April 25, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Society’s Professional Standards (Family Law) Committee is seeking input from the membership on proposed amendments to Standard #11: Scope of Representation. You can review the Standard and the proposed amendments here: Scope of Representation (as a PDF). Read More

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

At its meeting on April 22, Council approved the Society’s Operating and Capital Budgets for 2016-2017, and set the fees necessary for the membership year beginning July 1, 2016. Read More

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, April 22, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.  Read More

The following is a statement from the Canadian Bar Association, released on April 14, 2016: Outcomes-focused entity regulation that is harmonized across jurisdictions in Canada is the way to go, says the CBA’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The Society welcomes the following lawyers, called to the Nova Scotia Bar since April 10: 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 FIRE CODE OF CANADA 2015 / Canada. National Research Council. Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes – Ottawa: NRC, 2015. [KB 42 C212F 2015 oversize] 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
Tips from LIANS

A recruitment process will begin shortly for the position of Director of Insurance at the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia. Melanie McGrath, who held the position since January 2010, is departing after accepting another opportunity.    Read More

A big part of marketing and growing our law practice includes networking with colleagues and potential clients. Whether or not initiating a conversation comes more naturally to you, there will be times that it’s a challenge. Here are some tips to help open those lines of communication: Read More

Lawyers continue to receive emails from various potential “clients” requesting representation to purchase large construction equipment (e.g., dredgers, cranes, drilling rigs, etc.). For example: From: Astronomic Engineering Inc. [mailto: dregesbrokers1 @ hotmail. com] Subject: Does your firm handle purchase and sales agreements? Read More

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

(April 13, 2016) – The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 in the Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has been drawn up. This schedule covers the period from July to December of 2016. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE >>  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 is working on new legislation to protect Nova Scotians of all ages from the harmful effects of cyberbullying. Read More

Families living in Yarmouth will now have access to the Parenting Journey Program. The program offers early intervention through a facilitator who works directly with families to draw on their strengths and solve problems before more serious situations develop. Read More

Government has hired a retired Chief Justice from Prince Edward Island to conduct an independent review relating to the death of Samantha Mercer, a three-year-old from Truro who died in March 2005.  Read More

Government introduced a balanced budget on April 19, while making investments in economic growth, education and youth. Budget 2016-2017 also projects a $127.4 million surplus, which includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million because of federal and municipal contributions for the convention centre in Halifax. Read More

The provincial government introduced the Service Dog Act on April 22, to protect the rights of service dog users. This new legislation will prevent Nova Scotians like Medric Couseneau and his service dog, Thai, from being denied access to public places and refused tenancy rights. 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

(April 11, 2016) – BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to welcome Matthew Edmonds as an Associate to the firm’s Business Law Team. Matt joins BOYNECLARKE LLP after leaving his consulting business, Edmonds Legal Solutions, where he advised law firms in the adoption and use of information technology. Read More

Effective April 30, 2016, Michelle James will be leaving the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in Dartmouth.  She will be practising criminal defence with the Dartmouth firm, Atherton Nicholson Barristers & Solicitors, as of May 2, 2016.   Read More

Kim Brooks has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Canada Revenue Agency's just-announced Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee (OCAC). She is associate professor and former dean of the Schulich School of Law. Read More

Pre-consultations: Strengthening Canadian content creation, discovery and export in a digital world See the original message from the Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage: Read More

The Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC), a national coalition of individuals and civil society organizations, has supported the call for a national inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous wome Read More

I am seeking a will possibly prepared for Ms. DeGruchy of Dartmouth, who passed away on January 7, 2016.  If you have any information concerning the existence of a will for Ms. DeGruchy, please contact me at:  Sandra Barss 902 492  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

Landry, McGillivray is a well established law firm in the core of downtown Dartmouth and we presently have an immediate opening for an experienced Legal Administraive Assistant for a lawyer who has an extremely busy practice with a heavy emphasis in the areas of family law and criminal law. The successful candidate should have at least 2 years experience working in these areas of law. Read More

Profitable HRM turnkey law practice for sale. All business assets on the table: Read More

The Department of Justice wishes to receive applications from practicing members, with a minimum of seven years at the Bar (in good standing with the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society), in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality area and the Port Hawkesbury area who are interested in an appointment as a Small Claims Court Adjudicator. Read More

Position Overview: Our Creditor Practice Team is looking to hire a dedicated, enthusiastic and organized Paralegal to manage a variety of sales transactions in Atlantic Canada.  Core Duties and Responsibilities: Read More

Newton and Associates is a fast-growing, dynamic law firm searching for an experienced legal assistant to provide support in all areas of law. Experience in family and real estate law considered an asset. Requirements: Read More

Ritch, Williams & Richards, a Boutique Insurance and Marine Law Firm in downtown Halifax have an immediate opportunity for an Associate Lawyer. The ideal candidates will possess the following: Read More

Greetings, I am a hard working recent law graduate from the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, and I am seeking an articling posiiton in NS to begin at any time. I am open to a voluntary position, or a split articling arrangement.  For more information contact me at    Read More

Office space available in the St. Paul's Building. Several offices of different sizes coming available in the next 4 months. $650-$1800/month per office. Great light, huge windows, exposed brick. Shared reception area and conference room. Heat and electricity included. Address:  1684 Barrington Street, 5th floor Halifax, NS.   Read More

We are a small but growing Dartmouth law firm seeking a full time legal assistant to start immediately. If you are a self-starter with good writtren and oral communication skills, and two years or more experience in a law firm, please apply. The job requires someone with strong computer skills, using both Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with PC Law and family law forms would be an asset. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Bide Awhile Animal Shelter: Put your energy, passion and creativity to work. Join our Board of Directors. Our mission: Read More

Serving on an Agency, Board or Commission (ABC) can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact in your community. Apply today to serve on the province's ABC's. Read More

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

Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS) is currently recruiting volunteers to sit on the Board of Directors as members-at-large. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 09:00
Back by popular demand! Boost your business and financial knowledge, and your ability to protect and advocate for your clients' legal interests. In this one day course, you will gain a greater understanding of essential accounting principles and the ability to address complicated financial issues that often arise in business transactions. Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 29, 2016 - 16:00
How are gender identity and sexual orientation issues handled in the Canadian military? How are the same issues handled for LGBT refugees who claim asylum in Canada? 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: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00
“Shall We Dance? Associates and the Law Firm Negotiation Process: What They Want and What You Need” Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 11:30
Given the changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program, it is important to be able to advise your clients on the latest processing issues. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 17:00
Sparking Reception & Annual Branch Meeting Conact:  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 - 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 - 07:30
Join us as we bring together insurance and legal experts to explore the emerging insurance product, cyber-insurance and its legal ramifications. Gather insights on the key issues you need to understand to properly advise your clients, whether on the business or litigation side, including: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 09:00
How has the law developed since the Supreme Court of Canada’s seminal decisions in essential employment topics? Reinforce your knowledge of the impact and evolution of these pivotal cases in today's employment environment. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 6, 2016 - 08:00
Find out how you can help your clients pursue complex litigation, manage the risk and cost of litigation, and level the playing field against a well-funded defendant. Recently, Canada opened the door for litigants to seek third party financing in commercial litigation cases through its recent decision in Schenk v. Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Clients and their counsel in the U.S., U.K. Read More
Event Date: Monday, May 9, 2016 - 08:00
Join this discussion on the latest developments in consumer law in Ontario and beyond.  Our expert speakers will share their practical insights on the legal implications for you and your clients on: Read More
Event Date: Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:00
There is an increasing expectation on lawyers to change from “old brain thinking” to developing new ways to practise law that will provide clients and the justice system with faster, better and more affordable access to the courts. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 08:00
What are the limits on the constitutionally enshrined freedom of the press?  When does protecting the fairness and integrity of a proceeding or the privacy, safety and/or identity of victims, witnesses and young people supercede this right? Join us to explore the various statutory and non-statutory publication bans which allow override of the open court principle. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:00
Aboriginal Estates Speakers: Naiomi Metallic, Burchells LLP, and; Jason Cooke, Burchells LLP  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:00
Governance and employee engagement remain two of the largest challenges facing businesses in the 21st century, no matter where you live.  As a solution, companies around the world are now looking carefully at the possibility of company-wide employee share ownership plans, including majority employee ownership of private companies.  Employee share ownership plans (ESOPs) are seen as an important Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 08:00
When corporations become insolvent, various environmental quagmires may present, particularly in the context of the expanding reach of the MOECC demonstrated through Northstar, Nortel and now Rocha. What are the potential environmental liabilities for directors and officers, receivers, monitors, lenders, as well as the company and its parents and affiliates? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 08:30
Gain clarity on the stealth coverage defence, a more comprehensive look at computer fraud and funds transfer fraud coverages, a practical look at coverage disputes and guidance on the duty of good faith and the duty to defend. This expert primer will ensure that you are fully versed on the latest issues impacting insurance coverage. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:30
Family First?Best practices in accommodating childcare and eldercare responsibilities in the workplace Thursday, May 12, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT Moderators: 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: 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, May 13, 2016 - 08:30
Take advantage of this opportunity to join judges, academics and your colleagues to discuss recent developments and important issues in child protection law. Gather expert insights to help you stay at the top of your field, and walk away with valuable strategies to implement in your practice. AGENDA Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 (All day)
It's one thing to understand the mechanics of a workplace investigation. It's another to conduct a workplace investigation that not only gathers the relevant information, but also gets to the root cause of a problem in the workplace and protects workplace relationships. 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: 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: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 09:00
Once in a while civil litigators have to step outside their comfort zone and assist their clients with criminal matters. When this happens, make sure you are well equipped to deal with the basics of the criminal justice system. Attend this program, and you will gain the fundamentals with which to assist your clients when they need your guidance the most. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 09:00
Gain a comprehensive overview of what you need to know as a real estate practitioner, about public and private roadways and rights of way in the Province of Ontario. Join the discussion with experts in this area, who will share with you both the points of law and developments you need to be aware of, plus the practical tools that they have developed through their years of experience. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 09:30
Attend this half-day program to hear experts from both private practice and in-house discuss the most pressing issues facing them today. Our experienced panels will delve into a wide range of issues from intellectual property, term sheets and loan agreements, to D&O insurance, cross-border issues and tax issues for small businesses. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 12:00
May is Bring-A-Buddy month at CBA! See our website for more information. Real Property Law Section Meeting“Income Tax Considerations”  Speaker: Brad Olsen, Grant Thornton  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 17:30
In Fall 2015, the Financial Post reported on a $10 million commitment by the Catalyst Capital Group Inc. to fund programs that educate the legal community on restructuring, insolvency and credit markets. This would start with $2.5 million to support an insolvency law and corporate and financial restructuring program at Western Law. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:00
Update on the NSBS Journey into Entity Regulation Speakers: Jill Perry, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society May is Bring-A-Buddy month! See our website for details.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 02:00
No matter how comfortable you are with the rules of evidence, every trial - for better or for worse - is an opportunity to learn more. This media-rich seminar will strengthen your skills in applying the laws of evidence in a trial setting. 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: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:00
Seven year old Katelynn Sampson died in 2008 after being beaten for months by her legal guardians. The Inquest into her death revealed holes in the system meant to protect her. How can we avoid a similar tragedy in the future? Join us to explore the lessons learned and the jury’s recommendations for change involving child welfare agencies, schools, police and the Courts. SPEAKERS Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 08:30
Pension lawyers must be familiar with multiple aspects of the operation of pension plans, not just the legal principles. Your clients look to you for solutions when dealing with a wide array of pension related matters, including payroll reporting, actuarial valuations, investment strategies, and risk mitigation strategies such as the purchase of annuities. Read More
Event Date: Monday, May 30, 2016 (All day)
Free training in WestlawNext Canada is offered at the Simon J. Khattar QC Memorial Barristers’ Library in Sydney, NS on May 30 & 31.  Read More
Event Date: Monday, May 30, 2016 - 09:00
If your practice touches on human rights law, this program is a must-attend event for you. Get up-to-date on the latest developments and take-away helpful strategies on handling current issues in human rights. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 08:00
To succeed as a music lawyer, you must not only understand the legal challenges musicians and similar professionals face, but you also need to have a firm grasp of how the music industry is evolving and how the law can adapt to fit creative clients’ needs. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 12:30
Most lawyers have experienced burnout at some point in their career. Learn how to identify the signs early on, develop an organized and proactive approach to managing your professional life and start to train for resilience in every aspect of your life. SPEAKERS Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 08:30
Ensure you are up-to-date with recent important developments in securities regulation. Read More
Event Date: Monday, June 6, 2016 - 09:00
Whatever your practice area, you are likely to need to address corporate law issues. How are corporate reorganizations used in the context of family law, estate planning, and contractual disputes? What are representations and warranties and what do they mean for your clients? Read More
Event Date: Monday, June 6, 2016 - 11:45
Today, it is more important than ever before that you know how to maximize the business of your law firm. Our expert speakers will provide guidance on setting benchmarks for the year, establishing standard budgets, determining billable time and rates, moving from traditional hourly rates to flat rates, and using accounting systems to help you with your financial targets. Read More
Event Date: Monday, June 6, 2016 - 17:30
Join us for an insightful program on the intersection of Animal, Municipal and Environmental law which will explore the conflict between development and the conservation of species at risk, and their habitat in Ontario. A range of speakers from both the public and private sectors will discuss: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 07:30
Although traditional, the use of joint sessions in mediation is far from a universal approach. Some mediators and lawyers feel strongly against bringing the parties into the same room, even for the purpose of laying the ground rules for the mediation. Others find the joint session, if used skillfully, to be a helpful tool in reaching consensus. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 13:00
In this user friendly online training session, you will Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 09:00
The Internet creates a host of challenges for businesses seeking to protect their intellectual property (“IP”), brand and reputation. Join us to explore key principles and recent developments in the law of IP in the context of the internet. Read More
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