and executing plans to meet these targets.
  3. Lawyer
  4. General Board Membership

Purpose: To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Veith House so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.

Veith House mission: To meet the need of children, families, and individuals affected by poverty with empowerment as an ever present goal.

Length of term: Two-three years, which may be renewed up to a maximum of two consecutive terms, pending approval of the board.

Meetings and time commitment:

  • The board of directors meets year round on the last Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m., at 3115 Veith Street. Meetings typically last 60 minutes.
  • Committees of the board meet an average of four times per year, pending their respective work agenda.

Expectations of board members:

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able.
  • Participate on a standing committee of the board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by Veith House mission, objectives, and programs.
  • Help communicate and promote Veith House mission and programs to the community.
  • Become familiar with Veith House finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.
  • Understand the policies and procedures of Veith House.
  • Financially support Veith House in a manner commensurate with one’s ability.

Please email Tamsyn Brennan at an expression of interest. An application form will be then provided to you. Thank you to everyone interested in joining the governance of the Veith House community!

The On-Point Volunteers Association, a new non-profit organization in Nova Scotia, is seeking professionals for advisory support and board positions as it incorporates.

The organization aims to focus on group volunteer events, with the hope that volunteering together can build confidence for people who:

  • don't necessarily have many Halifax and Nova Scotia connections,
  • may be new to Canada and want to get a multitude of cultural experiences, 
  • want to build a resume for future school/work experiences to make themselves more competitive in future job interviews, and/or
  • would enjoy meeting new people and making new friends through group volunteer efforts.

The organization is in its early stages, and plans to host its first Annual General Meeting in January 2016. In the meantime, it is identifying volunteer opportunities for this fall and winter, refining its terms of reference, and beginning to recruit members.

Members will be required to register and pay an annual fee of $5 to be a part of the organization. The board will meet once every two months, which will count as the minimum volunteer requirement to be a member in good standing. One board vacancy is currently available.

The mission of the organization is as follows: On-Point Volunteers Association believes in the value of volunteers that are required to build healthy communities while simultaneously supporting the personal growth of people of diverse backgrounds by bringing them together through their interest in volunteering.

As a non-profit organization, On-Point Volunteers Association is committed to:

  • connecting our members to meaningful volunteer opportunities in a group setting;
  • supporting non-profit organizations and the people of our towns, cities and provinces through volunteer activities;
  • communicating the value of volunteers to our communities;
  • encouraging the integration of new members to our organization and our communities; and
  • guiding our members to develop personally and professionally through volunteering.

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining On-Point Volunteers Association or serving on the board, please contact Tracey Randem for more information at 902 210 3417 or

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, 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 to donate.    


Excellent opportunity for anyone interested in serving on a diverse board with a common goal: bringing fresh, accessible and affordable food to the Gottingen Street community.  This Board worked hard to make the vision of a community co-operative grocery store come to light and it requires strong and keen members to keep the store moving forward.

You can learn more about the Carrot here:

The Carrot Board is looking for people with a variety of skills but particularly someone with a human resources background.  The commitment includes monthly board meetings with ad hoc participation when required.  Please email Norman Greenberg at if you are interested.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Ethics Board (NSHA REB) is recruiting new members to fill the role of legal representatives. The NSHA REB’s primary mandate is to approve the initiation of and conduct periodic reviews of research studies involving NSHA patients, staff and resources in order to protect the rights, safety and well‐being of research participants. Legal members represent the legal and ethical perspective for research participants. Their role is to ensure that the information being provided to research participants is readable, correct and can be understood. It is not expected that legal members understand the science behind the studies. It is the responsibility of the other Board members to simplify the research study protocols so everyone understands what is happening within the study and what is expected of the research participants.

To exemplify the importance of the legal representative, it is a legal requirement by Health Canada that a legal representative be present at all research ethics board meetings. A common point in all local, national and international regulations and guidelines is that a legal representative must be present in order to have a duly constituted research ethics board. 

The NSHA REB is currently in need of six new legal members. The commitment to the Board would be for a three year period requiring attendance to one meeting per month. Meetings are scheduled a year in advance and are held on Mondays from 4:00–6:00 pm. Members of the Board find the experience on the NSHA REB both informative and rewarding as they are exposed to leading edge clinical research within various health fields.

If you are interested in participating as a legal member on the NSHA REB please contact Nadine Gillam, Research Ethics Office Administrative Coordinator to set up an appointment with the Office Manager.

Contact Information

Phone: 473‐2126
Room 118, Centre for Clinical Research
5790 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

"Protest and Permanent Injunctions in the Aboriginal Context"

Nunatukavut Community Council v. Nalcor Energy


Jason Cooke, Burchells LLP

Event Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00

"The Implied Duty of Good Faith in Contract Performance"


Michael Pugsley & Sean Foreman - Department of Justice


Event Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 17:00 to 19:00

Featuring speakers:

  • Daniel Watt, McInnis Cooper
    Counsel for the Respondent in Geophysical Service Incorporated v. Canada-Nova-Scotia Offshore Petrolium Board, 2014 FC 450 
  • Geoffrey Franklin, Boyne Clarke
    Counsel for the Respondent in Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights, and Allied Workers v. Maritime Environmental Training Institute Ltd., 2014 NSSC 64
  • Ian Breneman, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    Counsel for the Applicant in Africentric Learning Institute of Nova Scotia Inc. v. Nova Scotia (Registry of Joint Stock Companies), 2014 NSSC 319 
  • Karen Bennett-Clayton, Stewart McKelvey 
    ‘Unique Perspective’ on Trout Point Lodge Ltd. v. Handshoe, 2014 NSSC 62

Event Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 09:00

FREE LEGAL CLINIC OPENING this Thursday (Sept 17) at Halifax Law Courts (Upper Water Street)

Free legal advice and information in private, one-hour sessions with a practicing lawyer – for self-represented litigants dealing with civil or family law matters in the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal (some restrictions apply – by appointment only).

Learn more here:   

Event Date: Friday, September 18, 2015 - 16:00

2015 Recognition Reception

Jill Perry, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, invites you to attend the


September 18, 2015 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Bluenose Ballroom, Delta Halifax
1990 Barrington Street

Please join the Society in celebrating excellence in Nova Scotia’s legal profession, as we present the 2015 Distinguished Service Award to Ron J. MacDonald QC, Director of the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team, and recognize Gerald Regan QC with his 60-year practising certificate.

Several other achievements will also be honoured:

  • The 2015 NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award
    Now articling with McInnes Cooper, Rohan Rajpal received this award for leadership qualities and volunteer efforts while attending the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.
  • The 2015 Race and the Law Essay Prize
    Recent Schulich law graduate Robin Vernest of Antigonish received the seventh annual prize for her paper, "Land: Inherent to Indigenous Sovereignty – The Crown must honour their solemn promises.” Robin was also selected to participate in the 2015 United Nations International Indigenous Fellowship Program, held in Geneva in July. Read her winning paper at
  • NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Summer Internship – Kathleen Tanner, now in her second year at the Schulich School of Law, spent this past summer as an intern with Bangladesh Legal Aid Services and Trust (BLAST) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Recognition Reception is an annual opportunity for the Society to honour lawyers and law students for their contributions that demonstrate the profession’s commitment to excellence and public service.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 8 to Shirley Shane at

Event Date: Friday, September 18, 2015 - 09:00 to 16:00

Are you interested in creating positive and sustainable change in your community? Are you passionate about issues involving mental illness and the criminal justice system? 

On behalf of the Hope Not Jail team, I would like to invite you to attend our Community Forum, to be held on September 18, 2015 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Holiday Inn in Dartmouth. This will be an opportunity to share the research findings of the Hope Not Jail Project and become a voice in the decision-making process as we move forward and begin developing strategies for change. 

This event is open to the public and we encourage community stakeholders within the mental health and criminal justice systems, individuals with lived experiences, family members of individuals with lived experiences, and any other interested community members to attend! 

Limited space available. Please register here:

To learn more about the Hope Not Jail research project, please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter!

Event Date: Friday, September 18, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:30

Rethinking Legal Capacity from a Disability Rights Perspective: Pitfalls and Possibilities 
Michael Bach, PhD
Canadian Association for Community Living; and
Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society

  • Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312 (Faculty Lounge)
  • Time is allotted for questions and discussion.
  • No registration required.  
  • No fee.  
  • All Welcome!

Series hoted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with sponsorship generously provided by the Schulich School of Law and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics and Policy (

Event Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 19:00 to 20:30

Saint Mary’s University, Department of Philosophy and CCEPA present:  

Robots, Relinquishment and Responsibility: The Delegation of Human Decision-Making to Machines

Dr. Ian Kerr
Canada Research Chair in ethics, Law and Technology
University of Ottawa 

This presentation investigates the emerging field of robo-ethics, exploring the ethical and legal challenges that accompany our decisions to delegate human activities and decision-making to machines. Dr. Kerr also examines the issue of responsibility when things go wrong in cases of human-robot disagreement. 

September 17, 7:00pm

Supported by the Rowland Marshall Public Philosophy Lecture Fund 

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Event Date: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 09:00 to Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 17:00

This two-day seminar on ‘decision writing’, offered jointly by the CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (CIAJ) and the COUNCIL OF CANADIAN ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS (CCAT), is for members of administrative agencies, boards, tribunals, etc.

This seminar provides essential tools for decision writers, new or experienced, to improve their decision writing skills. It includes lectures, discussions, and workshops that stress the nature of good prose, gender neutral language and the special requirements and challenges of decision writing. Since the art of writing is a skill that can be improved through practice, much of the instruction will center on practical written exercises. Each attendee will be assigned an instructor who will read a sample of the attendee’s writing prior to the seminar and coach the attendees during the seminar workshops.

Event Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 08:30 to 09:30

Builders' Lien Act – Personal Liability for Breaches of Trust

Ceilidh Construction v. Optimum Construction


  • Kevin MacDonald, Coady Filliter, Counsel for the Plaintiff

Event Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 17:30

Corinne Boudreau of Two Certainties Law Inc. will provide her insights on legal innovation, focusing on how new Pricing Models and Legal Technology are shaping how legal services are going to be delivered in the future.

Event Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 16:00 to 18:00

The Screening of "She's Beautiful When She's Angry"
A documentary about the women's rights movement

Followed by:
A relaxed discussion at La Fasca
(buy your own drinks/appetizers)

Deadline to register is Monday, September 14, 2015

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: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

"Maximizing the Impact of Your Own Expert - Before Trial."


Glenn R. Anderson, Q.C., Nova Scotia Department of Justice

Event Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 17:30 to 20:00

"Pre-Trials and Case Management"


  • The Hon. Associate Chief Justice Lawrence I. O'Neil , Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Family Division

Event Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

"All You Need to Know" Elections Act Amendments Effective January 1, 2016


  • Tina Hall, A/Team Lead & Solicitor Legal Services, Nova Scotia Department of Justice
  • A representative from Elections Nova Scotia

Event Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 09:00 to Friday, September 25, 2015 - 18:00

Legaltech® is coming to Canada as Legaltech® Toronto!

With trade shows in both New York and San Francisco, Legaltech® is the #1 Resource for law firms and legal departments to get hands-on practical information for improving their law practice management.

Legaltech® Toronto explores the direction of legal technologies, and how actors in the industry can best adapt to a rapidly developing litigation landscape.

Despite the fact that we exist in an increasingly digital world, meeting challenges such as protecting client confidentiality, while delivering effective document management, are far from simple.

Whether you are the CIO of a firm, the General Counsel of a business, or a Chief Knowledge Officer looking for new project management tools, Legaltech® Toronto is designed to address the major challenges, and opportunities, that new technology is bringing to the legal realm.

Conference Highlights:

  • Cyber Hacking: Assessing the Threat and Avoiding the Headlines
  • Adapting to Client Driven Innovation
  • Data at Rest Outside the Firm – Do We Have Our Heads in the Cloud?
  • Artificial Intelligence: Designing Tech for Data Diagnostics
  • Tech Adoption: Strategies for a Successful Tech Roll-Out

and more…

Law Firms, CIOs, Corporate Counsel & IT Departments qualify for a specially-reduced rate!

Contact for more info or Download the Brochure for complete speaker and topic listing.

Event Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

"Nova Scotia's New Pension Benefits Act – What You Need To Know"


  • Hugh Wright, McInnes Cooper
  • Kiersten Amos, McInnes Cooper

Event Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 18:00
The Indigenous Speakers Series is back for a second year, and we're thrilled! We've added some new members to the organizing committee and have another great lineup of events. 
Last years inaugural series attracted nearly 700 people for six events, and we're pleased to build on the excitement from last year. 
This year's Series has received generous financial support from both the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Research at Saint Mary's University and the Office of the Vice-President Academic at Dalhousie University. 
Our first event features the world-renowned Mohawk theorist and academic, Dr. Audra Simpson, who'll be talking about and criticizing the ways in which "reconciliation" has been conceived by Canadian governments and institutions.
Indigenous Speakers Series 2015-2016
Organizing Committee
  • Dr. Val Marie Johnson (Criminology and Women & Gender Studies, SMU)
  • Dr. Darryl Leroux (Sociology and Atlantic Canada Studies, SMU)
  • Dr. Debbie Martin [Inuk] (Health & Human Performance, Dalhousie)
  • Kara Paul [Mi'kmaw] (Aboriginal Health Research Initiative, Dalhousie)
  • Dr. Carla Taunton (NSCAD)
  • Dr. Martha Walls (History, MSVU)
  • Brad Wuetherick [Red River Métis] (Centre for Teaching and Learning, Dalhousie)
Event Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 17:00 to 18:00

"Tricks For Your Treasure Hunt: A Refresher On Legal Research"


  • Jennifer Taylor, Stewart McKelvey

Event Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 14:00

Are you carrying a heavy case load, completing work at the last minute, plagued by constant interruptions, inundated with information, drowning in paper, overloaded by email, handling too much work yourself, or spending too much time at the office? In short, do you have too much to do and not enough time? This fast-paced and entertaining seminar provides practical and effective skills and techniques for better managing your time, projects, paper, email, information, staff, and ultimately, yourself. Learn how to take control of your workload, manage your busy schedule, focus on your priorities, meet your deadlines with less stress, make your workday more productive, and make more time for the things most important to you. Get started now.

Event Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 08:45 to Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 12:30

Human Rights & Labour Law Conference


Registration and Hot Breakfast Buffet 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM 

Panel 1
Gender Identity and Gender Expression in the Workplace: Responding to an emerging issue
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

When an employee requires accommodation in relation to gender identity or expression, the process can be challenging for the employer, the union, and the employee. Through the perspectives of those who have dealt with transgender discrimination, personally and professionally, this experience-based discussion will explore best practices for creating an inclusive, accommodating environment and dealing with trans-specific issues, such as washrooms, training, and reluctant co-workers.

BREAK (with refreshments)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Panel 2
The Supreme Court's Decision on the Right to Strike: The practical implications
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 

On January 30, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a historic 5-2 decision in Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan, affirming, for the first time, constitutional protection for the right to strike in Canada. Applying this principle, it quashed Saskatchewan legislation which prohibited strikes in essential services without providing for a meaningful dispute resolution mechanism. In this session, an expert panel will discuss the Court's rationale and the minority's dissent, and explore the implications of this decision for labour and management. Questions addressed will include:

  • On what grounds does the majority base its determination that freedom of association under section 2(d) of the Charter includes the right to strike?
  • Are all strike restrictions presumptively violations of s.2(d) that must be justified under s.1 of the Charter?
  • What is the dividing line between fundamental labour rights and rights that can be the subject of government policy choices? When is deference due to legislative choice, and when is it not?
  • Will striking employees be protected by the Charter from termination or the hiring of permanent replacements?
  • What impact will the decision have on back-to-work legislation?
  • What are the implications of the decision for wage restraint legislation banning a strike that sets the terms of the contract without arbitration, skews the criteria for arbitration, restricts matters that are arbitrable, and/or limits the independence of arbitrators? What about legislation that prohibits strikes for economic reasons where there is no danger to life, health, or safety?

The panel's discussion will also include comment on two earlier Supreme Court decisions involving the RCMP, one relating to the right to choose an independent bargaining agent, and the other to the permissible ambit of wage restraint legislation.

From Leave it to Beaver to Modern Family: To what extent do we welcome and value diversity in the workplace?
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Diversity/Anti-Racism Consultant
Diversity Consulting Services


Today's workplaces are certainly more diverse compared with those of 20 years ago, but are they that much more inclusive and free from bias and stereotypes? Recent events in the news demonstrate that workplaces have not yet eradicated many forms of harassment and discrimination. Even managers and employees with the best of intentions struggle with the challenge of gaining a clear understanding of what's appropriate to say and do in the workplace. There are still many differences that potentially give rise to stereotypes and prejudice. In this special interactive session, anti-racism and diversity consultant Eric Wong will explore these complex issues and discuss how employees and managers can become more knowledgeable about diversity in the workplace.Eric Wong has dedicated his entire career to diversity and human rights. Eric began teaching high school in Vancouver in 1976, leaving the Vancouver School District in 1988 and working for the City of Vancouver as a Consultant/Trainer with the Employment Equity Office in 1989. From 1990 to 1994, he was the Manager of Training and Programs with the Hastings Institute, City of Vancouver. Since 1995, Eric has been active as a Diversity and Anti-Racism Consultant, working with a wide range of non-profit, public and private sector organizations.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Panel 3
Demystifying Pre-Employment Tests and Background Checks: What's allowed, what isn't?
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 

Pre-employment tests and background checks can assist employers in selecting the best candidate for the job, but they must be conducted with caution to avoid running afoul of human rights and privacy law. Employers and unions both have an interest in ensuring that the hiring process is fair and avoids bias and discrimination. In this panel, Lancaster's experts will offer guidance on pre-employment issues in both unionized and non-unionized contexts, including the following topics:

  • Creating job postings and conducting background checks: Should job postings specify which background checks an employer will require? When is it appropriate for an employer to seek a criminal record check? A vulnerable sector check? A credit check? What information are employers legally entitled to request regarding candidates' previous jobs? Must a prospective employer obtain explicit consent to perform a background check on a job applicant? Can background checks be conducted before an employment offer is extended?
  • Responding to police record checks: Do different standards apply when an employer seeks a criminal record check (or renewal of a criminal record check) of a current employee, rather than a prospective employee? What steps should be taken if a non-conviction record (e.g. withdrawn charge) turns up on a prospective or current employee's criminal record check? Should human resources personnel provide the hiring manager with police record information other than convictions? What if a conviction shows up on a renewal check for a current employee? Should the employee be fired? Is there discretion? If so, who should exercise it, and how?
  • Considering pre-employment testing: Can employers subject candidates to psychological or personality testing? Are such tests reliable indicators, or do they contain subtle elements of discrimination, such as cultural biases? In what circumstances, if any, can employers require a pre-employment medical exam? Do different rules apply when testing a current employee for a new position, rather than a prospective employee? What is the extent of an employer's duty to accommodate disabled job applicants in pre-employment testing?

BREAK (with refreshments)2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Panel 4
Disability Accommodation That Works: An interactive session
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Accommodating an employee who has a disability is one of the most common, yet challenging, issues in the contemporary workplace. In this interactive session, attendees will use a real-life scenario to work through the basic steps involved in the accommodation process, including identifying the need for accommodation, gathering the necessary information, and investigating accommodation options. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their approach with colleagues and to receive feedback and practical guidance on disability accommodation from Lancaster’s panel of experts. The session will conclude with a review of the legal requirements and implications arising from the scenario.

4:00 PM

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Panel 5
Psychological Injuries at Work: Untangling thorny issues of causation and compensation
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM 

Compensation claims for mental stress and psychological injuries arising from workplace trauma, such as violence, harassment, and bullying, raise unique issues. These include the different tests applied by workers' compensation boards in determining benefit entitlement of victims, and the appropriateness of seeking redress for psychological harm arising from workplace trauma in other forums, such as grievance arbitration, human rights tribunals, or the courts. In this panel, Lancaster's experts will address these and the following topics:

  • Assessing injuries from a clinician's point of view: What psychological injuries can be caused by harassment, violence, and other types of workplace trauma? What difficulties do clinicians face when diagnosing and treating such conditions? In what circumstances, if any, can a clinician conclusively link a psychological injury to workplace trauma? What difficulties do clinicians face in this regard?
  • Understanding causation from a legal point of view: Is there a single legal test for causation in workers' compensation law? What is the "significant contributing factor" test? Does it have a different application in cases of mental stress or psychological injury? Does the "thin skull rule" have a different application in cases of mental stress or psychological injury?
  • Recognizing workplace injuries: In what circumstances should workplace parties consider reporting an employee's mental stress or psychological injury to workers' compensation?
  • Seeking compensation: In what circumstances can employees claim entitlement to workers' compensation benefits for mental stress or psychological injury resulting from workplace trauma? Must there be harassment or bullying for a worker to claim compensation for a mental stress injury? Are "wear and tear" mental stress injuries compensable? Is there any room for recognition of "wear and tear" mental stress injuries? If an employee receives benefits under a workers' compensation system for psychological harm or injury resulting from workplace harassment, bullying, or violence, can she or he still pursue other remedies through grievance arbitration or before a human rights tribunal, for example, damages for mental distress or injury to dignity? Can a separate action be initiated for breach of the duty to accommodate? What are the perspectives of both employers and unions in considering these issues?

BREAK (with refreshments)
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Panel 6
Accommodating Family Responsibilities: Mock arbitration submissions
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM 

There has been a significant legal evolution in the obligation to accommodate employees' family care responsibilities, including childcare and eldercare. In this session, Lancaster’s experts will clarify the legal duty to accommodate family status, using a scenario drawn from a real-life situation. Attendees will have an opportunity to see how experienced union and employer advocates would argue the case and to hear how an arbitrator would decide it.

BREAK (with refreshments)
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Panel 7
Major Caselaw and Legislative Update: Assessing the year's top cases and what they mean for you
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

In this session, experienced counsel will explain how some of the most important arbitration, court, and tribunal decisions of the past year will change the law and affect the way you make decisions. Our panelists will also provide guidance on adapting to legislative and regulatory changes to the law. Selection of cases and legislation for this session will take place a few weeks before the conference to ensure up-to-date coverage of major decisions and legislative changes. Topics to be addressed will include dismissal without cause under the Canada Labour Code, damages for discrimination, computer monitoring, and drug and alcohol testing.

12:30 PM


Event Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 09:00 to Friday, October 2, 2015 - 17:00

Conference on Innovation and Access to Justice

Thursday, October 1 & Friday, October 2, 2015
Centre St-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montreal (Quebec)


The Public Legal Education Association of Canada, the CyberJustice Laboratory, the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice invite you to attend the Conference on Innovation and Access to Justice.

There is a critical stage in access to justice in Canada. Over any three-year period, nearly half of all Canadians will experience at least one legal problem. Yet, the justice system is increasingly inaccessible to the majority of Canadians. This inaccessibility has led to a national call for increased innovation in the civil and family justice system. Yet, we are only beginning to understand the opportunities and challenges that manifest when we begin to view the problem of access to justice through an innovation lens. In an effort to further explore these challenges and opportunities this conference will focus on questions and themes of related to innovation and access to justice.

Event Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 17:30 to 19:00

"New Model CCAA and Receivership Orders, with a view from the Bench"


  • The Hon. Justice John D. Murphy, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
  • D. Bruce Clarke, Q.C., Burchells LLP

Event Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 (All day)

View brochure here: Cloud 2.0 – Drafting And Negotiating Effective Cloud Computing Agreements

Cloud 2.0 is here and as customers grow more sophisticated, Cloud computing agreements are evolving to meet regulatory and legal environments and increasing customer needs. However, as the cloud market matures, not all Cloud computing agreements are created equal. Using a balanced approach, we will teach you to understand Cloud agreements, separating the “buzz” from the Cloud. We will offer you practical guidance to drafting and negotiating effective Cloud computing agreements, taking into account the technological, business and legal considerations of your organization’s use of Cloud computing technologies and Cloud providers.

Join us and the experts from law firms and industry who will help demystify Cloud 2.0, answer your Cloud computing questions and discuss both the strategic opportunities and risk management priorities surrounding your organization’s use of Cloud computing. Learn how to differentiate the good from the bad vendors and unbalanced agreements. We will provide you with practical information and approaches that will help you create useful Cloud computing agreements that meet your business and legal requirements. Since the Cloud is being used by virtually every enterprise and organization, this course is a must attend for Directors; Officers, Corporate Counsel and Risk Managers who need to understand how to negotiate and obtain effective Cloud computing agreements, harnessing the benefits and mitigating the risks of the Cloud and maximizing value for themselves and their companies.


  • Cloud 2.0 – Evolving Cloud Agreements and Current Contract Trends
  • Drafting Balanced Representations and Warranties/ Indemnities
  • Demystifying Service Level Agreements - Avoiding the “Gotchyas”
  • Best practices for Privacy and Data Security
  • Negotiating the Exit – Ensuring Successful Transition
  • Clouds for Financial Service Providers
  • Clouds for Healthcare Providers/Pharma



  • Lisa R. Lifshitz, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP


  • Sean Bhagwandin, Senior Legal Counsel, Apotex Inc.
  • Brian Bourne, President, Infrastructure Guardian Inc.
  • Sean Caragata, Director Legal Services, Cisco Systems
  • Eran Farajun, Executive Vice President, Asigra Inc.
  • Alaine C. Grand, VP Law, Janssen Inc.
  • C. Ian Kyer, In-house Counsel, RPM Technologies
  • John Le Blanc, Senior Legal Counsel, Scotia Bank Legal Department
  • Nadine Letson, Senior Corporate Counsel, Microsoft Canada Inc.
  • Charles McCarragher, Senior Legal Counsel, TD
  • Vipul N. Nishawala, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Rajeev Sharma, Sharma Lawyers
  • Matthew Snell, GTS Canada Senior Counsel, IBM Canada
  • Daniel Tobok, Managing Director, Security Consulting and Forensics, TELUS
Event Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 02:30 to 05:00

Ruth March (KPMG) and Sarah Dykema (McInnes Cooper) will review changes to the Income Tax Act coming into effect on Jan.1, 2016, including:

  • changes to the taxation of testamentary trusts,
  • Graduated Rate Estates, 
  • Qualified Disability Trusts,
  • the shifting tax burden in life interest trusts,
  • charitable giving on death, and
  • loss carryback planning.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 08:45 to Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:15

Following on the heels of the work of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this Conference presents a unique opportunity for everyone within the administration of justice to consider how best to work towards reconciliation. This Conference will be of interest to judges, lawyers, police officers, correction workers, court administrators, academics, law students, members of tribunals and community workers.

“Finally, this litigation has been both long and expensive, not only in economic but in human terms as well. By ordering a new trial, I do not necessarily encourage the parties to proceed to litigation and to settle their dispute through the courts. As was said in Sparrow, at p. 1105, s. 35(1) “provides a solid constitutional base upon which subsequent negotiations can take place”. Those negotiations should also include other aboriginal nations which have a stake in the territory claimed. Moreover, the Crown is under a moral, if not a legal, duty to enter into and conduct those negotiations in good faith. Ultimately, it is through negotiated settlements, with good faith and give and take on all sides, reinforced by the judgments of this Court, that we will achieve what I stated in Van der Peet, supra, at para. 31, to be a basic purpose of s. 35(1) – “the reconciliation of the pre-existence of aboriginal societies with the sovereignty of the Crown”. Let us face it, we are all here to stay.” Delgamuukw v. British Columbia (Supreme Court of Canada) [1997] 3 SCR 1010, par. 186

Event Date: Monday, October 5, 2015 (All day)

Small Claims Court – Judgment Enforcement – Credit Risk Management - Collections

The morning is dedicated to Small Claims Court and judgment enforcement. We go through the process step by step. During this session, we offer plenty of credit risk management tips. All of the information is 100% Nova Scotia presented by John Cramer, a former finance company manager and now licensed Ontario Paralegal with 27 years’ experience in collecting money. Everything discussed comes from practical hands on experience.

The afternoon portion is dedicated to managing collections, making effective collection calls, collection laws such as PIPEDA, Indian Act, Consumer Creditors Conduct Act, BIA and much more. This is an excellent seminar for Lawyers, Law Clerks and clients who have an interest in the recovery of receivables.

For those interested, after hours from 4:30 to 5:30, we cover Builders’ Lien and how to collect money in construction. This is not a seminar on how to complete forms, it is geared towards using this statute as leverage in the collection of construction receivables.

Join us and earn up to 8 professional development hours, network with peers and potential clients and enjoy lunch included with this seminar. Visit our website for times and hotel details at

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.


Event Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 13:00

Meeting Description:In this user-friendly online training session, you will:

  • Learn about the responsibilities of the executor and the risk they face while performing these tasks
  • Understand the coverage available and the benefits of executor liability insurance for both the executor and the lawyer
  • Learn how easy it is to provide executor clients with the protection they need

Presenters: Jane Tracogna & Seleena Reid, CAIB (More information)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) details:
Our program is accredited for CPD credits in the following provinces: Ontario (please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism hours or for the New Member Requirement in Ontario); Alberta; British Columbia; Saskatchewan; New Brunswick and PEI.In the following provinces we encourage you to include our session in your annual education plan: Manitoba; Newfoundland; Nova Scotia; Yukon; Northwest Territories and Nunavut.


Event Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 (All day)

Small Claims Court – Judgment Enforcement – Credit Risk Management - Collections

The morning is dedicated to Small Claims Court and judgment enforcement. We go through the process step by step. During this session, we offer plenty of credit risk management tips. All of the information is 100% Nova Scotia presented by John Cramer, a former finance company manager and now licensed Ontario Paralegal with 27 years’ experience in collecting money. Everything discussed comes from practical hands on experience.

The afternoon portion is dedicated to managing collections, making effective collection calls, collection laws such as PIPEDA, Indian Act, Consumer Creditors Conduct Act, BIA and much more. This is an excellent seminar for Lawyers, Law Clerks and clients who have an interest in the recovery of receivables.

For those interested, after hours from 4:30 to 5:30, we cover Builders’ Lien and how to collect money in construction. This is not a seminar on how to complete forms, it is geared towards using this statute as leverage in the collection of construction receivables.

Join us and earn up to 8 professional development hours, network with peers and potential clients and enjoy lunch included with this seminar. Visit our website for times and hotel details at

Event Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 16:30
2015 Keynote Speaker:
Michael Landsberg
TSN Host & Mental Health Advocate
Master of Ceremonies:
Scott Boyd
  • Louise Bradley President and CEO Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • J.P. Cormier Musician & Singer, Songwriter
  • Will MacKenzie, Donnie Wambolt and Mike Miller, Crossroads Members
Seats are limited!
Participants who submitted registration via fax or email should assume they have been accepted unless otherwise informed.
To register:
Contact Linda at 902-563-5603 or email
Event Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 19:00

Join us for the 7th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture to be held in the Ondaatje room at Dalhousie University on October 8th from 7-830pm. We are pleased to announce, our guest speaker is Dr. Elliott Norse, Founder and Chief Scientist, Marine Conservation Institute, Seattle WA.

For more information:

This event is co-sponsored by college of Sustainability


Event Date: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 16:00 to 19:00

"You Be the Judge: Demystifying the Path Towards the Bench"

A panel from diverse backgrounds will share their experience with the application process, the reality of being on the bench, and the importance of enhancing diversity on the bench. This event is being organized by the CBA Nova Scotia Equity Committee, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Section (SOGI), Women Lawyers' Forum and the Atlantic Chapter of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.


  • Justice Elizabeth Jollimore, Supreme Court of NS – Family Division
  • Justice R. Lester Jesudason, Supreme Court of NS – Family Division
  • Judge Jean M. Whalen, The Provincial Court of NS
  • Robert Wright, Registered Social Worker and former member of Nova Scotia Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee

Event Date: Friday, October 23, 2015 (All day)

For those moments when yu say to yourself "Hmm...I need to run this by a property lawyer or an estate lawyer or an accountant" or those moments when you find yourself in need of a refresher course on the law of evidence or civil procedure issues that arise in your family law practice – this conference is for you! 

You will also hear the latest on when and why you should consider a Children's Wishes Assessment and what family lawyers need to know about the new amendments to the Children and Family Services Act.

Event Date: Monday, October 26, 2015 - 01:30 to 05:00

This program annually presents an educational opportunity for civil litigators. Pithy and information packed, with easily accessible, relevant, and re-visitable information for the busy litigator, the program covers timely litigation topics, explores practice challenges, and provides updates.

Event Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 02:30

This program explores the body of law that governs the work of administrative and regulatory tribunals, best practices in appearing before such tribunals, as well as required skill-sets for administrative and regulatory tribunal decision-makers. In so doing, it examines foundational rules and principles, as well as practice-oriented norms, that apply across a wide range of areas of legal practice and policy-making. It is therefore relevant to a wide range of administrative law practice types, with just a few being public health and safety, immigration, labour relations, social benefits, securities regulation, business licensing and approvals, communications and broadcasting, international trade, human rights, workplace safety, and environmental protection.


Event Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 12:00

With its focus on the planning needs of clients, insurance is a critical component of individual livelihoods, corporate risk structures as well as the viability of entire economic structures. Our program dedicated to this area of law annually brings practitioners together to examine pertinent issues and trends, gain insights, and strengthen competency. Providing a mix of practice-oriented substantive law and professionalism topics, the program is dedicated to the success and growth of insurance law counsel as well as litigators.


Event Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 02:30

Global connections and technology have transformed the world for all businesses. Companies need lawyers who understand online business, technology deals, as well as the legal issues connected with them. Navigate key legal issues and learn drafting strategies from our seasoned faculty of practitioners. Topics typically offered in any given year will assist practitioners with many of the following: avoiding costly mistakes when negotiating and drafting technology license agreements, implementing best practices in data security and privacy to help clients guard customer information, effectively advising clients on the key issues relating to operating a web-based business, safeguarding clients’ domain name and trademark rights on the web, exploring copyright protection for web sites, understanding social media in the workplace and how companies are making use of it, and so on.


Event Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:00

It would be accurate to remark that alternative dispute resolution has come into its own in recent year as a means of settling conflict outside of traditional litigation. As an option, it is especially important in settings in which ongoing relationships are critical. It is an option that is increasingly mandated to augment or proceed ahead of litigation. In recognition of these new realities, our program on mediation and dispute resolution offers practitioners an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the utility, impact and modes of application of mediation and other dispute resolution processes within the context of contemporary civil disputes in Canada. In addition, our faculty explores relevant and topical contemporary challenges faced by mediators, litigators and negotiators in the context of their practices.


Event Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 13:00

Interested in practical and experimental learning in the field of conflice resolution?

Don't miss the upcoming skill-based half day workshop with special guest Paul Hutchinson.

Registration is now open.

Event Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 02:30

Our annual program on industrial relations delivers practice-based presentations by a seasoned faculty on the foundational and advanced skills required of counsel with regard to both management and union representation in a variety of fora – collective bargaining, grievance mediation, and arbitration, to name a few. Industrial relations is unique in touching upon both the livelihoods of the populace as well as the workings of industries. Thus, for practitioners, daily work can have broad sectoral or economic implications. It is thus imperative that a program of this kind focus on skills augmentation, the review of new developments, as well as best practices.


Event Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:00

Shareholder disputes are one of the most common, and complex, types of disputes. To achieve the best results, counsel must have a solid and up-to-date understanding of the array of rights and remedies available and how best to deploy them. In particular, it is imperative to be fully current on the scope and use of the oppression remedy; exactly how and to what extent fiduciary and other duties may arise on the part of those dealing with shareholder interests; and the degree to which such duties extend to other stakeholders, including creditors. Simultaneously, there is a premium on the ability to react quickly, and with the right strategies and manoeuvres, in order to forestall the very real risk of jeopardizing client interests and assets. Our program on this area of practice will annually provide practitioners with valuable insights into key aspects of litigating, otherwise resolving, or preventing shareholder claims and disputes.



Event Date: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 08:45

This year, LEAF Halifax welcomes an exceptional person and parent, Julie Bilotta, as our guest speaker. Held on remand in the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre in 2012, Julie was put in segregation for crying out during premature labour. She was denied clinical care. She gave birth alone. Her son emerged footling breech, severely compromised. He died one year later. We honour Julie and Gionni and wish to celebrate his life while demanding reproductive rights for women in corrections.

Event Date: Friday, November 13, 2015 (All day)

It's one thing to understand the mechanics of a workplace investigation. It's another thing to conduct a workplace investigation that not only gathers the relevant information, but also gets to the root cause of a problem in the workplace and protects workplace relationships.

This workshop is for senior human resources practitioners who wish to more than simply protect their organization from potential and costly legal liability arising from allegations of employee misconduct such as harassment, bullying or workplace violence. This senior-level workshop will discuss the mechanics and best practices of an investigation and highlight both employer legal obligations and opportunities to restore workplace relationships at each step of the investigation. This will be done with a intent of moving your investiation beyond a set of check-offs and toward the goal of restoring and/or building respectful and healthy workplace cultures.

This workshop will be in two parts, the second to take place May 13. Cost for the first session is $300. Both sessions are $500.

For further details and to register, contact

Event Date: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:00

Commercial landlord and tenant updates, rendered clear, concise, and comprehensive. That is the objective of our annual program on commercial leasing for legal practitioners. Maintaining a laser-like focus on developments from the past year and their implications for your practice and your clients, you are assured of an annual resource for keeping up to date and enhancing legal skills.

Event Date: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 14:30

Intellectual Property rights deliver substantial benefits to holders, and due to their nature, also possess substantial challenges related to misappropriation. Pithy and information packed, with easily accessible, relevant, and re-visitable information for the busy practitioner, our annual program on this area of law covers currently relevant topics, explores practice challenges, and provides updates and insights for practitioners of various levels of experience.

Event Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 14:30

Charities are faced with many of the same operational and human resource challenges faced by other business, while operating in a highly regulated environment. Additionally, most charities depend on fundraising, which presents some liability risk, including risks for directors and officers. Further, the common law imposes special obligations on the directors and officers of charities. For practitioners involved in the provision of legal services to charities, it is imperative to remain aware of developments in a broad swath of practice areas. Our annual program on charities, non-profits and the law has been designed with this reality in mind, and delivers insights from our expert faculty on various legal topics of relevance to this important sector within society.

Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 12:00

The product liability law has evolved over the last decade. Join your colleagues as we take a look at the underlying principles of the law and look at practical advice to enable you to effectively bring and defend product liability claims. Take full advantage of the availability of our expert faculty by asking questions or laying our scenarios. Our annual program on product liability law has been designed to be pithy, and packed with actionable information for the busy practitioner.

Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 14:30

Covering a wide swath of bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization topics over the course of an information-packed afternoon, our annual program on corporate reorganization and restructuring is indispensable for practitioners seeking updates, an awareness of best practices, as well as skill augments. Join us to gain a critical advantage in advising clients, to put practice questions to our seasoned faculty, and to learn about solutions fashioned by colleagues to various substantive challenges.

Event Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 12:00

The practice of law is faced with a number of novel challenges. In a fast-paced world, ethical conundrums have become more complex, and questions loom large for practitioners in areas such as advocacy, client capacity, and communications. To maintain professional prudence, today's practitioner requires a robust awareness of concerns that engage the pan-Canadian model code of professional conduct, sometimes in new ways. Our annual program, premised on the perspectives of an august faculty of pace-setters, is premised on the application of the code to the landscape in which lawyers practice today.

Event Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 14:30

From matters concerning compliance to the management of market initiatives, and from shareholder arrangements to the roles and liabilities of various corporate actors, business law is perennially charged with decision points and the need for strategic advice. Our annual program on this area of law has been designed to bring timely topics to the fore, for information, exploration and analysis by our faculty of experienced practitioners.

Event Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 16:30

Mining, and the law that enables it, is of great consequence to Canadian industry, and to the Canadian ethos. For mining law practitioners, remaining at the vanguard of developments local and international is critical to effective client service as well as to profit maximization. Our annual program in this area of law has been developed with the mining practitioner in mind. With a perennial focus on timely, actionable and practice-oriented information, we have been successful in bringing together great minds in Canadian mining law for presentations that continually ensure practitioners at the vanguard.

Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 12:00

Our program on special topics in civil litigation is dedicated to the exploration of “hot” topics and the provision of actionable solutions. With a focus on the stimulation of effective litigation strategies - litigation paths that balance access to justice, proportionality, and assertive advocacy - the program is imperative for litigators seeking to expand both their substantive knowledge base as well as their client service skill sets.

Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (All day)

View brochure here: Managing Cybersecurity Risk 2015

Cybersecurity has become an ubiquitous business risk, extending beyond IT and security professionals to the C-suite and the boardroom. In the last year, virtually no industry sector anywhere has been immune from the threat. Experts say it’s a trend that will likely continue, but studies indicate that cybersecurity spending is actually decreasing. It’s a dangerous conundrum. How does your company escape it? Listen to our legal and technical experts talk about key emerging cybersecurity threats and how to manage them. Our experts will offer you practical guidance on how to protect against cybersecurity concerns in the Cloud; deal with inevitable data breaches and how to contract smartly to protect yourselves against security losses. Our speakers will offer insight and solutions for corporate directors and officers that need to take proactive steps to deal with these urgent issues before they happen. We will also cover off the emerging opportunities offered by cyberliability insurance and how you can best leverage your own IT resources to best protect your enterprise and make the most of your IT spend. This course is must for CEOs, CIOs, Risk Managers, Directors, Officers, In-house and External Counsel and anyone else that wants to learn how to mitigate the myriad complexities of cybersecurity risks and management that organizations face today.


  • Introduction – New Threats in the Cybersecurity Landscape
  • Security and the Cloud – Legal and Technical Considerations
  • Practical Contracting for Cybersecurity
  • Managing a Data Breach
  • Is Cyberliability Insurance the Answer?
  • Making the Most of Your IT Security Spend



  • Brian Bourne, President, New Signature Canada
  • Lisa R. Lifshitz, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP


  • James Arlen, Director Risk and Advisory Services, Leviathan Security Group
  • Ted F. Claypoole, Partner, Womble Carlyle LLP
  • Gregory L. Eskins, Senior Vice President, National Cyber Practice Leader, Marsh Canada Limited
  • Ian Kyer, Legal Counsel, RPM Technologies
  • Aaron Sawchuk, General Counsel, Sales, Marketing & Business Services
  • David Senf, IDC, Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions
Event Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015 (All day)

View brochure here: 4th Annual Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance: Coping With the Onslaught

Recent developments under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) have caught the attention of management and boards of directors across Canada that are now moving quickly to address their growing exposure under the anti-corruption regimes of Canada and other countries. Despite the initial lull in enforcement, Canadian authorities are beginning to establish a track record of corporate convictions and multi-million dollar penalties. The recent conviction and three-year sentence handed down to Canadian businessman Nazir Karigar and current pursuit of criminal charges against other individuals have also put executives on notice that they too will face the harsh consequences of violating the CFPOA. Under Canada’s new Integrity Regime, companies that do business with government also face suspension or debarment when charged or convicted under the CFPOA or similar foreign anti-corruption laws. Further, recent amendments to the CFPOA and new reporting requirements under the Extractive Sector Measures Transparency Act are providing expanded enforcement opportunities for the RCMP who are already investigating dozens of targets for anti-bribery offences.

On top of all this, many Canadian companies have to contend with anti-corruption measures under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, and foreign host country regimes. What’s clear at this point is that compliance is no longer an option but rather a necessity to protect the core value of your company.

To help make sense of an increasingly complex enforcement and compliance environment, this course will provide an overview of the latest developments in Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions, deliver practical and effective solutions for the challenges facing Canadian companies in this area, and include insightful perspectives from the RCMP, in-house counsel, and a Canadian company that has been in the spotlight as a target of CFPOA enforcement.


  • Introduction and Overview of the Anti-Corruption Landscape for Canadian Companies
  • Anti-Corruption Enforcement: The View from the Crown and RCMP
  • The US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: What Canadian Companies Need to Know
  • An Industry Perspective on Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance: The View from SNC-Lavalin
  • Importance of AML in your Anti-Corruption Compliance
  • The Perspective from In-House Counsel: Compliance Challenges and Solutions
  • Investigating Potential Breaches Within the Company and Dealing With Enforcement



John Boscariol, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


  • Ana Badour, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Peter Brady, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (formerly GC of Vale)
  • Kari Chandler, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Jonathan Drimmer, Deputy General Counsel, Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Les Dolhun, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Steven Johnston, Alberta Justice, Specialized Prosecutions Economic Crime Branch (Calgary)
  • Claire Lewis, Groupe SNC-Lavalin, inc.
  • Frederic R. Miller, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Patrice Poitevin, Royal Canadian Mounted Police David Porter, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Event Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 (All day)

It's one thing to understand the mechanics of a workplace investigation. It's another to conduct a workplace investigation that not only gathers the relevant information, but also gets to the root cause of a problem in the workplace and protects workplace relationships.

This workshop is intended for senior human resources practitioners who wish to more than simply protect their organization from potential and costly legal liability arising from allegations of employee misconduct such as harassment, bullying or workplace violence. This senior-level workshop will discuss the mechanics and best practices of an investigation and highlight both employer legal obligations and opportunities to restore workplace relationships at each step of the investigation. This will be done with the intent of moving your investigation beyond a set of check-offs and toward the goal of restoring and/or building respectful and healthy workplace cultures.

The workshop is capped at 25 participants to allow for maximum interaction and instruction.

For further details on the two sessions, please email The cost for Part I is $300, and $500 for both Parts I and II.

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