January 09, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

Lawrence Rubin is the new Director of Insurance at the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS). Mr. Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is seeking applications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The Society’s current member, René Gallant, has resigned because of a relocation to the United States. Read More

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

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 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

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to her friends and family. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Glace Bay man accused of murder seeks new counsel The Cape Breton Post | Jan. 3, 2017 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

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: Read More
Professional development

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS KEATING ON CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS / Keating, Donald; Furst, Stephen; Ramsey, Vivian – 10th ed. – London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2016. [KB 134 .B5 K254 2016] Read More

See the winners of the 2016 Clawbies (Canadian Law Blog Awards) to discover free online commentary to help you keep current; winning blogs cover criminal defence, mergers & acquisitions, family, intellectual property, energy and environment, employment law, change and innovation, access to justice, risk management, and diversity and inclusion. Read More
Access to Justice

The following blog item was posted by United Way Halifax on Dec. 23, 2016 United Way Halifax is working with the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (NSBS) to improve access and experiences within our legal and judicial systems. Read More
Tips from LIANS

At LIANS, we often stress the importance of backing up your files – and this includes your calendar. However, maintaining a dual calendaring system where multiple entries are required may increase your risk of error. Nor is it efficient. Read More

Three hackers have been charged with insider trading, after they targeted at least seven prominent US law firms in 2014 and 2015 in an attempt to obtain valuable confidential and proprietary information. After successful attacks against two firms, the hackers stole employee credentials, then installed malware on the firms’ web servers. 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

As announced in April 2016, Service Nova Scotia (SNS) is modernizing the Registry of Joint Stock Companies. To support the modernization, a Request for Proposals for a new IT system was issued on December 21, 2016. SNS expects to have signed a contract with a new IT system partner by summer 2017 and to be operating the Registry with the new IT system about 18-24 months after that. Read More

Partners of Child, Youth and Family Supports: On Wednesday, December 28, Government proclaimed the amendments to the Children and Family Services Act. That means the changes that were passed in 2015 will be implemented, beginning on March 1. Read More

Government continues to improve access to information for Nova Scotians through the launch of a website for submitting requests and reviewing freedom of information. 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

Nina Johnsen has been appointed a Crown attorney in Bridgewater. "Ms. Johnsen's foundation in criminal law is a solid asset to the Public Prosecution Service," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, in a January 4 announcement. Read More

January 5, 2017 – BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to announce that former Associates Bryen E. Mooney and Marc LeClair became Partners of the firm on January 1, 2017. Read More

The family of Waide Winston Young is seeking to locate his Last Will and Testament, and believe he had one prepared approximately six weeks before he passed away on December 13, 2016. Mr. Young’s date of birth was May 23, 1945 and he resided at 68 Robert Drive in Ellershouse. Read More

Elsie Ross of Halifax passed away on December 15, 2016. Her family is seeking a copy of her will, believed to have been prepared about 15 years ago. Her date of birth was August 25, 1926. If you have information about the location or existence of this will, please contact her son Neil Ross at 902 826 2913 or  Read More

William John Taylor died in April 2016 at age 89. He had resided at 3200 Micmac Street in Halifax. Lawyers with any information about the existence or location of a will for Mr. Taylor are asked to please contact his sister Marie Kennedy of Victoria, B.C., at 1 250 385 7306.   Read More

A selection process for the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has now begun. Read More

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

Clearwater Seafoods requires an Executive Assistant – Legal Department. Reporting Structure: This individual will report to the Assistant General Counsel. Read More

Resolute Legal is a national disability claim law firm. We are based in Moncton, NB, and are looking to hire an associate lawyer in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia. Read More

I am a 2016 graduate of Dalhousie Law School, currently articling with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto. My office provides legal services to a tribunal cluster which administers 30+ statutes, so I am especially familiar with administrative, insurance/consumer protection, police-oversight and privacy law. Read More

Second year law student from UdeM seeking summer employment. I am fully bilingual and I am receiving my legal education in French. I also attended SMU in English (Criminology). I come from a family of lawyers, so I understand the business aspect of law in private practice. I also understand the value of mentorship at this point in my career. Read More

Seeking part-time, full-time or flexible hours I am an Australian lawyer (with practising experience) who has permanently moved back to Halifax. As I cannot practise in Nova Scotia yet, I am looking for other positions as paralegal, legal research, etc.  Experience in: 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

Experienced paralegal looking for morning position within HRM. Open to part-time mornings, or flex time with afternoon/evening work from home. Experienced in: Read More

Associate Lawyer 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

Property Paralegal with 8 years experience in real property, corporate commercial property and new home construction seeking position in the Halifax/Dartmouth area. Please contact me with any questions:  Read More

Imagine practicing law in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere just minutes from Halifax. Providing legal advice with a commitment to exceptional, caring, client service. Taking pride in the contributions made by your law office as a respected member of the surrounding business and family focused community. Read More

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. Read More

I am seeking anassociate lawyer with a minimum of five years in good standing with the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, with a keen interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution processes in an office cost-sharing arrangement. Additionally, legal foundational knowledge in the areas of family law, qualified to practice Real Estate and will/estate planning. Read More

Director, Employee Relations Human Resources Read More

Senate Appointments Process The Senate of Canada plays a fundamental role in the legislative process, providing sober, second thought complementary to the elected House of Commons. The Senate also plays a key role in the representation of regions and minorities. 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

The Commission is seeking one member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society to fill a vacancy on our Discipline Committee. The Committee meets only when required, when members of the Discipline Committee form a Hearing Panel to hold formal discipline hearings involving licensees. About the Commission Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has been working for the past several months with seven lawyers on a pro bono initiative in North Preston. This pilot project is designed to assist residents in the Preston area with gaining legal ownership of land that has been in many families for generations. Read More
Upcoming Events
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: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 13:30
Senator Kim Pate, C.M., who earned a law degree at Dalhousie in 1984, is the former executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, a position she held for 25 years. 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: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:00
Navigating Shareholder Disputes Speakers: Christine Pound, Stewart McKelvey Sheree Conlon, Stewart McKelvey Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:00
Updates from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration Speakers: Representatives from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration Registration  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 - 12:00
Patient Advocacy in the Drug Regulatory Process in Canada and the US Speakers: 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: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 12:00
Assisted Dying Legislation Speaker: Dr Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia Registration  Read More
Event Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 16:00
Worn out with all the festivities? Look ahead and plan some time for yourself to rejuvenate with a focus on health and wellness. Join us for a 75 minute yoga session with Laurel Schut, an experienced yoga instructor who makes yoga accessible and enjoyable for all levels. And to add another layer of relaxation, Saje has agreed to provide aromatherapy for this session.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:00
Estate Bullying Speaker: Cora Jacquemin, Registrar of Probate 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
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 13:00
Bring your next litigation or transaction in on time and budget! This program explains how lawyers who manage multi-person teams can use the basic principles of project management to organize, plan, and monitor a variety of legal projects. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 13:00
This information-packed, how-to webcast focuses on the drafting challenges experienced transactional lawyers face in balancing precision and flexibility when drafting corporate documents. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 06:00
Join LIANS for ABA TECHSHOW 2017 Conference and EXPO (March 15-18 in Chicago), where lawyers, legal professionals and technology come together. Through the EXPO Hall, CLEs, and presentations, ABA TECHSHOW teaches you how technology can work for you. Read More
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