August 15, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

(August 15, 2016) – The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society will not apply for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in the case involving Trinity Western University. With the benefit of advice from legal counsel, the Executive Committee of Council accepted the Executive Director’s recommendation to take the matter no further. Read More

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

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to welcome Ellen R. Burke of Patterson Law’s litigation group. 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: Lindsay Michelle Silliker  Read More
Professional development

The Society is pleased to introduce desktop access to the Irwin Law eBook Collection and Emond Working With The Law eBook Collection, offering full-text Canadian legal commentary for members. Read More

ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS HEARINGS BEFORE ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS / Macaulay, Robert W; Sprague, James L.H — 5th ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 36.A2 M117H 2016] CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES 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

Ottawa, August 12, 2016 — The federal government should immediately fill vacant judicial seats in order to reduce court delays hobbling the criminal justice system in Canada, a Senate committee has recommended. Read More

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

LIANS staff receive some telephone calls that we are not always able to answer. Recently we received a voice mail message from an unknown caller (he failed to leave his name) and to a number that did not have a voice mail option (making it more challenging to return his call). With that in mind, here are some tips to ensure your voice mail recipients will return your messages: Read More

We have received several reports from Nova Scotia lawyers who’ve received the following scam attempt from “Volker Ritzinger”. When a lawyer responded, the reply was follows: Read More

Some people have experienced a serious illness, some have been in an accident, some experience injuries from working on a factory floor, and others experience pain from working at their desk. Both employers and employees play an important role in staying healthy and preventing injuries from occurring. Read More

August 11 notice from the Courts of Nova Scotia Updated version of the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules and Forms, including amendments approved on June 24, 2016, is now online:  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

Government released a progress report on the work of the province's first sexual violence strategyon Wednesday, August 3. The report, which covers activities from the launch of the strategy in June 2015 to spring 2016 shows that people and community groups from one end of the province to the other have participated in the strategy. 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

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

August 10 memo from Donald G. Harding QC, Chair, Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission As you may know, Karen Hudson QC was appointed as Deputy Minister of Justice effective Monday, August 8th. The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission and its staff are excited about this appointment and wish her well in her new position. Read More

August 14, 2016, OTTAWA - René J. Basque QC, a partner in the Moncton law firm Actus Law Droit, became President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) at the close of the 2016 CBA Legal Conference in Ottawa on August 14. He will serve a one-year term, succeeding Janet Fuhrer of Ottawa. QUICK FACTS Read More

You are being invited to participate in a research study conducted by Professor Jacob Shelley, and law students, Gabriella Levkov and Michelle Noonan at the Faculty of Law, Western University.  Read More

Canada is committed to real reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is an important step on this path to end the unacceptable rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls. 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

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

Are you looking for a work/life balance in a congenial environment? Would you like to keep more of your billings? Are you tired of spending all of your valuable time in traffic and paying for parking downtown? Read More

REPUTATION. STABILITY. CONFIDENCE. Established in 1864, Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP is one of Halifax’s original full-service law firms. With new and modern offices located in the heart of the downtown core, we are committed to delivering professional, effective and resolute representation and legal services to those we serve.     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 Litigation. Read More

We are seeking an associate to join our expanding family law practice. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one year post-call experience in family law. New calls who demonstrate a strong interest in establishing a career in family law will also be considered. Read More

Hello. I am a recent Honors Graduate from the Success College Paralegal Plus program. I am seeking the start of my career in Halifax Regional Municipality. Through my internship, I have experience in Family, Property, Wills & Estates, Corporate and Legal Aid Certificates. I do not have a favorite field as of yet, so I am open to widening my experience and love for all forms of Law. Read More

Staff Attorney BB1-3 Attorney Term/full-time Manitoba Justice Legal Aid Manitoba Thompson Community Law Centre 3 Station Road, Thompson MB Advertisement Number: 32160 Salary(s): BB1-3 Closing Date: September 6, 2016 An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 6 months. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Jost Mission Day Care Society (dba Edward Jost Children’s Centre) is currently recruiting community board members with skills and expertise in fundraising, finance and accounting, digital/social media, law and construction/building management.     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: Friday, September 9, 2016 (All day)
The 3rd annual Northern Nova Scotia CLE Day will consist of 10 speakers drawn from private practice, NSLA, the Public Prosecution Service, LISNS, Provincial Court, Family Court, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal for 6.5 hours of CLE. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:00
Recent changes to Ontario’s lobbying rules and federal income tax rules have changed registration and reporting requirements for charities, and also created limitations on political activities. As a result, your charitable clients will soon be turning to you to ensure they know their obligations at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. 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: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (All day)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm   Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 09:00
Pensions Conference November 29 - 30, 2016 The Westin Harbour Castle Conference Co-Chairs Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (All day)
Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference December 7, 2016 The Westin Harbour Castle  Conference Day - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016 (All day)
Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference December 8, 2016 The Westin Harbour Castle Conference Day - Thursday, December 8, 2016 Read More
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