INFORUM

September 28, 2015 InForum Issue

Society news

Results from the 2015 Annual Lawyer Reports have been tabulated, and the Society's new Statistical Snapshot is now online. For easy reference anytime, it’s located under About us on the homepage at nsbs.org.

The numbers are based on the 1,911 Annual Lawyer Reports filed for 2015 (by comparison, 1,922 ALRs were filed for 2014). The new statistics show that the membership (as of June 30, 2015) includes 1,911 practising lawyers, and 835 non-practising lawyers (including retired members).

Key among the findings is the continuing aging of the lawyer population in Nova Scotia. In 2006, 24.5 per cent of the total practising membership had been called to the Bar more than 27 years prior. In 2015, that group now comprises more than 30 per cent of practising lawyers (30.3%) – and almost 52 per cent of sole practitioners. In 2006, just under 50 per cent of practising lawyers had spent 17 or more years at the Bar, while in 2015, just over 53 per cent are now in that group.

Another trend that continues to emerge is growth in the number of lawyers identifying their employment type as “Government or Public Sector”. From 2006 to 2015, the number of lawyers identifying their employment type in this way has grown by 21.5 per cent (from 417 to 507 lawyers).

See the Statistical Snapshot page for more information regarding geographic distribution, gender and diversity data, areas of practice, and more.

The Fall 2014 edition of the Society Record magazine will be mailed out in early November. The deadline for advertising has been extended to Friday, October 2 for advertisements of relevance to the Nova Scotia legal profession.

For more details, see the Society Record Rates & Specs on the website, at the top of the Society Record page. Deadlines for the Spring 2016 edition are also now available. 

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

STEVE BRUCE COURT REPORTER 
Chronicle Herald | September 14, 2015
 
Halifax Metro | September 14, 2015
By Heide Pearson 
 
CBC Nova Scotia | broadcast and online | September 14, 2015
 
Canadian Press | September 14, 2015

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • Lyle Howe's Ban Lifted, But With Restrictions (Sept. 15) 
  • Ian Perry vs. Bar Society (Sept. 15) 
 
Council
For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, September 18, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.
 
The next meeting of Council is scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Society’s offices at 9:00 am. 
Regulation
The ​Legal Services Regulation Update is an electronic newsletter with information and progress reports on the Society’s transforming regulation initiative. Featured contents include a blog from the Entity Regulation Steering Committee, innovation profiles, news, upcoming consultations, FAQs, glossary definitions and more. 
 
The second edition of this new bimonthly publication is now available online: http://nsbs.org/legal-services-regulation-update
 
Highlights in the September issue:
 
  • BLOG: "Risk assessment: A key element in fire prevention - and proactive regulation," by Andrew Garbutt, Member, Entity Regulation Steering Committee; Independent Risk and Regulation Consultant, former Director for Risk, Solicitors’ Regulation Authority of England and Wales;
  • A new name: ‘Legal services regulation’
  • Council considering scope of regulation of legal services
  • Regulation reform: A cross-Canada checkup, by Darrel Pink, Executive Director
  • New reports and resources online
  • Innovation profiles: Pivot Legal Society, Lexbox

Also have a look around the new Legal Services Regulation area of the website, which is frequently updated as the Society's future regulatory framework continues to evolve. It's the top item in the dropdown menu under the Regulation tab.

For a quick summary at a glance, see this chart: Laying the foundation for legal services regulation
 
If you would like to receive the Legal Services Regulation Update e-newsletter directly via email, contact us at communications@nsbs.org. Also please send us your feedback, questions and suggestions! 
 

The Society’s Professional Standards (Criminal) Committee is seeking input from the membership on its first Standard: Withdrawal of Counsel.

This Standard specifies the circumstances under which a lawyer must withdraw from a case, but also provides some guidance to lawyers in order to assist them in determining whether good cause exists, the reasonableness of the notice required, and the expectations of the lawyer withdrawing from a case as well as the successor lawyer.

Please submit comments and suggestions pertaining to this new Standard to info@lians.ca by October 9, 2015. You can review the proposed Standard below as a PDF or a Word document:

Criminal Standard: Withdrawal of Counsel (as a PDF); (Word version)

See the original notice on the LIANS website, posted September 18. 

Credentials

The following member has changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

  • Erica Anne Green

The following members have resigned: 

  • Robert Raymond James Anderson QC
  • Robert Allan Stroud QC
Professional development

COMPUTERS

  • THE 2015 SOLO AND SMALL FIRM LEGAL TECHNOLOGY GUIDE: CRITICAL DECISIONS MADE SIMPLE / Nelson, Sharon D; Simek, John W; Maschke, Michael C – 8th ed. – Chicago: American Bar Association. Law Practice Management Section, 2015. [KB 267.C2 N431 2015]

INFORMATION NETWORKS

  • TWITTER FOR GOOD: CHANGE THE WORLD ONE TWEET AT A TIME / Diaz-Ortiz, Claire; Stone, Biz – San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. [KB 163 .C8 D542 2011]

LEGAL ETHICS

  • ANNOTATED MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT / American Bar Association. Center for Professional Responsibility; Bennett, Ellen J; Cohen, Elizabeth J; Gunnarsson, Helen W – 8th ed. – Chicago: ABA, 2015. [KB 265 A512P 2015]

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

  • THE DIVERSITY TRAINING ACTIVITY BOOK: 50 ACTIVITIES FOR PROMOTING COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING / Lambert, Jonamay; Myers, Selma – New York: AMACOM, 2009. [KB 267.P2 L222 2009]

The new Barristers’ Library Discovery Catalogue is now live at catalogue.nsbs.org.

DiscoveryCatalogue-1

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.

DiscoveryCatalogue-2

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

Access to Justice

Family Law Nova Scotia (http://www.nsfamilylaw.ca/) 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

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: https://imis.nsbs.org/imis20/NSBSWEB
To register by telephone or email, contact Alex Greencorn at 902 423 1300 x325 or agreencorn@lians.ca
  
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! 
  

Read the September 2015 issue of LIANSwers at http://www.lians.ca/news-category/lianswers.

In this edition …

  • Risk Management in the retention process: What your role as an “Officer of the Court” does not assure; a guest piece from Gavin Giles QC and Sheldon Nathanson highlighting the importance of diligence in the retention risk management process;
  • Record retention and the new Limitation of Actions Act;
  • LIANS' resources for opening/closing a practice;
  • Accessing Homewood Health online;
  • Limitation period for MVA claims is now two years;
  • Registration now open for the 7th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference (Nov. 6);
  • Time can be on your side;
  • Finding the “silver lining”; and
  • Become a Mentor or Mentee with LIANS' Mentorship Program. 

With lawyers busy with the practice side of their law practice, the business side sometimes falls by the wayside. Here are some quick and easy tips to keep your business running smoothly – and perhaps more efficiently:

  • Update your business plan. Chances are if you’ve been in a business for a few years, it doesn’t quite look the same now as it did when you first started. Review your business systems; your profit and loss statements; staff; leases; equipment; software programs. It might be time to upgrade and streamline.
  • Review where your clients are coming from. Find out where the good ones are coming from and tend to it. And remember the 80/20 rule: 80% of your outcomes should come from 20% of your inputs.
  • Take care of your referral sources.
  • When it comes to your legal fees, do not negotiate. If you lower your hourly fee, a prospective client may question why they were not offered the lower rate initially and you risk losing that client’s trust.
  • When you meet a new client, let them do the talking. Clients do not want to hear how good you are in your field and why they should hire you – they are already entrusting you with their information! They want to hear about what you can do for them.
  • Be clear and concise when explaining possible results. Manage your client’s expectations and provide them a road map of how the file may unfold.
  • Learn to say “no”. Think of this as the reverse 80/20 rule: you don’t want 80% of your headaches coming from that 20% of your client base. Categorizing your clients from “A” (good clients) to “D” (not so good clients) will help you manage your client list.

These few tips will help you ensure your practice runs efficiently, effectively and successfully.

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

Spoofing virus warning

Numerous lawyers report having their email addresses assumed or “spoofed”. As a result, emails are being sent seemingly from the lawyer’s email account with a virus-infected web link embedded in the message.

“Spoofing” occurs when a spammer forges your email address to send spam to your email contact list, which fools spam filters into letting the message through and making the recipient more likely to open an email message from a recognized address.

Remember – never click on any suspicious links or .zip files you receive by email. If the sender is known to you but you are in doubt, first verify the legitimacy of the link or .zip file with them.

Click here for more info and what steps to take if you’ve been ‘spoofed’
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Dredger purchase scam from "Ken Yoshiro (VP) of Kombaa"

The following scam attempt email has been received by numerous Nova Scotia lawyers with regard to a supposed dredger purchase.

Click here for more info and read the initial email response that lawyers have received

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

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

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

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

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

Are you feeling stressed at home or work? Take a deep breath and try to relax!

Many of us lead busy lives with numerous work, family or social commitments. Sometimes these commitments leave us feeling tired or anxious, and we can easily go long periods without relaxing, yet relaxation is perhaps the single most important key to health and well-being. Specifically, it is vital to combatting stress, which is known to contribute to the development of various diseases.

Many mental health professionals suggest we take at least ten minutes a day to wind down. Taking this small amount of time for ourselves can reduce potential mental health problems, memory failure or various physical ailments.

So what does it mean to be relaxed? Simply put, we are relaxed when we lessen tension or anxiety. We can become relaxed in numerous ways but generally, we relax when we are resting or engaged in something enjoyable. When we relax, our body has an opportunity to unwind. This could mean doing something as simple as sitting motionless, taking a short walk or enjoying a hot bath. The benefits of relaxation are well documented. Some examples can be found here:

  • Energy restoration. We often neglect the fact that we regularly push ourselves to the maximum. In order to keep generating more energy, we need to let our bodies rest. Relaxing allows our batteries to recharge, and generate more energy that we can then devote to our activities.
  • Bodily repair. Our bodies are designed to repair themselves from the daily wear and tear we impose on them, and this mostly happens while we relax. By taking time to relax, we allow our bodies the opportunity to focus on healing. If we neglect to relax and push ourselves beyond our physical limits, we prevent ourselves from achieving optimal physical health.
  • Increased mental focus. Just as we push our bodies, we also tend to push our minds past their limits. Intense thinking can be just as draining as physical exertion. When we set aside time to relax, we quiet our thoughts and let our minds rest. This can often be more restorative than the physical aspects of relaxation.
  • Mood improvement. Relaxation can help us feel happier. Just the act of resting relieves stress and allows us to feel content. We can even take a more proactive role in improving our mood during periods of rest and enhance the effect. For instance, relaxation techniques such as visualizing a pleasant memory contribute a great deal to improving our mood.

For additional information, support, resources and counselling in finding ways to relax, visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. 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.

Courts

The next meeting of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. The Committee is comprised of members of the Court of Appeal and a range of private and public sector appellate counsel.

The Committee’s role is to support the Executive Director in ensuring effective liaison with the Court of Appeal, while providing a means for ongoing communication between the Court of Appeal and the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society about matters of mutual concern and interest.

The three main tasks of the Committee are to identify practice and policy issues of mutual concern and interest to the Bench and Bar; recommend means for addressing these issues; and communicate the results of this process to the Court and to the Society for further communication to the profession or elsewhere.

Recent meetings have addressed issues such as education and support for self-represented litigants, electronic filings, vexatious litigants, pro bono initiatives, costs on appeal, and the ineffective counsel protocol.

If you have any issue, project or proposal that you wish to see brought before the Committee, please contact the Committee’s Co-Chair, Peter C. McVey, Q.C., at peter.mcvey@novascotia.ca by Thursday, October 15, 2015.

TO: Parties and Members of the Legal Profession
FROM: Daniel Gosselin, Chief Administrator
DATE: September 15, 2015
SUBJECT: Prothonotary Recruitment Process

This is to inform you that the Federal Court has launched a selection process for the recruitment of a Prothonotary in Ottawa, and to create a pool of candidates in Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Applications must be received by 23:59 (Pacific Standard Time) on October 15, 2015 for the position in Ottawa and by 23:59 (Pacific Standard Time) on November 15, 2015 for the pool of candidates.

The advertisement and selection criteria for this staffing process are posted on the Federal Court’s website.

Original signed by
Daniel Gosselin

See the original Circular 06/2015.

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:
http://courts.ns.ca/Self_Reps/NSCA-NSSC_Free_Legal_Clinic.htm

Province

Dear Member:

In the fall of this year the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Peter Bryson, will consider candidates for the next Queen’s Counsel appointments.

The criteria for these appointments are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a) Application or Nomination Form;

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

(c) Two Letters of Reference.  

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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

Government is making changes to the program that helps families collect court-ordered child and spousal support payments. Justice Minister Diana Whalen has announced actions that will lead to stronger enforcement and better services to families.

A review of the province's Maintenance Enforcement Program was released on September 18. Government has accepted all 27 recommendations.

"Children and their families depend on these payments, and they need them on time and paid in full, every month," said Ms. Whalen. "It's clear that changes are needed to improve the program, and we are committed to making that happen. I want families to know that we are in their corner and will do everything we can to help them."

The review, Improving Client Services for Families, makes recommendations in five key areas, including enforcement. As recommended in the review, government will increase the use of existing enforcement tools, such as the suspension of drivers' licences for parents who do not pay. Cases that are difficult to enforce will be handled differently by designating staff positions to specifically handle those cases. The possibility of having a designated enforcement investigation unit to help collect payment in challenging cases is also being explored.

The review also recommends better client service through improved communication, better use of technology to manage caseloads and increased training for staff. The minister has also committed to reviewing the legislation and publicly tracking and updating key indictors to hold the department accountable.

The review acknowledges the impact of the decision to consolidate all four regional maintenance enforcement offices in one office location in 2013. The move to New Waterford resulted in significant staff turnover and time spent hiring and training new staff. With a fully-trained team now operating, enforcement actions have increased by almost 70 per cent in the last few months, compared to the same period in 2011-12.

"Premier Stephen McNeil is taking a lead role and has put this issue on the national agenda," said Ms. Whalen. "This is a priority for government, and we are taking immediate action to strengthen enforcement efforts and crack down on those parents who refuse to pay support."

The organization representing Nova Scotia's women's centres welcomed government's commitment to strengthen the program.

"We need a strong maintenance enforcement program to ensure that the well-being of children is safeguarded. Too often children and their mothers are left struggling to cover basic life necessities because the maintenance payments to which they are entitled to and depend, are not forthcoming," Georgia Barnwell, co-ordinator, Women's Centres Connect.

The Maintenance Enforcement Program Review Committee Report and the Minister's response, Delivering Better Service and Enforcement, can be viewed at http://novascotia.ca/just/mepreview/

See the original September 18 announcement. 

Alternative sentencing options and treatment programs will continue to be available in Kings County for people whose addictions have led to criminal behaviour.

Atlantic Canada's first court-monitored drug treatment program pilot was launched in April 2014 at the Kentville Law Courts. The province announced today, Sept. 25, that the program will continue to be delivered until 2018 with funding from the federal government.

"I am delighted that we are extending this important program," said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. "Drug addictions often cause people to turn to crime to maintain their habits. This program is providing the necessary treatment and support that can help turn lives around."

The program is designed to ensure offenders take responsibility for their actions and commit to addiction treatment. Participants charged with an offence and referred to the program must plead guilty. They also have to be enrolled in a treatment program before they return to court for sentencing. The court monitors their progress.

To graduate, participants must be drug free for at least three months, have stable housing, be involved in their community and have no outstanding criminal charges or charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

There are currently six active participants, several pending applications and two Nova Scotians have graduated from the program to date.

"This program, while influenced by other models and programs across the country, is unique to Kings County. We designed our program in a way that we could deliver and sustain it in our community," said Kara Andrews, NSHA co-ordinator of Court-Monitored Drug Treatment Program. "I have witnessed the hard work, dedication and struggles of these individuals and it's incredible to see the transformation that can happen."

The court-monitored drug treatment program is supported by the provincial and federal governments, the provincial court, Nova Scotia Health Authority, local police, legal aid, the public prosecution service, the judiciary and community groups.

See the original September 25 announcement.

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: http://novascotia.ca/news/

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

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

  • Court-monitored Drug Treatment Program to Continue in Kings County (Sept. 25)
  • Better Support for Families Owed Child and Spousal Payments (Sept. 18)

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

  • Alternative Service Delivery Request for Supplier Qualifications Issued (Sept. 22)
BUSINESS--Invest Nova Scotia to Focus on Innovation, Benefits for Nova Scotians (Sept. 28) 
 
COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • Sexual Violence Strategy update: Funding for Community Support Networks Announced (Sept. 28) 
  • Insurance Settlements Policy to Change (Sept. 18) 
EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT--Four New Early Years Centres Officially Open (Sept. 15) 
 
ENVIRONMENT
  • Quarry Approval Issued (Sept. 22) 
  • Solid Waste Regulations, an Op-ed piece from Environment Minister Andrew Younger (Sept. 16) 
FINANCE/TREASURY BOARD--Government Releases Update, Recommits to Strong Fiscal Management (Sept. 21) 
 
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION--Discrimination Found in Clattenburg and Clattenburg-Pace v. Boutilier's Glen Campground (Sept. 24) 
 
IMMIGRATION--Nova Scotia Rewarded With More Immigration Nominations After Early Success (Sept. 16) 
 
INTERNAL SERVICES--Nova Scotia Marks Right To Know Week (Sept. 28) 
 
NOVA SCOTIA SECURITIES COMMISSION
  • Permanent Cease Trade Order for Mutual Fund Salesperson (Sept. 23) 
  • Oct. 15 Public Information Session on Crowdfunding in Truro (Sept. 22)
PREMIER'S OFFICE--Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines to Take Immediate Medical Leave (Sept. 24) 
 
TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL--Tender Awarded for Tolling Feasibility Study (Sept. 21) 
 

 

Other news

MISSING WILL: Blair Frederick Hammond, Cole Harbour

The family of the late Blair Frederick Hammond is attempting to locate a will for Mr. Hammond, and believe he had one prepared within the last year. Mr. Hammond resided at Cole Harbour and passed away on September 4, 2015. He was born March 29, 1961.

If anyone has information about the existence or location of Mr. Hammond’s will, please contact Kent Rodgers at 902 434 6181 or krodgers@crcplawyers.com

The Dartmouth law firm of Weldon McInnis is pleased and proud to welcome Nancy G. Rideout, who joined the firm on September 1, 2015. Nancy has practised law for over 30 years in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Her main area of concentration is in family law and she has completed the education and training necessary to conduct Collaborative Divorce in addition to traditional courtroom advocacy. Nancy’s practice also includes purchases and sales of property, Wills and Powers of Attorney. She brings with her a wealth of experience, skill and professionalism as well as a long standing dedication to her practice and clients. We invite all of Nancy’s former, current and new clients to contact her at our firm.

We look forward to working with you, Nancy!

Carter Ford LLP is pleased to announce the opening of its new office space.

The new space is still located on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Summer Street in the Spring Garden Professional Building, 5855 Spring Garden Road. The office is now located on the Second Floor in Suite 200.

Carter Ford will be open and ready for business on Monday, October 5, 2015. The lawyers and staff look forward to settling in to the larger space and would like to thank Westwood Developments for making their move as seamless and supportive as possible

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: info@lawreform.ns.ca.

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 amorgan@pattersonlaw.ca or 902 896 6194 and let me know.

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 http://www.cba.org/CBA/IDP/yiip/ . Please note the eligibility guidelines and the information on how to apply.

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Les candidatures pour le programme de cette année (2015-2016) doivent être présentées maintenant!
STAGES À L’ÉTRANGER EN AFRIQUE, DANS LES CARAÏBES, ET EN ASIE : 2015-2017

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 http://www.cba.org/ABC/IDP/YIIP/. Veuillez prendre note des critères d’admissibilité ainsi que des informations sur comment présenter votre candidature. 

Careers

Cox & Palmer is a full-service, top-ranked Atlantic Canadian law firm with knowledge and experience clients rely on for solid legal solutions. The firm prides itself on a collegial work atmosphere and supportive team environment. We hire self-motivated, team-minded individuals with a strong work ethic, integrity and a commitment to client service. 

Our Halifax office is currently seeking a lawyer for our Employment & Labour Practice Group. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years labour-specific experience with demonstrated competency in independent preparation and presentation of cases at arbitration, the Labour Board and the courts. Employment, professional regulation and administrative law experience is an asset.  

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide advice and representation to a wide variety of federal and provincial clients;
  • Work with our corporate and commercial lawyers to provide strategic advice on employment and labour issues in corporate mergers, acquisitions, sales and downsizing;
  • Engage in strategic business development to enhance existing client relationships and attract new clients;
  • Enhance and improve procedures and processes related to labour law practice;
  • Act as a mentor to junior associates and clerks;
  • Possess the ability to teach and present in a variety of contexts including in-house and external seminars, etc.  

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in labour law;
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation covering all areas of labour and related laws;
  • A highly motivated self-starter who has the ability to work well both autonomously and in a team environment;
  • Attention to detail, proven organizational skills and an effective communicator;
  • A member of the Nova Scotia Bar (or the potential to become a member).

Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada, Cox & Palmer, Halifax office provides a competitive compensation and benefits package including:

  • Health, dental, life and disability insurance;
  • Group RRSP;
  • Employer paid parking & professional membership fees;
  • Smartphone allowance;
  • Employee assistance program;
  • Annual health and fitness allowance

Qualified candidates who are interested in this position should send a covering letter and resume by October 16, 2015 to:

Claude Baldachino
Director of Professional Development
Cox & PalmerSuite
1100 1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3N2
Direct: (902) 491 4453
cbaldachino@coxandpalmer.com

 

Cox & Palmer is a full-service, top-ranked Atlantic Canadian law firm with knowledge and experience that clients rely on for solid legal solutions. We pride ourselves with having a collegial work atmosphere and a supportive team environment. We hire self-motivated, team-minded individuals with a strong work ethic, integrity and a commitment to client service. Our Halifax office is currently seeking a staff lawyer for residential real estate transactions. The successful candidate will have experience with: 

  • The purchase, sale and mortgaging of residential properties;
  • Drafting and coordinating required documents for real estate transactions;
  • Reviewing title abstracts and proving title opinions; and
  • The registration of properties and documents under the Land Registration Act.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Reviewing and organising residential property files and documents, including file management and preparation of documents and correspondence;
  • Ordering certificates, documents, funds from lenders, government bodies and agencies and liaising with clients on all these matters;
  • Ensuring complete documentation of files from opening to closing date;
  • Assisting with post-closing document and file management including drafting land registration forms, e-submission, archiving and reporting to clients;
  • Migrating properties to the Land Registration System, including review of title search; and
  • Coordinating and supervising work of legal assistants, paralegals and title searchers.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2 to 4 years experience of residential real estate law;
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation covering all areas of residential real estate;
  • A highly motivated self-starter who has the ability to work well both autonomously and in a team environment;
  • Attention to detail, proven organizational skills and an effective communicator; and
  • A member of the Nova Scotia Bar (or the potential to become a member).

Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada, Cox & Palmer, Halifax office provides a competitive compensation and benefits package including:

  • Health, dental, life and disability insurance;
  • Group RRSP;
  • Employer paid parking & professional membership fees;
  • Smartphone allowance;
  • Employee assistance program; and
  • Annual health and fitness allowance.

Qualified candidates who are interested in this position should send a covering letter and resume by Friday, October 16, 2015 to:

Claude Baldachino
Director of Professional Development
Cox & Palmer
Suite 1100
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3N2
Direct: (902) 491 4453
cbaldachino@coxandpalmer.com

Bland and Associates is a small but very busy three-lawyer (plus an articling clerk) general practice on the corner of Blowers and Argyle streets, in the heart of downtown Halifax.

We are located only a minute's walk from the Spring Garden Road Provincial Court and also very close to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (General Division) on Upper Water Street.

We are looking for one lawyer (and possibly more) to join us, preferably with an existing practice, however we have taken on newly-called lawyers in the past and certainly would do so again.

If interested, please contact:

Owen G. Bland
Bland & Associates
11-5239 Blowers Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1J8
Phone: (902)-492-9927
Fax: (902)-492-6984
Email: owen@lawhalifax.com

La Fédération des ordres professionnels de juristes du Canada est l’organisme coordonnateur national des 14 ordres professionnels de juristes du Canada qui ont le mandat de réglementer les 100 000 avocats du Canada, les 4 000 notaires du Québec et les 7 500 parajuristes autorisés de l’Ontario dans l’intérêt du public. Dans le cadre de son mandat pancanadien, la Fédération assume au nom de ses membres une série d’initiatives qui concernent des normes nationales de réglementation que tous les Canadiens et toutes les Canadiennes sont servis par une profession juridique compétente, honorable et indépendante. flsc.ca/fr/

La Fédération recrute deux conseillers ou conseillères en matière de politiques chargés de jouer un rôle essentiel, qui consiste à aider à l’élaboration de politiques sur une vaste gamme de sujets se trouvant au coeur du mandat de la Fédération, et à soutenir des initiatives et des projets nationaux en lien avec la réglementation de la profession juridique. Leurs tâches seront notamment de mener des recherches, de surveiller et d’analyser les initiatives prises en matière de législation et les faits nouveaux en matière de réglementation, de préparer des documents d’information, des rapports et des soumissions, et de présenter des commentaires et des avis concernant les relations avec le gouvernement.

Les candidats ou candidates doivent être membres en règle d’un ordre professionnel de juristes canadien ou y être admissibles. Idéalement, l’un des avocats ou l’une des avocates doit avoir de 6 à 10 ans d’expérience, et l’autre, de 1 à 5 ans d’expérience. Une expérience dans le milieu de la réglementation ou au sein d’une association est souhaitable. Les candidats ou candidates doivent faire preuve de compétences exceptionnelles en communication écrite et orale, de compétences supérieures en analyse, d’un jugement sûr et d’un fort esprit d’équipe.

Si vous êtes attirés par l’un de ces postes stimulants, situés à Ottawa, veuillez adresser votre curriculum vitæ à Frederica Wilson à l’adresse fwilson@flsc.ca.

The Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, invites applications for two probationary tenure-track or tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to commence July 1, 2016. These appointments are subject to budgetary approval.   

There are no subject area limits for the search process. Nevertheless, the School is particularly interested in scholars having demonstrated research and teaching interests in business law, marine and oceans law, family law, labour law and law and technology. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record, a record of and commitment to scholarly engagement, and demonstrated (or potential) teaching excellence. At the time of appointment, the successful candidate will hold an LL.B. or J.D. and is expected to have a relevant Master’s degree or a doctorate (completed or in progress). 

Applications received before October 23, 2015 will be given fullest consideration.  

About the Schulich School of Law

The Schulich School of Law plays an integral role in the fabric of Canadian legal education. We are the most nationally representative law school in the country, with a large number of students drawn from and returning to every region. We graduate leaders, with alumni holding every form of government office, teaching in most Canadian law schools, innovating in the provision of private and public sector legal services, advancing policy in the executive branch of government, rendering decisions on courts across the country, and offering service to non-governmental bodies, and non-profit and community organizations.  We have always been marked by our commitment to unselfish public service, in the Weldon tradition. 

We are rooted in our university context. We embrace the interdisciplinary opportunity of working in a university, we value the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and we are firmly committed to students and to teaching and learning excellence.  

We care about the history of the place where we find our roots. We are Atlantic Canadians – conscious of the difference we make to law reform, adjudication, legal service, and community engagement at home.  We value the contributions of the founding communities in this province, the Mi’kmaq Nation, Acadians, African Nova Scotians, and British, and we open our doors to the world. 

How to Apply

Applications should include a resume, university transcripts, a maximum 7-page teaching and research statement, and the names of three referees, at least one of whom must be an academic referee. If a candidate’s graduate degree is in progress, then in their cover letter the candidate should indicate their stage of completion. 

Applications should be forwarded to: 

Chair, Appointments Committee
Schulich School of Law
Dalhousie University
6061 University Avenue
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4R2

Tel. (902) 494-2114
Fax: (902) 494-2102

OR

Applications may be made by e-mail, addressed to: lawdean@dal.ca  

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women. 

http://law.dal.ca

Competition #948 BR
Solicitor
Legal, Insurance and Risk Management Services, Halifax Regional Municipality

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a Solicitor for a permanent, full-time position for the Solicitor Services Team, primarily providing legal services in corporate/commercial law and contract review.

HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. This Solicitor would be a member of the Solicitor Services Team, reporting to a Team Lead and the Director, and would provide legal services to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).

The Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to HRM staff conducting daily business and long term planning for the HRM. The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs. The Solicitor will be a client focused and self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers and support staff in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

  • Law Degree from a recognized university;
  • 6-12 years relevant experience in the practice of law;
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted;
  • Experience in the following areas of practice: corporate, commercial, contracts;
  • Experience in real property, administrative and municipal law would be considered an asset.

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight on October 15, 2015. For more details about the position and to apply please go to http://www.halifax.ca/employment/index.php

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) is an independent, arms-length, government agency charged with a unique role, administering the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. First established in 1967, the NSHRC is governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by Governor in Council, with a dual mandate including dispute resolution and eliminating barriers to full participation in society through education, training, consultation, research, policy development, and advice.

Reporting to the legislature through the Minister of Justice, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is appointed by Governor in Council and is a non-voting member of the Commission. With the official status of deputy head, you will work within the Province’s policies and procedures to provide strategic leadership to efficiently administer Nova Scotia’s human rights programs, services, research, and education. A proven manager, you will oversee and direct the Commission’s human and financial resources by creating an inclusive, accommodating, prosperous and healthy workplace. A dynamic leader, you will effectively promote the fundamental principles of social inclusion and diversity across all organizations in Nova Scotia and influence leaders to support and adopt diversity initiatives and inclusionary practices. An effective communicator and relationship builder, you will provide non-partisan strategic advice on human rights related matters and best practices to the Commissioners and the Minister.

As the ideal candidate, you have an undergraduate or graduate degree and several years of successful senior leadership and management experience. You are a mature and collaborative leader who fosters and promotes a culture of inclusion, innovation, and accountability amongst your team. You have experience in developing and managing budgets and strategic and operational plans. You are able to be a champion for human rights, diversity, and inclusion and you understand the historical and current economic and social issues related to diversity, racism, and multiculturalism. You are familiar with and are able to direct quasi-judicial systems and are knowledgeable about restorative approaches. You bring exceptional facilitation and public speaking skills and are known as an individual of integrity with strong personal and professional credibility.

If you are looking to play a key leadership role in this critically important mandate please contact Anna Stuart or Jason Ozon at 902.421.9849 or submit your resume online at: http://www.kbrs.ca/Careers/10955.

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your applicant form, cover letter, or on your resume.

Company Overview
 
Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is an independent, publicly funded, not-for-profit organization that is an essential and unique player in the provincial legal landscape providing assistance to 260,000 people each year. LAA’s Vision, at the core of everything it does, is:
 
An Alberta where everyone can access justice and achieve fair and lasting resolutions to their legal issues.
 
Through 250 staff and nearly 1,000 private bar lawyers, LAA provides a broad range of services to Albertans who are facing a legal issue and find themselves in a vulnerable position. LAA works to assess the needs of these Albertans, and helps them navigate their journey through the justice system. LAA provides information, guidance and advice on a wide variety of legal issues and appoints lawyers to provide legal representation for legal matters in the areas of criminal (adult and youth), family, child welfare, refugee/immigration, and some civil matters. These services are provided through LAA staff and contracted services as follows:
 
  • Legal Services Centres
  • Duty Counsel
  • Criminal Resolution Offices
  • Family Law Offices
  • Youth Criminal Defence Offices
  • Private bar lawyers
By helping Albertans achieve better outcomes, Legal Aid Alberta positively impacts both individuals and the greater Alberta community. You can learn more about Legal Aid Alberta at www.legalaid.ab.ca
 
The Role
 
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President, Legal Representation will contribute to allowing LAA to achieve its organizational goals and objectives by taking a strategic approach to leading his/her business unit. Overseeing a team that includes Senior Counsel, Family Law Office; Senior Counsel, Youth Criminal Defence Office; and Senior Counsel, Criminal Resolution Office, this role provides leadership and direction to align and develop consistency and best practices for programs, employee development, and client service delivery among the representational staff law offices of LAA and within the organization as a whole.
 
As a key leader in the organization, this person will contribute to the planning and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan overall as well as inspire innovation and execute strategy specific to the Legal Representation group.
 
Key responsibilities for this role include the following:
 
  • As a member of the senior management team, lead the implementation of LAA’s vision, mission, and goals.
  • Collaborate with the CEO and Executive Team in developing the unit’s objectives and plans.
  • Direct, support, and motivate the Senior Counsel of the staff Law Offices to implement best practices in service delivery to clients with the goal of creating “Centers of Excellence”.
  • Plan and manage Legal Representation’s budget and Key Performance Indicators, and provide regular reporting on statistical, financial, and business results.
  • Establish benchmarks and maintain leading edge practices for similar services in Alberta and other jurisdictions.
  • Build trust and collaboration in the organization, and develop positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including government and the legal community
  • Work with the Board of Directors, the Executive Team and Leadership Council to recommend continuous improvement and/or change in Legal Representation’s practices and processes to support LAA goals and objectives.
  • Identify process improvement opportunities and encourage innovation at the organizational and business unit levels.
  • Participate in the development of organization-wide policies and ensure the effective operationalization of those policies within the Legal Representation business unit.
  • Ensure that a healthy roster of private bar lawyers are available to LAA and that LAA is delivering a consistent level of representation services to all its clients whether they are represented by staff or the roster.
The Candidate
The successful candidate will be an experienced lawyer with staff leadership experience or strong ability to effectively manage significant people, financial, and information resources.
 
Core Competencies
The ideal candidate will possess the following core competencies:
  • A law degree from a recognized law school;
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Alberta;
  • Practice experience in Family and Criminal law; and
  • Significant senior management experience leading people and business processes.
Personal  Characteristics
In addition to the Core Competencies, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the following characteristics:
  • Inspiring Others
    Is skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; works collaboratively with all levels of the organization towards a common goal; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people; displays true leadership skills and character.
  • Managing Diverse Relationships
    Relates well to a wide variety of diverse styles, types, and classes; open to differences; effective up, down, sideways, inside and outside; builds diverse networks; quick to find common ground; treats differences fairly and equitably; treats everyone as a preferred customer.
  • Making Complex Decisions
    Can solve even the toughest and most complex of problems; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available; is a quick study of the new and different; adds personal wisdom and experience to arrive at the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.
  • Acting With Integrity and Character
    Is a person of high character; is consistent and acts in line with LAA’s values of integrity, transparency, accountability, fairness and responsiveness; deals and talks straight; walks his/her talk; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences.​
  • Communicating Effectively
    Writes and verbally communicates effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message.
Contact
Rick Vogel, ICD.D
Partner
780.665.4965 ext. 101
Rick@PekarskyCo.com
 
Christine DeWitt, LL.B.
Associate
780.665.4965 ext. 104

Suite 300, 1055 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1Y6
P 780.665.4965
http://PekarskyCo.com

 

Heritage House Law Office, a downtown Dartmouth Law Firm, is seeking a Legal Assistant to work in the areas of Family Law and Personal Injury/Litigation. A minimum of two years experience is required for this position.

The successful candidate should have:

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • a strong work ethic, and
  • the ability to work with a minimum of supervision.

Experience in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Excell Spreadsheets and PCLaw would be beneficial to this position.

Resumes and cover letters to be directed by email only to chrish@heritagelaw.ca. No phone calls please.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Cox & Palmer is a full-service, top-ranked Atlantic Canadian law firm with knowledge and experience clients rely on for solid legal solutions. The firm prides itself on a collegial work atmosphere and supportive team environment. We hire self-motivated, team-minded individuals with a strong work ethic, integrity and a commitment to client service. 

Our Halifax office is currently seeking a lawyer for our Corporate & Commercial practice group with significant experience in securities transactions. Interest in start-ups is also valuable. The successful candidate will have 3 to 5 years experience in:

  • Mergers and acquisitions       
  • Corporate finance (public and private)
  • Public issuer continuous disclosure obligations
  • Corporate law                         
  • Corporate governance
  • Venture capital and private equity

 SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide advice and representation to acquirers, targets, shareholder groups and financial advisors in a range of M&A transactions;
  • Engage in strategic business development to enhance existing client relationships and attract new clients;
  • Act as a mentor to junior associates and clerks;
  • Possess the ability to teach and present in a variety of contexts including in-house and external seminars, etc.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in securities law;
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation covering all areas of securities law;
  • A highly motivated self-starter who has the ability to work well both autonomously and in a team environment;
  • Attention to detail, proven organizational skills and an effective communicator;
  • A member of the Nova Scotia Bar (or the potential to become a member).

Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada, Cox & Palmer, Halifax office provides a competitive compensation and benefits package including:

  • Health, dental, life and disability insurance;
  • Group RRSP;
  • Employer paid parking & professional membership fees;
  • Smartphone allowance;
  • Employee assistance program;
  • Annual health and fitness allowance

Qualified candidates who are interested in this position should send a covering letter and resume by Friday, October 16, 2015 to:

Claude Baldachino
Director of Professional Development
Cox & Palmer Suite
1100 1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3N2
Direct: (902) 491 4453
cbaldachino@coxandpalmer.com

Cox & Palmer is a full-service, top-ranked Atlantic Canadian law firm with knowledge and experience clients rely on for solid legal solutions. We pride ourselves with having a collegial work atmosphere and a supportive team environment. We hire motivated, team-minded individuals with a strong work ethic, integrity and a commitment to client service.

Our Halifax office is currently seeking a lawyer for our Corporate/Commercial practice group. The successful candidate will have experience in:

  • General Corporate/Commercial transactions;
  • Mergers and Acquisitions;
  • Banking and Finance;
  • Commercial Real Estate; and
  • Corporate Restructuring and Tax.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide advice and representation to clients on a range of corporate and commercial transactions;·
  • Engage in strategic business development to enhance existing client relationships and attract new clients;·
  • Act as a mentor to junior associates, clerks and summer students. 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3 to 7 years experience of corporate and commercial law;
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation covering all areas of corporate and commercial transactions;
  • A highly motivated self-starter who has the ability to work well both autonomously and in a team environment;
  • Attention to detail, proven organizational skills and an effective communicator; and
  • A member of the Nova Scotia Bar (or the potential to become a member).

Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada, Cox & Palmer, Halifax office provides a competitive compensation and benefits package including:

  • Health, dental, life and disability insurance;
  • Group RRSP;
  • Employer paid parking & professional membership fees;
  • Smartphone allowance;
  • Employee assistance program; and
  • Annual health and fitness allowance.

Qualified candidates who are interested in this position should send a covering letter and resume by Friday, October 16, 2015 to:

Claude Baldachino
Director of Professional Development
Cox & Palmer
Suite 1100 1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3N2
Direct: (902) 491 4453
cbaldachino@coxandpalmer.com

Are you a busy sole practitioner looking to realize the benefits of being associated with an established downtown medium-sized firm? Are you associated with another firm and looking for a positive change? If the answer to either question is yes, this may be the opportunity you have been seeking and we would like to hear from you!  

Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP is seeking to expand and to bring on an associate lawyer who has an existing and established client base in the Halifax Regional Municipality.   

Established in 1864, BNB LLP is one of Halifax’s original full-service law firms. With new and modern offices located in the heart of the downtown core, we are committed to delivering professional, effective and resolute representation and legal services to those we serve.   

This position represents a great opportunity within a dynamic, challenging, and professional environment with compensation based on a fee-split arrangement. Qualified candidates who are interested in this opportunity should email a cover letter and curriculum vitae (PDF format) to: 

Ian S. Joyce, Partner
Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP
1100-1645 Granville Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3B7
Email: ijoyce@bloisnickerson.com   

Visit us online at: www.bloisnickerson.com

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) is the national coordinating body of the 14 law societies that regulate Canada’s 100,000 lawyers, Quebec’s 4,000 notaries and Ontario’s 7,500 licensed paralegals in the public interest. As part of its pan-Canadian mandate, the Federation carries out a range of initiatives on behalf of its members that relate to national standards of regulation to ensure that all Canadians are served by a competent, honourable and independent legal profession. flsc.ca

The Federation is hiring two policy counsel to play a key role in the development of policy on a wide range of matters at the core of the Federation’s mandate and to support national initiatives and projects related to regulation of the legal profession. Duties will include conducting research, monitoring and analysing legislative initiatives and regulatory developments, preparing briefing materials, reports and submissions and providing input and advice on government relations.

Candidates must be, or be eligible to be, a member in good standing of a Canadian law society. Ideally one lawyer will have 6-10 years of relevant experience, and the other will have 1-5 years of experience.

Experience in a professional regulatory or association environment would be desirable. Candidates must possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills, superior analytical skills, sound judgment and a strong team orientation.

If either of these exciting Ottawa based opportunities is of interest to you, please forward your resume to Frederica Wilson at fwilson@flsc.ca.

Newly rebranded Bedford law firm, Blackburn Law, is seeking an excellent lawyer interested in the areas of civil litigation and family law. Ideally, the applicant will have five or more years of experience and an existing client base. The successful applicant will be able to draw extensively upon referrals from our existing team of solicitors, and will be afforded considerable flexibility to balance his or her professional obligations with his or her personal obligations.

If you are a great lawyer and love what you do, but wish you could find a more pleasant environment in which to do it, please inquire in confidence to Nelson Blackburn, Q.C., at (902) 835-8544 or nblackburn@blackburnlaw.ca.

Blackburn Law
Bedford House, Sunnyside Mall
231 - 1595 Bedford Highway
Bedford, NS  B4A 3Y4

  • Graduated May 2015. 
  • Business law specialisation certificate. 
  • Above-average grades in commercial sales law, entertainment law, labour, legal research and writing, real estate, tax, torts, and trusts. 
  • Available immediately.
  • Interested in gaining experience in almost any area of law.
  • Willing to relocate. 

Please feel free to contact me at anytime:

902.430.4135 or nicholasjordanbutcher@gmail.com

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.

Contact Cameron.foster@dal.ca

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 tamsyn.brennan@veithhouse.ns.ca 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 traceyrandem@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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
nadine.gillam@cdha.nshealth.ca
Room 118, Centre for Clinical Research
5790 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 17:00 to 18:00

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

Speaker:

  • Jennifer Taylor, Stewart McKelvey

http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_YLS_0915

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

DAY 1

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

PANEL SUMMARY
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 

PANEL SUMMARY
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

TOPICS

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.

NETWORKING LUNCH
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 

PANEL SUMMARY
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

PANEL SUMMARY
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.

END OF DAY ONE
4:00 PM

COCKTAIL RECEPTION
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

DAY 2

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

PANEL SUMMARY
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 

PANEL SUMMARY
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 

PANEL SUMMARY
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.

CONFERENCE ENDS
12:30 PM

Web: http://lancasterhouse.com/conferences/show/id/54/info/overview

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

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

Speakers:

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

http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_BANK_1015

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)

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE! http://iaj2015.openum.ca/

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: Monday, October 5, 2015 (All day)

RECEIVABLES MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
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 www.youcancollect.com

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.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

SPEAKERS

COURSE LEADER

  • Lisa R. Lifshitz, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP

GUEST SPEAKERS

  • 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: Monday, October 5, 2015 - 02:00

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

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

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

Register

Event Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

Powers of Attorney: What Now?
Discussion and Analysis of the Recommendations of the Law Reform Commission's Final Report on POAs

Speakers:

  • Angus Gibbon, Law Reform Commission of NS
  • Scott Barnett, Wickwire Holm

http://cbaapp.org/cba_formatevents_NS/Edit_Event.aspx?code=ELD_1015

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.

Registerhttps://cc.callinfo.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=1b4s2u3n75zh1

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

RECEIVABLES MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
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 www.youcancollect.com

Event Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 16:30
 
2015 Keynote Speaker:
Michael Landsberg
TSN Host & Mental Health Advocate
 
Master of Ceremonies:
Scott Boyd
 
With:
  • 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 LindaM.MacNeil@nshealth.ca
 
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.

www.step.ca

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: http://www.dal.ca/faculty/law/melaw/news-events/douglas-m-johnston-lectures.html

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.

Speakers:

  • 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  

http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_DIV_1015

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

http://www.ciaj-icaj.ca/images/stories/eventsPDF/2015.AC.pdf

Event Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015 (All day)

The Indigenous Bar Association 27th Annual Fall Conference is October 15-17, 2015 at Chelsea Hotel, in Toronto, Ontario. With the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, the focus of this year’s Conference is “What Do We Mean By Reconciliation?” Areas of discussion will include:

  • Law and Justice;
  • Education; Law, Arts and Culture, and Communities.
  • The theme of this year’s Conference is titled, Reconciliation: The Grounding of Law.  
  • We will create an opportunity for industry, government, academics and legal practitioners to discuss strategies for implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recently released Calls to Action.

On October 15, 2015, we offer three CPD workshops, indicated below. To view the agenda, please see the website

CPD A – Indigenous Legal Ethics and Professionalism – It is a 3hr workshop that will explore various issues related to ethics and professionalism particularly for Indigenous Lawyers and Lawyers acting for Indigenous Clients. Topics to be discussed include: Who is the Client; Understanding Privilege and Dealing with Conflicts. A round table discussion of fact scenarios that Lawyers may be faced with in their practice. 

CPD B – Judicial Reviews (1.5 hrs) – This course is designed for those coming new to the judicial review process within Aboriginal law. An overview of the Aboriginal law judicial review process will be provided including standards of review, standing, forms of relief and alternative dispute resolution. The course will also include consideration of common grounds for judicial review with a focus on recent case law

CPD C Revenue Sharing Agreements – (1.5hr) This course will address the following the underlying legal basis and framework for resource revenue sharing, overview of various agreement type currently underway to create revenue sharing, typical clauses for releases/abeyance/indemnities of Indigenous rights and underlying Indigenous Perspective to Revenue Sharing. 

Registerhttp://www.indigenousbar.ca/conferences/conference_payment.html

 

Event Date: Friday, October 16, 2015 (All day)

Everyone encounters difficult people on a regular basis and typically conversations with them leave people feeling frustrated, stressed, angry and tired. This workshop will analyze what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrate how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. The effect of intervention styles will be explored, in particular, how different styles interact with each other. Participants will also learn how to change their interactions with difficult people in order to influence their behaviour, resulting in more positive outcomes.

Presented by ACHIEVE Training Centre.

For more information or to register please visit: https://ca.achievecentre.com/workshops/dealing-with-difficult-people-halifax/

Event Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

Environmental Due Diligence

Environmental Due Diligence, including Phase I environmental site assessments and questions that lawyers should be asking their clients about observable conditions in the case of residential property that suggests further investigation is warranted. For example, a commercial shop on the property, stained soil, dead vegetation, oil heat, basement/cellar (radon testing), a gas station next door, etc.

Speaker:

  • Robert Rains of Sampletech, a provider of environmental testing services including air, soil, water and hazardous materials.
Event Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 (All day)

View brochure here: 6th Annual New Procurement: Critical Advances from Process to Practice

For any organization, purchasing goods and services ranks at the top of the “must-do-right” list. When done well, procurement processes will drive innovative solutions and achieve best value. Done poorly, supply chains are interrupted, costly litigation looms, and suppliers lose confidence in the organization’s ability or willingness to purchase goods and services in an open, fair and transparent manner. Numerous court decisions provide a rich body of evidence detailing how good procurements can go badly, and the consequences when they do.

Why attend:

  • Leading procurement experts will demonstrate the "how and why" of the shifting procurement landscape, and help you navigate around the obstacles that can push the purchasing process off course.
  • They will also showcase new and innovative procurement methods, and take you through an advanced case study.
  • This course is aimed at anyone interested in cutting-edge best practices in Public Procurement - procurement professionals, government officials, in-house counsel, and contract or project managers.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • New Developments in Procurement Law – Case Law Update
  • Drafting – Best Practices
  • New and Innovative Processes
  • Advanced, Comprehensive Case Study

SPEAKERS

CO-CHAIRS

  • Richard H. Shaban, Senior Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Gerry Stobo, Senior Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Ian J. Houston, Senior Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

GUEST SPEAKER

  • Mandy Aylen, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
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.

http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_FAMCC_1015

Event Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (All day)

View brochure here: 6th Annual New Procurement: Critical Advances from Process to Practice

For any organization, purchasing goods and services ranks at the top of the “must-do-right” list. When done well, procurement processes will drive innovative solutions and achieve best value. Done poorly, supply chains are interrupted, costly litigation looms, and suppliers lose confidence in the organization’s ability or willingness to purchase goods and services in an open, fair and transparent manner. Numerous court decisions provide a rich body of evidence detailing how good procurements can go badly, and the consequences when they do.

Why attend:

  • Leading procurement experts will demonstrate the "how and why" of the shifting procurement landscape, and help you navigate around the obstacles that can push the purchasing process off course.
  • They will also showcase new and innovative procurement methods, and take you through an advanced case study.
  • This course is aimed at anyone interested in cutting-edge best practices in Public Procurement - procurement professionals, government officials, in-house counsel, and contract or project managers.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • New Developments in Procurement Law – Case Law Update
  • Drafting – Best Practices
  • New and Innovative Processes
  • Advanced, Comprehensive Case Study

SPEAKERS

CO-CHAIRS

  • Richard H. Shaban, Senior Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Gerry Stobo, Senior Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Ian J. Houston, Senior Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

GUEST SPEAKER

  • Mandy Aylen, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Event Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (All day)

Program Chairs:

  • Michelle C. Awad QC, McInnes Cooper
  • Daniel M. Campbell, Cox & Palmer

Program Description: Watch live and video demonstrations of various aspects of trial advocacy to learn to identify, elicit, highlight and present critical evidence. The demonstrations showcase a variety of advocacy styles followed by commentary from judges and senior counsel on the effectiveness of each presentation. Register for the morning only, featuring demonstrations, presentations, and panel discussions. Or, stay for the full day, including the afternoon learning-by-doing skills workshop on cross-examination, where you will take part in hands-on exercises and receive individualized feedback from leading Nova Scotia barristers. Afternoon workshop materials will be distributed electronically two weeks prior to the program. Advance preparation is required for the afternoon skills workshop.

Morning Program Agenda:

  • Powerful Pre-Trial Preparation: Focusing on Critical Evidence
  • Opening with a Bang and Presenting Your Case in Direct-Examination: Using Persuasive Techniques
  • Fighting Back: Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination and Closing

Visit advocates.ca to register and for membership information.

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

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

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

Register

Event Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

Getting the Most Out of Your Settlement Conference

Speaker:

  • Justice James L. Chipman., Nova Scotia Supreme Court

http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_INS_1015

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.

http://thecommonsinstitute.com/page15/

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.

Web: http://thecommonsinstitute.com/page10/

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.

Web: http://thecommonsinstitute.com/page44/

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.

Web: http://thecommonsinstitute.com/page32/

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.

Web: http://thecommonsinstitute.com/page13/

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: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:30

Punishing Women’s Unruly Bodies: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mother-Baby Separation under Conditions of Imprisonment

  • Julie Bilotta, Prisoner Rights Advocate
  • Emma Halpern, Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton
  • Sheila Wildeman, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University  

All welcome!
No registration. Free.
Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312.
Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with sponsorship from the Schulich School of Law and the CIHR training Program in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy (help.ca).

Event Date: Friday, November 6, 2015 (All day)

The 7th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held November 6, 2015 from 9am–4pm 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 Members Login section.
To register by telephone or email, contact Alex Greencorn at 902 423 1300 x325 or agreencorn@lians.ca
Early Bird Rate: $200+tax; after October 16th: $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!

Event Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 18:00

The Schulich School of Law cordially invites you to attend
the sixth annual Innis Christie Lecture in Labour and Employment Law

Forging a New Consensus:
Labour Law and Economic Development

Professor Simon Deakin
Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge 

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:00pm
Weldon Law Building, Room 105 

RSVP by Thurs., Oct. 28, 2015
LawDean@dal.ca or 902-494-2114

Event Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 18:00 to Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 16:00

Professor Simon Deakin
Innis Christie Visiting Professor Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge 

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
November 5-7, 2015

Registration Deadline:  Friday, October 2, 2015

Labour Regulation and Economic Development: Past, Present and Future

The world of work has seen fundamental changes over the past thirty years which include the rise of precarious and flexible employment, increased female participation in the labour market, the outsourcing of production to developing countries, and rising levels of migration. Labour law rules designed for full-time, regular employment within the framework of the integrated business firm and a stable public sector seem out of place in this world. It is a short step from here to infer the end of labour law as a technique of regulation and to propose, on the one hand, its reabsorption by the private law of contract and tort or, on to other, its integration into a wider field of laws addressing unfairness in economic relations.  

The course will review the evidence for and against the hypothesis of the desuetude of labour law. Individual sessions will explore the relationship between industrialisation and the evolution of the legal institution of the contract of employment in western Europe and North America; the emergence of different national models of labour law and their relationship to collective bargaining and the structure of business; the current debate over the rise of the ‘precariat’ and informal work in developed and developing economies; recent labour law reforms in emerging markets including China and India; and methodological issues which arise in the context of the economic and sociological study of labour law. The course will suggest a counter-hypothesis to the current wisdom, namely that labour law is an integral part of a market economy and of the evolution of capitalism, and that since an end to capitalism is not immediately in sight, the history of labour law is not yet run.  

Schedule:       

  • Thurs, Nov. 5, 6:00-7:30 pm (public lecture – attendance required)
  • Friday, Nov. 6, 3:00-6:00 pm (class)
  • Saturday, Nov. 7, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:00pm (class) 

Location: Classes will be held in the Weldon Law Building, Room 207, and the public lecture will be in Room 105. 

This course is open to members of the legal profession and practitioners of industrial relations and human relations management for purposes of continuing professional education. 

To register for the course, please contact the Dean’s Office, Schulich School of Law at LawDean@dal.ca.

Event Date: Friday, November 6, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:30

When Social Justice and Science Clash over Questions of Sexual and Gender Identity, Who Wins, Who Loses?

  • Alice Dreger, Historian of Medicine and Science; Sex Researcher

All welcome!
No registration. Free.
Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312.
Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with sponsorship from the Schulich School of Law and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy (hlep.ca).

Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:30

Is it Time to Adopt a No-Fault Scheme to Compensate Injured Patients?

  • Elaine Gibson, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University 

All welcome!
No registration. Free.
Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312.
Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with sponsorship from the Schulich School of Law and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy (hlep.ca).

Event Date: Friday, January 15, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30

Historical Trauma Among Aboriginal Peoples: Implications for Improving Well-Being

  • Amy Bombay, Department of Psychiatry and School of Nursing, Dalhousie University

All welcome!
No registration. Free.
Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312.
Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with sponsorship from the Schulich School of Law and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy (hlep.ca).

Event Date: Friday, January 29, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30

Superbugs Attack! How the World Can Win the War on Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Steven Hoffman, Global Stretegy Lab, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

All welcome!
No registration. Free.
Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312.
Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with sponsorship from the Schulich School of Law and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy (hlep.ca).

Event Date: Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30

Dalhousie Health Law and Policy Seminar - Patenting Outside the Law in Canadian Medical History

  • Tina Piper, Faculty of Law, McGill University

All welcome!
No registration required. Free.
Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312.
Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with sponsorship from the Schulich School of Law and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy (hlep.ca).

Event Date: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30

Marketing Restrictions on Tobacco and Alcohol Products: International Human Rights and Comparative Law Perspectives

  • Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

All welcome!
No registration required. Free.
Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312.
Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with sponsorship from the Schulich School of Law and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy (hlep.ca).

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