October 30, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce that Bruce H. Wildsmith QC of Barss Corner, Lunenburg County will receive the 2017 Distinguished Service Award. Read More

On Friday in Halifax, the Canadian Association of Legal Ethics (CALE) presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Darrel Pink, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Read More

Results from the 2017 Annual Lawyer Reports have been tabulated, and the new Statistical Snapshot of the Nova Scotia legal profession is now online. For easy reference anytime, it’s located under About us on the homepage at Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent deaths of the following colleagues. We extend our condolences to their friends and families. Read More

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

The Society is holding a Council byelection in Halifax District. Nominations closed on October 20, and the election will take place from November 6 to 8, 2017. Four practising lawyers will be vying for one vacant Halifax District seat on Council. The candidates: Read More
Professional Responsibility

The Hearing Committee of the NOVA SCOTIA BARRISTERS’ SOCIETY gives notice of the disbarment of Lyle Howe of Halifax, Nova Scotia pursuant to Section 45(4)(a) of the Legal Profession Act, effective October 20, 2017 until further notice. 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: Peter J. Driscoll Jan-Michelle McCann  Read More
Professional development

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CANADIAN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LAW / Rayner, Wesley B; Knight, James G; Rayner, Mike; MacDonald, Brian P — 3d ed. —Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2017. [KB 60 R275C 2017] CRIMINAL EVIDENCE Read More
Access to Justice

October 30, 2017 | HALIFAX – See the announcement from LISNS  Read More

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission has resumed its pilot project to introduce a weekly live online chat service. The focus of the weekly sessions – now on Fridays – will alternate between family and social justice issues. These are the upcoming sessions for November. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Maintaining client confidentiality in a world where your TV is listening with Phil Brown, LSUC Professional Development & Competence Counsel Alternative dispute resolution with Jim Musgrave QC, Peter MacKeigan QC, and Gus Richardson QC *NEW*  Read More

Making a few simple adjustments to your daily routine can help keep you on the clock and help eliminate wasted time: Read More

An email purportedly from " Royal Bank Business Services” which features a virus-laden PDF attachment has recently been circulating – example here: Alert: You have a new RBC Express document for review October 27th, 2017 RBC Express User Sign-In ID:  Read More

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Health™, your health and wellness provider, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP).  Read More

Amendments passed last fall to strengthen the Province's ability to collect court-ordered child and spousal support are now in effect. Read More

Premier’s Office news release – October 20, 2017 Premier Stephen McNeil tabled a report on Oct. 20, in the House of Assembly outlining government's work supporting the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry. Read More

Department of Justice announcement – October 23, 2017 Government has referred sections seven to 23 of the Public Services Sustainability (2015) Act to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal for an opinion on constitutionality under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read More

To: Mortgage industry stakeholders From: Service Nova Scotia - Business and Consumer Services     Read More

The following 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 National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is in Nova Scotia this week for three days of community hearings on Membertou First Nation, Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The hearings began Oct. 30 and continue through Nov. 1 at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St. Read More

CIOE FM 97.5 Community Radio hosts a weekly radio show called “Legally Speaking with Kristen O’Keefe”, which airs in Halifax Regional Municipality on Thursdays at 12:30 pm. The show also airs online at Read More

News release, Patterson Law – October 30, 2017  Read More

Seeking missing will for Darleen Joan McInnis (nee Cross), born September 26, 1946, age 71. It is believed her will was prepared in 1988, when she resided in the Tantallon area (46 Woodland Crescent, Hubley). However, it is very possible the will was prepared in Chester, or even Halifax. Darleen has Huntington's and cannot recall who prepared her will. Read More

Seeking a missing will for Reginald d’Entremont, who was born on January 5, 1943 and passed away on April 20, 2016. Mr. d’Entremont resided in the Metaghan River area of the District of Clare, Digby County. Read More

The Common Law section of the University of Ottawa invites you to complete a survey as part of a study on continuing professional education needs for French-speaking lawyers outside of Quebec. Read More

McKiggan Hebert is happy to congratulate one of our legal assistants who will be starting maternity leave shortly. As a result we have an opening for an experienced Legal Assistant to join our team at our offices on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the next 12 months. As our practice is growing, there may be longer term opportunities after the initial 12 month term.   Read More

Growing Firm Requires P/T Receptionist-Legal Assistant Successful candidate will have:  2  years experience in a similar environment; 50+ WPM; proficiency in PC Law accounting systems; excellent communications skills and attention to detail; personable demeanor, and ability to prioritize on the fly. Read More

Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny Duggan LLP is seeking an experienced family law lawyer to join our firm.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative team setting. Please apply in confidence to  Read More

Good day, my name is Vickie and I have graduated a 2-year program of Legal Office Administration from Center Of Distance Education in March with high honors. I have several years experience in administration and office setting. I am trust worthy, hard working, dependable, dedicated to my employer, team player and adapt to change easily. Read More

Aviva Insurance Company of Canada has an immediate opening for an experienced legal assistant to support its in house lawyer.  This job is for a three-month term which may be extended to fill in for an illness leave. Read More

Our firm is currently recruiting a Litigation Lawyer with 2 - 7 years experience. In this role you will become part of the Mac, Mac & Mac team where you will serve our existing clientbase as well as develop your own portfolio. We offer the chance for someone with experience to join a reputable legal team, with the lifestyle benefits of practice in a non-metropolitan community. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

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. Nova Scotians from all parts of the province are needed to serve on the province's 155 agencies, boards and commissions.    Read More

The Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary is looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming fall session of the Free Legal Clinic in Halifax.  Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:30
Mediation and Arbitration of Construction Disputes Speakers: Melanie Gillis, McInnes Cooper, and Kevin Gibson, McInnes Cooper NOTE DIFFERENT TIME: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 17:30
The Annual CBA-NS Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Section Meet and Greet with Members of the OUTlaw Society at the Schulich School of Law.  This annual event is a great opportunity for law student members of Dalhousie OUTLaw Society to meet with the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Section of CBA-NS TIME: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 08:30
Navigating the Office Holiday Party Speaker: James Green, Cox & Palmer  Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 - 16:00
Julia Cornish QC, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, invites you to attend the 2017 RECOGNITION RECEPTION November 17, 2017 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm Sable Ballroom, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel 1919 Upper Water St.  Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 17:45
“Connect: Women in Law” is a joint event co-hosted by the Women's Forum and Law Students' Section of the CBA and sponsored by Schulich School of Law's Career and Development Office. During this evening, women law students will have the opportunity to rotate through stations and connect with women lawyers in a variety of legal fields. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:00
Recent Developments in Securities Regulation - Derivatives Regulation, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Transactions, etc. Speaker: H. Jane Anderson, Nova Scotia Securities Commission  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 12:00
Professional Responsibility in Business Law Transactions Including Common Conflict Situations and Ways to Navigate Them Speakers: Maurice Chiasson, QC, Stewart McKelvey and Elliot Fraser, Elliot K. Fraser Barrister & Solicitor Inc.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 01:00
Having a basic knowledge of financial statements is crucial for every well-rounded lawyer. The more you understand about financial statements, the better you’ll be able to counsel clients with confidence, and use your financial understanding to your client’s advantage during negotiations or litigation. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 12:00
The Decision of the Court of Appeal in Ghosn v. Halifax (Regional Municipality), 2016 NSCA90 Speaker: Richard Norman, Cox & Palmer  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 01:00
Of all the elements you have to work with, none is more precious than time. Designed to address lawyers’ unique organizational and time challenges, and ethical obligations to be competent, prompt and diligent, this solution-oriented program offers practical strategies for better managing time, projects, paper, and people - especially yourself. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 18:00
See the Gala Dinner invitation for complete details.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 18:00
See the weblink. Further information to follow as it becomes available.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00
Key Legal Issues for Online Businesses Speakers: Ben Westelman, eBay Classifieds Group Canada and Tariq Remtulla, eBay Inc.  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
Event Date: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 12:00
Panacea to Panopticon: Prescription Drug Monitoring in the Opioid CrisesLeo Beletsky School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312. No registration or fee required. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 13:30
2017 PITBLADO LECTURES 140th Anniversary of the Law Society of Manitoba #140Down – Now What? The Future of Lawyering is Here Friday, November 3 Grand Ballroom, Fort Garry Place Conference Centre, 20 Fort Street, Winnipeg Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 6, 2017 (All day)
8th Biennial Construction Labour Relations Forum If contractors and unions in the construction industry need to attend one event to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in their industry, this is it! Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (All day)
TOPICS Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 01:00
According to the Supreme Court of Canada, credibility is a prevalent issue in most trials. While a witnesses’ credibility can be influenced by a variety of factors, including their testimony’s consistency with other evidence, witnesses’ nonverbal communication can also play a crucial role. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (All day)
Day One - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 12:00
Cultural Appropriation, Indigenous Rights, and IP Law Speaker: Merle C. Alexander, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Vancouver BC  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:00
How will the Accessibility Act Affect my Clients? Speakers: Adriana Meloni, Nova Scotia Department of Justice, and Gerry Post, Accessibility Directorate, Nova Scotia Department of Justice Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 15, 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, November 15, 2017 - 12:00
Buying and Selling U.S. Real Estate  Speakers: Mark Tipperman, Barrister & Solicitor, and Earl MacLeod CPA, CA, MNP LLP  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:00
Accessing Medical Records as an Attorney or Delegate Speaker: L. Martina Munden, Nova Scotia Health Authority - Legal Services  Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 (All day)
Working with Individuals with Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations – Justice professionals, and other interested government and community-based stakeholders, will learn effective ways of working with victims/survivors with disabilities that pose a challenge to communication and understanding. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 17:30
An intimate evening featuring special guests:The Hon. Justice James L. Chipman, Nova Scotia Supreme CourtBarry Mason QC, Pressé MasonMurray J. Ritch QC, Ritch Williams & Richards Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 (All day)
Join us Thursday, November 23, 2017 for LIANS' 9th annual Risk and Practice Management Program conference from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Delta Halifax. Sessions may be eligible to count towards your annual CPD. Registration now open $275+HST Sessions include:  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
Event Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 01:00
Lawyers are challenged by difficult behaviours daily – irrational clients, impatient judges, impossible adversaries... the list goes on. Technology only makes the problem worse, deepening and extending conflict. All of this can come at a steep price – wasted time, reduced productivity, stifled creativity, and lower moral. It can also cause us to make mistakes. Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 8, 2017 (All day)
Advanced Topics in Trauma Informed Practice  – Justice professionals, and other interested government and community-based stakeholders, will be provided with a deeper look into the logic and rationale of using a trauma informed approach when responding to victims/survivors of sexualized violence. Read More
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