March 14, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event: Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QCAn annual event supported by McInnes Cooper April 14, 2016 | 5:30 to 7:30 pmThe Gateway, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, Halifax NS Read More

Legal briefs and documents relating to the Trinity Western University matter continue to be made available on the Society’s website, once they are filed with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Find them on the TWU court documents page: Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: College class project spurs Nova Scotia government to take action J Source | February 29, 2016 Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Theresse Annette Lipton Charys Noelle Payne Jamie Andrew Vacon The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks: Read More
Professional development

CLASS ACTIONS DEFENDING CLASS ACTIONS IN CANADA: A GUIDE FOR DEFENDANTS / McCarthy Tétrault — 4th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2015. [KB 190 M123 2015] LEGAL ETHICS Read More

The new Law Practice Management program is designed to equip lawyers and managers in the legal profession with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to effectively and strategically manage a practice.  Read More
Access to Justice

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is providing free wills clinics to seniors in need in the communities of North Preston, East Preston and Cherry Brook.   Read More
Tips from LIANS

LIANS has been received numerous reports of the following scam attempt received as by paper mail from “Accountant and independent underwriter, John Westwood” purportedly from London, UK. The letter begins as follows: Read More

With the ABA Tech Show just around the corner, here are a few tech-inspired tips to help keep you efficient and productive: Read More

Sometimes we need help and we aren’t sure where to turn. Who should I talk to? Where do I go to get help? How does counselling work? You are not alone. There are answers and people who can help. Here are a few frequently asked questions that will help guide you where to start. When should I consider getting help from a trained professional? Read More

As the current phase of the HVAC renovation project at The Law Courts at 1815 Upper Water Street concludes, the Barristers’ Gowning Rooms, Lounge and Meeting Room have moved back to the first floor, on the south side of the building. Read More

Notice from Bill Clancey, Court Administrator, Supreme Court (General Division), Department of Justice To All Concerned: Effective Monday, March 21, 2016, the Probate Court and Bankruptcy Court Administration Offices have been relocated to the first floor level of The Halifax Law Courts located at 1815 Upper Water Street, Halifax. Read More

(March 23, 2016) – The judges of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia have revised the "Draft Temporary Practice Memorandum on Physician Assisted Death" first released on March 4. It will be considered by the Court as a whole on May 12 and 13, 2016. Submissions can be made in writing to Justice James L. Chipman or Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy at the following address: Read More

On February 26, 2016, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court approved amendments to Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rule 13 – Summary Judgment. Read More

Representatives from the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors, African Nova Scotian Affairs and the Department of Natural Resources will support people in the Preston area to clarify titles to private properties. Read More

(March 1, 2016) -- Government has purchased the Kings County Municipal Building from the Municipality of the County of Kings. The building houses three courtrooms, Provincial and Supreme Court judges' offices, court support staff facilities, sheriffs’ offices, a barristers' library and holding cells. Read More

Government has announced changes to auto insurance rules that will help some drivers keep their insurance premiums stable and create consistency in the marketplace. Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   Read More

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

Federation of Law Societies commits to effective response to TRC report Read More

The Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (ENRICH) has developed a new interactive, open-source, community-based map online, as well as a tutorial on using the map and an explanation of its features. Read More

Census information is important for all communities and is vital for planning services such as schools, daycare, housing, police services, fire protection, roads, public transit, and skills training for employment.  Read More

We are pleased to welcome Stephen Johnston to our team as Counsel, deepening the business value and advice clients can expect at Patterson Law. Read More

Benchmark Canada recognizes Patterson Law lawyers Patterson Law is proud to have secured significant recognition as a top litigation firm in Benchmark Litigation’s 2016 rankings.  Read More

Labour and Employment Lawyer McLennan Ross LLP, a leader in western and northern Canada in labour and employment law, is rated by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of the top ten law firms in Western Canada. Founded over 100 years ago, Read More

Fownes Law Offices, Barrington, Shelburne County, seeks an experienced, talented legal assistant / paralegal to provide adminstrative support to our busy law practice of three lawyers. Computer skills will be required along with skills in use of PCLaw, MS Word, Amicus attorney, Outlook and Excel. Read More

Court of Appeal and Supreme Court now accepting applications for 2016 Clerkship Programs. More information here: Read More

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a Solicitor for a permanent, full time position for the Litigation Team. HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its' Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. Read More

Stewart McKelvey is an innovative, client-driven law firm committed to providing the highest quality of ethical legal services, earning clients' trust and striving to meet and exceed expectations. Read More

Burchell MacDougall, with offices in Truro, Halifax, Wolfville and Elmsdale, is a well-established full service law firm in Nova Scotia since 1944. We are seeking an experienced lawyer with an established client base for our Elmsdale office. The ideal candidate will be an ambitious self-starter who can work independently, as well as part of a team. Read More

A Dartmouth law firm is seeking a full-time family law paralegal. Applicant should have a paralegal diploma and five+ years’ legal experience (or an acceptable equivalent), preferably in the area of family law. Read More

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a Solicitor for a permanent, full-time position for the Solicitor Services Team. Read More

Notice of Opportunity for Fixed-Term Agreement as Agent of the Director of Public Prosecutions Read More

General Management, Legal and Justice Department of Justice Halifax City, Nova Scotia   Halifax Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street   Please quote Competition #16-DOJ0720GS    Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Call for LEAF Board and Committee VolunteersDeadline: March 31, 2016 Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 12:00
Aboriginal Law Section Meeting March 16, 2016 at 12 Noon Burchells LLP, 1801 Hollis St., Suite 1800 "Protest and Permanent Injunctions in the Aboriginal Context"Nunatukavut Community Council v. NALCOR Energy Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 08:00
Join LIANS for ABA TECHSHOW® 2016 Conference and EXPO (March 16-19 in Chicago), where lawyers, legal professionals and technology come together. Through the EXPO Hall, CLEs, and presentations, ABA TECHSHOW teaches you how technology can work for you. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 02:00
Distilling legal documents to their most basic elements is the key to creating effective persuasive legal writing. It’s also the best way to draft readable documents for transactions. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 08:30
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Event Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 08:30
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Event Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 13:00
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Event Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 12:00
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Event Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:00
Insurance Law and Municipal Law Joint Section Meeting March 23, 2016 at 12 noon - 1:00pm AON Risk Solutions, Purdy's Wharf Tower 2, 10th Floor 1969 Upper Water St., Halifax, NS Topic: "The Emerging Risks of Privacy and Cyber Security" Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 09:00
  Introduction to the “Immigrant-Friendly” Workplace New webinar workshop   This 2-hour workshop explores the question “What makes a workplace supportive to immigrants?”    This workshop will cover 6 key topics:  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 18:30
A panel discussion exploring the racial, social, and economic dimensions of environmental racism and the role of environmental law and rights in achieving justice.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:30
Regulation of Legal Services in Nova Scotia Speaker: Darrel Pink, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 17:00
CIVIL LITIGATION/CLASS ACTIONW/ Ray Wagner Join Ray Wagner for a session on Civil Litigation, Class Action Suits including the Deaf Schools and NS Home for Coloured Children cases. To be followed by the Civil Law Mixer for practitioners, faculty & students. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 17:30
Understanding the Numbers: The Role of the Financial Expert in Family Law Matters Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (All day)
The forum will aim at gathering lawyers and legal practitioners from Hungary and abroad, which will upgrade their knowledge and share best practices regarding contemporary legal challenges. The event is CPD certified. All the participants will obtain certificates for Continuing Professional Development, CPD. Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (All day)
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Accommodating Episodic Disabilities: A guide to dealing with chronic and recurring health conditions 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 13:00
Mentally Healthy Workplaces in the Legal Sector Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 14:30
BELABOURING ECONOMY AND POLITICS: AN ANALYSIS OF POSSIBILITIES AND CONSTRAINTS    Speaker: Dr. Navarro-Genie, AIMS (Atlantic Institute for Market Studies)  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 09:00
Human Rights and Accommodation Conference March 30 - 31, 2016 The Westin Harbour Castle Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Registration and Hot Breakfast Buffet 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM  Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs8:45 AM - 9:00 AM  Panel 1 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 14:00
Willing and Trying:Law Practitioners and Mental Health — Half Day Event Speaker: Paul Hutchinson  An interactive workshop that will seek to create a safe professional space for participants to explore this sensitive but essential subject with special guest Paul Hutchinson.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 (All day)
Friday, April 1, 2016 Taking Human Rights Cases to Adjudication: Mastering procedure and presentation 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 - 19:00
Professor Richard Susskind OBE will claim there are two futures for the professions. Both rest on technology. The first is reassuringly familiar. It's a more efficient version of what we already have – professionals will heavily standardize and systematize today's routine activities. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 09:00
For the first time in Halifax, The Advocates' Society presents The Art of Communication and Persuasion with Steve Hughes. Learn to: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 02:00
Storytelling – the art of connecting with, captivating and persuading an audience – is the key to success as an advocate. A credible lawyer capable of telling a compelling story that engages the mind and emotion at the same time will almost always beat the lawyer who cannot. But what exactly are the elements of a good story? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 17:30
  The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event, Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC   April 14, 2016  |  5:30 to 7:30 pm  The Gateway, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, Halifax NS Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 02:00
Expert witnesses offer unique opportunities but also specific challenges, and your ability to control your opponent's expert on the stand can make or break your case. In this focused, practice-oriented seminar, internationally-recognized litigation skills instructor Todd Winegar shares his Ten Steps to Success for cross-examining all types of expert witnesses. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 - 09:00
Grounded in the fundamentals of the functional areas of business, including marketing, human resources, and finance, this course is an overview intended to equip you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required for the successful management of a law practice. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 13:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the structure of the legal services market in Canada. You will be engaged in discussions about the key commercial and practical issues facing law firms, and the advantage and disadvantages of the principle business vehicles used by legal service providers.   By the end of this module you will be able to: Read More
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