November 21, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

Please note, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society will hold a Special Meeting as follows, pursuant to Regulation 2.2.3: Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm At the Society’s Offices 800-2000 Barrington St., Cogswell Tower, Halifax Read More

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

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, November 25, 2016, starting at 9:00 am. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.  Read More

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: Mary Ann Louise Burke-Matheson Kristelle Marie Campbell Elizabeth Jane Hughes Meghan Eileen MacGillivray Case  Read More
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. Read More
Access to Justice

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project has created a National Database of Professionals – lawyers, paralegals, and others who offer services such as mental health counselling and dispute resolution coaching – to SRLs. The purpose is twofold. Read More

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. Read More
Tips from LIANS

With the holiday season fast approaching, many lawyers take this opportunity to connect with colleagues and clients. Here are some tips to ensure your holiday festivities are “joyful and triumphant”: Read More

We’ve been receiving an increase in reports with regard to inheritance scams. Although the idea of a large sum from a long-lost wealthy relative is attractive, falling for this scam can quickly drain a victim’s savings and leave them without recourse. Read More

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Health™, your health and wellness provider, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP). Read More

The Honourable Judge Alain J. Bégin will be officially sworn in at a ceremony at Supreme Court in Truro on Friday, Nov. 25 at 2:00 pm. Find out more on the Courts of Nova Scotia website:  Read More

There is now a separate fax number for Probate at the Halifax Law Courts: (902) 428-2224  Read More

November 14. 2016 – The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has approved an amendment to Practice Memorandum #4 (Courtroom Attire) under the Civil Procedure Rules:  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. Read More

Please take notice that the Rules Amending the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada, SOR/2016-271, were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on November 2, 2016. The amendments, which come into force on January 1, 2017, will apply to all cases. Read More

Notice to the Profession: Substantive amendments to the Federal Courts Rules – Pre-publication of the Rules Amending the Federal Courts Rules  Read More

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

Communities, victims and offenders will benefit from the provincewide expansion of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program to adults. The decision to expand the program was announced Nov.21 at the National Restorative Justice Symposium in Halifax. Read More

The National Restorative Justice Symposium, beginning Monday, Nov.21 in Halifax, is one of the highlights of Restorative Justice Week in Nova Scotia. Restorative Justice Week, Nov. 20-27, is about raising awareness and bringing best practices about restorative justice to the forefront. Read More

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

(November 18, 2016) – Halifax partner Level Chan received a Lexpert Rising Stars award at a gala dinner in Toronto on Nov. 17, celebrating his recognition as a leading lawyer under 40. This award honours excellence in the field of business law and litigation across Canada. Read More

Heather de Berdt Romilly, Executive Director of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia Read More

(October 24, 2016) -- Senior members of the criminal and family Private Bar have worked with Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) to support Private Bar lawyers who are taking Legal Aid Certificates. This partnership has produced the Private Bar Mentoring Program (PBMP), which was rolled out recently across Nova Scotia. Read More

(October 25, 2016) – The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission’s 2015/2016 Annual Report can be viewed by clicking this link: 2015/2016 Annual Report. Read More

The Dartmouth Paw Patrol is launching its First Annual Pet Food and Litter Drive. It will run from November 10 through Dec 10, 2016. Donation boxes are available in all Legal Aid Offices in the metro Halifax area and with some of our Justice partners. Thank you Dartmouth Paw Patrol  Read More

Please send your nominations for the Irving and Ruth Pink Award for Youth Development and Social Justice to: The Nominating Committee c/o Reena Davis Dalhousie Legal Aid Service 2209 Gottingen Street Halifax, NS   B3K 3B5. Read More

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. Read More

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 Read More

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: Read More

Vancouver, November 8, 2016 – The Law Society of British Columbia has determined that it will seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada the recent decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of British Columbia. Read More

Dear members of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society,  As a followup on our last correspondence presenting the paper “The Benefits of Recognizing and Treating ADHD in Canadian Justice and Corrections Systems,” we would like to inform you about two new resources: Read More

For sale – Philips pocket memo digital dictation recorder LFH9600 series with SpeechExec software.  Please phone 902-222-4052. PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS Janet M. Stevenson JANET STEVENSON LAW P. O. Box 33085, Halifax, NS  B3L 4T6 Read More

The Black Canadian Studies Association, in partnership with Brandon University (Manitoba), invites submissions to its third biennial conference, May 11-14, 2017, “Blackness, Indigeneity, Colonialism, and Confederation: 21st Century Perspectives." Read More

Status of Women Canada launched a Call for Proposals for projects to support gender equality in Canada. Projects under this Call for Proposals will fall into this thematic area: Read More

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.  Read More

DEPARTMENT: Legal and Legislative Services DATE: November 8, 2016JOB #: P672 BULLETIN A vacancy exists in this department for the position of: SOLICITOR This is a non-scheduled position reporting directly to the General Manager, Legal and Legislative Services.  Read More

Growing general practice firm, Highlander Law Group, in Tantallon is seeking a like minded lawyer. Read More

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.  Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

The Schulich Fellowship 2017-2018Call for Expressions of Interest Read More


The In-House Legal Counsel will work collaboratively with the Senior Management team and be responsible to provide a high degree of legal analysis and advice on a wide array of municipal operations. Reporting to the CAO, the successful candidates will: Read More

We are seeking an experienced Wills & Estates/Probate Paralegal at our Truro location, 10 Church Street. This is a temporary full-time position. Standard work hours are 34.5 per week. Some flexibility and occasional overtime may be required. Read More

Build a life, not just a living. Thirty minutes to city. Twenty minutes to Wolfville. Thirty minutes to Chester. Practice has been in existence, in various forms, for fifty-five years. Current owner has seen 25 years of profitable operation. Ideal work-life balance in small Valley town with golf course, ski hill, private school. Read More

One of Halifax's leading law firms, Burchells LLP, is currently recruiting for a full-time associate lawyer to work in the Creditor Rights and Recovery Group to start immediately. Read More

I am currently in school to get my diploma as a paralegal/legal assistant and I am just looking to have an internship to gain experience. Experience is considered an asset in order to be successfully employed with a firm as you know. Read More

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia invites applications for the position of Executive Director. The Law Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives and distributes interest earned on lawyers' pooled trust accounts within the province in accordance with the Legal Profession Act. Read More

Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in Kentville. Ideal abilities and skills Read More

Crown Attorney (Contractual)Public Prosecutions, Department of Justice and Public Safety, three (3) positions Read More

over 20 years experience providing high quality admin support as a legal assistant proficient in Office 365, PC Law, MS Word, MS Outlook, spreadsheet applications quick and astute with the ability to learn new technology and new areas of law appointed a Commissioner of Oaths of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia  Read More

Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Truro, New Glasgow and Halifax and with clients whose interests range from global to purely local. Our 115 lawyers and staff are dedicated to meeting our clients’ diverse legal needs. Read More

Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Halifax, Truro and New Glasgow. We endeavour to maintain the highest standard of service to our clients. This can only be accomplished by employing qualified, educated and motivated staff.  Read More

Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Truro, New Glasgow and Halifax. We endeavour to maintain the highest standard of service to our clients. This can only be accomplished by employing qualified, educated and motivated staff.  Read More

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

Do you want a career in a law firm that rewards you for a commitment to an excellent work product? Are you looking for an employer who facilitates a team-working environment? Are you tired of commuting in rush hour traffic to Halifax?  Read More

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, North Star Immigration Law Inc. is the largest immigration law firm in the Maritimes. We pride ourselves on our exceptional client service and practical and creative approach to Canadian immigration matters. The lawyers in our office work collaboratively in a happy and bright office space in an historic building in Halifax’s downtown core. Read More
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. Read More

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. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:00
Effective Job Search Strategies – beyond OCI’s Speakers:  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 12:00
Different Career Paths: What you Can do With your Law Degree Guest Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 17:30
Supervised Access Speakers:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12:00
Cyber-Bullying, Law Reform and Feminism “Minding the Gap: Why and How Nova Scotia Should Enact a New Cyber-safety Act” Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12:00
Not-for-Profit Financial Concepts for Lawyers Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 - 09:00
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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:00
The Administrative Recalculation of Child Support and Maintenance through Maintenance Enforcement Speaker: Jessica Renfert, Nova Scotia Reciprocity Officer, Department of Justice Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:00
An Update on Access to Information Speaker: Catherine Tulley, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner Nova Scotia Register  Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00
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! Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00
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 Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 16:30
26th Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial LectureThe 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. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 5, 2016 (All day)
The ADR Atlantic Institute is proud to announce the delivery of the ADR Institute of Canada's NEW National Introductory Arbitration Course!   A comprehensive 40 hour program which aims to prepare learners to effectively act as an impartial decision maker to resolve disputes.   LEARNERS WILL Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 12:00
Starting your Own Law Practice – Top Myths that Shouldn’t Stand in your Way Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:00
This wellness session will assist participants in enhancing their understanding of the personal and environmental factors that can have an impact on mental health, the common signs and symptoms of mental health troubles, and the most appropriate prevention and intervention strategies. Register:  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:00
God is in the Detail: Tips for Prosecuting Regulatory Offences in Nova Scotia  Speaker: Alex Keaveny, Crown Attorney, Public Prosecution Service Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:00
Cameron will discuss the potential benefits of title insurance in real estate transactions, and what Chicago Title has to offer in that regard. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:00
Webb v. Webb and the Future of the Incompetent Persons Act Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:00
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 Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:00
Participants will be introduced to a variety of effective and practical tools to break negative thought patterns, adapt to adversity, improve physical/mental/emotional health, and cultivate a strong social support network. Participants will learn additional skills to increase resiliency and determine how to best implement these new lifestyle tools. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 12:00
Yes, you can Kanban Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 13:30
1st Annual Labour Board Update: A cross-Canada review of key cases and trendsTuesday, January 24, 2017, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm AST Register now Moderator:   Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:00
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! Read More
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