March 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 Society wishes to advise members of the recent deaths of the following colleagues. We extend our condolences to their friends and families. Read More

Editing the way journalists write about social justice The media needs to do better when covering issues that touch marginalized people. The Coast | Jan. 28, 2017 | By Rebecca Dingwell Read More

  For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, February 24, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.    Read More

This feature is available in most editions of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following former member received a judicial appointment on February 17, 2017: The Honourable Sandra Maria Sukstorf is now a Judge of the Military Judicial Bench. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Read More
Professional development

Recently a regular client visited the Halifax Barristers’ Library to sign out some books. This lawyer seems to get a fair amount of professional reading done, along with the demands of family and a busy practice. Curious, I asked: “How do you find time to read?” The answer: “I don’t read. I mine books.” Read More

Looseleaf commentary listed below available in print at the Halifax Barristers’ Library is now current to January 2017. We have implemented a new approach to loose-leaf publications: for the majority of titles, where usage and value warrants, we purchase th 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 Courts of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Department of Justice, Nova Scotia Legal Aid and the Schulich School of Law are working together on a new approach to public engagement. It’s called #TalkJustice. Read More

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

We have received a request to share with the membership our favourite password tips. As requested, here are some important reminders and tips: Read More

An email purportedly from "David Lim & Partners LLP”, which 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

The Free Legal Clinic in Sydney is now open to help self-represented litigants with their civil matters in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal:  Read More

The Court of Appeal has launched a video tutorial to guide self-represented litigants through the steps of a civil appeal:  Read More

The Long Trial Intake Schedule for July to December 2017 in Courtroom #6 at Provincial Court in Halifax is now available:      Read More

Please note, the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada has announced changes to the practice for allotting time for oral argument at the hearing of an appeal, as provided for by Rule 59 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada. Read More

This is to inform you that a Notice to the Parties and the Profession (Summer Recess) was issued by the Honourable Paul Crampton, Chief Justice of the Federal Court, and has been published on the Website of the Federal Court. 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

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 Society congratulates the following 14 lawyers – including two members of Council – on their new Queen's Counsel designations, announced February 23 by the Honourable Diana Whalen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General: Read More

Changes to the Children and Family Services Act that will help protect Nova Scotians from 16-18 years of age, improve child safety, streamline court processes and ensure children have a safe and lifelong family relationship, took effect on March 1. Read More

NOTE: The following is a March 2 statement from Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Randy Delorey. It is important that Nova Scotians have as many options as possible to ensure financial security in their later years. That's why government has taken steps to improve retirement income security for Nova Scotians. 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

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: An Act to Amend Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1998, the Public Archives Act, S.N.S. 2016, c. 15, s. 13 NS Gaz Pt 2, 03/03/2017 NS Reg 19/2017 Read More
Other news

In recognition of International Women's Day – officially on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – the Society encourages lawyers and firms to support the initiatives of the CBA Women's Forum: Read More

Sydney Sheriff Services in partnership with Cape Breton Regional Police Service, Scotiabank, Sobeys and the Canadian Cancer Society are having our 6th Annual Cops Against Cancer Auction. We are looking for donations from businesses to help us raise money for this worthwhile cause. Read More

CorbinPartners has released the 2016 Year in Review of Social Science Evidence. This report catalogues references to survey and other social scientific evidence in Canadian legal and regulatory proceedings, as well as in expert literature. Read more...    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

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

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

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

Applications are invited from members (or persons eligible to become members) of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador for the position of Crown Attorney, Public Prosecutions in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL. Read More

Fitch Violande Barristers and Solicitors is a four lawyer firm located on Cunard Street, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are primely situated to have easy access to the Halifax Provincial Court, Law Courts, and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division). We are a very energetic firm with a combined 20 years of experience. Lawyers and staff work well together and there is no drama.  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

Reference Number: 3280-17 EMAJob Title: Solicitor/Senior SolicitorLocation: Halifax, Nova ScotiaType of Employment: Full Time, Term (12 months) 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

There are presently two vacancies on the Nunavut Court of Justice Bench. Lawyers with ten years at a bar of the Provinces or Territories are eligible to apply. Please find attached a notice and invitation for applications for Appointment to the Nunavut Court of Justice. Applications are considered in the order in which they are received.  Read More

IFE Eriksen AG is a wind and solar developer based in Oldenburg, Germany. A well-capitalized renewable energy developer, investor and operator. IFE is expanding its' operations to Atlantic Canada and is building a new team to be based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are looking for motivated candidates to join us in this exciting new opportunity: Read More

My name is Vickie Robar and I am a graduate of a 2 year Legal Office Assistant program from Center Of Distance Education. I am graduating within the month and with High Honors (Presidential List). I have a reference letter and am very eager to work in this field. Read More

CWD Law Incorporated is a business law firm located in Bedford. We require an administrative assistant to join our team, full time or permanent part time. Read More

Employer: Nova Scotia Barristers’ SocietyPosition Type: Permanent, Full-timeJob Location: Halifax, NS Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Bryony House Board is a volunteer Board composed of both men and women from various disciplines. We are seeking one or possibly two lawyers who might be interested in serving on our Board. The entire Board meets every 4th Thursday of the month. However, board members are expected to serve on at least one committee. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 - 13:30
Event date:    Pictou Landing First Nation Monday, March 6, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Health Center)      Matrimonial Real Property law Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:00
An Informal Conversation with the Co-Chairs of the Nova Scotia Government's Immigration Advisory Council, Mr. Wadih Fares and Dr. Colin Dodds. Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 18:00
In Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities are threatened disproportionately by polluting industries and other environmental harms. How do communities organize to resist environmental racism, and how can law and policy help to secure communities’ access to justice?  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 13:30
Event date:   Sipekne’katik Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Community Center) Mi’kmaw Matrimonial Real Property law Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00
The Role of Mediation in Estate Law and Elder Law/Elder Care Matters Speaker: Paula Wedge, Wedge Mediation Services Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 13:30
Event date: Bear River First Nation Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Band Office)     Matrimonial Real Property law Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 19:00
The Abominable Crime 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: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 13:30
Event date:    Millbrook Band First Nation Friday, March 10, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Community Hall) Matrimonial Real Property law Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 19:00
Women's Wellness Within: An Organization Serving Criminalized Women is a feminist, pro-choice, inter-professional collective working together to advance health and justice for criminalized women and trans individuals in Nova Scotia. After working together in an ad-hoc manner for five years, we incorporated in 2017. Join us!    Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:30
Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation Band Office Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Band Office) 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: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 19:00
Professor David Tanovich of the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor will discuss "Erasing Race in the Criminal Justice System."  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 16:30
Coping with the Fissured Workplace and Precarious Employment Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 18:00
Please come and engage in a community discussion regarding the disproportionate street checking of African Nova Scotians. Find answers the following questions: Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 08:45
The Fissured Workplace & Precarious Employment: Creative Responses for Workers, Employers and Labour Market Regulation Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:00
Are you a practicing lawyer who works for or near a First Nation community? Writing a will or settling an estate for a Status Indian who lives on reserve does not fall under the Wills Act of Nova Scotia. Join us to learn more about the laws and process that apply to the wills and estates of First Nations people who live on reserve.  Lunch will be provided.  Presenter: Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:00
Cultural Competence is Not Optional Speaker Emma Halpern, the NSBS’s award-winning Equity Officer, will lead a discussion on what cultural competence means for how we work with clients and each other, and why it is now a mandatory part of ethical lawyering in Nova Scotia.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:00
Quantifying Damages - Various Heads of Damages Speaker: Raymond Wagner, QC, Wagners Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 19:00
Kwame Anthony Appiah - Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University, was named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals, and is an internationally recognized speaker and best selling author. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the world's most influential voices as a Global Thought Leader by the World Post.  Read More
Event Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 18:30
Enjoy dinner and drinks with us on Saturday, March 25th as we celebrate social justice in NS.  We have a great evening lined up for you. We’re presenting the Irving and Ruth Pink Award for Youth Development and Social Justice. This prestigious award is given out to an organization or individual working in development of youth in some capacity in the province. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:00
Update from the in-house and government lawyers working group on Legal Services Regulation Speaker: Jennifer Pink, NSBS Register  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: 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: Thursday, April 27, 2017 (All day)
Carleton Law Group presents Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training with the Toronto Collaborative Team Trainers: Victoria Smith, Alison Anderson, and Laurie Stein. Registration includes continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, cocktail reception, and reservations made at exceptional Saint John restaurants. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 13:00
The internet can be a powerful research tool - with a little digging in the right places, anyone can find a gold mine of information. But if you’ve never taken a formal class to learn how to search effectively, then you’re probably leaving many of the most useful “cyberstones” unturned. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, May 18, 2017 Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 08:45
May 9 - 10, 2017 The Westin Harbour Castle This two-day in-depth training session will provide participants with the knowledge and skillset required to mount a successful grievance arbitration case or to give maximum assistance to counsel or the advocate who is doing so. Read More
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