April 18, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

Last year, Education & Credentials introduced an Articling Handbook as a resource for the articling year.  It provides detailed instructions on how to complete the articling application, what’s involved in the admission process and everything in between. 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 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 Society’s fiscal year-end is April 30, 2017. We are asking that all Society volunteers please submit their Travel Expense Claim forms to the Society by Friday, May 5 for any expenses incurred up to April 30. Read More

Are you looking to practise law in Nova Scotia? Did you earn your law degree outside of Canada? There are many things to consider and complete before being admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Opinion: Justice for Some | April 13, 2017 | by Alice Woolley Case Commented on: Green v Law Society of Manitoba, 2017 SCC 20 (CanLII) Read More
Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society hereby gives notice that David T.R. Parker QC passed away on March 5, 2017. Any inquiries from clients of Mr. Parker or members of the public concerning client files or matters should be directed to the Custodian appointed to this practice: Read More
Professional development

CHARITABLE BEQUESTS BEQUEST MANAGEMENT FOR CHARITIES IN CANADA / Sweatman, M. Jasmine — 2d ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2017. [KB 110 S974 2017] CORPORATION LAW Read More

Free training in WestlawNext Canada will be available at these Barristers’ Libraries on the following dates: Read More
Access to Justice

The Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch (CBA-NS) is pleased to be working with the Nova Scotia Courts to present an afternoon of free events celebrating Law Day, on Wednesday, April 19. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 1 – 3 pm 3rd Floor, The Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water St., Halifax Read More

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

What are the access to justice initiatives that are currently underway in Canada and what are the areas where more work is needed? Read More

From the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) | March 13, 2017 Read More
Tips from LIANS

As the saying goes: “All good things must come to an end”. And sometimes not-so-good things. If you are one of the very few who purchased and still use your Windows Vista operating system, it is now time to update. As of April 11, 2017, Microsoft will no longer be providing Windows Vista with new security updates, non-security hotfixes, support options or online technical updates. Read More

A new scam has recently been circulating, where the “Rudolf Dietze” is seeking representation to “sell a dredger”: Dear Counsel We are Europe based dredging technology company designing and building complete dredgers for world's leading construction companies. Read More

“Everyone feels sad or down at times, and normally these feelings of sadness are shortlived. If these feelings don’t subside and are taking over, you may be dealing with depression.” Read "Understanding depression" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™. Read More

A robing ceremony for the Honourable Judge Ronda van der Hoek of the Provincial and Family Courts will be held in Halifax at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 21. For more details, see the following notice on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.  Read More

The Law Amendments Committee will meet Monday, April 24, at 3:30 pm, in the Red Chamber, Province House, 1726 Hollis St., Halifax. The following bill will be considered: Bill No. 59 - Accessibility Act (deferred from previous meeting)  Read More

Residents of First Nations in Nova Scotia will be better able to plan for, and respond to, emergencies with two new tools from the Emergency Management Office. Two brochures on using 911 and preparing for emergencies have been translated into Mi'kmaw, and copies are being distributed to all 13 First Nations in the province. Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   Read More

No proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum. Read More
Other news

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission is seeking nominations for the 2017 Community Leadership Award. Please note the deadline for nominations is May 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm. Read More

April 18, 2017 – Antigonish, NS – Department of Justice Canada Read More

On April 13 in the House of Commons, the Government of Canada introduced its proposed legislation to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis (An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts). Read More

Program Admin Officer – Justice Officer 4 – Department of Justice (Supreme Court - Halifax Family Division) Closing Date: 05/02/2017 Read More

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

I am writing to express my interest in a possible internship or volunteer opportunity with your company. Currently enrolled in the Paralegal program at Eastern College, I'm eager to start putting my skills to use at a reputable firm/company. Read More

At the request of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service Crown Attorneys prosecute Criminal Code and regulatory offences primarily in Provincial Court. Per Diem Crown Attorneys may be asked to prosecute bail matters, arraignments, trials and sentencings. The Crown Attorneys' Office (Halifax Region) is seeking to expand its list of qualified per diems. Read More

Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in Amherst, NS. Ideal Abilities and Skills Read More

MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law is a civil litigation boutique firm with offices in New Glasgow and Halifax. We represent people who have suffered serious injury in a car accident, injuries or loss at the fault of another, or those denied benefits from an insurance company including long term disabilty payments. Read More

Position: Contract Staff Lawyer position in Antigonish, NS practicing criminal and family law on a 50/50 basis. Read More

I am a hardworking person with over 6+years of experience in the Administrative, Education and legal area. I live in the Dartmouth area with easy access to reach Halifax. Read More

The Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA) was founded in 1975 to serve the legal community. As the primary provider of continuing legal education in the province of Alberta, we serve the spectrum of educational and professional development needs by delivering educational programs and resources. Read More

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

Wickwire Holm, an established law firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia is seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to work in its Litigation Department. This position requires a mature individual who can work independently in a fast-paced environment while maintaining professionalism and a positive attitude. Requirements of this position include: Read More

Patterson Law has an immediate opening for an experienced Legal Assistant to provide legal & administrative support to the lawyers in the Truro Family Law Group.  Location: Truro Office – 10 Church Street Key Areas of Responsibility: Read More

Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Clerk of the Board (Halifax – 1 Full-time permanent position) Competition #UARB 01-17 PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A CIVIL SERVICE OPPORTUNITY Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

With retirements, LIANS is seeking expressions of interest to fill six (6) upcoming vacancies on its 12 member Board of Directors. Though all members are welcome to respond, with a view to having representation on the Board from all regions of the province, expressions of interest from the South Shore, Valley, Fundy and Highland regions are particularly welcomed. Read More

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
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 13:00
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT ACCESS TO JUSTICE Law Day is a national annual event that celebrates the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is an occasion for the public to learn about the law, the legal profession and the legal institutions that form the cornerstones of Canadian democracy. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:00
The Subdivision Approval Process Speaker: Kevin Warner, Acting Operations Manager, HRM, Development Services Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 08:00
Stewart Title Lecture Series: Stewart Title will be holding a breakfast information session of interest to lawyers or paralegals practicing in commercial real estate, or residential lawyers who also do some commercial. Topics covered will include: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 13:00
Join us for an afternoon of high quality accredited programming from Canada's only national provider of CLE specifically tailored to Canada's defence bar. Hear from experts on fire loss, accident reconstrucion, and forensic psychiatry and physiatry. Open to members and non-members, lawyers, insurance adjusters and claims managers. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00
Work Permits, both LMIA-based and LMIA-exempt, plus a discussion about changes to the temporary Foreign Worker program resulting from the new federal budget Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 17:30
Matrimonial Property Law on Reserve: Federal Law and First Nation Law Speakers: Bryna Fraser Hatt, Barteaux Durnford Robin Vernest Register  Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 09:00
Grounded in the fundamentals of the functional areas of business, including marketing, human resources, and finance, this course is an overview intended to equip you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required for the successful management of a law practice. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 13:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the fundamentals of client care. You will be engaged in discussions about ethics, systems and process for client care, risk management, and strategies for follow-up, retention and client satisfaction.    By the end of this module you will be able to: Read More
Event Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 09:00
Human resource management has evolved from personnel administration to managing human resources to accomplish organizational goals.  This module is intended to strengthen your capacity for professional staff management. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 13:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the skills, tools and tactics required to be strategic and successful in the sales and marketing of a law practice. You will be engaged in discussions about market research, social media and digital strategies. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:00
Raising Capital for Small to Medium Sized Businesses  Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 18:00
Trivia Night: Women's Forum Social Event Please join us for a 2nd annual night of trivia, networking  and merriment at Gahan House in Halifax. Questions will be read by the Honourable Justice Elizabeth Jollimore, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Family Court Division.  Prizes to be won! Dinner included with registration. Cash bar.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 08:30
Join us for a free accredited breakfast seminar where you'll learn how to protect yourself and your clients before, during, and after a real estate transaction. Our keynote speakers, Will McCarthy and John Tracy will provide real-life commercial and residential examples that will teach you how to ensure you, your clients and your business are protected. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 09:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the financial management of a law practice. You will be engaged in discussions about topics such as the key factors affecting profitability, operation of trust accounts, concepts of time-keeping, liabilities and capital funding.  By the end of this module you will be able to:  Read More
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: 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: 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: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (All day)
Dates: June 13, 14 & 15, 2017Instructor: Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph. D, C.Psych., Acc.FM.Location: Saint Peter's Cathedral, 7 All Souls Lane, Charlottetown, PECost: $800 (incl. HST) Read More
Event Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 08:30
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 in Halifax. Read More
Event Date: Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 19:00
A lecture series for Canadian lawyers and judges at the University of Cambridge, England.  Visit the website of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies for the program:  Read More
Event Date: Monday, August 7, 2017 - 09:00
Curiosity, Balance and the "Money Gene"Skills Training for Collaborative Lawyers August 7-8, 2017 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 08:00
Save The Dates!November 30 & December 1, 2017CBA-Nova Scotia’s Annual Two-Day Conference Our Annual Two-Day Conference (previously identified as the Mid-Winter) will take place Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 1st, 2017.   This conference will have several new additions: Read More
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