December 05, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Fall 2016 edition of The Society Record is now available online. Read More

The ​Legal Services Regulation Update is an electronic newsletter with information and progress reports on the Society’s transforming regulation initiative. Featured contents include innovation profiles, news and web resources, Council and operational updates and more. Read More

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

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, November 25, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website. See the Council Highlights and documents for more details on these and other items: Read More

Canadians expect members of the legal profession to provide competent legal advice and to conduct themselves ethically and with integrity. A core function of Canada’s law societies is to hear and investigate complaints about member conduct and if necessary, to impose disciplinary sanctions. 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: Andrea Lynn Isabelle Misty Rose Morrison The following members have changed to Non-Practising status: Read More
Professional development

BANKRUPTCY THE 2016-2017 ANNOTATED BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY ACT / Houlden, Lloyd W; Morawetz, Geoffrey B; Sarra, Janis P — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 113 H838 2016(2)] CANADA. PARLIAMENT PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY IN CANADA / Maingot, J.P. Joseph — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2016. [KB 28 M218I 2016] Read More
Access to Justice

A message from the Honourable Thomas Cromwell Read More

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
Tips from LIANS

In keeping with this month’s theme, sending holiday cards to colleagues and clients is a great way to reconnect professional relationships and perhaps build some new ones. With that in mind, here are some tips to consider when creating your holiday cards: Read More

An email purportedly from "TD Commercial Banking” featuring a virus-laden PDF attachment has recently been circulating – example here: To Whom It May Concern, Due to the ongoing products services updates, we need you to verify and update your WBB ConnectID user profile details. Read More

The following is an article from Homewood Health™, your health and wellness provider, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP). There are expectations about family get-togethers; obligations about where you need to spend your time; and concerns about spending too much money. Here are some tips to help you manage the holidays ... Read More

The Nova Scotia Courts have announced their holiday hours for December 2016 and January 2017. Read more on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.   Read More

A robing ceremony for the Honourable Justice Ann E. Smith will be held on December 16 at the Halifax Law Courts. For details, see this news item on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.  Two other robing ceremonies took place recently: 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

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

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: Read More
Other news

November 15, 2016 – The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is pleased to announce that Maurice Piette of Montreal has been elected President for 2016 – 2017. He is a practising notary with Piette & Duquette in Montreal. He studied at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal from 1968 to 1971. Read More

Vicky Doucette has been appointed a Crown attorney in Amherst. "Ms. Doucette's broad legal experience and her prosecutorial skills make her a welcome addition to the Public Prosecution Service," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, in a November 28 announcement. Read More

The Government of Canada is leading a national consultation process to inform the development of legislation that will transform how the government addresses accessibility. 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

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

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

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

The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the legal profession’s regulatory body responsible for the protection of the public interest, is seeking a Law Librarian.   KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Read More

The Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Aid Commission is proud to provide an innovative and collaborative legal aid system that responds to the needs of low income persons. Our services promote access to justice through the provision of quality legal assistance for criminal, family and some administrative law matters. Read More

ParalegalLabour Relations and Compensation AnalysisHealth Association Nova Scotia 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

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 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

Bedford Law currently has an opening for a lawyer to join our firm. We are an established law firm with offices located in Bedford. Read More

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is seeking Legal Assistants, CR-05, in various offices across the country. Read More

Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in our Dartmouth Criminal Office. Ideal Abilities and Skills Read More

Are you a detail oriented, strong self-starter who shows initiative and places a high value on teamwork and cooperation? Are you eager to get your foot in the door with a national industry-leading organization? Are you seeking that elusive work environment which is fun, congenial and values diversity? Read More

Bacchus & Associates Law Firm is a small firm located in the North End of Halifax that has been providing professional services since 2001. We are seeking an Associate Lawyer who is self motivated and preferably has an existing clientele to join our team. This position is available immediately. Interested applicants can forward their resume to: Read More

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

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

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. Read More
Upcoming Events
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: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:00
Standard of Proof in Discipline Hearings Speaker: Loretta Manning, Cox & Palmer 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: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 18:00
A Holiday Rum Tasting Event Enjoy and evening of networking and celebration. Register  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: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 15:30
The Halifax Refugee Clinic is hosting its 4th annual Auction for Asylum fundraising event! The event will be held on Friday December 9, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and will run from 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm. Doors open at 7:30 pm. 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, December 20, 2016 - 08:00
Notice Provisions in Construction Agreements Speaker:  Christopher Wilson, McInnes Cooper Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 08:30
The CBA-NS Mid-Winter Conference will take place on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3, 2017. Full registration to this 1.5 day conference offers 10 CPD hours which can be applied towards your yearly professional development plan that includes a minimum of 12 CPD hours.   Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 3, 2017 - 13:30
CBA-NS Friday Afternoon Workshops 2017 HOW TO WORKSHOP YOUR WAY TO TECHNOLOGY NIRVANA Speaker: Read More
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