June 06, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Spring 2016 edition of The Society Record is now available online. 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

The Society has updated its Refund Policy for Annual Fees. It can be accessed on the Forms page of the Society’s website, under the Administration heading.  Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Ethics: Preventive Regulation Illinois Bar Journal | June 2016 By Ed Finkel Read More

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, May 27, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website. Read More

To: All lawyers in Central DistrictFrom: J. René Gallant, Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee Read More

The current schedule for Council and Committee meetings in the 2016-2017 Council year is now available on the Society’s website.  Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. Please note, the Society’s next Bar Admission Ceremony takes place this Friday, June 10 at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, starting at 10:00 am. The following member has changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Read More
Professional development

The Barristers’ Library welcomed six paralegal students and their instructor, Nicole Slaunwhite, from Eastern College to tour the library and learn about the textual commentary, forms and precedents, and Nova Scotia and Canadian legislation and case law available for their in-library use during staffed 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

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

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: PRINCIPLES AND ADVOCACY / Swaigen, John – 3d ed. – Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2016. [KB 32 S971 2016] BANKRUPTCY Read More
Access to Justice

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released a Discussion Paper on family property division. The paper proposes a number of reforms to the Matrimonial Property Act and related areas of law. The paper is available online, here.   Read More

The #TalkJustice team has had a busy springtime, with new collaborations and community engagement activities to report in the Society's ong Read More
Tips from LIANS

LIANS' 2015 Annual Report presents an overview of activities and financial performance over the last year, and outlines its direction for future initiatives. Read LIANS' 2015 Annual Report online.  Read More

If you have not yet upgraded to Windows 10, you are running out of time to get this free update!  Read More

Lawyers continue to receive emails from various potential “clients” requesting representation to sell large construction machines (eg dredgers, cranes, drilling rigs, etc.). For example: Hi, Read More

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

On Friday, May 6, 2016, the Honourable Pamela Williams, Chief Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia, joined her colleagues on the Mental Health Court Team to welcome members of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs to the provincial courthouse in Dartmouth. Read More

The Honourable Douglas C. Campbell has retired after 17 years on the Bench and more than 40 years in the legal profession. Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent deaths of the following members of the Judiciary. We extend our condolences to their friends, families and colleagues. Please follow the obituary links to the Courts of Nova Scotia website for more information. Read More

The nomination deadline for the Minister's Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention has been extended until Friday, September 30. The awards recognize individuals or groups dedicated to preventing crime and making communities safer. Read More

What does culture mean to you? How do you participate in it? Government wants feedback to these questions and more as it develops a Culture Action Plan. 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: An Act to Amend Chapter 12 of the Acts of 1993, the Social Workers Act, S.N.S. 2015, c. 52, s. 34 NS Gaz Pt 2, 05/27/2016 NS Reg 101/2016 Read More
Other news

Congratulations to all new Schulich School of Law graduates! A video of the May 30 convocation ceremony is now available for viewing online, including wise words to law grads from Professor Michelle Williams in her convocation address. Read More

Legal process outsourcing has been touted as “game-changer” for the legal profession, and the creator of a paradigm shift in the way law firms – and other firms that have legal needs – do business. The size of the LPO market internationally has been estimated at $3 billion and growing. But it’s hard to say whether Canadian firms have jumped aboard the LPO bandwagon. Read More

I am a lawyer in Dartmouth and a client of mine, Trena West, who is the daughter and Power of Attorney of Frances Rose Chisholm, is looking to track down the will that was prepared for her mother in 2007. My client, Trena West, believes she is the executor of the will but she and her mother are uncertain which Nova Scotia firm drafted the will. Read More

Searching for a will for the late Robert Gordon Dunn, possibly prepared in 2012 or as late as October 2015. If you have any information, please contact: Sandra L. Barss Barrister & Solicitor Tel: 902 492 2879 Email:  Read More

I am seeking a will prepared for Mr. William “Bill” John Taylor of Halifax, who passed away on March 28, 2016.  If you have any information regarding the existence of a will for Mr. Taylor, please contact me at:  Brian Hebert or Tia Howell McKiggan Hebert Lawyers (902) 423  Read More

Reporting to the Office Manager, the Legal Assistant will provide legal & administrative support to designated lawyers within the Firm’s Litigation Group. Working as part of the larger Litigation Group, the successful candidate must value and excel at being part of a high-performing team. Location: Halifax Office – 1801 Hollis Street Read More

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick  Founded in 1882, J.D. Irving, Limited has operations in Canada and the United States. They are a team of 15,000 dedicated employees, with business units across a wide variety of industries including: Read More

One of Halifax's leading law firms, Burchells LLP, is currently recruiting for a full-time, permanent legal assistant to work in the area of Family Law assigned directly to a lawyer(s). Read More

The Nova Scotia Labour Board is an independent adjudicative body established under the Labour Board Act. The Labour Board was formed in 2011 as a consolidation of six independent tribunals. Read More

Position summary: NavLegal Notaries is looking for lawyers in Halifax and Cape Breton who are currently working out of an office or home office to provide notary services to our clients in their respective locations. NavLegal Notaries works with Lawyers across Canada, and currently provides notary services at 19 locations nation-wide. Read More

20 years experience as a legal assistant in most areas of law appointed a Commissioner of Oaths of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia worked for major firms in Halifax and Toronto quick and astute with the ability to learn new areas of law and technology proficient in Office 365, MS Word, MS Outlook, PC Law, spreadsheet applications 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

I am soon-to-be graduate of the University of New Brunswick's Law program and am seeking Articles for the 2016-17 year in mainland Nova Scotia. I am available to start as needed. Interests: Corporate/Commerical Administrative/Regulatory Family Alternative Dispute Resolution Honours: Read More

Legal & Legislative Services Department Job # P638 Read More

Heritage House Law Office is seeking a full time legal assistant to work with two Lawyers in the areas of Family Law and Personal Injury Law. Qualifications would include completion of a Legal Assistant/Paralegal Education Program and a minimum of at least one year experience. Read More

Barteaux Durnford is a labour and employment law firm representing private and public sector employers throughout Atlantic Canada. We are the Atlantic Canada member of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest network of labour and employment lawyers. Read More

Purpose:  Reporting to the HR Manager, the Resource Assistant will provide legal & administrative support to the Firm, long with providing vacation and relief coverage as needed. A variety of work tasks are completed by the Resource Assistants depending on staff absences and the needs of the Firm. Location:  Truro Office – 10 Church Street Read More

Chief Executive Officer 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

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

Looking to get involved in an activity/board that is grappling with some real issues? We looking for some people to join us on the board of the Community Justice Society. We deal with youth who have made some mistakes and find themselves in trouble with the law. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (All day)
Free training in WestlawNext Canada is offered at the Barristers’ Library in Halifax, NS on June 7 & 8.  Please call Library & Information Services staff at 902 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 (toll-free) to book a one-hour session at a time that is convenient for you. You can bring members from your firm; please let us know at the time of booking. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 12:00
Confidentiality Risks of Doing Business with the Public Sector Speaker: David Fraser, McInnes Cooper    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 - 12:00
The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration Speakers: Shelley Bent and Rachel Henderson, The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration Shelley Bent and Rachel Henderson will discuss NSOI experience with the recent PNP business streams, on-line processing and respond to member questions on PNP issues in general. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 12:00
Personal Information and Personal Health Devices Speaker:  David Fraser, McInnes Cooper    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 (All day)
Toronto, Ontario The Westin Harbour Castle Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm   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
Event Date: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 17:30
As the weather warms, young people start the search for summer jobs. Youth, inexperience, and lack of knowledge about workplace safety and employer obligations puts young workers at a much higher risk of injury than those in any other age group. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 (All day)
Toronto, Ontario Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm    Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 12:00
Attracting, servicing, maintaining and growing your client base are key components for ensuring the success of your practice. Join us at this timely program to gain practical strategies to develop and maintain a network of colleagues for referrals. Grow your practice by learning how to inform clients of your firm’s specialization in other practice areas. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (All day)
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program. The cost for this program is $600 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 17:30
In Carter, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) found the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting physician-assisted dying to be unconstitutional, but suspended the declaration for a year to allow the Government to respond legislatively. That legislation was introduced on April 14, 2016, following the granting of a four-month extension by the SCC earlier this year. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (All day)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm   Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 17:30
Mortgages are the lifeblood of real estate. In today’s low interest rate environment, more and more clients are chasing the yield offered by a high ratio mortgage. When the market stops rising, and the music stops, those clients will look to you for answers. The practice area is changing, with new cases restricting certain recoveries, and with new considerations if the market should turn. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 07:30
Research tells us that gender imbalance in the workplace is bad for business. Many law firms and corporate legal departments have implemented diversity programs to promote the advancement of women. Young women are encouraged to improve their skills in networking and self-promotion for advancement. Yet the number of women legal professionals in the top positions continues to stall. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:00
Income Tax Considerations (Originally scheduled for May 18) Speaker: Brad Olsen, Grant Thornton  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 02:00
This practical, half day course focuses on identifying and eliminating the common sources of ambiguity in legal documents that can lead to disputes and even litigation. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 08:00
Limitation periods haunt lawyers and clients alike. A fundamental question that arises often is: “When is it too late to file a lawsuit?” It is crucial for you to understand how limitation periods work to ensure you are giving your client accurate and timely advice, and to know the steps you can take on their behalf to meet deadlines or mitigate the damage if they have been missed. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:00
It is difficult to escape the Uber debate in the media these days as Toronto and other municipalities grapple with how to regulate the popular app. This contentious issue is a prime example of regulators struggling to keep pace with the inescapable technological advances that have become a constant theme in society today. Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 17, 2016 - 09:15
Current issues and an update on recent developments in Canadian maritime law. Speakers and topics include: Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 17, 2016 (All day)
Moncton, New Brunswick Delta Beauséjour Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm   Read More
Event Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 08:30
See registration details below. Saturday, June 18, 2016, 8:30 am to 12:15 pm  Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building, Dalhousie University 6135 University Avenue, Halifax, NS Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 12:00
All in: The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Daniels v. Canada and its implications Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 08:00
Filling the Skills Gap/Labour Shortage: Immigration in the Construction Industry Speaker: Sarah McInnes, McInnes Cooper Register:      Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:00
Roadmap to E-Discovery Speaker: Daniela Bassan, Stewart McKelvey Register:    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 02:00
Of all the elements you have to work with, none is more precious than time. Designed to address lawyers’ unique organizational and time challenges, and ethical obligations to be competent, prompt and diligent, this solution-oriented program offers practical strategies for better managing time, projects, paper, and people (including yourself). Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 02:00
Lawyers in sophisticated practices face a difficult challenge when they write: organizing complicated material so it is as easy as possible for readers to understand and remember. To meet that challenge, it’s not enough to think clearly and master the usual writing tips. 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
Event Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 14:00
Lawyers are flying high these days. We can (and do) work anywhere – the train, the airport, the cottage, hotels, taxis – wherever our practices and lives take us. However, without a proper understanding of technology, you can quickly find yourself in ethical trouble. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 02:00
Having a basic knowledge of financial statements is crucial for every well-rounded lawyer. The more you understand about financial statements, the better you’ll be able to counsel clients with confidence, and use your financial understanding to your client’s advantage during negotiations or litigation. Read More
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