February 21, 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 following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: OPINION: Cultural Competence and the Next Generation of Lawyers and Lawyer Regulation SLAW | February 16, 2017 | by Amy Salyzyn 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 next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, February 24, 2017, starting at 9:00 am. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.  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
Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society gives notice that by Order of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, client files from the former law practice of Allison Leroy Magee will be destroyed not later than February 28, 2017. Read More
Professional development

When Society staff at the Barristers’ Library moved the Civil Procedure Rules annotations formerly housed on a Society website to CanLII Connects, we dropped our little bucket of Nova Scotia-specific content into an ocean of Canadian content. Here are your best strategies to find relevant rule annotations. Read More

BANKRUPTCY BENNETT ON BANKRUPTCY / Bennett, Frank – 19th ed. – Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2016. [KB 113 B471 2016(2)] BUSINESS LAW SALE OF A BUSINESS / Babe, Jennifer E – 11th ed. – Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2016. [KB 117 B113 2016] IMPAIRED DRIVING Read More

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 Criminal Justice Transformation Group provided this February 7 memo to all criminal law practitioners in Nova Scotia. Read More

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

Long hours and heavy workloads can often lead to lawyer burnout. At LIANS, we remind lawyers about the importance of taking breaks from your hectic law practice to avoid personal and professional exhaustion. But what if you do not have the time to take a vacation? Or even a long weekend? Here are some apps that might help you in the short term: Read More

An email purportedly from "TD Commercial Banking” that features a virus-laden PDF attachment has recently been circulating – example here: 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

Please visit this link on the Courts of Nova Scotia website to read an Open Letter from the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia to members of the Bar: View letter (PDF)  Read More

The Mental Health Court team has updated the eligibility requirements for consideration in Nova Scotia's Mental Health Court Program.    Read More

This is to inform you that a Notice to the Parties and the Profession – Gowning for Counsel was issued by the Honourable Paul Crampton, Chief Justice of the Federal Court, and has been published on the  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

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice will take the lead on finalizing the province's first Accessibility Act, effective Feb. 9. Staff of the Disabled Persons Commission will also join the department to bring their expertise to this work. Read More

The rescheduled Law Amendments Committee sessions on Bill 59, the Accessibility Act, will be held on Thursday, March 2, from 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and on Friday, March 3, from 9-11 a.m. at Province House, 1726 Hollis St., Halifax. Read More

Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry staff and the Council of Parties have met with former residents of the home, community partners across the province, and public agencies to lay the foundation for the next phase of the inquiry's work. Read More

February 16, 2017 — Gabriel Sylliboy, a late grand chief of the Mi'kmaq, remembered for defending his people's right to hunt and fish, received a posthumous pardon and apology from the province on Feb. 16 for his conviction for hunting illegally almost 90 years ago.                                        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

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

See the original February 10, 2017 announcement on the Nova Scotia Legal Aid website. Read More

The family of the late James Leonard MacNeil of New Victoria, Nova Scotia is seeking to locate his Last Will and Testament. Mr. MacNeil’s date of birth was July 5, 1949 and he passed away on December 29, 2016. He was also known by the nickname “Jimmy Jake” and his surname sometimes appeared as McNeil.  Read More

Dean Camille Cameron is pleased to announce that Lucie Guibault, Adelina Iftene, Jodi Lazare and Sara Seck will join the Schulich School of Law on July 1. Read More

Dear friends and colleagues, I am very pleased to announce, and invite you to attend, Children's Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward, a two-day national symposium scheduled for 15 and 16 September 2017 in Calgary. Read More

Once again, the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an elegant evening set for Friday, March 17, in the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront’s ballroom – and you won’t want to miss it. 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

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

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

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

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

Position: Paralegal/Legal Assistant, full-time position  Read More

Farrow Law is a full-service law office in the beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay area and is seeking an associate lawyer for our expanding practice. With comfortable, inviting offices located in Upper Tantallon, we have a reputation of providing effective, professional legal services in a warm, friendly environment. Read More

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. Read More

One of Halifax's leading law firms, Burchells LLP, provides a wide range of legal services to regional, national and international clients, including multinational corporations, small business owners, major banks, individuals, insurance companies and all levels of government. 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

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

Seeking full-time legal assistant/secretary for busy law firm in Lunenburg, NS                    Read More

Position summary: NavLegal Notaries Inc. is looking for lawyers in Sydney, Nova Scotia who are currently working out of an office or home office to provide notary services to our clients in their respective locations. NavLegal Inc. Notaries works with Lawyers across Canada, and currently provides notary services at 29 locations nation-wide. Read More

Interested inseeking a Paralegal Position within HRM as I am returning to work after Maternity Leave. Over the last 2 years, I’ve had the opportunity of working within two remarkable law firms, giving me extensive and in depth knowledge and experience as a Paralegal in the fields of Real Estate, Family, Property, Wills and Estates and Personal Injury/Long term Disability.  Read More

Ritch Wiliams & Richards in downtown Halifax is seeking to hire a part-time receptionist. This front desk position will regularly be scheduled for 2-3 days per week. Ocassionaly additional days of employment may be required to cover staff vacations or other absences. Basic computer skills will be required along with skills in use of MS Word, Outlook and Excel. Read More

I am currently in my second semester of my first year, of the Paralegal Service program at NSCC. I am looking for a work placement in the Halifax area for five weeks between April and May.  Email:  Read More
Upcoming Events
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: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00
Planning your financial future Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00
Plain Language Drafting Techniques for NS Regulations or “What You Are Doing Wrong and How to Fix It” Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 (All day)
This course is intended to provide family arbitrators and parenting coordinators with a basic level overview of the legislation, case law, procedural steps, ethical dilemmas and practical aspects of Parenting Coordination practice. Read More
Event Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017 (All day)
The Collaborative Family Law Association of Nova Scotia is pleased to advise you about upcoming training events in March. The training is suitable for those who wish to qualify to practice collaborative family law (CFL) or who have already qualified but want to upgrade or refresh their skills. Read More
Event Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 10:00
Learn how lawyers, mental health and financial professionals work together to assist families going through separation and divorce. Collaborative Practice is an innovative, highly effective out-of-court settlement process that addresses the emotional, legal and financial needs of the family. 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
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: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 17:30
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event, Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC.  March 30, 2017 | 5:30 to 7:30 PM Discovery Centre, Level 3 Foyer 1215 Lower Water Street, HalifaxThis annual event is supported by McInnes Cooper. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 13:00
The greatest skill any lawyer can possess is the ability to write clearly, concisely, and convincingly. Good writing skills will not only improve the results you obtain, but will also enhance your reputation, and improve your relationships with judges, other lawyers and clients. Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day)
  The Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Nova Scotia presents Identifying, Assessing and Managing Power Imbalance & Family Violence in Family Dispute Resolution Processes   Family Dispute Resolution Training with Hilary A. Linton, B.J., J.D.,  Read More
Event Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 09:30
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 skilledlitigators and distinguished judges. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 13:00
Psychological assessments play an important role in a wide range of civil and criminal cases including child custody cases, mental competency hearings, personal injury cases, and professional negligence actions. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, May 18, 2017 Read More
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