May 15, 2017 InForum Issue

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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. Read More

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".   Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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) Read More

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

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 Read More

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: Read More
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. Read More

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: Read More
Professional development

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

Funding to advance access to justice for families in Canada Read More
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. Read More

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

"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? Read More

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. Read More

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:  Read More

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

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

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

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. Read More

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. Read More

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

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.   Read More

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. Read More

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.  Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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

O’Keefe Law ( is a boutique law firm located in Halifax. Our primary areas of practice include Wills & Estates and Corporate Law. Read More

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. Read More
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! Read More

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. Read More

The Board of Directors of ACNS is seeking new members. Read More

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. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (All day)
Free training in WestlawNext Canada is offered at the Barristers’ Library in Halifax on May 17 & 18. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:00
Condo Transactions Speaker: Ian Sutherland, Stewart McKelvey Register  Read More
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   Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:00
Judicial Review of Non-Adjudicative Administrative Action Speaker: Sean Foreman, NS Department of Justice  Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, May 18, 2017 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:00
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.  Read More
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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:00
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  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:00
Indigenous Justice Speakers:  Read More
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. Read More
Event Date: Monday, May 29, 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.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:00
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  Read More
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: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 12:00
Structuring Aboriginal Businesses  Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 17:30
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  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 09:00
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. Read More
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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 14, 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. Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 13:00
Administrative Law Section Spring Outreach Speakers: Read More
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