December 19, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Society is pleased to announce a new course taught by Senator Kim Pate, designed to orient lawyers and advocates to key issues related to incarceration and the correctional system. The two-part course will take place in the NSBS Classroom on January 12 and 13, 2017, from 9:00 am to noon both days. It is offered free of charge, in person or by webinar. Read More

The 26th Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics took place on Thursday, December 1 at the Schulich School of Law, co-presented by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Read More

The next edition of InForum will be published on Monday, January 9, 2017. The 2017 Publication schedule and submission guidelines for the e-newsletter are now available at the top of the InForum webpage. 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 Fall 2016 edition of The Society Record is now available online. Read More

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

In order to improve its annual reporting and filing requirements, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is updating its information-gathering processes and reducing overlap in the various filings of lawyers and firms during the year. These filings include the Annual Lawyer Report, Trust Account Report, Accountant’s Report on Trust Account Reports, Declarations, etc. Read More
Professional development

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW ADMINISTRATIVE LAW / Craig, Paul – 8th ed. – London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2016. [KB 32 C886 2016] DIVORCE THE 2017 ANNOTATED DIVORCE ACT / MacDonald, James C; Wilton, Ann – Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 138 M135 2016] DRUG ABUSE 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

With 2017 just around the corner, we thought we would look ahead to the New Year and offer some suggestions on how to make the upcoming year even better than the last: Read More

As we’ve recently reported, lawyers from several US law societies have received emails threatening action for various practice-related infractions. Although we have not received reports of similar scam attempts in Nova Scotia, the subject line may appear as: 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). Read More

The Honourable Justice Simon J. MacDonald of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court is retiring after 34 years on the Bench. Read more >>  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

Diana Whalen will take a brief leave from her cabinet duties as Justice Minister and Attorney General, and Deputy Premier, after being hospitalized on Monday, Dec. 5. Ms. Whalen is expected to make a full recovery. Read More

Karen Hollett, a senior legal professional with 25 years of experience, has been appointed chair of Nova Scotia's Labour Board. Kelly Regan, minister responsible for the Labour Board, announced the appointment on Dec. 8. Read More

On December 16, the Province launched the second phase of the Sexual Violence Strategy's public awareness campaign, Sexual Violence with the Birds and the Bees. 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

December 15 announcement  from Donald G. Harding QC, Chair, Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission  Read More

William A. Sutherland QC wishes to announce his retirement from the practice of law, effective November 30, 2016. Enquiries respecting his practice should be directed to: Read More

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is proud to officially welcome West Hants and Cumberland County to its suite of published Vital Signs reports! Congrats to the core leadership team in each area for more than 8 months of community engagement, research, outreach and design work. 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

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

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

Halifax Water is the municipal water, wastewater and storm-water utility serving the residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality.  An autonomous, self-financed utility, Halifax Water is regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB).   Read More

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.   Read More

Are you a sole-practitioner looking to realize the benefits of being associated with an established downtown medium-sized firm? Are you associated with another firm and looking for a positive change? If the answer to either question is yes, this may be the opportunity you have been seeking and we would like to hear from you! Read More

Stewart McKelvey is an innovative, client-driven law firm committed to providing the highest quality of ethical legal services, earning clients' trust and striving to meet and exceed expectations.  Since becoming the first regional law firm more than 20 years ago, Stewart McKelvey has grown to become one of the 20 largest law firms in Canada, with six offices across four provinces.  Read More

Landry, McGillivray is a well established full service law firm in downtown Dartmouth and has been providing legal services to our clients throughout Halifax Regional Municipality and the Province of Nova Scotia for 40 years. Read More

NSLAC is seeking an experience Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in our New Glasgow office. Ideal Abilities & Skills Read More

Children's Lawyer Department of Justice & Public Safety Open to the public   Location: Provincial Admin Building, Charlottetown Full-time excluded position (Commencing immediately)    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

In the beautiful Annapolis Valley, two lawyers in a long established law firm are looking towards retirement and the sale of their practice. Valley life has a lot to offer, there are many community events, attractions, exhibitions, festivals, museums, farmers markets, sport venues, historic sites, to name a few. Read More

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commssion (NSLAC) is currently accepting applications for the position of Service Delivery Director (SDD). A copy of the position description can be found at: Read More

24 MONTH TERM CONTRACT   The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) is seeking the services of a Professional Conduct Consultant to join our dynamic team and contribute to our organization’s vision, mission and strategic plan. This is a 24 month contract with the possibility of renewal.    Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for lawyers and law students to volunteer their time during the 2017 winter session. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 08:00
Notice Provisions in Construction Agreements Speaker:  Christopher Wilson, McInnes Cooper Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 09:00
Course taught by Senator Kim Pate January 12 and 13, 2017, 9:00 am to noon (both days) Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Classroom Cogswell Tower, 8th floor 2000 Barrington St., Halifax Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (All day)
Creating Evaluations and Contracts for Governmental Non-Profit Service Providers This workshop helps provincial government departments develop in collaboration with their non-profit service providers: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:00
Restrictive Covenants and Building Schemes Speaker: Jane Gourley-Davis, Patterson Law Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:00
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program.   Cost for this program is $650 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course.   Dates for next LRA course: January 18-25, 2017    Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:00
Get On Board: Practical Tips for Lawyers Sitting on Not-For-Profit Boards Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:00
Mediation Processes before the Utility and Review Board Speaker: Wayne Cochran, QC, member – Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Register  Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 20, 2017 (All day)
  This is a general call for participation in the CLSA’s Annual Mid-Winter Meeting & Symposium, which will take place at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB January 20-21, 2017. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:00
Estate Bullying Speaker: Cora Jacquemin, Registrar of Probate Register  Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 (All day)
Cross-examination is a rigorous discipline that requirespractice, reflection and more practice. This best-selling program teaches you how to take and keep control of witness testimony. Learn how to develop and execute a successful cross-examination strategy from skilled litigators and distinguished judges. Dynamic presentations bring theory to life. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 (All day)
The Advocates’ Society invites you to attend our Spring Symposium, the premier continuing professional development and networking event for civil litigators. Coming to Halifax for the first time, this popular and practical program features the latest developments, strategies and tips for success in your everyday practice. Read More
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