INFORUM

May 15, 2017 InForum Issue

Society news

At its meeting on April 28, Council approved the Society’s Operating and Capital Budgets for 2017-2018, and set the fees necessary for the membership year beginning July 1, 2017.

Invoices and notices of Preauthorized Payment amounts will be sent to lawyers and firms in early May. The 2017-18 SCHEDULE A: Society Fees and Assessments, with full details for 2017-2018, is now available on the website.

The Society is introducing a new credit card option this year, available for payment of the full Practising Fee by June 30 as per regulation 4.7.9. See payment options below for details. 

The Practising Fees required to balance the Society’s operating budget would be $2,627.00, but a fee credit of $220.00 (paid from Lawyers’ Fund for Client Compensation [LFCC] reserves) will be applied, bringing the net Practising Fee to $2,407.00 plus HST.

There is a significant unbudgeted operating deficit for the year ending April 30, 2017. This results in the Society’s operating reserves dropping more than $300,000 below the minimum threshold set by Council. To address this shortfall, Council has approved a $200.00 plus HST special assessment payable by all practising lawyers by June 30, 2017 and by any person who becomes a practising lawyer after June 30, 2017.

Thus, the total Practising Fee payable by June 30 is $2,607.00 plus HST. This is $567.00 higher than in 2016/17 ($2,040.00 plus HST). Please note, if a practising lawyer changes category or leaves during the 2017-18 year, the $200.00 special assessment is non-refundable.

The expenses that have caused the deficit are the result of unprecedented costs relating to formal discipline hearings.

Non-Practising Fees for 2017-18:

  • Non-practising members: $300.00 + HST (no change from 2016-17)
  • Retired members: $50.00 + HST (no change from 2016-17)

Budget highlights

The budget for 2017-18 reflects the Society’s continued focus on meeting the Regulatory Objectives and a “Triple-P” (proactive, principled and proportionate) approach to regulation. Budgeting work included an initial review of proposed program configurations, staffing needs and process changes required as the Society continues to advance the Legal Services Regulation initiative, including the rebranding of current work as Legal Services Support. 

As part of its budget process, the Society has also created a one-page summary to provide a snapshot of fee history over the past few years.

LIANS

For the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS), the full cost of insurance would be $2,119.00 but a credit of $244.00 reduces the net amount to $1,875.00 for lawyers in private practice, $937.50 for lawyers practising with the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission and Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, and $350.00 for lawyers employed in the civil service of the Province of Nova Scotia.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

New for 2017-2018 – Credit card payments

Practising lawyers will now be able to pay the full amount of the Practising Fee by June 30 by credit card, provided they pay an administrative fee of $80.00 plus HST ($60.00 to NSBS; $20.00 to LIANS). The Society has purchased a new module for the membership software program to allow for credit card processing. The administrative fee, like the preauthorized payment administrative fee, will be applied towards the costs of this software and administrative costs to administer the payment process.

Reminder: Monthly payment plan option

For those who choose the Preauthorized Payment (PAP) Plan option for fees, the first draw on June 20, 2017 will be for two months and includes the special assessment and administrative charge ($1,142.72), but subsequent draws (on the 20th of each month) will be for the monthly amount ($410.36).

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Walker, Director, Finance & Administration, at 902 422 1491 or swalker@nsbs.org.

The Society is pleased to announce Don Thompson QC, CEO of the Law Society of Alberta, as keynote speaker for the 2017 NSBS Annual Meeting next month. He will speak on the topic "Pan-Canadian lawyering: The future is here".  

A leader in local and national affairs involving the legal profession, Mr. Thompson has been Executive Director and CEO of the Law Society of Alberta since 2001. In the national sphere, he is a key player in a number of initiatives of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He played an instrumental role in developing the National Mobility Agreement and participates in the National Committee on Accreditation, Requirements for Canadian Law Degrees and the National Admissions Standards project.

Involved in regulation of the legal profession since 1983, Mr. Thompson held a number of senior positions at the Law Society of British Columbia prior to joining the Law Society of Alberta, where he currently leads more than 130 employees in offices in Calgary and Edmonton. He is an author, presenter and facilitator at national and international conferences and organizations. 

All lawyers, articled clerks and non-practising members are invited to attend the Society's 2017 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program, which will take place on Saturday, June 17 at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax. The Annual Meeting begins at 8:30 am, followed by Mr. Thompson's keynote at 9:30 am, then a two-hour educational component from 10:00 am to 12 noon.

This year's Professional Development Program will highlight the Professional Standards for Nova Scotia's legal profession. Presenters from each of the Society's Standards Committees will join us to discuss ongoing work by the committees and new developments in each area of the Standards: Criminal Law, Family Law, Law Office Management and Real Estate Law. Each session will be offered twice. See the Annual Meeting event page for complete program details. 

To confirm your attendance at the 2017 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program, RSVP to AnnualMeeting@nsbs.org, indicating the two educational sessions you plan to attend.
 
PRINTABLE PDF PROGRAM (more details coming soon) 
 
If you have any questions about the 2017 NSBS Annual Meeting, please contact the Society at 902 422 1491 or AnnualMeeting@nsbs.org.
 
   

The next application for disposal of undistributed trust funds will be made in June 2017. Submissions should be received at the Society's offices no later than June 2, 2017.

If you wish to make an application for the disposal of undistributed trust funds, please refer to the Procedure and Sample Documents (also available on the Trust accounts and Forms pages of the Society’s website), or contact Elaine Cumming, Professional Responsibility Counsel, at (902) 422 1491 or ecumming@nsbs.org.

The next meeting of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm. The Committee is comprised of members of the Court of Appeal and a range of private and public sector appellate counsel.

The Committee’s role is to support the Executive Director in ensuring effective liaison with the Court of Appeal, while providing a means for ongoing communication between the Court of Appeal and the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society about matters of mutual concern and interest.

The three main tasks of the Committee are to identify practice and policy issues of mutual concern and interest to the Bench and Bar; recommend means for addressing these issues; and communicate the results of this process to the Court and to the Society for further communication to the profession or elsewhere.

Recent meetings have addressed issues such as education and support for self-represented litigants, ‘paperless’ or electronic filings, sealing orders, and pro bono initiatives.

If you have any issue, project or proposal that you wish to see brought before the Committee, please contact the Committee’s Co-Chair, Peter C. McVey QC, at peter.mcvey@novascotia.ca.

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

Court Watch column: New disciplinary charges laid against Lyle Howe 
Halifax Examiner | MAY 10, 2017 | By Christina MacDonald
(Content available to subscribers)

Suspended lawyer Lyle Howe facing 3 new disciplinary charges: A costly, 15-month disciplinary hearing for Howe on separate charges just recently ended
CBC News | May 09, 2017 | By Preston Mulligan

McInnes Cooper partner Brian Awad elected to N.S. law society's board
The Lawyer's Daily | May 1, 2017 | By John Chunn
(Subscription required to read the full article)

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • New Lyle Howe Charges Outlined By Regulator (May 10)
  • Bar Society Hiking Fees On Disciplinary Costs (May 4)
Regulation

The Society’s Professional Standards Committee (Real Estate) is seeking input from the membership for amendments to the following real estate standards:

Please submit comments and suggestions pertaining to these standards to info@lians.ca by Friday, May 19, 2017

The Society’s Professional Standards Committee (Law Office Management) is seeking input from the membership on the introduction of the following new proposed standard:

LOMC #9: Marketing and Advertisement of Services

Please submit comments and suggestions pertaining to this standard to info@lians.ca by Friday, May 19, 2017.

Please be advised that the deadline for comments and suggestions with regard to the two new Criminal Professional Standards has been extended to June 30, 2017. The Standards in question are as follows:

Please submit comments and suggestions pertaining to these standards to info@lians.ca by June 30, 2017.

Professional Responsibility

The Hearing Committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society will hold a hearing respecting new charges against Lyle Howe, a suspended member of the Society, at a date and time to be determined.

A further public Notice of Hearing will be published once the dates and times for the hearing are confirmed. The hearing will be open to the public in accordance with Section 44(1) of the Legal Profession Act

For further details, see the Notice of Referral to Hearing on the Public hearings page, posted on May 9, 2017. 

Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category.

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Pawanjeet Singh Mann
  • Gregory William Sampson
  • Robin Lynne Thompson

The following members have changed to Retired status:

  • Paula McPherson
  • C. Patricia Mitchell
  • Michael Joseph Rizzetto

The following member has changed to Suspended status:

  • Robert Malcolm Sutherland (effective May 1, pursuant to Reg. 4.6.1 for failure to pay membership fees) 
Professional development

Free training in WestlawNext Canada will be available at these Barristers’ Libraries on the following dates:

  • May 30 & 31 in the Simon J. Khattar Memorial Barristers’ Library, Sydney

Please call L&IS at 902 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 (toll-free) to book a one-hour session at a time that is convenient for you. You can bring members from your firm; please let us know at the time of booking.

Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney.

The platforms within our licensing agreement – CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource – provide access to key updated commentary.

Our CriminalSource subscription now includes former CriminalSpectrum (Canada Law Book) content, including Ewaschuk's Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, McWiliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, and Salhany's Canadian Criminal Procedure.

WestlawNext Canada offers an all-in-one search box and customizable interface, as well as the ability to browse content collections and drill down into commentary sources.

L&IS is pleased to offer training sessions on WestlawNext Canada with Thomson Carswell’s Executive Learning Consultant, Sam MacKenzie.

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.

The Society initially launched the project in 2014 as a public conversation on what justice means to different people, and how individuals in marginalized communities access legal services and the justice system.

This second phase focuses on gathering people’s experiences with legal services and the justice system. We want people from across the province – and from inside and outside ‘the system’ – to share their stories using the online tool at www.talkjustice.ca.

“Too many people still view our legal system as unfamiliar and intimidating. We must do better,” said the Honourable Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, in a public announcement on February 23. “This is about putting the public first and improving access to justice for all Nova Scotians.”

#TalkJustice

The tool was developed using research software called SenseMaker® and information gathered during sharing circles last September. Until now, there has been no effective way to measure the complexity of people’s experiences with the justice system. This tool will change that. Basically, the information people share will be added to a database using software that reveals the stories’ patterns and relationships. What you’re left with is the statistical data that government and organizations need to plan justice programs, policies and services.

Our hope is that by gathering these stories, we’ll gain a better understanding of what’s working in the system and what isn’t, so we can make changes that will improve people’s experiences in the future.

“We are committed to improving access to justice for all Nova Scotians and your feedback is critical in our effort to become a more people-centred, diverse and responsive justice system,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Diana Whalen, who along with Chief Justice MacDonald is Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Coordinating Committee (A2JCC). “We want to hear directly from Nova Scotians who have experience with the justice system.”

People can share their stories using the online tool at www.talkjustice.ca. There is a free app that can be downloaded for Android and iPhone, and paper copies of the questionnaire are also available by calling Jane Willwerth at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society at 902-422-1491 or by email at jwillwerth@nsbs.org.

Participants are encouraged to share regularly and at no time will they be asked for their name or other identifying information.

The Society first launched #TalkJustice in 2014 as a community engagement campaign. The project is now a joint initiative of the Society, the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Nova Scotia Legal Aid. These groups are all represented on the Access to Justice Coordinating Committee (A2JCC), a group working to make Nova Scotia's family, civil and criminal courts more efficient, effective, less costly and easier to navigate for all citizens.

For more information on #TalkJustice and the SenseMaker® project, visit www.talkjustice.ca

Funding to advance access to justice for families in Canada

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications from nonprofit organizations across Canada to the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) in the area of family law, including child protection. Family law, including child protection, is an important area of focus for the Foundation because many people experiencing family problems struggle to use the law to improve their lives and address those problems. This is a unique opportunity to further access to justice for families through innovative projects.

Access to justice

Grants made from the ATJF are to be used to support public access to justice. While the phrase “access to justice” cannot have a single meaning, it is closely linked to the promotion of equity, fairness, and the elimination of barriers to justice (whether physical, psychological, financial, linguistic or social). It can include access by low-income or marginalized persons to information and services.

For complete details on eligibility, grant amounts, application processes and deadlines, see this notice on the Law Foundation of Ontario website.

Tips from LIANS

1. Mark Twain once said, “If you eat the frog at the beginning of your day, the rest of your day will be wonderful.” Of course, what he meant was to do the most unpleasant task at the beginning of your day and you will no longer have it looming overhead. It will also cease being a distraction and allow you to devote your focus solely on the more pleasant tasks ahead.

2. Change the default to your MS Outlook account so it opens with your calendar rather than your email. This will allow you to focus on the tasks ahead and prioritize your day, rather than get distracted by responding to emails.

3. Request that your support staff forward your telephone calls directly to voice mail (unless it’s urgent!) and dedicate a specific time of day when you will respond to your messages. This avoids interruptions and allows you to stay focused on your tasks.

4. Make a to-do list at the end of your day, not at the beginning. This way, you begin your day already prepared.

5. Have a dynamic action plan: this is different than a to-do list, as it looks at the entirety of your practice, taking into considerations work that needs to be done and deadlines on each file. These, of course, can shift so begin your work week by reviewing your action plan so you know what lies ahead.

If you have any questions on these or any other risk- or practice-related matters, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel with the Risk and Practice Management Program, at sgerrard@lians.ca or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

A bogus banking authentication email purportedly from "TD Commercial” that features a virus-laden PDF attachment has recently been circulating – example here:

From: "TD Business Banking"<admin @ tdcanada. com>
Date: May 9, 2017 at 2:27:39 PM EDT
Subject: ATTN: TD Commercial Banking 2017 User Agreement Documentation
Reply-To: admin @ tdcanada. com

To whom it may concern: Web Business Banking Clients

As a new measure of security, you must synchronize your authentication device before it expires. To prevent transaction delays or possible late and cancelled payments please refer to the attached PDF document attached to this email for more details. 

Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice day! 

[Cash Management Services]

[Web Business Banking Support]

If the PDF attachment is opened and the user does not have anti-virus software or firewall programs on their computer, their system will be infected. As always, links and attachments in unsolicited or unanticipated emails should not be accessed unless the sender can be positively verified, as they may contain viruses.

For tips to avoid being victimized, visit the Fraud section on lians.ca, and to report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

"Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. (1, 2, 3, 4) So it’s only natural that a cycle of illness may predispose someone to feelings or disorders contrary to their emotional well-being. But what happens when someone’s illness does not have a firm beginning, middle and end? What if the disorder or disease is one that never really goes away? If the condition is permanent and chronic, the implications are enormous."

Read "Resilience through chronic physical conditions" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™.

Visit the NSLAP website. For more information and support with chronic illness, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, register with Homewood Health™ . Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register.

Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (Click here if outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).

Courts

A robing ceremony for Judge Samuel Moreau of the Family Court will take place in Halifax at 3 pm, Friday, May 19. Find out more on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.

Prior to his March 31 appointment to the Bench, Judge Moreau of Antigonish had practised law for 18 years, most recently as a managing lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Port Hawkesbury.

Information sessions for lawyers and paralegals on amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act, which became the Parenting and Support Act effective Friday, May 26, 2017: www.courts.ns.ca/Bar_Information/documents/FamilyLawInfoSessions.pdf

Partnership established between Government of Canada and Nova Scotia Mental Health Court

(May 4, 2017, Ottawa) -- A new initiative announced today by The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, will provide additional support for Veterans who come in contact with the criminal justice system in Nova Scotia, with the long-term goal of better outcomes for Veterans across Canada.

The Veterans Justice Outreach initiative is the first project of its kind in Canada. The goal of the initiative is to better identify, track and explore alternatives to incarceration. A successful implementation in Nova Scotia will allow Veterans Affairs Canada to pursue similar partnerships in provinces and territories across the country.

In addition to working directly with Veterans themselves, Veterans Affairs Canada will consult with law enforcement and representatives of the justice and correctional systems in Nova Scotia to help them understand the unique challenges faced by Veterans living with the impact of operational stress injuries resulting from their service.

“Nova Scotia’s Mental Health Court provides a collaborative environment where therapeutic and restorative practices are used to help people struggling with mental health and addictions issues, who find themselves in conflict with the law,” said the Honourable Pamela S. Williams, Chief Judge of the Provincial and Family Court of Nova Scotia.

“Unfortunately, due to the often-traumatic nature of their service, we’re seeing more and more Veterans in this type of situation. Our team is pleased to be working with a Veterans Affairs case worker on individualized support plans that will help these men and women get their lives back on track.”

Find out more in this May 4 announcement from Veterans Affairs Canada.

Province

The following memo is from Valerie Pottie Bunge, Executive Director, Policy & Information Management, Department of Justice

I am writing to share news regarding proclamation of amendments made to the Builders’ Lien Act, which received Royal Assent in 2013 and 2014: and the adoption of new Builders’ Lien Regulations. These legislative changes and the new regulations originate from work done by the Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission and are scheduled to become effective June 30, 2017.

The legislative amendments change the required amounts for construction holdbacks and allow for earlier release of holdbacks to sub-contractors who complete their work on a project. The goal is to improve how money flows once certain stages of a construction project are reached.

The new regulations will ensure notice is given to parties working on a construction project when a project is substantially performed and when a sub-contract is certified as complete. The goal is ensure those working on projects are aware of when these milestones have been met because they start the clock running on important time lines in the Act.

To support communications efforts, we have prepared a backgrounder, which provides a high-level overview of the changes and new regulatory requirements for construction project owners.

For additional information and/or clarification, please contact me by email at: valerie.pottiebunge@novascotia.ca or by phone at (902) 424-6836.

Yours truly,
Valerie Pottie Bunge, Executive Director
Policy and Information Management

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum:

An Act to Amend Chapter 277 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Builders’ Lien Act (S.N.S. 2013, c. 14), S.N.S. 2013, c. 14, s. 4
NS Gaz Pt 2, 05/12/2017
NS Reg 71/2017

An Act to Amend Chapter 277 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Builders’ Lien Act (S.N.S. 2014, c. 42), S.N.S. 2014, c. 42, s.4
NS Gaz Pt 2, 05/12/2017
NS Reg 71/2017

An Act to Amend Chapter 7 of the Acts of 1996, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.N.S. 2016, c. 14, s.7
NS Gaz Pt 2, 05/12/2017
NS Reg 78/2017

An Act to Amend Chapter 160 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Maintenance and Custody Act, S.N.S. 2015, c. 44, s.59
NS Gaz Pt 2, 05/12/2017
NS Reg 79/2017

This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services.

Other news

If any lawyer has information about the existence or location of a will for Dale Ernest Bonneau, please contact both of the following people:

  • his daughter Dawn Bonneau at 1 266 420 2110 or dbonneau@rogers.com, and
  • Wendy McLeod at 902 527 1991. 

Mr. Bonneau resided on Dover Avenue in New Glasgow. He was born on August 12, 1952 and passed away on April 28, 2017. Any information you can provide to both contacts above would be much appreciated.

The Correctional Service of Canada’s Restorative Justice and Victim Services Division is now accepting nominations for the 2017 National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award.

The award is open to all Canadians and honours a person demonstrating outstanding commitment and leadership in the restorative justice field. It was established in honour of the late Ron Wiebe, former CSC Warden.

For nomination criteria, the nomination form and more information, visit www.csc-scc.gc.ca/restorative-justice/003005-3001-eng.shtml

May 9, 2017 – The Canadian Bar Insurance Association (CBIA) today announced the retirement of John and Bea Bardsley, who have served Nova Scotia’s legal community on behalf of CBIA for over two decades. At the same time, CBIA is pleased to introduce our new team in Nova Scotia – The MacLellan & Moffatt Group.

“The Bardsleys have served the Nova Scotia legal community since 1996 with professionalism and exceptional customer service,” said Izhak Goldhaber, SVP Business Development and Client Experience for CBIA. “Lawyers, their families and staff across Nova Scotia were fortunate to have had John and Bea looking after their insurance and investment needs, and, I’m sure they join me in wishing theBardsleys a happy and healthy retirement.”

After an extensive search, CBIA has chosen The MacLellan & Moffat Group to service the insurance and investment needs of Nova Scotia’s legal community. 

“We are very excited for this opportunity to work with CBIA and lawyers across Nova Scotia,” noted Dan MacLellan, President of The MacLellan & Moffat Group. “We are very impressed with CBIA’s suite of high quality financial solutions designed specifically for, and available exclusively to, the legal community; and all at below market rates.”

“We measure success in satisfied clients, not dollars,” remarked Mr. Goldhaber. “We are able to use the significant buying power of approximately 100,000 lawyers in Canada to negotiate the very best in product features and pricing.”

CBIA insurance and investment products are available exclusively to members of the legal community including lawyers, their families and employees. Advisors from The MacLellan & Moffat Group are available to discuss needs and compare coverages for the legal community across the province. They can be reached at 1-866-710-2586 or novascotia@barinsurance.com.

Careers

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. Experience doing property transactions is considered an asset.

Apply in confidence to

Hicks LeMoine Law
P.O. Box 279
Amherst, NS  B4H 3Z2

Attention: Lori Dow

ldow@hickslemoine.ca

We are growing again and have an immediate opening for an experienced Legal Assistant in the litigation group at our downtown Halifax location, 1801 Hollis.  

Purpose: Reporting to the Office Manager, the Legal Assistant will provide legal & administrative support to designated lawyers within the firm’s litigation group, including criminal litigation work. Working as part of the larger Litigation team, the successful candidate must value and excel at being part of a high-performing team.

Work schedule:  Standard work hours are 34.5 per week. Some flexibility and occasional overtime will be required.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Support – Provide legal and administrative support to designated lawyers (2) and general support for the Litigation Group
  • General accountabilities – Personal liaison with client when appropriate; Liaising with external lawyers and others when appropriate; Booking court dates, discoveries, and communicate with courts/registries; Scheduling and arranging meetings, conferences, seminars, lunches, dinners, travel, etc. when required; Coordination and editing of lawyers’ draft statements; Maintenance and submission of time as appropriate; Dealing with lawyers’ unapplied time reports; Attend to coordination and preparation of bulk mailings to clients and reporting documentation, when directed by the lawyers; Assist lawyers with non-firm activities (e.g. political, community, charitable, etc.).
  • Mail – Open and date stamp mail, and route to the appropriate lawyers; Preparation of signed letters for mailing and ensuring all enclosures are included
  • Transcription – All word processing requirements
  • Records management – Filing, custody, organization of files and ongoing maintenance of files in accordance with group procedures and manuals; Closing of files, culling, shredding, preparation for filming/scanning; General housekeeping with regard to personal workstation and common areas within the office
  • Telephone communications - Messages; Arranging appointments, conference calls; Client inquiries; Client liaison re ensuring calls are returned; Advising reception of whereabouts
  • Correspondence – Preparation of standard form letters; composing draft letters of a routine and more complex nature
  • Documentation – Preparation of standard precedent documents; Organize, assemble, and draft motion documents, notices of action, affidavits, trial and appeal books;  Familiarity with the firm’s precedent indices; Drafting documents of a routine and more complex nature
  • Other – Additional duties as assigned based on the Firm’s requirements

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of Paralegal diploma or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of experience as a Legal Assistant
  • Knowledge & experience in the area of litigation is required
  • Criminal Litigation experience is considered a great asset
  • Highly detailed-oriented and impeccably organized
  • Ability to effectively prioritize, track, and follow-up on outstanding items with all parties involved including the lawyers, colleagues, and clients
  • Accurately follows instructions and asks questions to clarify requirements & ensure work is done properly
  • Strong judgment with comfort to act independently and anticipate lawyers’ needs
  • Excellent proofreading, spelling, and grammar skills
  • Strong keyboarding and transcription skills and an affinity to learn new technology
  • Energetic, flexible, and willing to pitch in wherever necessary
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

The new Legal Assistant is needed as soon as possible.  If you are interested and meet the requirements of this position, please apply with resume and cover letter by Friday, May 19 to careers@pattersonlaw.ca

About Us

Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Truro, New Glasgow and Halifax and with clients whose interests range from global to purely local. Our more than 100 lawyers and staff are dedicated to meeting our clients’ diverse legal needs. We endeavour to maintain the highest standard of service to our clients. This can only be accomplished by employing qualified, educated and motivated staff. We are pleased to offer our staff a competitive salary, group insurance coverage, and pension plan membership after a year. Patterson Law hires on the basis of merit.  

We are committed to employment equity and welcome diversity. Applications are encouraged from all interested and qualified individuals.

Internal and external candidates will be considered simultaneously for this posting

I am graduating Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law in May 2017. I grew up on the South Shore and am looking to secure an articling position within the province.

I have not experienced a vast array of practice areas and therefore, have not yet narrowed down my interests. Because of this, I am extremely adaptable and would love an opportunity to gain experience in both litigation and transactional work.

In addition to my studies, I worked part time with Dalhousie's University Secretariat assisting the Board of Governors and Senate. I also volunteered with numerous organizations and services, most notably Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service, Pro Bono Students Canada, the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies, and the Dalhousie Alumni Association.

I am open to a shared articling arrangement and am happy to meet to discuss possible options at your convenience.

Please contact me at caitlin.plummer@dal.ca if you are looking for an articling clerk or know someone who may be interested.

The Office of the Employer Advisor, Nova Scotia (OEA NS) is a not-for-profit society that assists employers and business associations with advice, advocacy and education in four main service areas including: workers’ compensation, workplace health and safety, human resources, and employment legislation. The Society is governed by an independent Board of Directors and funded primarily by the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and fee-for-service revenue.

They are now seeking an individual with wide knowledge of workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety issues to work closely with employers and business associations throughout Nova Scotia.

What qualities are needed in this role?

As the ideal candidate, you have a legal or human resources background along with in-depth knowledge of workers’ compensation and OH&S legislation, workplace practices, case management, and overall labour and employment issues.

You understand best practices and emerging trends in this sector and in business, in general. As you will be in regular contact with key stakeholders such as government, business, and worker representatives, your interpersonal and communication skills must be top-notch. You are able to prioritize and organize your work efficiently, and exhibit good judgment, tact, and patience at all times. Experience in the development and delivery of training programs would be an asset.

Please contact Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at apply@geraldwalsh.com to request a full job description.

If this is you, please forward your resume and a thoughtful letter explaining how your background and experience meet the needs of the OEA NS. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at apply@geraldwalsh.com, quoting project number 1724a in the subject line.

 

Legacy Law is an established firm under a new name and new management, centrally located in downtown Bedford, with ample free parking. We are seeking a full-time legal assistant with two or more years' recent experience in the areas of family, real property and civil litigation to join our team, commencing as soon as possible. 

The successful applicant will be a self-starter but able to work in a team environment. He or she will have excellent editing skills, be comfortable working in WordPerfect and all Microsoft Office applications and have solid working experience preparing family law and other documents for both the Supreme and Provincial courts. Working from lawyers' notes and precedent documents, he or she will prepare preliminary documents, trial and appeal books, exhibit books, and correspondence where necessary.

Preference will be given to applicants with practical property law experience, including preparation of mortgages in accordance with lenders' instruction, conducting sub-searches, registration of documents, and preparation of final reports. Working knowledge of what is necessary to complete a property transaction from opening to closing, including trust account requirements, will be considered an asset, however, willingness to learn is also appreciated.

The successful applicant will be comfortable dealing with clients on the phone and in person, contacting external lawyers when required, scheduling appointments, court dates and discoveries for lawyers, and communicating with registries and the courts as needed. He or she will be responsible to organize and maintain files and will have experience opening and managing file records, retainers and office accounts using PCLaw.

Applicants interests in this position should forward a cover letter and resume, including references, to: 
reception@nslegacylaw.com.

Hello. I am a new graduate from a 2-year Legal Office Administration course, from which I graduated on the Presidential List (High Honors). I am eager to start my new career if any firms will allow me to without experience. I can not gain the experience if I am not given the chance to do so. I am a hard worker, trustworthy, dependable and adapt to change easily. If you are willing to meet with me to discuss a possible position with your firm, I can provide a cover letter, resume, diploma, transcript of marks along with reference letters.

Please contact me at vsteadman66@gmail.com. I am eagerly looking and look forward to an opportunity to meet with you to discuss a possible position.

The province of Nova Scotia has an incentive program for firms who hire new graduates.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank-you in advance for contacting me.

McInnes Cooper is among the 20 largest business law firms in Canada. We serve clients across North America and abroad from six offices in Halifax, St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John and Charlottetown. With 200 lawyers and over 300 professional resources, we are positioned to offer clients a range of legal and business services. We provide services to industry-leading clients in every major sector and with experience in all jurisdictions.

McInnes Cooper is currently seeking two (2) talented Corporate-Commercial lawyers to join its thriving corporate group in Fredericton, NB - one lawyer with 5-10 years of general corporate experience and one lawyer with 10-15 years of general corporate experience. The successful candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to client service, have strong analytical, interpersonal, leadership and communication skills, and must possess a strong drive to succeed. This opportunity offers exposure to a wide variety of interesting and sophisticated matters, along with work / life balance in a beautiful, vibrant and family-friendly city.  

At McInnes Cooper you will find a team that values you. We recognize that our members are key in delivering outstanding client service and we provide a collaborative, professional environment with a member focused culture. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that values, respects and supports different perspectives, cultures and experiences. We offer a highly competitive compensation package and benefits plan.

TO APPLY: If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply here by Friday May 26th.

Harris North Law is seeking an established lawyer that would like to join our team at our Larry Uteck offices in Bedford. 

Our casual and relaxed atmosphere accommodates wearing jeans to the office but if jeans are not your preference, suits and dresses are fine too. We currently have a practice of Family Law, Personal Injury Law, Wills & Estates, Real Estate & Probate. We are not opposed to the right candidate introducing a new area of law to the firm or expanding on our current clientele base in existing areas. We have a fresh, modern approach to marketing and our marketing guru will assist you with continuing to build your practice.   

Our preference would be a cost sharing arrangement. We would be open to discussing other options aside from a salaried position.

To learn more about us, visit our site at harrisnorthlaw.ca.

O’Keefe Law (www.okeefelaw.ca) is a boutique law firm located in Halifax. Our primary areas of practice include Wills & Estates and Corporate Law. Our mission statement is “Professional, accessible, and compassionate client-centered legal services at an affordable price.” O’Keefe Law is conveniently located at 397 Bedford Highway in the beautiful Bedford Farmer’s Market building (next to Farmer Clem’s).

We have an immediate opportunity for an Associate Lawyer who practices in corporate law. Applicants are required to have a minimum of two to five years’ experience and preference will be given to those with an established client base. Interested candidates should e-mail their resume and cover letter to Kristen O’Keefe at kristen@okeefelaw.ca

Compensation is based on a very generous fee split arrangement. Inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Only applicants offered interviews will be contacted.

I am a graduate of McGill University. I completed my legal studies in England at the University of London. I am currently taking my NCA courses at the University of Ottawa. I am seeking an articling position for 2018-2019.

Through my legal studies and work experience, I have developed an interest and foundational knowledge base in the areas of commercial litigation, civil litigation, criminal litigation, real estate and international trade law. Further,I worked for the Canadian Medical Association and the Ontario Government. I also volunteer with several organizations including the Canadian Bar Association, Women Lawyer's Forum and the Citizens Advice Bureau in the U.K.

Please contact me via email at debbie_douglas_3@hotmail.com if you are looking to hire an articling student or if you know of someone who is.

Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you a lawyer or law student in the Halifax area looking to give back to the community and help improve access to justice? The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts wants you!

  • For complete details, see the Free Legal Clinics page on the Courts of Nova Scotia website. 

An initiative of Nova Scotia’s Access to Justice Coordinating Committee, the Free Legal Clinic provides support and free legal advice to people in the Halifax area who are representing themselves in court but have limited or no experience navigating the justice system.

The project offers private one-hour sessions with a volunteer practising lawyer and a law student, available by appointment. Only those people with certain types of cases appearing in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court or the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal are eligible for this service.

The clinic is open most Thursdays until 1 pm. Volunteers are needed for the following dates:

  • May 25
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
  • July 6, 13, 20 & 27
  • August 10, 17 & 24

This is the third year for the Free Legal Clinic in Halifax. It began as a five-week pilot project in early 2015. Since then, the clinic has provided hundreds of hours of assistance to self-represented litigants and a similar service launched in Sydney last month.

These clinics are made possible thanks to the generosity of practising and aspiring lawyers. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Meaghan Gillis in the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, at 902-424-3690 or by email at Meaghan.Gillis@courts.ns.ca.

Grow your career. Serve your community.

Serving on an agency, board, or commission can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact in your community.

A complete listing of the ABCs is now posted on the Executive Council Office website under the heading ‘Current Opportunities’ can be found at www.novascotia.ca/abc.

The deadline for applications to serve on adjudicative ABCs is Monday, May 29, 2017. Applications for non-adjudicative ABCs are accepted at any time but consideration of them may begin as early as Monday, May 29, 2017.

To learn more visit www.novascotia.ca/abc or call 902-424-4877 or toll free: 1-866-206-6844 or e-mail executive.council@novascotia.ca

The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy. We welcome applications from aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians

and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities, and women. Members of such groups are encouraged to self-identify.

The Board of Directors of ACNS is seeking new members.

We are committed to greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS and we invite you to consider joining us as an important part of ACNS. The ACNS Board of Directors is involved in the governance of the organization in the areas of policy and the development of the organization’s vision and strategic directions. We are a policy board that follows the Carver Model.

There are 5 key areas of Board responsibility: strategic planning, policy development, finance, board recruitment and development, and community relations. We see Board leadership as a critical factor in the future success of ACNS. We seek new, dynamic, and skilled individuals who are motivated and committed to help ACNS continue forward on its path. We look forward to hearing from you, answering your questions, and discussing your interests.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Kennedy – Chair of the ACNS Board of Directors at slkennedy.llm@gmail.com.

Are you interested in being part of a Nova Scotia Board of Directors that has one goal — to make Nova Scotia a healthier place to live and breathe? We're looking for people who are committed in the fight against lung disease in Nova Scotia and are interested in serving as a board member for LANS.

Missions Statement: The Lung Association of Nova Scotia (LANS) is a charitable health organization dedicated to improving quality of life by preventing and managing lung disease through research, advocacy, patient services and education.

Motto: When you can't breathe, nothing else matters.

Vision: From our main office in Halifax, we service all Nova Scotians with lung disease trhough help from our generous donors. Our focus is simple: offer the best programs and services in lung health, advocate for better lung health research and fund areas that directly help Nova Scotians breathe easier.

History: The Lung Association of Nova Scotia was established in the early 1900's to control the spread of tuberculosis, a onece-deadly disease and number one killer of Canadians. With over 100 years of service to the community, the Lung Association of Nova Scotia continues to directly help people who live with lung disease.

What you'll get out of this experience:

  • Opportunity to serve all Nova Scotians who live with lung disease
  • Board experience and a chance to network with great people
  • Opportunity to participate in matters of finance, governance, fundraising and strategic planning
  • Satisfaction that comes from making a difference in people's lives
  • A chance to give back to your community

Your Committment:

  • Three-year term that may be renewed for a further threee years, pending renewal and approval by the board
  • The board of directors meets September through June on the second Tuesday of the month, approximately five times per year from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Meetings are held at the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax offers: 6331 Lady Hammond Road
  • Committees of the board typically meet on a set schedule, either in person of by teleconference, according to their respective work agendas

Board Member Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in all matters of the board relating to good governance including strategic planning, financial oversight, policy setting, self-governance and oversight
  • Attend all board meetings, Annual General Meeting and special events
  • Be accessible for personal contact in between bpard meetings via email correspondence and phone calls
  • Be committed to the work of LANS and knowledgeable about our services
  • Be an advocate for the fight against lung disease in Nova Scotia
  • Participate on a minimum of one board sub-committee
  • Assist in fundraising activities
  • Work as a team member by supporting the board, and the President & CEO

Nominations for 2017:

The board of directors requires nominees who have many of the following skills:

  • Previous Board experience in a not-for-profit
  • A strong desire to make Nova Scotia a healtier place to live and breathe
  • Specialities in:
           - Govenment relations
           - Accounting/Financial Accument
           - Human resources
           - Legal

We encourage nominations from diverse community members.

How to apply:

Nominees should email the following nomination information to info@ns.lung.ca:

  • Nominee's mailing address, email address, telephone numbers
  • Short statement outlining the nominee's skill set and how this would be advantageous to the LANS board
  • Indicate if a current board member is willing to stand for the nomination

For additional information on LANS, and the role of our Board of Directors, please contact us:

(902) 443-8141, Toll free in NS: 1-888-566-5864, or by email info@ns.lung.ca

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day)

Free training in WestlawNext Canada is offered at the Barristers’ Library in Halifax on May 17 & 18.

Please call Library & Information Services staff at 902 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 (toll-free) to book a one-hour session at a time that is convenient for you. You can bring members from your firm; please let us know at the time of booking. 

Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. 

The platforms within our licensing agreement – CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource – provide access to key updated commentary. 

Our CriminalSource subscription now includes former CriminalSpectrum (Canada Law Book) content, including Ewaschuk's Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, McWiliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, and Salhany's Canadian Criminal Procedure

WestlawNext Canada offers an all-in-one search box and customizable interface, as well as the ability to browse content collections and drill down into commentary sources.

L&IS is pleased to offer training sessions on WestlawNext Canada with Thomson Carswell’s Executive Learning Consultant, Sam MacKenzie. 

Event Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Condo Transactions

Speaker:

  • Ian Sutherland, Stewart McKelvey

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 08:30
 
Fact: 8 billion dollars a year in Canada is spent only on short term leave due to mental illness. Enough is enough!
 
Wed, 17 May 2017 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 
THIS NEW 3 HOUR MODULE IS CUSTOM DESIGNED TO ADDRESS NOT ONLY THE MOST RECENT RESEARCH (FACTS) AND HOW TO IDENTIFY MENTAL ILLNESS (FLAGS) - BUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT (FORWARD-THINKING).
 
Join Nationally Awarded Facilitator, Tova Sherman, as she deftly guides you through the maze of information and advice as it relates to wellness in the workplace.
 
We aim to bring together like-minded employers who are continuously working to make our community more inclusive. We are inviting employers, HR professionals, managers and business owners from a variety of backgrounds to join us for this incredible training opportunity! 
 
Training will support employers on their journey of inclusivity. Managing diversity is a journey that includes a long term commitment to building individual knowledge and developing and applying skills and guidelines. Tova will be answering the difficult questions while using her own unique sense of humor to engage her audience.
 
Schedule:
  • 8:30-9:00 — Continental Breakfast & Networking
  • 9:00-12:00 — Interactive Module presented clarifying your questions and concerns around mental health management in the workplace and beyond.
  • 12:00-12:30 — Special guests & Next Steps
$150.00 per person (tax included) – buy 5 tickets get 6th free.

Register

Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Judicial Review of Non-Adjudicative Administrative Action

Speaker:

  • Sean Foreman, NS Department of Justice 

Register

Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day) to Friday, May 19, 2017 (All day)

Day One - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day Two - Friday, May 19, 2017

Pre-Conference Workshops - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Register

Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Motions for Recusal: Strategic Applications of the Law and Process

Speakers: Gavin Giles, QC, McInnes Cooper & Brian Awad, McInnes Cooper 

Visit the CBA-NS calendar for details.

Event Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:00

Council has identified ten elements which define a healthy practice management infrastructure, regardless of the size or shape of one’s practice. We are developing a self assessment process to support legal entities as they review and enhance the policies, procedures, and practice systems that define their unique Management System for Ethical Legal Practice. Join us to learn more about the ten elements and the self assessment process.

Register:

For webinar, online registration is available through ‘Events’ in the NSBS Members Login page

Attend in person in the NSBS offices (Suite 800-2000 Barrington Street, Halifax), RSVP with Alex Greencorn agreencorn@lians.ca, 902 423 1300 x325

Event Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

The New Online Estate Management System

Speakers:

  • Cora Jacquemin, Registrar of Probate,
  • Lorraine Lunn, Executive Assistant to the Director of Court Services and Administrator of EMA Online

Register

Event Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

Indigenous Justice

Speakers: 

  • Professor Naiomi Metallic, Dalhousie University
  • Professor Tuma Young, Cape Breton University

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for the development of Indigenous legal systems in order to fulfil the requirement of a true nation-to-nation relationship between the Aboriginal peoples of Canada and the Crown. How are these systems different from what is commonly called “Aboriginal law” and how can they help achieve reconciliation?

Join Prof. Naiomi Metallic, Assistant Professor and Chancellor's Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, and Prof. Tuma Young, lawyer, JSD candidate, and Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at Cape Breton University, for a discussion of these fundamental issues.

Register

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. If you are a civil litigator this is one program you cannot afford to miss.

The Honourable Thomas Cromwell, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will deliver the symposium's keynote address. Numerous local lawyers and seven other judges will be participating in panel sessions:

  • the Hon. Chief Justice Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia;
  • from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Hon. Justice Jamie W.S. Saunders
  • from the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Hon. Associate Chief Justice Deborah K. Smith, the Hon. Justice Gregory M. Warner, and the Hon. Justice Michael J. Wood;
  • from the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Court, the Hon. Judge Anne S. Derrick; and  
  • from the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick, the Hon. Justice J.C. Marc Richard.   

More information and registration

See the updated flyer with complete program information.

The agenda's panels include the following: 

  • Lightning Round: Limitation Periods
  • Lessons Learned: Good Faith in Contractual Performance in Commercial Cases 
  • Debate: Arbitrate of Litigate? 
  • Judges' Panel: Effective Appellate Advocacy
  • Recent Developments in the Law of Privilege
  • Recent Developments in Expert Evidence
  • Big Cases in Atlantic Canada
  • View from the Bench: Recovering from a "Knock-down" 

Note: Registrants can count their attendance at this program toward their annual CPD requirement.  

Event Date: Monday, May 29, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (All day)

Free training in WestlawNext Canada is offered at the Simon J. Khattar QC Memorial Barristers' Library in Sydney on May 29, 30 & 31.

Please call Library & Information Services staff at 902 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 (toll-free) to book a one-hour session at a time that is convenient for you. You can bring members from your firm; please let us know at the time of booking.

Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. 

The platforms within our licensing agreement – CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource – provide access to key updated commentary. 

Our CriminalSource subscription now includes former CriminalSpectrum (Canada Law Book) content, including Ewaschuk's Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, McWiliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, and Salhany's Canadian Criminal Procedure

WestlawNext Canada offers an all-in-one search box and customizable interface, as well as the ability to browse content collections and drill down into commentary sources. 

L&IS is pleased to offer training sessions on WestlawNext Canada with Thomson Carswell’s Executive Learning Consultant, Sam MacKenzie. 

Event Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Lawyers and legal assistants welcome!

Please join us for a preview of our new divorce videos, and other available products to assist those experiencing separation and divorce.

Coffee and treats will be provided.

RSVP to carolyn.baker@novascotia.ca

Event Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:00

When stressors overwhelm us, effective techniques can help to bring us back to equilibrium. This session will explore all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, thereby helping us to maximize our energy and performance.

Register:

For webinar, online registration is available through ‘Events’ in the NSBS Members Login page

Attend in person in the NSBS offices (Suite 800-2000 Barrington Street, Halifax), RSVP with Alex Greencorn agreencorn@lians.ca, 902 423 1300 x325

Event Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Structuring Aboriginal Businesses 

Speaker:

  • Patrick Lahey, Grant Thornton

Presentation will review First Nations Taxation and Business Structures including various tax exemptions, structuring aboriginal business ventures and reviewing unique issues in dealing with aboriginal businesses whether you are advising the aboriginal band, aboriginal business owner or your client is doing business with an aboriginal business.

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 17:30 to 20:00

The 19th Annual Bench and Bar Round Table Dinner Meeting with the Justices of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Family Division and the Judges of the Family Court for the Province of Nova Scotia

Register

Event Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 09:00 to Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 05:30

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is proud to be hosting a unique national and international conference, “Realizing Rights 2017: Human Rights and Constitutionalism,” to be held from June 8-10, 2017 at the University of Ottawa.

The conference seeks to bring together, for the first time, the full range of practitioners, scholars and advocates working on human rights across Canada and beyond, in order to discuss challenges and opportunities for the effective realization of human rights and related constitutional and governance arrangements.

This major conference coincides with Canada’s 150th anniversary, which provides a special opportunity for celebration and reflection. The conference, featuring various parallel meetings, sessions, workshops and social events of distinct character, will contribute in a significant way to the development and strengthening of the field of human rights professionals.

To organize it, HRREC is working in partnership with:

  • the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA),
  • the International Commission of Jurists Canadian Section (ICJC),
  • the International Development Research Centre (IDRC),
  • the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), and
  • the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (LRIDE).

Register

Event Date: Friday, June 9, 2017 (All day)

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number and type of specialized processes in the criminal justice system. The rationale given for the enactment of special provisions for sentencing Aboriginal offenders is that the unique circumstances and social histories of these individuals have given rise to disproportionate rates of imprisonment.

Recently in Nova Scotia, cultural assessments have been requested by the judiciary to assist in sentencing African Nova Scotian offenders. Specialized or problem-solving courts (e.g. domestic violence and mental health courts) have been established in response to the perceived limitations of traditional courts in addressing the complexities of violence in intimate relationships and in responding to accused persons suffering from mental illness or drug addiction.

The purpose of this learning event is to provide a forum for participants to gain a greater understanding of:

  • The rationale for creating specialized justice processes as an alternative to the traditional justice system;
  • The ways in which these alternatives have been implemented in Nova Scotia; and
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the approaches, the challenges and opportunities for improving their effectiveness.

For further information and to register, visit our website www.nscja.ca

Event Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, July 5, 2017 (All day)

Location: Online

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 the first two weeks to review the materials and the final week to complete the assessment.

Lawyers participating in this program MUST have a working knowledge of property law. The review materials provided are not meant to teach the principles of property law but to assist you in reviewing for the assessment.

Register

Event Date: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:30

Administrative Law Section Spring Outreach

Speakers:

  • Paula Knopf, Paula Knopf Arbitrations Ltd.
  • Audrey Boctor, Partner, Irving Mitchell Kalichman and Vice-Chair, National Administrative Law Section
  • Kymberly Franklin, Legal Counsel, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

For details, please go to our CBA-NS calendar, http://www.cbans.ca/Events/Events/National-Administrative-Law-and-Nova-Scotia-Branch

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