INFORUM

November 07, 2016 InForum Issue

Society news

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

Nova Scotia refugee workshop aims to train lawyers in immigration law
Only 2.9 per cent of practising lawyers in Nova Scotia do some type of immigration law
By Sherri Borden Colley
CBC News | Nov 04, 2016

Global Halifax | November 7, 2016
by Jennifer Grudic
 
Legal Feeds/Canadian Lawyer | November 3, 2016
by Elizabeth Raymer
 
christiantoday.com | November 2, 2016
 
Canadian Press/National Post & other publications | November 1, 2016
by Geordon Omand
 
Vancouver Sun | Nov. 1, 2016
 
CBC News | November 1, 2016
By Mike Laanela and Farrah Merali
 
 
Council

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, October 28, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Society’s offices at 9:00 am. 

Credentials

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:

  • Hanaa Ahmed Al Sharief
  • David George Yarwood

The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks:

  • Jonathan Chisholm Gavel
  • Andrew Leonard John

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Danielle Lee Boyd
  • Jill Louise Chisholm
  • Heather Elizabeth Dawe
  • Maria Catherine Bethany Dugas
  • Michael James Shuter Oland
  • Melissa Marie Schroeder
  • Daphne Clara Mary Ann Williamson

The following member has resigned: 

  • John Lewis Dobson Cook
Professional development

A new Society webpage, Legal citation guides, offers citation guidance for some of the most frequently encountered legal resources, following the McGill Guide, 8th ed.

Visit this page in the Library services section of the Society’s website for examples of how to cite legislation, cases, updated publications (loose-leaf), books and articles.

For more detailed guidance, this page offers links to information on citing cases from the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and an extensive online legal citation guide based on the McGill Guide, 8th ed. from the University of British Columbia Libraries.

ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS
EXTERNAL REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS: PETITIONS TO CABINET, APPEALS TO COURT, AND JUDICIAL REVIEW / Macaulay, Robert W; Sprague, James L.H — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 36.A2 M117E 2016]

CHARITIES
THE LAW OF CHARITABLE AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS / Bourgeois, Donald J — 5th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2016. [KB 110 B772 2016]

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
TRUTH-FOCUSED INTERVIEWING FOR INVESTIGATORS / Byrnes, Kevin — 2d ed. — Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2016. [KB 24.C65 B995 2016]

NATIVE PEOPLES
ABORIGINAL LAW / Isaac, Thomas — 5th ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 79.I6 I73 2016]

PRACTICE OF LAW
DEMOCRATIZING LEGAL SERVICE: OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES / Snyder, Laura — Lanham, Md. Lexington Books, 2016. [KB 252 S675D 2016]

SOCIAL WORKERS
LAW FOR SOCIAL WORKERS: A CANADIAN GUIDE / Birnbaum, Rachel; Mosher, Janet E — 5th ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 61 V392 2016]

Flatlaw is a directory of lawyers who provide flat-rate legal services. It launched in August 2013 as a dedicated space where lawyers can offer their services for flat rates rather than the traditional billing by time method.

The site, noted in The Globe & Mail and Canadian Lawyer, was developed by Addison Cameron-Huff, a Toronto-based technology lawyer in Toronto.

Site users can browse the listings by area of law, type of service and location of service provider. Currently 16 Canadian cities are listed, including Halifax.

It is free for lawyers to sign up and add listings to the site. See the terms of use for details.

Free training in WestlawNext Canada is available at these Barristers’ Libraries on the following dates:

  • November 8 & 9 in the Barristers’ Library, Halifax
  • (Note: The November 10 session in Kentville has been postponed.)

Please call L&IS at 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.

Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney.

The platforms within our licensing agreement – CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource – provide access to key updated commentary.

Our CriminalSource subscription now includes former CriminalSpectrum (Canada Law Book) content, including Ewaschuk's Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, McWiliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, and Salhany's Canadian Criminal Procedure.

WestlawNext Canada offers an all-in-one search box and customizable interface, as well as the ability to browse content collections and drill down into commentary sources.

L&IS is pleased to offer training sessions on WestlawNext Canada with Thomson Carswell’s Executive Learning Consultant, Sam MacKenzie.

Access to Justice

On November 3, the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia was formally recognized in the House of Assembly by Justice Minister Diana Whalen for its innovation in promoting access to justice for Nova Scotians through the Public Navigator Program, the first program of its kind in the country.

Public Navigators, NS Legislature

“Ensuring Nova Scotians have access to justice is a priority for the province, and it is great to see a community-led organization take a lead role,” said Minister Whalen. “I commend the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia for establishing a program that matches trained volunteers with people seeking legal information in order to represent themselves in court.”

LISNS is honoured by the recognition, Executive Director Heather de Berdt Romilly said in a Nov. 3 news release.

“Our legal system is complex and many people can benefit from the help provided through the Public Navigator Program. People and communities are impacted by unresolved conflict and this program will help them understand the system and find resolution," she added.

The Public Navigator Program focuses on self-represented litigants considering an action in Small Claims Court or the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, General Division. In particular, the program provides support at the early stages of a litigant's legal journey.

"Our goal is that individuals will feel confident and informed," says de Berdt Romilly. "The research is clear that when legal information is provided at an early stage, it will help people build confidence with understanding their options and significantly reduce the need for expensive legal advice."

The Public Navigator Program represents a truly interdisciplinary approach to launching a program of this type. It is and continues to be developed and managed primarily by volunteers. The program currently has 12 volunteers serving as public navigators working out of the Bridgewater Justice Centre. Training for the navigators has been provided by lawyers, a retired law professor, and numerous legal and non-legal reviewers, also voluntarily. A former Dalhousie law student (currently articled clerk at McInnes Cooper),

Mario Garcia, was the catalyst for developing the core materials that underpin the program.  

Free information clinics, advertised on the Courts of Nova Scotia website, are offered and a digital platform for the service is currently being built in partnership with IT Students through Saint Mary’s Co-Curricular Program, while paralegal interns through Eastern College have developed training materials using digital best practices.

Earlier this year the Public Navigator Program received a 2016 Law Day Award for innovation from the Canadian Bar Association NS Branch, and it is being closely followed by governments and legal entities across Canada. The Law Foundation of Ontario provided seed funding for start-up costs which permitted project content to be placed on LISNS website under the newly created section – Representing Yourself.

Locally, Eastlink is providing free cell phone support for the six-month pilot which will start early 2017. LISNS is hopeful that a recently requested funding application will permit it to extend the pilot across Nova Scotia.

Check out the growing list of Public Navigator Project supporters!

The Family Law Nova Scotia website has added a new online kit, ‘A Guide to Filing for Divorce in Nova Scotia’. The guide provides background information on divorce and the divorce process (contested or uncontested), as well as instructions and links to forms and documents.

The guide is available at www.nsfamilylaw.ca/guide-filing-divorce-nova-scotia.

The guide and linked forms can be used in the following courts:

  • Supreme Court Family Divisions in Halifax, Sydney, & Port Hawkesbury; and
  • Supreme Courts in Amherst, Antigonish, Bridgewater, Digby/Annapolis, Pictou/New Glasgow, Truro, Kentville, & Yarmouth.

The Courts in Halifax, Sydney, and Port Hawkesbury use different court forms for divorce than the courts in the other areas of the province. Be sure to follow the information and instructions for the right court.

Tips from LIANS

Disasters happen and oftentimes without much notice. Is your office ready for such an event? How long would it take your office to resume business? How would you advise your clients and colleagues? How long would it take you to return to pre-disaster levels? Here are some things to think about when creating your Disaster Contingency Plan:

  1. Premises: Do you have an alarm system? Fireproof and waterproof cabinets or vaults? Separate dedicated electrical system?
  2. Have you backed up your business and client files in three different places?
  3. Do you have updated virus and malware protection?
  4. Could you work from a remote location if your office was shut down? (i.e., VPN access?)
  5. Have you made a list of important contacts?
  6. Do you have an updated client file list?

Nothing takes the place of preparation so be proactive! Keep files and calendars updated and organized, properly store files and documents, and perhaps most importantly: Back up your files! 

If you have any questions on these, or any other risk- or practice-related matters, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel with the Risk and Practice Management Program at sgerrard@lians.ca or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

An email purportedly from "Ken Mauring” of “Mauring Exchange Ltd.” featuring virus-laden links has recently been circulating – example here:

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Sent: Monday, October 24, 2016 9:19 AM
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To view the payment documents kindly click CLICK HERE or follow the direct link: https:// we.tl/ XAg5S9f9tM to view the documents.

Note wetransfer. com do not currently have support for mobile phone so you will not be able to view the documents on your smartphone or tablet.

Regards
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Mauring Exchange Ltd.
(303) 481-6057

If the links are clicked, and the user does not have anti-virus software or firewall programs on their computer, their system will be infected. As always, links and attachments in unsolicited or unanticipated emails should not be accessed unless the sender can be positively verified, as they may contain viruses.

For tips to avoid being victimized, visit the Fraud section on lians.ca, and to report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

Mental illness and addiction are often considered invisible disabilities – because they’re not obvious to spot, they are often overlooked and misunderstood. The impact of mental health and addiction problems on an individual’s life and career can be devastating, and employers can play an important role in helping employees get the help they need to recover.

Read "Recognizing the Signs" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™.

For more information and support in recognizing mental illness and addictions, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register. When you call the LAP number at 1 866 299 1299, your call will be answered any time, day or night, 365 days per year.

Courts

Oct 28 - The Chief Justices and Chief Judge have accepted a number of recommendations to encourage diversity on the Nova Scotia Judiciary.

Early in 2016, the Chief Justices and Chief Judges of the Nova Scotia Judiciary asked Justice Linda Lee Oland to look into the issue of diversity on the Bench. Her mandate was to identify appropriate initiatives the Judiciary may undertake to encourage diversity, with a particular focus on Indigenous Black and Aboriginal representation.

Justice Oland consulted with judges, lawyers, academics and others. As a result, she has come up with 11 recommendations, which the Chief Justices and Chief Judges have fully accepted and are now working to implement.

READ MORE >>

The Government of Canada has announced reforms to the judicial appointments process that will make the process more transparent, accountable and reflective of the diversity of Canadian society.

As a result of these changes, all interested candidates must submit their applications pursuant to the new rules and using the new forms.

Currently, there are four (4) federal judicial vacancies in Nova Scotia;

  • One (1) vacancy for the Court of Appeal in Halifax;
  • Three (3) vacancies for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia;
    • Two (2) in Halifax, and
    • One (1) in Pictou.

Read more in the Judicial Vacancies notice on the Career opportunities page of the Society’s website. 

Oct 29 - Follow the events of the Honourable Chief Justice Michael MacDonald and Jennifer Stairs, Communications Director for the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, as they take part in a judicial reform mission in Ukraine. MORE >>

OTTAWA, October 31, 2016 – The Honourable Mr. Justice Malcolm Rowe was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada before the Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, and the judges of the Court in a private ceremony on October 31, 2016.

The official welcome ceremony for Justice Rowe will take place at 2:30 p.m. on December 2, 2016, in the courtroom of the Supreme Court of Canada. On this occasion, it is expected that there will be remarks by Chief Justice McLachlin and representatives of the Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Bar Association and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

OTTAWA, October 28, 2016 – The Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, welcomes the appointment of Mr. Justice Malcolm Rowe to the Supreme Court of Canada. “I am delighted by Justice Rowe’s appointment”, said the Chief Justice. “The Court will benefit greatly from his long experience as a judge, lawyer and public servant.”

See the announcements from October 31 and October 28, and Justice Rowe’s biography

Justice Allan P. Boudreau retired on Oct. 31, 2016 from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, after 26 years on the Bench. Read more >>

(October 13, 2016) – Most courthouses in Nova Scotia now offer FREE guest Wi-Fi access for lawyers, self-represented individuals and other visiting the building.

Check at the front counter and a temporary user name and password will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Users must follow the policies for using electronic devices in courthouses and courtrooms.

Find out MORE >>

The Mental Health Court has asked the Society to distribute its new brochure to all lawyers in Nova Scotia.

The new brochure contains information about the Mental Health Court Program and the Court Monitored Drug Treatment Program.

It’s available for download and printing anytime on the Courts of Nova Scotia website, near the bottom of the Mental Health Court webpage.  

Notice to the Profession: October 19, 2016

The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 in the Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax is now ready. This schedule covers intake dates for the period from January to June of 2017. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE >>

Province

A public consultation on changes to Nova Scotia’s guardianship law launched on November 1.

Nova Scotia’s guardianship law allows the court to appoint a person to make decisions for someone who is not capable of making decisions on his or her own. The Department of Justice is planning to introduce legislation to replace the Incompetent Persons Act that will better respect the rights of those who have experienced some loss of mental capacity and help to ensure their needs are met. We are seeking your feedback on the proposed changes.   

The consultation involves face-to-face meetings and input through an online survey, which is available at www.novascotia.ca/adultguardianship  

The deadline for submitting your comments is November 30.

 "We all want to live in a province where the rights of every Nova Scotian are respected," Justice Minister Diana Whalen said in a November 14 news release. "This consultation is an excellent opportunity to listen to and take advice from the public, stakeholders and families who want their loved ones to be safe while having the maximum freedom possible."

A guardianship order is a court order that appoints a person to make decisions for someone who is not capable of making decisions on their own. Under Nova Scotia's previous legislation, capacity to make decisions was an all-or-nothing condition and did not recognize that individuals may be able to make their own decisions in many areas of their lives. The province will replace the previous legislation with a modern guardianship law in the spring of 2017.
 
The new legislation will protect the rights of all adults to autonomy and self-determination, set out the duties and responsibilities of guardians and establish safeguards for individuals who are under guardianship orders. 
 
Targeted consultations are taking place with key stakeholders from the health, social services and legal sectors, as well as seniors, the disabled community and families with loved ones under guardianship orders.
 
The province is especially interested in hearing from individuals with family members under guardianship orders, both past and present. Families who wish to participate in a focus group can contact Allyson O'Shea at 902 424 6094 or by email at adultguardianship@novascotia.ca.
 
The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ruled last spring that certain provisions of the previous legislation infringed on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court gave government one year to bring in updated legislation.
 

The province is inviting Nova Scotians with creative ideas on how to prevent sexual violence to apply for grants through the Sexual Violence Strategy.

Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard launched round two of the Prevention Innovation Grants on Oct. 17 at MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Dartmouth. She was joined by youth and community groups who have been working on projects funded by grants awarded in the spring.

"We had an amazing response to the first call for grants with nearly 100 applications received from diverse groups from across the province," said Ms. Bernard. "The approved projects were incredibly creative and are already helping in the fight against sexual violence in our communities. I look forward to seeing the innovative ideas that come forward this time."

The grants are divided into streams of up to $5,000 for smaller projects and up to $50,000 for larger ones. They are a commitment under government's Sexual Violence Strategy. This second round has $600,000 available for a total investment of more than $1.2 million.

The grants support community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved communities such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations, and the LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community, to reach out to their peers and help put creative prevention initiatives into practice.

"Art provides young people in our communities a tool for healing, exploration and self-expression," said Ryan Veltmeyer, Youth Art Connection co-founder and past grant recipient. "Combining art-making with discussion of the growing social issues facing our communities provides an engaging way for youth to begin to understand complex social issues including sexual violence, and to begin to discover ways they can take action to make change in their communities."

Projects funded through last year's Prevention Innovation Fund include the creation of comic books and graphic novels that explore issues of sexual violence, culturally based Mi'kmaq community engagement, work with men and boys, workshops on consent and healthy relationships, and a peer-led, gender-based, anti-cyber violence education tool.

Application forms are available for download at novascotia.ca/stopsexualviolence. Any questions about the application process can be emailed to strategy@novascotia.ca.

The deadline to submit grant applications is Dec. 16, 2016, at 4 p.m.

Nova Scotians are getting access to historical, cultural and other government data through the province's expanded open data portal.

As of Nov. 7, more than 25 new and refreshed data collections have been added to the portal. The portal has 286,000 page views since it was launched last February.

The Book of Negroes data collection is available in an open format for the first time. The Book of Negroes is considered the single most important document relating to the immigration of 3,000 African American refugees to Nova Scotia following the War of Independence in 1783. Nova Scotians can access demographics on each registered passenger, the name of the vessel, the vessel's commander, and where they were bound.

As well, businesses can view provincial tourism visitation and accommodation statistics going back to 2007.

"Nova Scotia joined the open data movement and we continue to make more information available for everyone to use and share," said Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis. "This data is now available for individuals and businesses to make discoveries, create opportunities and help grow our economy."

Among the new data collections:

  •  names of deceased in Halifax Explosion and Titanic
  •  provincial road network and place names
  •  historical mining fatalities
  •  public schools offering community-based learning, technology and skilled trades programs
  •  victim services office locations
  •  adult and youth correctional facility locations
  •  municipal land use planning
  •  counties with senior safety programs
  •  snow removal service levels for provincial roads
  •  House of Assembly petitions and correspondence

There are more than 300 current and historical data collections covering business and the economy, communities and social services, nature and environment and government administration available. The information appears in accessible, easy-to-work-with formats and can be found at data.novascotia.ca.

The portal gives free access to some data collections that were once only available for a fee.

Nova Scotia continues to improve transparency in government. Some recent efforts include requiring forest harvesters leasing Crown land to post proposed harvest site maps online for public comment before final harvest decisions are made; adding of provincial, county and facility wait times for nursing homes and residential care facilities to the wait time page of Health and Wellness website; and posting of information on funding agreements, as well as six-month progress updates on targets, on the Department of Business accountability website.

Legislation introduced Nov. 1, will allow Halifax Regional Municipality to set different commercial property tax rates in designated zones.

"One way to support the provincial economy and strong, healthy communities is to give municipalities some flexibility in managing commercial property taxes," said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill. "These changes will help council encourage commercial development where it's best for the community."

The bill will amend the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter Act, giving council the authority to designate zones in which different tax rates can be set and applied to assessed property value or street frontage of properties.

Within these zones, council will be able to apply different tax rates to different amounts of assessed value or lengths of street frontage. For example, the first $100,000 of assessed value may be taxed at one rate, the next $100,000 at a higher rate, and so on.

Council can choose to use any combination of these options.

Commercial tax rates set using these options will be reviewed within four years of coming into force. 

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: novascotia.ca/news

The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at www.gov.ns.ca/just/communications

  • Death in Correctional Services Custody (Nov. 7)
  • Legislation Will Strengthen Enforcement, Collection of Child and Spousal Support (Oct. 25)

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr

  • Heating Assistance Rebate Program Now Open for Applications (Oct. 31)

AUDITOR GENERAL – Atlantic Canada's Auditors General Release Joint Report on the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (Oct. 26)

BUSINESS – Nova Scotia Startups Get Continued Access to Venture Capital (Oct. 27)

COMMUNITY SERVICES

  • Government Introduces Accessibility Legislation (Nov. 2)
  • Support for Bryony House and Victims of Domestic Violence (Oct. 28)
  • Government Improves Post-Secondary Supports for Vulnerable Nova Scotians (Oct. 27)

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE – Flooding Assistance for Nova Scotians Continues (Nov. 4)

FINANCE/TREASURY BOARD – Government Provides Municipalities, Public Sector Authorities with Stronger Pension Option (Nov. 1)

HEALTH/WELLNESS

  • Kids Help Phone Receives Mental Health Grant (Nov. 7)
  • All Pharmacies Now Connected to Drug Information System (Nov. 1)

INTERNAL SERVICES

  • More Government Data Released (Nov. 7)
  • Business Growth Through Public Sector Purchasing (Nov. 1)

LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION

  • Amendments to the Construction Projects Labour-Management Relations Act (Nov. 2)
  • Investment in Infrastructure at St. Francis Xavier University (Oct. 26)
  • Province Eases Student Loan Repayment Assistance Plan Rules (Oct. 25)

MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS

  • Legislative Amendments Will Help Municipalities Support Residents Experiencing Water Shortages (Nov. 3)
  • Commercial Tax Flexibility for Halifax Regional Municipality (Nov. 1)

PREMIER'S OFFICE

  • ONE Nova Scotia Progress (Nov. 7)
  • Grants Help Keep First Responders Safe (Oct. 28)

SENIORS – The Age-Friendly Community Grant is Accepting a Applications (Oct. 31)

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL

  • Get Ready for Winter Driving (Nov. 7)
  • Canso Canal Closed for Repairs Starting Nov. 1 (Oct. 27)

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

Proclamations are published in the Royal Gazette, Part II, which is issued every other week and is available by subscription. Unofficial copies of the Royal Gazette, Part II are available online through the Registry of Regulations website.

The Office of the Legislative Counsel maintains a Proclamations of Statutes database, providing the effective dates of proclamations for statutes from 1990 to date. The database is updated with information received weekly from the Executive Council Office. To access the database, go to the Office of the Legislative Counsel’s website, then select Proclamations from the list of links on the left side of the page. The information provided by the database is for convenience only. For purposes of interpreting and applying the law, please consult official sources.

The orders in council authorizing the proclamations can be searched via the Orders in Council database maintained by the Executive Council Office. This database contains information about orders in council dating back to 1991.

This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services.

Other news

From Slaw.ca on November 1, 2016:

Maritime Law Book has a new owner. Slaw contributors Eric Appleby and Colin Lachance have issued a joint announcement (PDF).

Under the new ownership of 9766758 Canada Inc., and continuing to operate proudly as “Maritime Law Book”, MLB is set to once again lead a new revolution in case law access and legal research.

Catherine Elizabeth Potribny, 90, passed away on October 19, 2016. Her heirs are nieces and nephews, who are hoping to confirm the existence and location of a will. If completed, it would have been made in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where she lived at 40 First Street, Howie Centre.

Catherine Potribny was born on July 23, 1926. If you have any information about her will, please contact her nephew Michael H. MacNeil at 902 371 7754 or michael.macneil611@gmail.com.

I am searching for a Will or anyone who took instructions for a Will for George Wallace Swaine, who died on January 25, 1995. He resided at Canso, Nova Scotia at the time of his death.

If you have any information, please contact Mitchell Eliasson of Wickwire Holm by phone or email as follows:

P: 902-492-3442

E: meliasson@wickwireholm.com

I am looking for my mother’s Personal Directive and/or Enduring Power of Attorney, which was likely completed at the same time as her last Will in the latter part of the 1990s. She was, until the past month, a resident of Halifax. Her name is Ramona Constance O’Laughlin.

If you have any information at all, can you please contact me by email or by telephone:

Constance Elaine O’Laughlin
email: claugh54@telus.net OR colaughl@justice.gc.ca
telephone: 403-299-3125 OR 587-775-8794 OR 403-803-3061

There are two scholarships being offered by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship for study at Cambridge, England, and a French Language Scholarship to study at a French speaking university in Europe. They are available to people who have graduated from a Canadian law school in the last few years. 

Details are available on their site: www.canadian-institute.com. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2017 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Colleen Hepburn has been appointed a Crown attorney in Yarmouth. Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, announced the appointment on November 1.

"Ms. Hepburn's solid background in criminal law and her years of prosecutorial experience make her a valuable addition to our team of Crown attorneys," said Mr. Herschorn. 

A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Ms. Hepburn graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury in 1987 with an honours bachelor of arts in English and from the University of Guelph in 1988 with a master of arts in English. She taught English in various post-secondary schools before entering Dalhousie Law School in Halifax.

Ms. Hepburn graduated in 1998 and articled with the criminal section of the Crown Law Office in Toronto.

Ms. Hepburn was appointed an assistant Crown attorney in Toronto in 2000 where she concentrated on the prosecution of child abuse offences. Later, as Crown counsel, she argued appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal and worked on Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty matters.

In 2010 Ms. Hepburn accepted a secondment as a Crown prosecutor in Peace River, Alta. She later returned to Ontario as an assistant Crown attorney in the Sudbury area.

Ms. Hepburn is a contributing author of Crimes Against Children: Prosecution and Defence.

She has presented to the Toronto Police Service on a variety of topics, was a lecturer at Toronto John School and was a demonstrator in the trial advocacy course at Ontario Crown School.

Awards and congratulatory messages

The Society is pleased to announce that Gail Rudderham Chernin QC of Sydney is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, which was presented October 28 at the annual Recognition Reception. Established in 1999, the award is presented to a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession and the Society.  ​

2016 Recognition Reception

Ms. Chernin is a practising lawyer at The Breton Law Group, and has also worked in smaller firms and as a sole practitioner. Highly regarded among her clients, her peers and the judiciary, she received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2004 and has been recognized a number of times in the area of personal injury litigation as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada. Since her 1987 Bar admission, her main areas of practice have also included insurance, product liability, professional liability, mediation and alternate dispute resolution. 

A tireless volunteer within the profession and her community, Ms. Chernin served as President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 2003-2004, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Hearing Committee. She was a member of Council from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2005, and has served on numerous committees from 1996 onward. She was also Vice President and then President of the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society in the 1990s. She is pictured here at the Recognition Reception with current President R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP (at right) and Marc Njoh, articled clerk at Stewart McKelvey, recipient of the 2016 NSBS Presidents' Leadership Award (at left).  
 
Ms. Chernin received the Constance R. Glube Spirit Award in 2009 from the Canadian Bar Association's Nova Scotia Branch. She is an active mentor and assists in planning committees for professional development events, law day events and Bench & Bar Dinners to honour judicial appointments. A member of the Sydney Rotary Club since 1989, she has also served as Chair of the Cape Breton United Way, Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic and, presently, as Secretary of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – National. 
 
Several other achievements were recognized at the reception, which took place at the Delta Halifax: 

The Recognition Reception is an annual opportunity to honour lawyers and law students for their contributions that demonstrate the profession’s commitment to excellence and public service.

 

Careers

Maitland is a global advisory and administration firm providing investment and fund administration services to institutional clients.  Our Bedford location is seeking a full time paralegal or legal assistant to with experience in the corporate field. The position falls under the title of Fund Administrator.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • an understanding of various types of corporate structures;
  • a minimum of two years' experience working in an office setting;
  • proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • strong organizational, time management and communication skills; 
  • strong attention to detail along with the ability to multitask and work independently;
  • ability to work with financial transactions accurately.

The incumbent will provide administrative support to the transfer agency team, handling communications with investors and ensuring transactions are in compliance with anti-money laundering requirements. 

Experience in compliance or conducting due diligence reviews on various corporate structures will be considered an asset.

Please send your cover letter and resume in confidence to bob.burden@maitlandgroup.com

Remuneration will be market related and commensurate with experience and seniority. The successful candidate will receive a competitive benefits package.

McInnes Cooper is among the 20 largest business law firms in Canada. We serve clients across North America and abroad from six offices in Halifax, St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown. With 200 lawyers and over 300 professional resources, we are positioned to offer clients a range of legal and business services. We provide services to industry-leading clients in every major sector and with experience in all jurisdictions.

McInnes Cooper is currently seeking a talented associate to join its thriving Litigation Group in St. John’s, NL. With a minimum of three (3) years of general litigation experience, including experience in insurance defence, the successful candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to client service, have strong analytical, interpersonal, leadership and communication skills, and must possess a strong desire to succeed. This opportunity offers exposure to a wide variety of interesting and sophisticated matters, along with work / life balance in a beautiful, vibrant city.  

At McInnes Cooper you will find a team that values you. We recognize that our members are key in delivering outstanding client service and we provide a collaborative, professional environment with a member focused culture. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that values, respects and supports different perspectives, cultures and experiences. We offer a highly competitive compensation package and benefits plan.  

TO APPLY: If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply here.

McKiggan Hebert is currently seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to join our team at our offices on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a permanent full time position. The successful candidate will support a practice in personal injury law. Responsibilities will include client service and correspondence, preparing and managing documents and files, entering time, completing invoices, managing calendars, and other related duties.

The successful candidate will have a Legal Assistant or Paralegal diploma from a recognized institution, strong technology skills particularly with MS Office and time keeping and billing software. Experience as a Personal Injury Legal Assistant an asset.  The candidate must be detail-oriented, have exceptional personal integrity, be flexible with changing schedules and duties, demonstrate outstanding client service and communication skills and be a strong team player.  

About Us

McKiggan Hebert was founded by senior lawyers John McKiggan QC and Brian Hebert to carry on their respective practices. John McKiggan was a founding partner of APM Law responsible for that firm’s personal injury practice. He has received recognition as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Atlantic Canada. Brian Hebert has been serving clients in the areas of business, personal injury, environmental and Aboriginal law for 25 years. We serve clients throughout the Atlantic region. 

McKiggan Hebert is strongly committed to client satisfaction. We are focused on delivering results to clients while operating in a respectful and professional work environment. We offer excellent remuneration and continuing professional development opportunities. We value and support the volunteer work and community service of our employees. 

To apply:

Send your cover letter resume and references to our Office Manager at thowell@mckigganhebert.com with the subject line “Personal Injury Legal Assistant”

Qualified candidates will be interviewed as applications are received. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in Antigonish.

Ideal Abilities and Skills

  • Graduate of a recognized post-secondary paralegal/clerical certificate program or 5 years equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in a law office and have a good working knowledge of legal terminology and court procedures.
  • Ability to work independently, to take initiative and to use judgment in matters of extreme confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work in a a collaborative team setting.
  • The candidate should be proficient in transcription of dication with excellent typing and communciation skills, including attention to detail, accuracy and capacity to work under pressure of deadlines and multiple competing priorities.
  • Ability to work in a high stress environment is an asset.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including knowledge of programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

Salary Level
NSLAC Clerical Pay Scale (CL), plus benefits

Deadline for Applications
Monday, November 14, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Submit your resume with cover letter to:

Barry Whynot
Internal Operations Director
1701 Hollis Street, Suite 920
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8
Email: Barry.Whynot@nslegalaid.ca

NSLA has an employment equity policy and encourages candidates from historically disadvantaged groups. While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications held in confidence.

Seeking an ARTICLING CLERK position within Atlantic Canada.

I have recently graduated with my Juris Doctor (JD) and a Masters of Laws (LLM) specializing Alternative Dispute Resolution. I have previously obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island.

Please feel free to contact me at 902-213-6533 or jrcoffin@live.ca if you require additional information including resume and transcripts. I am available to interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Regards,
Jeremy Coffin

EMM LAW of Port Hawkesbury is busy and needs a lawyer to help share the workload with nine other lawyers.

Our preference would be to hire a lawyer who wishes to focus on litigation, including family law, and who has practiced law in the range of two to five years.

We operate out of a modern, attractive and comfortable office building located on the waterfront. We have an outstanding and experienced staff of twelve.

Our community has a modern Justice Centre which provides a great working environment for lawyers involved with litigation.We wish to attract an individual who enjoys rural life, who likes to drive to work in less than five minutes and/or who may wish to raise children in a family-friendly environment. 

The salary offered will reflect your experience.Interested applicants may forward their resume to:

Wayne MacMillan
409 Granville Street
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
B9A 2M5

or by e-mail: wayne.macmillan@emmlaw.ca

Enquiries will be held in strict confidence. Only persons offered interviews will be contacted.

McInnes Cooper is among the 20 largest business law firms in Canada. We serve clients across North America and abroad from six offices in Halifax, St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown. With 200 lawyers and over 300 professional resources, we are positioned to offer clients a range of legal and business services. We provide services to industry-leading clients in every major sector and with experience in all jurisdictions. 

Our Real Property team is seeking a Property Paralegal to join our Halifax Office. Responsible for assisting in all aspects of commercial and residential property files, the incumbent will assist with share and purchase transactions and commercial financings by reviewing and drafting closing documents, including resolutions, officers’ certificates, security documents for financings, and will also prepare closing books and draft reporting letters and opinions. In additional to the commercial duties, the incumbent will be required to assist with residential real estate transactions. 

The ideal candidate will have a Paralegal or Legal Administration diploma or other related education, with experience in a legal support role. They must excel in a demanding, high-pace environment, be highly detail-oriented, and be flexible to changing priorities. The successful candidate will have exceptional technology skills, with proficiency in all aspects of Microsoft Office and legal billing systems. As the liaison between the Firm and clients, the incumbent will have exceptional communication skills, a special focus on client service and the highest degree of professionalism. Working in a team environment, the successful candidate will be strong team player and have high personal integrity. Commercial property experience will be considered an asset. 

This role offers an exceptional compensation package including a competitive salary, defined-benefit pension plan and Firm-paid health and dental benefits, Health Spending Account, Wellness Spending Account as well as Vacation, Personal & Sick Days. 

At McInnes Cooper you will find a team that values you. We recognize that our members are key in delivering outstanding client service and we provide a collaborative, professional environment with a member focused culture. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that values, respects and supports different perspectives, cultures and experiences.    

TO APPLY: If you are interested in this opportunity please apply here.  

I am a 2016 graduate from the Schulich School of Law seeking an articling position anywhere in Atlantic Canada. I have a strong resume and great references. I work hard and am easy to get along with. I will happily forward any documentation requested for you to review in considering taking me on as an articling student.

I am eligible for the Government of Nova Scotia's "Graduate to Opportunity" program, which can help offset the cost of taking on a recent graduate.

Please contact me at michaelbourgeois08@gmail.com if you are considering taking on an articling student.

Are you a person that is seeking balance in your professional and personal life? Are you seeking a position that will provide independence and financial stability? Green Tynes Law Office Inc., is a busy Dartmouth law firm that is proud to provide professional legal services to our clients in a relaxed atmosphere. We pride ourselves on providing efficient legal services with a mission to maintain our client base.

Green Tynes Law Office is currently seeking an experienced lawyer who is comfortable with maintaining client satisfaction, and who is experienced with the busy demands of a general law practice and who is completely comfortable and competent in appearing and litigating at all levels of court. Any lawyer should be able to work independently and welcome the challenges and benefits of working in private practice. Experience level should be at least 2 years post call.

This position is a fee splitting arrangement, however a cost share would also be considered.

Interested aqpplicants should apply in confidence no later than November 30, 2016.

Associated lawyer position:

GREEN TYNES LAW OFFICE INC.
530 Portland Street Suite 208
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4V6
Phone: 902-463-9634
Fax: 902-463-9608
Email: mgreen@greentyneslaw.ca

Bland and Associates is a small but busy four-lawyer (plus an articling clerk) general practice on the corner of Blowers and Argyle streets, in the heart of downtown Halifax. We are located only a minute's walk from the Spring Garden Road Provincial Court and also very close to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (General Division) on Upper Water Street. We are looking for one lawyer to join us, ideally with an existing practice, however we have taken on newly-called lawyers in the past and certainly would do so again. We have a preference for a candidate who practices in Criminal Law, although not necessarily exclusively. If interested, please contact:

Owen G. Bland
Bland & Associates
11-5239 Blowers Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1J8
Phone: (902)-492-9927
Fax: (902)-492-6984
Email: owen@lawhalifax.com

The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal is seeking a Legal Research Officer.  The incumbent will work under the direction of the Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador and the other judges of the Court.  In this role he or she will be provided with a unique opportunity to gain insight into the judicial reasoning process and to assist in the development of the law in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The specific duties of the Legal Research Officer will include preparing bench memoranda, summarizing cases in preparation for applications and appeals, attending court to listen to argument on applications and appeals, doing research on points of law or other issues assigned by the judges, doing research on Court policies and procedures and the Rules of Court, managing the court database of opinions and other legal research information, particpating in meetings and discussion with the judges, completing special study projects, sitting on committees of the Court when requested, and such other duties assigned from time to time by the Chief Justice or his designate.

The position is designed for a lawyer who has been called, or will be eligible to be called within a reasonable time, to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar.  This is not an articling clerk positoin.

Salary: Solicitor 1, Step 1 ($45,793)

Duration: One year contractual position from the date of signing with the possibility of a further one year extension.

Please send resumes by Friday, November 25, 2016, by email to:

Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador at coaregistry@supreme.court.nl.ca

Ferrier Kimball Thomas is an independent law firm based in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. We currently have an opening for a lawyer to join our growing business law group.  

We offer a long-term opportunity for professional and personal growth. The south shore of Nova Scotia is a unique and beautiful place, and our business law services are important to the continued growth and development of our region. You will join our team of dedicated professionals, who work together to provide outstanding service to our clients and community.  

The successful candidate will have a minimum of two years’ experience in all aspects of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, financing, share and asset transactions, corporate governance, corporate reorganizations and succession planning. Experience in taxation is considered an asset.

Please reply in confidence to R. Andrew Kimball: akimball@fktlaw.ca   

www.fktlaw.ca  

The Government of Canada has announced reforms to the judicial appointments process which will make the process more transparent, accountable and reflective of the diversity of Canadian society.

As a result of these changes, all interested candidates must submit their applications pursuant to the new rules and using the new forms.

Currently, there are four (4) federal judicial vacancies in Nova Scotia;

•  One (1) vacancy for the Court of Appeal in Halifax; and
•  Three (3) vacancies for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia:
                    - two (2) in Halifax and
                    - one (1) in Pictou.

Therefore, the Judicial Advisory Committee for Nova Scotia invites applications for these judicial positions.

The minimum requirement to apply to be a judge on a superior court is ten (10) years completed membership as a barrister and solicitor at the Bar of one of the Provinces or Territories of Canada.

All candidates wishing to apply must submit nine (9) completed copies of the current (October 2016) Questionnaire for Federal Judicial Appointments. This application will be valid for a period of two (2) years at which point a candidate must reapply for continued consideration.

If you wish to apply and need a current Questionnaire, or if you would like further information, please consult the website of Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs at www.fja-cmf.gc.ca/home-accueil/index-eng.html or call the Commissioner’s Office at 613-992-9400 or 1-877-583-4266 (toll free).

All completed applications must be sent, either by courier, mail or hand delivery, to:

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada
99 Metcalfe Street, 8th floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 1E3

Canada’s judiciary should reflect the diversity of the society it serves. Applications from members of all backgrounds are encouraged.

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POSTES VACANTS À LA MAGISTRATURE DE LA NOUVELLE-ÉCOSSE

Le gouvernement du Canada a annoncé une réforme du processus de nomination des juges, lequel sera plus transparent et responsable et reflètera davantage la diversité de la société canadienne.

En raison de ces changements, et peu importe si vous avez précédemment soumis votre candidature, tous les candidats intéressés doivent soumettre leur candidature conformément aux nouvelles règles et au moyen des nouveaux formulaires.

Quatre (4) postes sont actuellement à pourvoir dans la Nouvelle-Écosse;

•  Un (1) poste vacant à la Cour d’appel à Halifax; et
•  Trois (3) postes vacants à la Cour Suprême de la Nouvelle-Écosse:
                    - deux (2) à Halifax et
                    - un (1) à Pictou.

Par conséquent, le Comité consultatif de la magistrature fédérale de la Nouvelle-Écosse sollicite les candidatures pour ces postes de juge.

Pour présenter sa candidature aux postes de magistrature fédérale, le candidat doit obligatoirement être membre du barreau de l’une des provinces ou de l’un des territoires du Canada à titre d’avocat depuis au moins dix (10) ans. Tous les candidats qui souhaitent postuler doivent présenter neuf (9) exemplaires du questionnaire en vigueur (octobre 2016) rempli relatif au poste de juge de nomination fédérale. La candidature sera valide pour une durée de deux (2) ans à compter de la date à laquelle elle est examinée, après quoi le candidat doit postuler de nouveau s’il veut que sa candidature soit examinée.

Si vous souhaitez postuler et avez besoin d’un questionnaire en vigueur, ou si vous désirez obtenir davantage de renseignements, veuillez consulter le site web du Commissariat à la magistrature fédérale www.fja-cmf.gc.ca/home-accueil/index-fra.html ou téléphoner au bureau du commissaire au 613-992-9400 ou au 1-877-583-4266 (sans frais).

Toutes les candidatures complètes doivent être envoyées par messager, par la poste ou par livraison en mains propres à l’adresse suivante:

Commissariat à la magistrature fédérale Canada
99, rue Metcalfe, 8e étage
Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 1E3

La magistrature canadienne devrait refléter la diversité de la société canadienne. Les membres issus de tous les milieux sont invités à présenter leurs candidatures.

Paralegal with four year's experience looking for a part time or flex time position. Experience in Real Estate, Family, Criminal, Wills and Estate Planning, and small civil matters.  

Proficient in computers including Microsoft Office Suite and Corel, as well as experience with Property OnLine and submission of documents. Typing is 80 wpm.

Please contact me for resume and references.

Email: jenn_andrews@live.ca

I am a recent graduate from the Dalhousie Law School looking to work anywhere between the HRM area and Antigonish. I also completed the health law and policy specialization. I am a hard worker who is capable of both self directed work and working within a team. I am available for work immediately. 

I will happily forward any relevent documentation requested. 

Feel free to contact me at cmwmcleod@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission is the regulator of the real estate industry in Nova Scotia. The Commission's Forms Committee is mandated to review and make recommendations to the Commission Board of Directors regarding new and existing mandated forms.

We are seeking an interested laywer with experience reviewing real estate forms to participate on our Committee.

About the Committee

  • Meets monthly (occasionally more frequently) in Bedford
  • Already reviewed and released 14 updated forms
  • Made up of a combination of real estate licensees, lawyers and Commission staff

About the Commission

Established by the provincial government in 1997, the Commission is an independent, non-profit agency that supervises the professional activities of all real estate licensees in Nova Scotia.The Commission’s mandate is to ensure consumer confidence through the administration of the Real Estate Trading Act and the Commission Bylaw. We work toward public protection through:

  • administering and enforcing the Real Estate Trading Act, its Regulations and the Commission Bylaw;
  • setting performance standards that govern trading in real estate;
  • setting licensing requirements and entrance standards; and
  • investigating complaints and imposing disciplinary sanctions under the Act.

Contact: dennisrichards@ns.sympatico.ca

Grow your career. Serve your Community

Serving on an Agency, Board, or Commission (ABC) can help you grow personally and professional while making a real impact in your community.

A complete listing of ABC's is now posted on the Executive Council Office web-site under the heading 'Current Opportunities' and can be found at www.novascotia.ca/abc.

The deadline for applications to serve on adjudicative ABCs is Monday, November 28, 2016. Applications for non-adjudicative ABCs are accepted at any time but consideration of them may begin as early as Monday, November 28, 2016.

To learn more visit www.novascotia.ca/abc or call 902-424-4877 or toll free 1-866-206-6844 or e-mail executive.council@novascotia.ca.

The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy. We welcome applications from aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities, and women. Members of such groups are encouraged to self-identify.

 

 

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (All day)

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. 

Free training is offered at the Barristers' Library in Halifax on November 8 & 9, 2016.

Please call L&IS at 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. 

The platforms within our licensing agreement – CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource – provide access to key updated commentary. Our CriminalSource subscription now includes former CriminalSpectrum (Canada Law Book) content, including Ewaschuk's Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, McWiliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, and Salhany's Canadian Criminal Procedure.

WestlawNext Canada offers an all-in-one search box and customizable interface, as well as the ability to browse content collections and drill down into commentary sources. It offers new functionality in managing your search results with search filters and visual indicators.

L&IS is pleased to offer training sessions on WestlawNext Canada with Thomson Carswell’s Executive Learning Consultant, Sam MacKenzie.

Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 11:00 to 16:00
Filling the gaps: a workshop on refugee law
 
This workshop is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Refugee Clinic, Atlantic Refugee and Immigrant Services and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program – Halifax section.
 
November 8, 2016, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch will be provided)
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society classroom
Cogswell Tower, 800–2000 Barrington Street, Halifax
 
 
You are invited to a Refugee Law Workshop at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
 
We have identified a number of gaps in the provision of legal services to immigrants and refugees in Nova Scotia. The purpose of this workshop is to begin to fill these gaps by increasing and developing expertise in refugee law and by building a roster of trained lawyers who can offer pro bono or low bono services in these areas.
 
Presenters: 
 
  • Julie Chamagne is the Executive Director of the Halifax Refugee Clinic – a pro bono clinic that offers legal services to immigrants and refugees in Nova Scotia. Julie will open the workshop with a discussion of the current gaps in legal services for immigrants and refugees.  
  • Laura Hambleton is the Atlantic Trainer with the Private Refugee Sponsorship Program. 
  • Elizabeth Wozniak is a lawyer with North Star Immigration Law in Halifax.
Both Laura and Elizabeth will be providing lawyers with the practical tools needed to assist this increasing population of newcomers.
 
RSVP: Kindly email jhabet@nsbs.org by Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Thank you!
 
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 17:30

Please join us for an encore performance of our “Three Legal Tenors” program from 2010, where an esteemed panel of current and former Superior Court Justices will provide their insights regarding recent Court decisions involving municipal and planning law cases.

Register now for a unique opportunity to hear directly from the judiciary on cases that impact your area of practice.

Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 08:30 to Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 16:30

It is well established that competent family dispute resolution practice, including collaborative practice, requires professionals to assess whether the proposed process is likely to be safe and effective for the client. This includes a requirement, shared by all family lawyers and mediators, to conduct an assessment with one’s own client/s to ensure that they will be able to participate effectively in the process, and a positive identification that court is not a better procedural alternative for that client.  

This training shall use lectures, case studies, group discussion, and role plays to identify the theories, research, strategies and skills required for Collaborative professionals to comply, effectively, with their duty to identify, assess and manage the risk of harm being done to a client, child or professional during a collaborative process.

Wednesday, November 09 and Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

LOCATION: HALIFAX
Chamber of Commerce

32 Akerley Blvd, Suite #100
Dartmouth, NS 

WORKSHOP FEE: $500

Hilary is a Toronto lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and educator whose firm Riverdale Mediation Ltd. provides mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination, training and consulting services. 

www.collaborativefamilylawyers.ca

Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 19:00

Speaker: Professor Greg Marquis, University of New Brunswick

Richard Oland, a member of the family who owns Moosehead Breweries, was bludgeoned to death in his office in 2011. His son, Dennis, was arrested for the murder. The case received widespread attention because the search warrant information was released to the media before the arrest. After a lengthy trial, Dennis was convicted of second-degree murder. In October 2016, the conviction was quashed and a new trial was ordered. Professor Marquis, author of Truth and Honour: The Death of Richard Oland and the Trial of Dennis Oland, will discuss the investigation and trial, the challenges of writing a true crime book, and the importance of the Oland case – which, among other things, triggered a case at the Supreme Court of Canada.

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE!
7 PM, TUESDAY NOV 8
Rm 104, Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
DAL.CA/LAW

Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Northern Construction Enterprises Inc v. HRM  2015 decision of the Court of Appeal

Speaker:

  • Peter Rogers, QC, McInnes Cooper 

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 19:00

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and The ENRICH Project are pleased to present Indigenous Perspectives, as part of the ongoing Racism series.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7pm

Poster

How and why do the impacts of history persist? How is racism directly or indirectly manifested in our society?  What are our obligations to address racism? How do we reconcile divisions created by racism? How do we directly or indirectly reinforce racism?  How is racism holding us back?

Senator Murray Sinclair
Former Chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada

NOVEMBER 9, 2016, 7pm
MCNALLY THEATRE AUDITORIUM
SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY
FREE ADMISSION │ RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

WATCH IT LIVE: WWW.CCEPA.CA

  • To participate in the live chat portion of the event, a Gmail account is recommended for login. Viewers can also ask questions on Twitter @PublicEthicsCA or by sending an email to admin@ccepa.ca.

Join and share the Facebook Event

In case you missed the previous parts of this series, White, Black, and Immigrant Perspectives: click here.

Other Events:

Pseudo-Science & Academic Freedom
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7pm
Scotiabank Theatre Auditorium, Saint Mary’s University 

Event Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

A Primer on the Law Amendments Committee

Speakers:

  • Gordon Hebb, QC & Karen Kinley, Legislative Counsels

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 08:00 to 09:00

Who is a Constructor under Nova Scotia’s Occupational Health and Safety Act?
R. v. McCarthy’s Roofing Limited

Speaker:

  • Jeff Aucoin, McInnes Cooper

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Legal Opinions – Including Trends and Changing Practice

Speaker:

  • Jared Schwartz, Patterson Law

Register

Event Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions

Speaker:

  • Blair MacKinnon, Heritage House Law Office

Register

Event Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30

The Constitutional Costs of the War on Drugs: Lessons from Mexico
Alejandro Madrazo Lajous
Drug Policy Program, Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico

Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge
No registration required. All welcome!

dal.ca/hli/seminar-series

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with support from the   Schulich School of Law.

Event Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 - 18:30

The Chair of the CBA–NS Military Law Section and the Vice-Chair of the Criminal Justice Law Section and the Chair of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Section request the pleasure of your company, with a guest if you wish, at a dinner to take place in the Wardroom, at CFB Halifax (Stadacona) on Friday evening the 18th day of November 2016 (1830 for 1900 hrs) 

  • A five-course meal will be served with sherry and cash bar beforehand.
  • After dinner speakers to be announced.
  • Dress is Black Tie or Mess Kit (business attire optional)

Please register by Thursday, November 10, 2016
$75.00 per person (includes HST)

Event Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:00 to 11:30

Canadian Border Services Agency Tour, Presentation and Q&A

Speaker: CBSA staff

There is no cost for this event. Space is limited to 15.

Register

Event Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 08:00 to Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 16:30

The province of Nova Scotia is taking a leadership role in convening this year’s National Restorative Justice Symposium. Nova Scotia has expanded the use of restorative justice to adults across the province, in public schools, and within the Human Rights Commission.

The National Symposium is an opportunity to convene a national gathering of practitioners, policy and lawmakers, researchers, and other experts and stakeholders, to consider and assess the innovative and transformative potential of restorative justice.

This year will not follow the typical conference workshop format. Key speakers will be invited to contribute to set the stage for consideration of core issues, to be followed by facilitated dialogue circles. Bring your experience, your insights and your ideas to contribute to a renewed national vision of restorative justice in Canada.

  • Invited speakers and discussion themes will be confirmed and shared in the next few weeks.
  • Register now to be part of this important moment in the movement for restorative justice in Canada. 

Please note: In place of traditional workshop presentations all participants will play an active role in sharing their work and research within the dialogue circles. If you require a letter of invitation explaining the nature of this participation/presentation format to obtain permission to attend or access your institutional funding please contact the conference organizers.

Event Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30

Provincial Consultation on Adult Guardianship Law

Speaker: Department of Justice (with invited guests)

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 17:30 to 20:00

Supervised Access

Speakers:

  • The Honourable Beryl MacDonald, the Supreme Court Family Division
  • Rosathya Ros, Supervised Access and Exchange Coordinator, Veith House
  • Shelley Hounsell-Grey of NSLA

Register

Event Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Cyber-Bullying, Law Reform and Feminism

“Minding the Gap: Why and How Nova Scotia Should Enact a New Cyber-safety Act”

Speaker:

  • Jennifer Taylor, Research Lawyer at Stewart McKelvey, will present her paper “Minding the Gap: Why and How Nova Scotia Should Enact a New Cyber-safety Act,” recently published in the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology. The paper comments on the decision in Crouch v Snell, which struck down the Nova Scotia Cyber-safety Act last year, but argues that new legislation should be enacted to address the rampant problems of internet bullying that continue to exist — especially for women.

Register

Event Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Not-for-Profit Financial Concepts for Lawyers

Speaker:

  • Debi Peverill, Peverill & Associates Inc. – A professional accountant, Debi Peverill will speak on topics including financial statements, budgets, and audit requirements for not-for-profit organizations.

This will be a useful session for lawyers who have Not-For-Profit organizations as clients or sit on the board of not for profits organizations.

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Event Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 - 09:00 to 16:00

Canadian Bar Assocation Nova Scotia's Estate Planning Conference
Friday, November 25, 2016
Baronet Room, Delta Halifax Hotel.

The program will cover everything from Drafting Super Powers of Attorney to Life Interest Trusts, along with useful updates on current issues provided by knowledgeable speakers.

This conference will also be of interest and is open to paralegals and legal support staff.

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Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

An Update on Access to Information

Speaker:

  • Catherine Tulley, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner Nova Scotia

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Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

The Administrative Recalculation of Child Support and Maintenance through Maintenance Enforcement

Speaker: Jessica Renfert, Nova Scotia Reciprocity Officer, Department of Justice

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Event Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 16:30

26th Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture
The Ethics of Sexual Assault Lawyering

The Schulich School of Law and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society cordially invite you to attend the twenty-sixth annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm
Room 105, Weldon Law Building
Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University
6061 University Avenue, Halifax

Elaine Craig: Associate Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University    

This lecture will consider the ethical duties and obligations placed on criminal defence lawyers and Crown attorneys in the context of sexual assault cases. Relying on data gathered from interviews, trial transcripts and law firm websites, Professor Craig will examine some of the ways in which the attitudes and practices of lawyers contribute to the harms experienced by sexual assault complainants. Both the duties of the Crown in sexual assault cases and the ethical limits on defence counsel at trial will be considered.   

Professor Craig teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, evidence law, law and sexuality, feminist legal theory and queer legal theory. She has written extensively on the treatment of complainants in sexual assault trials. Her first book, Troubling Sex, was published in 2012 by UBC Press and her next book focuses on the treatment of complainants in sexual assault trials.

Find out more about the Wickwire series at dal.ca/faculty/law.html under Public Lectures, where you can also watch videos of past lectures.

Frederick B. (Ted) Wickwire was educated in Halifax and practised in the field of corporate and commercial law with a special interest in property rights, as senior partner in the firm of MacInnes Wilson Flinn Wickwire. In 1977, he was appointed the first Chairman of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. Mr. Wickwire worked tirelessly to ensure that Nova Scotia lawyers maintained a level of uncompromised professionalism. To this end, he served as Society president and chairman of the Legal Ethics Committee, and oversaw creation of the original handbook on ethics and professional conduct. 

Event Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30

The Constitutional Case Against Canadian Medicare and Why It May Succeed
Colleen Flood, Faculty of Law and Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa

Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge
No registration required. All welcome!

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This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with support from the Schulich School of Law.

Event Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Polling District Boundaries and Court of Appeal: West Hants v. UARB, 2016 NSCA 57

Speakers:

  • Jane O'Neill, McInnes Cooper
  • Peter Rogers, QC, McInnes Cooper

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Event Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

God is in the Detail: Tips for Prosecuting Regulatory Offences in Nova Scotia 

Speaker: Alex Keaveny, Crown Attorney, Public Prosecution Service

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Event Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Webb v. Webb and the Future of the Incompetent Persons Act

Speakers:

  • Susanne M. Litke, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
  • Alexander Cameron, Nova Scotia Department of Justice
  • Professor Sheila Wildeman, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law

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Event Date: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia Presents our Online CLE Beyond Fines: "Creative Sentencing" for Occupational Health and Safety Offences

Speaker: Alex Keaveny, Public Prosecution Service

Please go HERE for a description of the presentation and a brief biography of the speaker.

Event Date: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

Patient Advocacy in the Drug Regulatory Process in Canada and the US

Speakers:

  • Sharon Batt, Researcher and Writer, Health & Pharmaceutical Policy
  • Adriane Fugh-Berman, Georgetown University Medical Center

Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge
No registration required. All welcome!

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This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with support from the Schulich School of Law.

Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

Who Has Seen the Asylum? History and Reconciliation in Mental Health
Erika Dyck, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan

Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge
No registration required. All welcome!

dal.ca/hli/seminar-series

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with support from the Schulich School of Law.

Event Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

End-of-Life Decision-Making in the US, with some Canadian Comparisons
Barbara Noah, Western New England University School of Law

Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge
No registration required. All welcome!

dal.ca/hli/seminar-series

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with support from the Schulich School of Law.

Event Date: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

Litigation as Regulation? A Tobacco Class Action Care Study
Camille Cameron, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge
No registration required. All welcome!

dal.ca/hli/seminar-series

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with support from the Schulich School of Law.

Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 09:00 to 12:00

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. You will have discussions and be introduced to an overview of the key factors to consider in the structure and management of a law practice such as hierarchy of structure, what impacts profitability, key developments impacting the future of the legal service industry, and the regulatory framework underpinning the legal profession. 

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • List the principal business vehicles which are used by legal service providers when establishing a law firm
  • Explain the structure of a ‘typical’ law firm by reference to the concept of ‘gearing’ and the hierarchy of partners, associates, articled clerks, paralegals and legal assistants
  • Understand the overall administrative function and value of ‘typical’ law firm departments including marketing, human resources, professional development, finance and libraries
  • List some of the key factors which can impact upon the profitability of a law firm including billable/non-billable hours and work-in-progress (WIP), and understand the means by which lawyers and their clients can agree to the level of and control of legal fees
  • List some of the key developments which might impact on the future development of the legal services industry 
  • Understand the regulatory framework which underpins the work that lawyers do and the way in which they conduct their business 

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program. For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm 

Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00

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:

  • Explain the regulatory and ethical framework within which law firms operate
  • Analyse the various ways in which client care is integral to a law firm’s business, its ability to attract clients, and its continued success
  • Understand risk management, including the most common complaints that clients levy against their lawyers
  • Develop strategies for best practices including client follow-up, satisfaction, and retention 

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program. For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm 

Event Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 09:00 to 12:00

Human resource management has evolved from personnel administration to managing human resources to accomplish organizational goals.  This module is intended to strengthen your capacity for professional staff management. You will be engaged in discussions about current HR practices, employee attraction and retention, the role of cognitive ability and emotional intelligence in predicting performance, and managing teams. This module will be interactive, involving lively discussions on research studies (evidence-based management), cases, and personality tests. 

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Apply different human resource and management theories to motivate employees
  • Understand the role of emotional intelligence, ability, and personality as a tool for enhancing performance and teamwork 
  • Understand the conditions and behaviours that enable effective teamwork

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course, which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program.

For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm

Event Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00

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. You will participate in hands-on activities designed to develop your competency to create integrated legal services sales, marketing and communication plans. 

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Ask the right questions about markets, focusing on the marketing of legal services and the organization of data into relevant information
  • Apply tools and techniques for discovering new market opportunities such as cross-selling, referral marketing, sponsorship, and media or other publicity
  • Understand how to use technology and social media proactively to reach out to clients and prospects
  • Create a marketing plan that includes clear target markets, as well as price and communication strategies 

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program. 

For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm 

Event Date: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 09:00 to 12:00

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: 

  • Analyse some of the key factors which can impact upon the profitability of a law firm
  • Understand the concepts of time keeping, billable/non-billable hours, work-in-progress (WIP) and collections in relation to the importance of a firm’s finances 
  • Understand the means by which lawyers and their clients can agree to the level of and control of legal fees, and the principal means by which clients can fund the legal advice they receive
  • Analyse the way(s) in which a client’s method of funding legal advice might impact upon a law firm’s profitability
  • Understand the role of professional liability insurance, including law office management standards (client files) and claims reporting   
  • Understand the opening and operation of trust accounts, including fiduciary responsibility and regulation
  • Understand and analyse capital funding structures for law firms 

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program.For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm

Event Date: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00

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:

  • Consolidate your understanding of the structure of the legal market in Canada
  • Analyse some of the key commercial and practical issues that law firms might focus on if they are required to tender for work
  • Explain the principal business vehicles which are used by legal service providers when establishing a law firm
  • Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of these 

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course, which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program. For more information, or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm 

Event Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 09:00 to 16:00

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. Working in groups, participants are designated a key role within law practice management (partner, associate, human resource manager, etc.) and have a fixed amount of time to review the facts of a case before preparing and presenting a work plan to a panel of industry experts. 

Prerequisite: Completion of Modules 1-6 of the Law Practice Management program are required in order to register in Module 7.

For more information about the program or to register, visit our website: dal.ca/exceed/lpm 

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