July 10, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce that the Honourable Judge Kael McKenzie will be guest speaker at the 15 Read More

The Society's 2017 Annual Report and Financial Statements are now available on the website. Visit Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to her friends and family. Barbara Ann LeGay, Halifax – June 27, 2017 Obituary  Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Nova Scotia law society explores succession planning issues, options The Lawyer's Daily | July 4, 2017 | by donalee Moulton (subscription only) Read More

David Hirtle will be joining Council as a member for Southwestern District. Called to the Bar in 1998, Mr. Hirtle is a sole practitioner with Hirtle Legal Services Inc. in Lunenburg.   Read More
Professional Responsibility

The Society has recently updated its complaints and investigation process guide for lawyers. You can find The Complaints Resolution and Investigation Process: A Lawyer’s Guide on the website, in the Complaint Process section For lawyers.  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: Read More
Professional development

COMMERCIAL LEASES LANDLORD'S RIGHTS AND REMEDIES IN A COMMERCIAL LEASE : A PRACTICAL GUIDE / Haber, Harvey M; Beallor, Kenneth — 2d ed. — Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2017. [KB 175 H114L 2017] COMPUTERS 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
Tips from LIANS

Excess insurance provides an additional layer of security should your defence and indemnity costs exceed the primary mandatory limits. As the value of client matters and transactions increases over time, so too does the need to secure adequate levels of errors and omissions insurance. Read More

A recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal (Hodge v. Read More

Be advised that several Nova Scotia lawyers and/or their staff have received the following type of “spoofing” email scam attempt (emails that falsely appear to be sent from an individual’s email account). Read More

"One of the hardest tasks an adult can face is helping a child deal with the death of a family member or friend. The task can be made all the more difficult by the fact that you too are grieving. Though you cannot change the facts of death, you can provide valuable support to a child by helping him or her cope with the loss of a loved one ... " Read More

Judges of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court have approved amendments to Rule 59 - Family Division Rules and related Forms:  Read More

Nova Scotia's Criminal Justice Transformation Group has released a new protocol to help defence lawyers decide when it is appropriate for counsel or a client to appear in Provincial Court by video. Read More

Are you eligible to apply or have you applied for a judicial appointment in Nova Scotia? If so, an introductory Nova Scotia Judicial Mentorship Initiative offers you the opportunity to participate in a mentorship arrangement that is supported by the Honourable Chief Justice Michael MacDonald. Read More

Lora MacEachern will become the first Associate Deputy Minister at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. She has been the Associate Deputy at Labour and Advanced Education for the past four years, and has served as Senior Executive Director of the Safety Branch in that department. Read More

Two commissioners with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Chief Andrea Paul and Cheryl Knockwood, will attend a United Nations meeting on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Geneva, Switzerland, from July 10-14. Read More

Legislative amendments and regulations that will better protect subcontractors and suppliers in the building trades came into effect on June 30, 2017. Read More

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

Nova Scotia’s Incompetent Persons Act is still in effect until December 28, 2017, after a ruling by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. In its June 13th decision, the Court granted the Province's request for an extension of the validity of the legislation. This request was made as a result of the general election being called on April 30th. ‎ Read More

The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness estimates work done to reduce red tape saves Nova Scotia business more than $5.3 million annually.  Released June 29, the office's second annual report, called Taking Action and Delivering Results, details the work of the office in its first full year of operation. Read More

Nova Scotians now have access to more vital statistics, maps and education information, as new data collections were released through the open data portal last week. Read More

Consumers and businesses in Nova Scotia will benefit from improved trade within Canada with the implementation of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), which became effective on July 1. Read More

On July 7, 1997, Nova Scotia launched the first provincewide 911 service in Canada. Since then, the province has continued to build a state-of-the art 911 system that links callers to fire, police, ambulance, and poison information within seconds. 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

David Curry has been appointed a Crown attorney in Digby. "Mr. Curry's experience and background make him a valuable asset to the public prosecution service," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, in an announcement on Friday. Read More

The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has asked the Manitoba Prosecution Service to provide legal advice to the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) on its ongoing investigation into a 2016 death in Halifax Regional Police cells. Read More

James Stanley Hall of Halifax is 92 years old. He is now living in a senior care facility but previously resided on Bayers Road. Read More

Barteaux Durnford is a boutique labour and employment law firm representing private and public sector employers throughout Atlantic Canada. We are the Atlantic Canada member of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest network of labour and employment lawyers. Read More

I'm currently looking for employment as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant and to become an asset and gain experience within a law firm. I am a recent graduate from the Paralegal/Legal Assistant program through Island Career Academy, and have experience within a private law firm through my curriculum required placement. Read More

Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP is looking for an experienced family law assistant to work with Michelle Axworthy.  Please send resume and cover letter to:    Read More

The newly re-branded Nyajeka Green Law LLP is looking to add to our family. We are a small and busy Dartmouth law firm that cares about client service, integrity and professionalism while ensuring a relaxed, supportive and friendly atmosphere. Work environment is very important to us so personality fit is integral.   Read More

We are a busy law firm in Dartmouth currently seeking an outstanding individual for a full-time position as a legal assistant. Applicant must have previous experience working in a law firm, preferably in the areas of real estate and estate law. The ability to multi-task, prioritize and organize is crucial to this position. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you a lawyer or law student in Nova Scotia and seeking to improve access to justice for disenfranchised communities? If so, consider registering for some of reachAbility’s pro bono opportunities! We know that calling any member of the legal profession busy is an understatement, so all our programs ask for a maximum of a single hour annually. Read More

My name is Robyn Preston and I'm currently enrolled in the Paralegal program at Eastern College in Halifax. I am looking to get some hands on experience volunteering at a firm while I'm studying. I am a very hard worker, have a great personality and would make a great addition to any team.  Resume upon request. Read More

The Government of Canada has launched an open selection process to fill member positions on the Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) Board. The application period is currently open and will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on July 17, 2017. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:30
The Society is pleased to present this workshop on supporting trans* and gender-variant clients and colleagues, led by Maddox Greene from The Youth Project. Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:30 am to 3:30 pm (lunch included) NSBS Classroom, Cogswell Tower 800-2000 Barrington St., Halifax  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 16:30
You are cordially invited to celebrate with us at the 15th Annual Pride Reception, co-hosted by the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Download invitation (PDF) Read More
Event Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 11:30
Join us to march in the 30th Annual Pride Parade! We will meet at 11:30am (try to get there before noon) at the Halifax Dockyard (parade starts at 1:00pm and it gets pretty busy around noon). Further details will be sent to those registered when we have them (i.e. entry number). Read More
Event Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 12:00
Weldon McInnis is proud to sponsor The Links for Legal Aid Golf Tournament Saturday, September 30 with a 12pm shotgun start. Join us at the beautiful Glen Arbour Golf Club for afun-filled day of golf, contests, prizes and more!  Enter in one of two ways: Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:30
CIAJ’s 42nd Annual Conference on DiversityThe Charter Challenge Conundrum: The Clash of Rights and Values and the Canadian Cultural Mosaic October 2-4, 2017, Hyatt Regency, Montreal This conference is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory and eligible for up to 14.25 CPD hours. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 02:00
Your witnesses are not ready to testify until you make them ready! Ethical and effective witness preparation will not change the facts, but it can define the way those facts are delivered. 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
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