April 11, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Law Office Management Professional Standards Committee is seeking input from lawyers on an Equity and Diversity Standard. You can review the proposed Standard in this April 7 notice on the LIANS website.   Read More

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

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Some More Thoughts on the TWU Litigation  by Paul Daly BLOG: Administrative Law Matters | April 8, 2016 Read More

Since November, the Society has engaged in an extensive consultation process with the profession about our legal services regulation work in general and specifically, entity regulation and the  Read More

On March 24, 2016, Council approved the 10 elements and descriptors on which the Society’s proposed Management System for Ethical Legal Practice (MSELP) is founded. Read More

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

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society requires all practising lawyers to create an annual professional development plan and commit it to writing (see Regulation 8.3.6). Each year, lawyers will be asked to indicate on their Annual Lawyer Report whether they have prepared and written their CPD Plan and implemented their plan from the previous year. Read More

BUILDING LAW NATIONAL BUILDING CODE OF CANADA 2015 / Canada. National Research Council. Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes — 14th ed. — Ottawa: NRC, 2015. [KB 42 C212 2015] CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION 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 Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch is pleased to announce the 2016 recipient of the CBA-NS Law Day Award: The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) Public Navigator Program. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Here are some of the top tips from the experts from this year’s ABA Tech Show: Read More

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Health, your health and wellness provider. Read More

Bogus emails or telephone calls claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) continue to circulate, either offering money transfers or demanding payment. Victims are asked to send along their social insurance, credit card, bank account and passport numbers to resolve the situation. These communications are scams, and should be dismissed immediately. Read More

Have you heard about the Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts? The Free Legal Clinic is for people who want to resolve their legal problems in court by representing themselves but have limited or no experience in the courts. 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

The province and Nova Scotia Health Authority have issued a request for proposals for an expanded sexual assault nurse examiner service in eastern and western Nova Scotia. The successful bidders will offer service at multiple sites in Cape Breton, Annapolis Valley, Southwestern and South Shore areas. Read More

Children in Yarmouth who are unable to spend time with their parents will now have access to visits through the Supervised Access and Exchange Program. Read More

Nova Scotians are invited to share their views on proposed changes to the building code regulations for home-based businesses. The proposed changes aim to bring clarity and support consistent use of the regulations for businesses operated in homes. Read More

An April 11 op-ed piece from the Honourable Diana C. Whalen, Justice Minister and Attorney General of Nova Scotia 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

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

(Ottawa, Ontario) March 30, 2016 – The CASW Distinguished Service Awards are presented to remarkable social workers selected from the membership of CASW Partner organizations each March during National Social Work Month. Read More

On January 5, 2016, Abortion Access Now PEI (AAN PEI), with the support of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), gave notice that it would be filing a legal challenge to Prince Edward Island’s discriminatory and unlawful abortion policy not to p Read More

Seeking information on a will, possibly prepared by a law firm on the Bedford Highway. Names: Barbara and Peter Grant, originally from Hampton in the Annapolis Valley, who died around 2006 in Bedford, N.S. (Mr. Grant died first; Mrs. Grant died several years later.) Read More

CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2016-2017 OVERSEAS PLACEMENTS IN AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA AND ASIA The CBA has received funding from Global Affairs Canada to select and place twenty young Canadian lawyers in 2016-17 as interns with human rights and legal development organizations overseas.   Read More

Are you a 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!    Read More

Position: One year contract Staff Lawyer position in Sydney, Nova Scotia practicing family law. Read More

I am a Paralegal with 16+ years of experience and I am seeking to work with a law practice where I would provide paralegal and administrative services, in-house, on a part-time basis. I currently assist three fabulous clients as a remote resource, on a part-time basis, and I am seeking to keep my schedule more with a full-time workload. Read More

Paralegal with three years experience looking to work either flex time or from home.   Degree in Paralegal Studies, June 2013 with training in all fields. Experienced in: Family, Real Estate, Wills, and Small Claims.   Please contact for resume: Read More

We are a small, well-established general practice Dartmouth law firm and are seeking an associate lawyer to join our firm. While an established or partly established practice would be welcome, we also would welcome an enthusiastic practitioner who would be willing to work hard to build a successful practice. Read More

Position Overview: This legal assistant position supports our Business Litigation Team. This successful candidate will be eager to learn and take on new challenges with a keen eye for detail and a focus on organization and efficiency.    Responsibilities: Read More

Position Overview: Look no further. BOYNECLARKE LLP is a dynamic, fast-growing Dartmouth law firm. Our Creditor Practice Team is looking to hire an experienced, enthusiastic and organized Paralegal to manage a portfolio of secured foreclosure transactions.  Duties and Responsibilities: Read More

Position Overview:  Look no further. BOYNECLARKE LLP is a dynamic, fast-growing Dartmouth law firm. One of our senior litigators is looking to hire a dedicated, enthusiastic and organized Paralegal.  Core Duties and Responsibilities: Read More

I am a paralegal with experience in various fields, most recently family (including CFSA matters), Criminal, Wills and Real Estate. Experienced with Microsoft Suite, Corel, Property OnLine and various file sharing programs. Driven and self-motivated, I do not require supervision to ensure my work is completed in advance and to specifications. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS) is currently recruiting volunteers to sit on the Board of Directors as members-at-large. Read More

Board of Directors opportunities with AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia. Read More

This is a renewable two year term by election at an AGM (next AGM: April 20th) of the Chebucto Community net. The membership in this oldest of IPS's in Nova Scotia and participating in its exciting roles in the community and future plans would promise a wealth of encounters in private, business and government (all levels) sectors. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 12:00
Conflicts of Interest for Estate Practitioners Speakers:  Richard Niedermayer, Stewart McKelvey Stacey Gerrard, LIANS  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 12:00
Mortgage Lender's Instructions Speaker: 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: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 02:00
Every day lawyers make decisions about whether someone is telling the truth. We do it at home, at work, and in social situations. Most of us rely on stereotypical “signs” that a person is lying and we are no better at it than chance. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 14:00
In an era of online sharing and ubiquitous computing, an Internet that never forgets poses a complex challenge to privacy, reputation, and freedom. Is the EU’s New “Right to be Forgotten” a Solution? What is the nature of this legal right? Does it strike a proper balance between privacy and free expression?  Has it worked in the EU? Would it work here? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 12:00
Advice for Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 08:00
Breakfast with the BenchWhat it’s like to be a female Judge? Speakers: 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: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 09:00
This conference for women advocates is aimed at maximizing your power as leaders in the profession. Hear directly from accomplished and successful litigators and judges. Acquire career and business development tools, practice management strategies, and effective advocacy tips. Connect with colleagues and learn from the experiences of others. Prepare to be inspired. Topics include: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 17:00
Sparking Reception & Annual Branch Meeting Conact:  Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 - 13:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the fundamentals of client care. You will be engaged in discussions about ethics, systems and process for client care, risk management, and strategies for follow-up, retention and client satisfaction.   By the end of this module you will be able to: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 14:00
This session will explore the use of life insurance as an estate planning tool and related tax and legal issues involving current legislative developments including the new rules for testamentary trusts and charitable donations at death, and the new tax regime for exempt life insurance policies. 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: Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 09:00
This course is intended to strengthen your capacity for employee attraction and retention. You will be engaged in discussions about current HR theories, including the role of emotional intelligence in professional development, and the importance of teamwork.   By the end of this module you will be able to: Read More
Event Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 13:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the skills, tools and tactics required to be strategic and successful in the sales and marketing of a law practice. You will be engaged in discussions about market research, social media and digital strategies. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 09:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the financial management of a law practice. You will be engaged in discussions about topics such as the key factors affecting profitability, operation of trust accounts, concepts of time-keeping, liabilities and capital funding.   By the end of this module you will be able to:  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
Event Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 09:00
Tying together all the content from the six modules of the Certificate in Law Practice Management program in an interactive, team-based group activity; this course (Module 7) is the final capstone course. Read More
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