February 06, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event, Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC. Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has conducted a review of its current trust account assessment. This assessment is written by lawyers wishing to open a trust account. The review has resulted in the creation of a list of competencies and a new trust assessment that tests lawyers’ knowledge of the trust regulations as well as their ability to apply the regulations to a simulated scenario. Read More

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

Halifax lawyer Christa Brothers QC will be Second Vice-President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for the 2017-2018 Council year.  Read More

The Federation of Law Societies has launched a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Model Code of Professional Conduct, addressing issues related primarily to technological competence and the return to the practice of law by former judges 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

The Society has added a page to its website for lawyers who are opening a new practice. Located under the For lawyers tab, the Opening a new practice page includes links to a new practice checklist and necessary regul Read More


Looking to bring this two-day workshop to Halifax on a date yet to be determined in the first two weeks of May 2017. See description of the workshop here: If we can secure 10 participant registrations, then there will be no charge for the venue. Read More
Access to Justice

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) has moved! We are delighted to announce we are now co-located with L'Association des juristes d'expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE)  to better deliver legal information services to Nova Scotians. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Still deciding whether you want to attend the 2017 ABA Tech Show in Chicago from March 15 - 18? You’re not too late for a discount! Early bird registration concludes Monday, February 6 but you have other options available: Read More

An email purportedly from "Imperial Parking Canada Corp” featuring potentially virus-laden links has recently been circulating – example here: Parking ticket notice 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 Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. The deadline to apply is March 17. For details, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website.   Read More

A notice from the Supreme Court of Canada / Cour suprême du Canada Read More

The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) has been in place since June 2013. Under the Act, it’s required to be reviewed after the first three years.  The review will consider: Read More

Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to present by video conference to the Law Amendments Committee on Bill 59, An Act Respecting Accessibility in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Feb. 14. It will be set up from 9 am to 11 am at 11 Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses and the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre in Amherst, 5 Ratchford St., second floor. Read More

Nova Scotia businesses will soon have access to a service to help them navigate regulations, reduce red tape, and save time and money. Read More

Government has modified the salary increase proposed by a tribunal determining provincial and family court judges' salaries and benefits. The Nova Scotia Provincial Judges' Salaries and Benefits Tribunal recommended a salary increase of about 9.5 per cent over the next three years, including a 5.4 per cent increase in the first year. Read More

The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) is launching a research project that will build on efforts to better quantify the social impacts of culture in Nova Scotia. The research will explore the nature of culture through Nova Scotians' own experiences to better understand the different facets of our cultural landscape. 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

The Real Estate Lawyers' Association of Nova Scotia (RELANS) is open to all practising lawyers with an interest in real property practice in the province. Members receive: Read More

Subject: Consultation - Fourth Series of Proposals to Harmonize Federal Law with the Civil Law of the Province of Quebec and to amend certain Acts in order to ensure that each language version takes into account the common law and the civil law Read More

Visit the CBA website for these latest updates: Read More

Dalhousie Legal Aid’s annual Social Justice Soirée is on March 25, 2017. This year, we are hosting an Art Battle. Artists from the legal community will have two hours to produce a work of art related to what social justice means to them. Read More

The Call for Abstracts deadline for the second International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice is Feb. 15. Download the application and  details about the conference, which will be held Sept. 13 to 15 in Halifax. 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

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

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

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. The deadline to apply is March 17. For details, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website.   Read More

Life is too short to stay at a job you don’t love. Highlander Law Group is seeking a lawyer interested in growing a practice primarily focused on Real Estate.  Read More

McLennan Ross LLP has an immediate opening for a Corporate Commercial Securities Lawyer to join our busy Yellowknife office. Read More

Associate Legal CounselOffice of the University Legal Counsel Read More

Ferrier Kimball Thomas is an independent law firm based in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. We are currently looking for a lawyer to join our business law practice group. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years’ experience including: Read More

Paralegal – Full Time Permanent| Labour Relations and Compensation Analysis Health Association Nova Scotia Read More

I have over 20 years' experience as a legal assistant; working for major firms in Toronto and Halifax. My knowledge and experience in the legal industry has proven beneficial in assisting lawyers and clients. My legal background includes, but not limited to, litigation, family, bankruptcy, immigration and property.  I'm self-motivated and a professional. Read More

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

Hello, I am a second year law student from University of Windsor seeking summer employment. I am hoping to relocate to Nova Scotia when I have finished my education. I am a competitive powerlifter, and compete in a federation which holds many of its events in Nova Scotia. For this reason, this is the province where I would like to begin my legal career. Read More

A full time Legal Assistant is required for the property department of a busy law firm. Successful candidate will be able to work independently within  a team environment, have the ability to deal with clients and have excellent file management and organizational skills. Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, client-service-oriented team environment. Read More

Corporate Counsel (2 positions)  Two of Eastern Canada’s most complex legal roles Read More

Advise on labour, employment, human resource and rights issues. Read More

Founded by Chris Robinson, CIR LAW Inc is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are a small litigation boutique that takes exceptional pride in offering timely, personalized legal services, including advice, consultancy and litigation representation. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

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, February 9, 2017 - 12:00
Administrative Law Practice – A Practical Guide for New Lawyers Speakers: Marjorie Hickey QC, McInnes Cooper Kimberley Turner QC, Pink Larkin Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00
Insurance for Not-for-Profits Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00
Treaty History and Treaty Rights Litigation in the Maritimes Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:00
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! Read More
Event Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:00
Legal Practice in the Construction Industry Questions and answers from a panel. Panel Members:  Kevin Gibson,McInnes Cooper Jennifer Gray, McInnes Cooper Elizabeth McIsaac, McInnes Cooper Hosted by Melissa Pike, Vice-Chair of the CBA-NS Law Student Section. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 16:30
"The Dilemmas of Corporate Citizenship in the Private Marketplace and the Public Square" is the topic of the 11th annual Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Business Law Forum. This year's speaker will be Professor Kent Greenfield, Professor of Law and Law School Fund Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 09:30
  TD Bank, Pride at Work Canada / Fierté au travail Canada and the 519, Canada’s largest LGBTQ community centre, will facilitate a practical workshop exploring the Creating Authentic Spaces toolkit and why a trans-inclusive workplace benefits all your employees and customers.    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:00
On February 16, 2017, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers Nova Scotia Chapter (CABL-NS) invites you to meet and listen to the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch of the Ontario Court of Appeal. Justice Tulloch will discuss the importance of diverse perspectives in approaching legal issues, the importance of CABL for Nova Scotia, his path to the judiciary, and more! Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)
February 23 & 24, March 10, 16 & 17 Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:00
Please join NSCC's Radio, TV and Journalism students for the launch of part 2 of their North Preston Land Title series. Light refreshments will be served following the screening.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 13:00
Whether in the courtroom or the boardroom, all lawyers must overcome the anxiety of the spoken word to win over a client or defeat an opponent. However, women lawyers – especially new lawyers – face unique challenges when communicating verbally, including societal pressure not to be overly aggressive, gendered communications habits, and stereotypes that undercut authority. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 13:00
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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
Event Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 13:00
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Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, May 18, 2017 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017 (All day)
Cases are won and lost at discovery. For over thirty years, David Markowitz has been studying American deposition and trial techniques, and presenting seminars to improve the skills of practising lawyers. Read More
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