August 02, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

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

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, July 22, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website. Follow the link above to find out more about the following and other items: Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following member has changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Erin Elaine Nauss The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks: Read More
Professional development

The Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research has been freely available on the internet since 1998. The original author and publisher was Catherine Best. Read More

The Legislative Library has posted online all of the available debates of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1868 to 1993. Read More

AGENCY AGENCY AND PARTNERSHIP LAW PRIMER / Harvey, Cameron; MacPherson, Darcy — 5th ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 102 H341 2016] CRIMINAL EVIDENCE WATT'S MANUAL OF CRIMINAL EVIDENCE 2016 / Watt, David — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 192 W344 2016] DAMAGES 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 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
Tips from LIANS

With decreased staffing during the summer months, being extra vigilant is important to avoid becoming the victim of a fraudulent scheme. Here are some red flags to be aware of: Read More

The following contains, in part, an article excerpt from Homewood Health™, your health and wellness provider. Good writing skills are essential to communicating messages in a clear and persuasive manner. The following guidelines can help improve any written communication – letters, memos, email, etc. Read More

Malicious software tactics called ‘ransomware’ are once again being reported in Nova Scotia. A pop-up window appears on your computer screen, which restricts access to your system until a ransom is paid to the creator of the malware. Read More

(July 26, 2016) – The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal released its decision today in the matter between the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and Trinity Western University (TWU). Read More

Advisory board includes Schulich School of Law Dean and President of Federation of Law Societies Ottawa, Ontario August 2, 2016 – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced a new process for appointing Supreme Court of Canada Justices that is open, transparent, and sets a higher standard for accountability. Read More

This is to inform you that a Notice to the Parties and the Profession – Experimental Testing was issued by the Honourable Paul Crampton, Chief Justice of the Federal Court and has been published on the  Read More

The Nova Scotia Courts have a contingency plan in place for filing court documents in the event of a Canada Post service disruption:    Read More

Karen Hudson has been appointed Deputy Minister of Justice. She is currently the Executive Director of Nova Scotia Legal Aid. Read More

Dear Member: In the fall of this year the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Cindy A. Bourgeois, will consider candidates for the next Queen’s Counsel appointments. The criteria for these appointments are: Read More

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice has embarked on a project that will enable lawyers, their assistants and paralegals to conduct estate searches by remotely accessing online the Department’s estate management system (EMA) for inquiry purposes only. Read More

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

Government has appointed two full-time members to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board: Richard J. Melanson and Steven Murphy. Read More

The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments (IABSA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, including an online system that allows Canadians to apply for Senate appointments. Read More

The first national food law conference of its kind in Canada will be taking place at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, 2016. Read More

I am looking to see if anyone did a will or took instructions for a will for a Fred Reuben Joudry from the Middleton area between March of 2010 and December 4 of 2015.  If so, please contact me at 902 634 8713 or  David R. Hirtle Hirtle Legal Services Inc.  Read More

I am seeking a will or anyone who took instructions for a will for Darryl Joseph O’Keefe, who was a resident of Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia. The will would have been prepared within the last five or six years, although it may have been as long as 10 years ago. Read More

Bacchus & Associates Law Firm has been providing professional legal services since 2001. We are seeking an Associate Lawyer who is self-motivated and preferably has an existing clientele. Compensation will be based upon a fee splitting arrangement or office usage/rental arrangement. This position is available immediately. Read More

Department: JusticeCommunity: IqaluitReference number: 05-503290Type of employment: IndeterminateUnion Status: This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees UnionSalary: $104,202.00 to $139,796.00 per annum for commensurate with pay Read More

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

Fitch Violande Barristers and Solicitors is a new firm located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are comprised of three young lawyers who have over 15 years of combined experience. We work hard, have fun, and try not to take life too seriously. Work life balance is essential to our practice. Read More

We are seeking an experienced legal assistant with strong computerized accounting skills, proficiency in document assembly, experience with dictation typing, preparation of pleadings and memoranda, as well as excellent organizational skills.   Read More

The Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, invites applications for one probationary tenure-track or tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the area of Law, Technology, and Innovation, to commence July 1, 2017. This appointment is subject to budgetary approval.    Read More

The Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, invites applications for up to three probationary tenure-track or tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to commence July 1, 2017. These appointments are subject to budgetary approval. Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is seeking an Executive Assistant (EA). Reporting to a departmental Director, the incumbent will provide primary support to the Director and secondary support to other staff on the team. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:30
Back by popular demand, this must-attend event has been designed to meet the current needs of new Articling and LPP students. You will gain strategies on conducting legal research efficiently and writing a persuasive research memo. You will also obtain practical tips on how to negotiate in transactional work and succeed in motions court. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:30
Back by popular demand, this must-attend event has been designed to meet the current needs of new Articling and LPP students. You will gain strategies on conducting legal research efficiently and writing a persuasive research memo. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:30
Back by popular demand, this must-attend event has been designed to meet the current needs of new Articling and LPP students. You will gain strategies on conducting legal research efficiently and writing a persuasive research memo. You will also obtain practical tips on how to negotiate in transactional work and succeed in motions court. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 17:00
The microprogram in Medicolegal expertise given by Université de Montréal is a 17 credit-web based curriculum. It is a unique collaboration between 12 North American Universities. It allows legal profesionnals to gain better understanding of the principles underlying medical expert testimony, disability assessments and independant medical evaluations. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (All day)
Some of the most prevalent disabilities in Canada, including mental illness, cancer, HIV, and arthritis, can be characterized as episodic disabilities, which are defined as disabilities involving periods of good health alternating with periods of illness or disability. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (All day)
Please see the attached conference website for full details: Day One - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Read More
Event Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 12:00
Join us on October 8, 2016 at 12 noon for our annual best ball golf tournament. Held at the championship course Glen Arbour in Hammonds Plains, this tournament will include: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 13:00
Program Description: Have all your pressing questions answered about advocacy before appellate courts. Gain key insights on how to make your written and oral appellate submissions effective, compelling and persuasive. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day)
Employers, unions, and disabled employees themselves must all cooperate in the accommodation process. However, differing perceptions of safety risks posed by various accommodations can become obstacles to cooperation in the accommodation process. In this workshop experts will explain what leading arbitrators say about balancing accommodation and workplace safety. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day)
The process of returning injured workers to the job can pose challenges for all workplace parties, especially in cases that involve complex interactions between physical and psychological impairments. Participants in the workshop will learn from the experience of experts who have confronted the problem and have succeeded in creating a widely-praised program to return workers to the job. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day)
Please click on conference website link for more details: Conference Day - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day)
Program Agenda:   9:00 am - 10:00 am - Challenging Credibility of the Sympathetic Witness 10:00 am - 10:50 am - Challenging Credibility of the Expert Witness 11:00 am - 12:00pm - Addressing Credibility in Closing Arguments Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 (All day)
Please visit the conference website for more details: Conference Day - Thursday, October 20, 2016 Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 (All day)
The Advocates' Society, in conjunction with the Young Advocates' Standing Commitee, is pleased to present Ontario's premier CLE and networking conference for lawyers one to ten years in practice. Join us for a great retreat that only happens every other year. Gain practical advice from senior members of the bar and bench on how to excel as an advocate. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 09:00
This comprehensive two-day program offers everything you need to put your best case forward at trial. On Day One, hear from esteemed judges and leading members of the family bar as they take you through trial preparation, strategy and theory. On Day Two, get the unique opportunity to practice your trial advocacy skills in a hands-on skills-based workshop. Read More
Event Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 13:00
A unique opportunity to network with other leaders of the bar and speak candidly with the bench about the issues that matter to you. Gain insight and advice from judges, refresh your knowledge and hear important legal updates. This CPD program is specifically designed for experienced counsel, with content and speakers tailored to develop your practice and your skills. Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
Program description: Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 - 13:00
Conducting fulsome client and witness interviews can lead to a better understanding of your client’s case and possible outcomes. Attend this new program on the art of interviewing and learn how to structure and guide the interview process in order to get the best and most reliable evidence for your case. Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 09:00
This program will tell you what every advocate needs to know about evidence. Learn how to deal with hearsay issues at trial and how to attack and defend claims of privilege. Esteemed members of the bench and experienced litigators will provide key insights into how to effectively obtain, use and get your evidence admitted. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 09:00
Effective cross-examinations can damage a witness’ credibility, limit the witness’ direct testimony and elicit helpful testimony for your case. Learn the techniques used by successful criminal trial lawyers to accomplish these goals. The morning session will feature discussion and live cross-examination demonstrations from experienced counsel focusing on advanced strategies and techniques. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 5, 2016 - 09:00
Explore the skills and strategies that every litigator must know to successfully seek and oppose injunctive relief. Leaders of the bar and bench provide strategic and practical advice about this powerful remedy. New calls and seasoned veterans will both benefit from this program. Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 09:00
The discipline of science meets the art of advocacy in this full-day, definitive course on scientific evidence in the courtroom. Discussion and demonstrations by practitioners, judges, and scientific experts will provide you with the expertise to assess, introduce and challenge scientific evidence with confidence. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 09:00
Learn how to set the stage and deliver powerful and effective opening statements, and examinations-in-chief. Judges and trial lawyers share practical tips for mastering the art of storytelling in an opening statement and strengthening your case through comprehensive examination-in-chief. Register for the morning only for presentations, demonstrations and commentary by noted faculty. Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 16, 2016 - 13:00
Civility is not just good manners. It is also good advocacy. Ignoring the principles of civility and professionalism can result in the loss of your credibility, your case and your confidence. Master the art of civil advocacy with this fundamental program designed for litigators. Read More
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