May 29, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is moving toward a new model of regulating legal services, in a manner that is risk focused, proactive, principled and proportionate. The goals of this approach include enhancing the quality of legal services and encouraging ethical legal practice. 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

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 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 following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Justice For Women Is Up For Discussion (at #TalkJustice session May 30 in Bridgewater) CKBW | May 28, 2017 Read More

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, May 26, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.    Read More

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

By agreement of the parties and by order of the Hearing Committee Chair pursuant to regulation 9.9.3, the proceedings against Lyle Howe with respect to the complaint dated April 13, 2017 are adjourned, subject to several terms. Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: J. Gregory Clooney Kent Edward John McNally The following members have resigned:  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

Much has been written about the art of having a productive yet difficult conversation in the workplace. Having a difficult conversation with your client adds another layer, as it may result in losing that client. Whether it’s discussing fees, their file or simply advising them that you cannot assist them, lawyers often find themselves having to broach a topic that is uncomfortable to address. Read More

We have received reports from several Nova Scotia lawyers who’ve received the following scam attempt from one of many aliases, including “Karina” or “Carmen Olga”. The initial email read as follows: Sent: 24 May 2017 16:42 Subject: Enforce terms of my dissolution agreement Good Day, Read More

"Navigating and making gender-related changes is a journey that takes courage. In support of transgender persons or individuals considering gender transition, this edition of Vitality will serve as a resource for managers at all levels, identifying sources of information as well as how to best support transgender employees." Read More

New NSSC Practice Memorandum 11 – Quieting Titles under the Civil Procedure Rules Read More

The Judges of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court have approved amendments to various rules and forms of the Civil Procedure Rules. Find the details in this memo, dated May 11, 2017, 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

This update was provided on May 26, 2017 by Family Law Nova Scotia. See the original notice at   Read More

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

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

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

Fredrick T. Tait Sr. of Dartmouth passed away on March 29, 2017. His daughter Pamela S. Andrews is trying to locate Mr. Tait's lawyer. If you have any information about which firm and/or lawyer had Mr. Tait as a client, please contact Pamela at Read More

Paul Shawn Nicholson passed away on May 10, 2017. He resided at 13 North Street in Dominion, Nova Scotia, and his date of birth was November 7, 1964. Read More

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

I visited Nova Scotia in January and have fallen in love with its beautiful landscape and people. I would love to return to live there after graduation. 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

McLellan Richards & Begin is a full-service law office in the beautiful downtown Truro area and is seeking an associate lawyer for our expanding practice. With a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, we have a reputation for providing effective, professional legal services in a warm, friendly environment. Read More

Min 5 years experience. Knowledge PC law, dictation software, accounting, document assembly, real estate closings, proficient use of office equipment, word processing, reception and client communication. Read More

Valley law firm seeking associate lawyer with keen interest in ADR processes and cost effective means to assist clients in legal disputes, including access to justice. Looking for organized and self-motivated individual with at least 3 years experience. Email:    Read More

The Town of Lunenburg is located along the scenic south shore of Nova Scotia, about one hour from Halifax and the international airport. This historic town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 for its unique architecture and civic design. Read More

Founded in 2002, Bernard LLP continues to expand. We seek a corporate solicitor, with a minimum four years of transactional experience to complement our growing commercial practice. The position provides opportunities for significant career development. Read More

Notice of Opportunity for Fixed-Term Agreement as Agent of the Director of Public Prosecutions Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Board of Directors of ACNS is seeking new members. 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

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: 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: 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: 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: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 12:00
A Discussion with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 08:30
This is a reminder that we are still accepting registrations for the upcoming Parenting Coordination: Advanced Applications training in Charlottetown, PE, June 13-15, 2017. REGISTRATION FORMS CAN BE REQUESTED AT: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (All day)
A Training Forum on Sexualized Human Trafficking and Exploitation to Learn About: 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: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (All day)
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 one week to complete the course.   Dates for next LRA course: June 14-21, 2017    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 12:00
Applications to Prove “A Writing” or Holograph Will in Court: A View from the Bench Speaker:  The Honourable Justice C. Richard Coughlan, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 12:00
NovaRoc Registration System Speaker: John MacNeil, Registrar of Petroleum and Mineral Titles with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Register  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 17:00
Ping Pong into Summer Please join your colleagues for an end of year social at the Pong Social Club on Grafton Street. Law students are welcome and can register at no charge by calling 902-422-1905, option 1. Cash bar onsite.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 17:30
Labour & Employment Law Section Annual Dinner Meeting with the Nova Scotia Labour Board Speakers: Diana Hartley, Chief Administrator, and other Members of the Nova Scotia Labour Board Register  Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 13:00
Administrative Law Section Spring Outreach Speakers: 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: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 07:30
June Women’s Committee Networking Breakfast    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 13:00
Why should litigators study contract drafting? Our profession has a tendency to draw a distinction between litigation and transactional law; however, most cases are settled outside of court and settlement usually entails a settlement agreement, which is a contract. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 13:00
Ever wonder why some lawyers are more adept at negotiating better outcomes for their clients? Research suggests there is no correlation between intelligence, gender, or race when it comes to negotiating. At the same time, lawyers who always seem to leave the table ahead often have no formal training in negotiation skills. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 13:00
Do you struggle to begin a project? Do you find yourself easily distracted by other tasks that steer you away from what you really need to accomplish? Are you always rushing to be somewhere or get something done? Stop stressing out yourself and others! Delaying work can be a form of self-sabotage, decreasing productivity and resulting in costly and embarrassing errors. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 13:00
In this convenient, practical presentation, William Bernhardt, lawyer and New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books, applies the principles of superior legal writing to specific documents designed to persuade. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 13:00
Social media can be a valuable investigative tool - you can locate undisclosed assets, find evidence of physical activity, discover hidden relationships, witness intellectual property infringement, and find stolen items. But most lawyers have never received training in how to search social media sites. Let Internet experts Mark Rosch and Carole Levitt show you how: Read More
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