INFORUM

November 14, 2017 InForum Issue

Society news

Shelley Hounsell-Gray has been elected to Council in the Society’s Halifax District Byelection, and will commence her term effective immediately. Ms. Hounsell-Gray is Managing Lawyer at the Nova Scotia Legal Aid – Family Law office in Dartmouth. See her bio and election statement for more details.  

Four candidates were vying for the Halifax District seat, vacated when John Bodurtha was appointed Second Vice-President in September. The byelection ran from November 6 to 8.

2017 HALIFAX DISTRICT BYELECTION RESULTS

  • Shelley Hounsell-Gray, Dartmouth – 151 votes (37%)
  • Angela Caseley, Halifax – 89 votes (22%)
  • Derek Brett, Dartmouth – 86 votes (21%)
  • Cecil Woon, Halifax – 80 votes (20%)

Voter turnout: A total of 406 members (22%) cast ballots, of a possible 1,820 voters. All members in good standing in Halifax District were eligible to vote for this position.

The other three Halifax District members on Council for 2017-2019, elected in March, are Sheree Conlon QC, Deanna Frappier and Loretta Manning QC.

The Society extends its thanks to all candidates and voters for their commitment to participating in regulation of the legal profession in the public interest. Details of the Society’s election process are outlined in the Society’s Regulations 2.4 (District Elections), 2.5 (At Large Elections), and 2.6 (Second Vice-President Elections).

Council for 2017-2019 consists of 21 members: the three officers (Julia Cornish QC, President; Frank DeMont QC, First Vice-President; and John Bodurtha, Second Vice-President), 10 members elected and acclaimed in the judicial districts, three At Large members elected from the entire province, and five Public Representatives.

The next meeting of Council is on Friday, November 17. To follow the work of Council throughout the year, see Council materials for meeting agendas, documents and highlights.

 

 

 

Bruce Wildsmith QC

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.

Bruce is legal counsel with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs and the Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuquan Negotiation Office. His pursuit of Mi’kmaw access to natural resources and Treaty rights has resulted in clearer understanding of Aboriginal rights and their place in Canada.

The Society will present the award on Friday, November 17 at the annual Recognition Reception, taking place this year in the Sable Ballroom at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. See the event information to find out more, including details about 12 other honourees to be recognized. 

Established in 1999, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession and the Society.

Bruce was named one of Canada’s best Aboriginal law practitioners in a worldwide survey for Best Lawyers Business Edition (Winter 2016), and he is also consistently recommended in LEXPERT’s rankings. A highly respected educator and author, he was a faculty member at Dalhousie Law School from 1979 through 2003. For the duration of his time as a full-time professor, he also served as Counsel for the Union of Nova Scotia Indians. From 2002 until 2011, he was Lead Negotiator for the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia in the Mi'kmaq-Canada-Nova Scotia "Made in Nova Scotia Process".

Bruce is well known for his role as legal counsel in the landmark Donald Marshall (1999) case, as well as for representing Mi’kmaq on important Treaty-related cases, such as the cases of Stephen Isaac (1974), James Simon (1985), Joshua Bernard (2003) and Stephen Marshall (2005).  

Also a renowned international scholar on aquaculture law and policy, he helped establish Dalhousie’s Marine & Environmental Law Institute as a leading world centre for educational programs and research addressing natural resource management challenges.

Volunteer service
Bruce was an active volunteer with the Society during the 1980s and 1990s, serving on the Race Relations Committee (now called the Racial Equity Committee), Qualifications Committee and Discipline Subcommittee. His community service has included serving on the Board for the Atlantic Canada Salmon Conservation Federation; an expert fly-fisher and fly-tier, he has also made and donated hundreds of flies to the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

He frequently accepts unpaid speaking engagements from community groups, academic conferences and public forums to further education about systemic racism, Mi’kmaw Aboriginal title, Indigenous rights and Treaty rights. Bruce has also devoted countless hours as a dedicated mentor to several generations of younger Mi’kmaw lawyers. Those who worked and articled with him have gone on to private practice and to become leaders in their communities, many following his lead into public policy and rights-based litigation.

His own post-secondary education included an undergraduate science degree in biology at the University of Guelph and a law degree from Dalhousie University. Following his admission to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1974, he spent several years practising with the firm then known as Stewart MacKeen & Covert and went on to Harvard Law School, where he received his LLM in 1978. He received his Queen’s Counsel designation in 1992.

Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society can access the following resources via the password-protected Member Login area of the website:

  • Lawyers’ Reading Room – Emond and Irwin Law eBook collections (250+ titles);
  • a printable member card;
  • online renewal of Annual Fees;
  • receipts for Annual Fees paid;
  • a calendar of Society-based events and CPD offerings;
  • dedicated areas for Council and Committees; and
  • a printable directory of the NSBS membership.

The link to the Member Login area is https://members.nsbs.org/, which can be found anytime at the bottom of the homepage of the Society’s website at nsbs.org.  

Login instructions and creating passwords
If you are having difficulty logging in, you may be required to change your password. You can do so by clicking on the "Forgot Password" link directly under the “Sign In” prompt.

Passwords should now be a minimum of nine characters long, including at least one capital letter, at least one number, and at least one character (such as #,$,@, etc.)

If you have any difficulties changing your password, call the Society for assistance at 902-422-1491.

 

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family.

  • David Muise QC, Sydney – November 2, 2017 Obituary

Further reading:

David Muise, former mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, dies at 68

CBC News | Nov 02, 2017

Sydney lawyer, politician and author David Muise has died
Cape Breton Post | Nov. 2, 2017

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

Allnovascotia.com (content available by subscription only)

  • When Lawyers Get Old (Nov. 14)
  • NS Legal Aid Lawyer Wins Barristers Society Seat (Nov. 9)
  • Four Lawyers Vie For Bar Council Seat (Nov. 6)
  • Colpitts: I Wasn't The Perfect Lawyer (Nov. 2)
  • Darrel Pink Lauded For Legal Career (Oct. 31)
Council

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, November 17, 2017, starting at 9:00 am.

The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: http://nsbs.org/council-materials.

Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category.

 

The following former member received a judicial appointment on Friday, November 10, 2017:

The Honourable Ann Marie Simmons is now a Judge of the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts.

The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

Allison Renée Hounsell Kouzovnikov
Mirsada Stasevic

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

Edward David Clairoux Anido
D. Kevin Burke
Gavin Thomas Johnston
Margaret Jean Keliher
Danielle Elicia Jacinta Kershaw
David Andre Perusse
Ashley Joan Marie Targett
William Robert Walters

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With the calendar year-end fast approaching, this is the time for you to review your files and, subject your clients’ billing requirements, in particular your corporate clients, start preparing year end accounts. For your clients, having 2017 accounts in a timely manner may be important for those who operate on a January – December fiscal year. And for yourself, for those files that you can interim bill, why not send an account to cover off the year’s work?

NOTE: Please be advised that the actual Bob Van Heijst and the company BIG Machinery are in NO way involved in this scam attempt - their names and details have been used by scammers, and neither Bob Van Heijst nor BIG Machinery are affiliated with this fraud matter.

This recent scam attempt has targeted numerous lawyers, and nearly convinced several, where someone purporting to be “Bob Van Heijst” is requesting representation to sell large construction machines (eg dredgers, cranes, drilling rigs, etc.). For example:

Dear [redacted],

I  need a lawyer with an experience in commercial transaction and  agreement drafting, to help draft a purchase and sales Agreement in regulation with Nova Scotia Province Law . If this is your area of expertise, please email me for more details

Regards
Bob Van Heijst
CEO./General Manager
BIG Machinery B.V.
Schiemerik 1, 5334 NL Velddriel,
The Netherlands
Tel:+31 (0) 970 050 30511
Email:bobvheijst@bigmachinerynl.com

Several legitimate Nova Scotia companies have been falsely named as the buyer in the transactions. These emails will often feature links to bogus company websites, created only to add an air of legitimacy to the “transaction”. Overall, these emails have been confirmed as scam attempts – any communication from these individuals may be simply dismissed.

Be vigilant with every request for services that you receive. Fraudulent requests for services can be made by email, paper mail and courier, as well as individuals who arrive in person to retain you and use your trust account to receive and disburse funds. Be cautious with all cheques received, especially if they exceed an agreed upon amount.

Visit our Fraud section to read more on current reported scams and how to avoid them. Remember that you must always confirm a prospective client’s identification in accordance with the Client ID Regulations of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

If you decide to proceed with a transaction, be sure to go to the bank website to verify branch transit number, address and phone number on the cheque. Wait until the bank confirms that the funds are legitimate and are safe to withdraw from the deposit. Where possible, use the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), an electronic funds transfer system that allows large payments to be exchanged securely and immediately.

For tips to avoid being victimized, read a list of "Red Flags”, and visit the Fraud section on lians.ca. To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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Courts

Judicial appointment brings gender parity to Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Court bench

The Honourable Ann Marie Simmons, former Chief Federal Prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, was appointed Friday as a new judge of the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts.

With this appointment, Nova Scotia has reached gender parity on the provincial and family court bench: 18 of the 35 full-time provincial and family court judges are now women.

"Achieving gender parity on the bench is a historic moment in our province," Premier Stephen McNeil said in his Nov. 10 announcement. "Ms. Simmons is an experienced and highly qualified prosecutor who will make an excellent addition to the provincial and family courts."

Added the Hon. Chief Judge Pamela Williams: “I am proud to say that for the first time in Nova Scotia, there are more female than male judges presiding full-time in the Provincial and Family Courts. That is an incredible achievement in a profession that has been traditionally dominated by men.”

Judge Simmons practised law for 31 years and is bilingual (French and English). She joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada Atlantic Region in 2005 after almost a decade with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service.

Over her career with the federal service, she led many complex criminal prosecutions, including money laundering, organized crime, historic sexual assault and homicide cases. She was also a member of the Criminal Justice Transformation Group, a body of senior criminal justice leaders who work together to improve and strengthen the system.

“I had the privilege of working with Judge Simmons on the province’s Criminal Justice Transformation Group to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Nova Scotia’s criminal courts,” said Chief Judge Williams. “I was always impressed with her dedication to that goal, her willingness to take on new challenges and the knowledge and experience she brought to every meeting. We are very fortunate to have her join us on the provincial Bench.” 

Prior to her appointment, Judge Simmons served on several committees and was deeply committed to education programs for young lawyers and students. Her community activities include volunteering time for youth sports, including paddling, soccer and baseball.

Judge Simmons was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Bench when Judge William Digby retired to part-time status in October. The appointment brings the Provincial and Family Courts to a full complement of 35 full-time sitting judges.

For more information on the Nova Scotia Judiciary, visit www.courts.ns.ca.

 

Diane McGrath
A robing ceremony will be held this week for the Honourable Judge Diane McGrath, the newest judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia, who will preside in Sydney.
 
When: 12:00 pm, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
 
Where: Courtroom #8, 5th Floor, Provincial Court, 136 Charlotte St., Sydney
 
Attendees are asked to arrive by 11:45 am. As per the Guidelines for Media & Public Access to the Courts, video cameras and still photography will be permitted inside the courtroom during the ceremony.
 
Prior to her judicial appointment on Sept. 19, 2017, Judge McGrath was Senior Crown Counsel with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in Sydney, where she had practised since 2007. She served as a domestic violence educator and co-trainer with the PPS, as a member of the Sexual Assault Working Group, and helped develop and implement the Domestic Violence Court Program in Sydney.
 
After her bar admission in 1993, Judge McGrath first practised in Sydney with Nova Scotia Legal Aid and in private practice with H.F. Macintyre & Associates. Upon her appointment as a Crown Attorney in 1996, she started out in the Truro office and spent a number of years with the Special Prosecution Section (Halifax). She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2011.
 
Judge McGrath volunteered as an elected member for Cape Breton District on the governing Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Elected in 2013, 2015 and the spring of 2017, she was Chair of the In-House and Government Lawyers Working Group and former Vice-Chair of the Credentials Committee. She served on the Complaints Investigation and Supreme Court Liaison Committees, and the Entity Regulation and Risk Working Group.
 
A volunteer with the Society’s Bar Admission Course, Judge McGrath also served on the CPD Committee for the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society and numerous times as a Law Day Mock Trial volunteer. Her community service involved numerous organizations such as Canadian Parents for French, the Kiwanis Club of Sydney, the Girl Guides, Scouts Canada, Missing Lint Employment Co-operative and her local church.
 
For complete details about the robing ceremony, see the media advisory from the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary. For more information on the Nova Scotia Judiciary and the Courts, visit www.courts.ns.ca.

Election by Widow Regulations made under Section 6 of the Intestate Succession Act
R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 236, N.S. Reg. 75/77 (February 14, 1977)

The Registrars of Probate across Nova Scotia have updated their procedures pursuant to regulations under the Intestate Succession Act.

See the original November 3 notice on the “Information for Legal Professionals” page of the Courts of Nova Scotia website.

Registrars of Probate throughout the province advise that, henceforth, they may accept two property appraisals from persons within the community having knowledge of the property concerned. 

In addition, Registrars advise that the municipally assessed value should provide a benchmark valuation of a property against which the appraised value can be compared. 

Should the appraised valuations raise concerns, the Registrars have discretion to require appraisals by a qualified real estate appraiser. 

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has released a new report resulting from its 2017 Cowan Internship Project.

The report is now available online: http://courts.ns.ca/appeal_court/nsca_cowan_internship.htm

It is titled, “Towards Effective Management of Ineffective Assistance Claims: A Report on Allegations of Ineffective Counsel in Prisoner Appeals before the NSCA”.

CLASS ACTION PROCEEDINGS: Remember that the Nova Scotia Courts have an online class action registry found at http://courts.ns.ca/Supreme_Court/NSSC_class_action_registry.htm.

Civil Procedure Rule 68.03 requires that copies of documents be emailed to the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary at ClassActionNS@courts.ns.ca. If you have filed a class action that is not listed on the registry, please email the documents. 

The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 at Provincial Court in Halifax has been updated for December 2017 through June 2018.

To read / print the schedule, view the November 6 notice on the Information for Legal Professionals page of the Courts of Nova Scotia website.

Province

Victims and survivors of sexual assault in Nova Scotia now have access to free, independent legal advice.

On November 1, the provincial government opened referrals for the Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors program. The three-year pilot program provides survivors with up to four hours of free legal advice to help them fully understand their rights and legal options.

For complete details, visit novascotia.ca/sexualassaultlegaladvice.

"We have heard clearly from women and support groups that we need to provide better supports for victims and survivors of sexual violence," Justice Minister Mark Furey said at the official launch November 10 in Bridgewater. "We know most sexual assault cases do not get reported. This pilot program will provide victims with the advice they need to make informed decisions about how they want to move forward."

Operating independently from government, 211 Nova Scotia – the confidential information and referral service – will provide intake and information, and administer the program certificates to help clients access the legal services.

The selected lawyers in the referral program are receiving extensive training and participating in a community of practice to share their experiences, lessons learned and best practices. Victims who are eligible for this program will be provided with a list of eligible lawyers and their profiles so they can choose the lawyer they want.

"We are excited that this service is in place as there is a major need for legal advice and support for survivors of sexualized violence going through the court process," said Jackie Stevens, Executive Director of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax. "This is an important first step in providing legal and systems based advocacy for survivors and we encourage the Nova Scotia government to continue to prioritize justice reform."

The federal government provided funds of $810,000, which will add to on-the-ground support from Nova Scotia through the federal-provincial pilot project. Funding will also go toward the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service to create a helpful guide on the court process for victims and survivors of sexual assault, and to provide training specific to sexual violence for Crown attorneys.

Further reading:

On October 31, the provincial government launched a consultation for families and the regulated child-care sector to better understand the child-care needs of families and the ability of providers to meet those needs.

"This is part of our commitment to ensure an accessible and sustainable child-care system for Nova Scotia families," said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. "It's important we hear from families and those working in the child-care sector, about their specific needs."

The family consultation will look at the child-care needs of families with children 12 years of age and younger across the province. The child-care sector consultation will seek feedback on how government can support and partner with operators to ensure their success in the future.

Families can provide input online by completing the online survey available at https://rdh.qfimr.com/eecd-parents.

A paper copy may also be requested by calling 1 833 424 2084.

The consultation runs until Nov. 21.

On November 1, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Lena Metlege Diab, announced the creation of the Advisory Committee to the Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie.  

The committee will provide the minister with advice and information on issues that are important to Nova Scotia's Acadian and Francophone community. 

"I am pleased with the establishment of this advisory committee and look forward to working collaboratively with its members to advance both government's priorities and the priorities of Nova Scotia's Acadian and Francophone communities," said Ms. Diab. "This committee is an important step which signals government's commitment to better understand the community's priorities, and ensure these priorities are reflected in our programs, services and policies."   

The advisory committee six members are: 

  • Ghislain Boudreau, president, Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Wedgeport, Yarmouth County
  • Norbert LeBlanc, president, Conseil acadien de Par-en-Bas, Argyle, Yarmouth County
  • Clermont Charland, president, Centre communautaire Étoile de l'Acadie, Sydney
  • Karolyn Aucoin, executive director, CIFA community radio, Clare, Digby County
  • Jeanne-Françoise Caillaud, executive director, Réseau Santé Nouvelle-Écosse, Halifax
  • Alfred-Arthur Poirier, deputy warden, Municipality of Inverness, Chéticamp.

"This committee responds to a wish expressed by the Fédération acadienne and its member organizations to facilitate the link between the community and the government," said Mr. Boudreau. "The Fédération acadienne is pleased to have the opportunity to work even more closely with the minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie."

View the new committee's terms of reference online.  

Nova Scotians can recognize outstanding volunteers in their communities by nominating them for a 2018 Provincial Volunteer Award.

Each year, the awards ceremony honours volunteers from across the province for their volunteer contributions. Nova Scotians can nominate volunteers in the categories of volunteer representative award, volunteer youth award and volunteer family award.

The representative volunteer award recipients are selected by their municipalities. The volunteer youth and volunteer family award winners are selected by a review committee.

The Premier, Lieutenant-Governor and Minister of the voluntary sector will present the awards at a ceremony in April.

Nomination forms are available at http://novascotia.ca/volunteerawards .

The deadline for nominations is midnight, February 16, 2018.  

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

Proclamations are published in the Royal Gazette, Part II, which is issued every other week and is available by subscription. Unofficial copies of the Royal Gazette, Part II are available online through the Registry of Regulations website.

The Office of the Legislative Counsel maintains a Proclamations of Statutes database, providing the effective dates of proclamations for statutes from 1990 to date. The database is updated with information received weekly from the Executive Council Office. To access the database, go to the Office of the Legislative Counsel’s website, then select Proclamations from the list of links on the left side of the page. The information provided by the database is for convenience only. For purposes of interpreting and applying the law, please consult official sources.

The orders in council authorizing the proclamations can be searched via the Orders in Council database maintained by the Executive Council Office. This database contains information about orders in council dating back to 1991.

This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services.

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: novascotia.ca/news/

The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at novascotia.ca/just/communications/

  • Support for Victims of Sexual Assault (Nov. 10)
  • Gender Parity Achieved on Provincial and Family Court (Nov. 10)

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at novascotia.ca/sns/

ACADIAN AFFAIRS/FRANCOPHONIE--Acadian Affairs and Francophonie Advisory Committee Announced (Nov. 1)

AUDITOR GENERAL--Nov. 1 Performance Audit Report Released (Nov. 1)

COMMUNITIES/CULTURE/HERITAGE--Call for Nominations for 2018 Provincial Volunteer Awards (Nov. 14) 

COVE--Ocean Technology Site Seeks Commercial Tenants (Oct. 31)

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

  • Council to Invest In Attendance Support Workers (Nov. 8)
  • Consultations on Child-Care Needs Begin (Oct. 31) 

ENVIRONMENT

  • Minister to Attend Climate Change Summit in Germany (Nov. 10)
  • Progress on Environmental Protection Recommendations (Nov. 1) 

FISHERIES/AQUACULTURE--Nova Scotians Invited to Discuss, Provide Input on Sportfishing (Nov. 2)

HEALTH/WELLNESS

  • Eliminating Waitlist for Opioid Treatment (Nov. 8)
  • Thirteen Paramedics Recognized for Exemplary Service (Nov. 3)

IMMIGRATION--International Opportunity to Help Grow Francophone Population in Nova Scotia (Nov. 14)

INNOVACORP--New Board Members Announced (Nov. 9)

INTERNAL SERVICES--More Government Data Released Publicly (Nov. 6)

INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

  • Nova Scotia Softwood Lumber Excluded from United States Duties (Nov. 2)
  • Minister Heads to Washington to Talk Trade (Nov. 1)

PREMIER'S OFFICE

  • Premier's Mission to France (Nov. 9)
  • 2017 Medal of Bravery Recipients Honoured (Nov. 8)
  • Premier Welcomes Chinese Ambassador to Canada (Nov. 7) 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL

  • Preparing for Winter Driving in Nova Scotia (Nov. 7)
  • Province Purchases Halifax CBC/Radio-Canada Bell Road Building (Nov. 2)
Other news

Amendments to the Federal Child Support Tables (Schedule I of the Federal Child Support Guidelines) have been approved. The amendments update the tables to reflect more current tax rules.   

The amendments were registered on October 23, 2017, and are expected to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on November 1, 2017. The updated child support amounts will come into force on November 22, 2017. 

Information about the amendments is available on the Justice Canada’s family law website at http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/child-enfant/ft-tf.html. Additional information will be added to the website once the amendments have been published. 

November 10, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The current approach to cannabis is not working, and the Government of Canada is committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of kids, and profits out of the hands of criminals.

In support of these goals and the broader legalization efforts, on November 10 the Department of Finance Canada published for consultation a proposed excise duty framework for cannabis products. For complete details, see the consultation announcement on the Department of Finance website.

The proposed level of taxation is intended to keep prices low to eliminate the black market, as discussed at the Finance Ministers Meeting last June. The proposed duty would apply to all cannabis products available for legal sale, including fresh and dried cannabis, cannabis oils, and seeds and seedlings for home cultivation.

The federal government believes that the combined rate of tax for cannabis flowering material contained in a final packaged product should not exceed $1.00 per gram, or 10 per cent of the producer's sale price of that product, whichever is higher, with this tax room divided equally between the province or territory and the federal government. Revenues raised from the taxation regime will help support investments in public education, enforcement, research and other activities integral to an effective system of legalization and regulation of cannabis.

In developing the proposed approach, the Government has paid careful attention to work done by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation and the Parliamentary Budget Officer, as well as the experience of international jurisdictions which have successfully implemented legal access to recreational cannabis on the part of adults.

Interested individuals or organizations are invited to review the consultation document, the draft legislative and regulatory proposals, and the related explanatory notes. Written comments should be forwarded by December 7, 2017 to fin.cannabis-taxation-cannabis.fin@canada.ca.

The federal framework is intended to be in place once legal cannabis for non-medical purposes becomes accessible for retail sale, no later than July 2018.

There are two scholarships being offered by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship for study at Cambridge, England, and a French Language Scholarship to study at a French speaking university in Europe. They are available to people who have graduated from a Canadian law school in the last few years. 

Details are available on their site: www.canadian-institute.com. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2017 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The ENRICH Project (Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health) has released an edited video of its recent two-part symposium, "Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place and the Environment".

Follow this link to the video: https://vimeo.com/242516335.

Held October 26 and 27 in Halifax, the public and academic symposium focused on a solution-based, cross-cultural conversation about the social, economic, political, and health effects of the relationship between race, place, space and the environment in Indigenous and Black communities.

Highlights included:

  • a lecture by Dr. Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University;
  • a keynote from Dr. George Lipsitz, Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara;
  • presentations and panels from an array of American, Nova Scotian, and Canadian speakers.  

Follow the ENRICH Project at www.enrichproject.org

Careers

The Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal is looking for a full-time Appeal Commissioner. 

For information, and to apply for this position, please visit the Government of Nova Scotia jobs website at jobs.novascotia.ca and click the "Finance and Legal" link.

 

 

 

Valley law practice for sale in Nova Scotia – This long established general practice has been assisting clients for well over 70 years.

This practice consists mainly of Real Estate, Corporate, Wills, Estates, Personal Injury, and Criminal; however there is room for expansion into other areas of law. 

Excellent, experienced staff. Sellers are flexible in terms of transition dates to ensure client continuity. This is a fantastic opportunity with the added bonus of living in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.

Please call or write if this existing opportunity for a fulfilling practice is of interest to you.

PO Box 208
Berwick, Nova Scotia
B0P 1E0

(902) 538 3123
stewart.turner@ns.sympatico.ca

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane is seeking a litigation lawyer for its Kentville location.

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane proudly traces its roots in the Annapolis Valley back to 1835 when the founding Partners opened the very first law office in the Kings County Shire Town of Kentville. Since those early days, Taylor MacLellan Cochrane has become one of the largest law firms in Nova Scotia outside of metropolitan Halifax serving clients throughout the Atlantic Provinces.

We are currently seeking a litigation lawyer with two to five years’ experience to join our team. The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, and have litigation experience to fill a general practise position.  In this role you will serve some of our existing clients as well as develop your own portfolio. If you have an interest in a career opportunity in the Annapolis Valley and being a part of our team, please respond in confidence to:

Katherine L. Hanks, C.I.M., P.Mgr., C.Mgr.
Operations Manager
Taylor MacLellan Cochrane

50 Cornwallis Street
Kentville NS  B4N 2E4
Phone: (902) 678-6156
Fax: (902) 678-6010

Email: hanks@tmclaw.com

www.tmclaw.com

LEGAL ASSISTANT, HALIFAX

Torys LLP is a highly respected international business law firm with offices in Toronto, New York, Calgary, Montréal and Halifax. We focus on maintaining long-term relationships with Canadian and international clients who demand the best advice and service from their outside counsel. We believe that our continuing success over many years has come from adherence to our core values of excellence, client service, collaboration, long-term thinking and utmost professionalism and integrity. Dedication to professional excellence and outstanding client service is Torys’ hallmark. Of equal importance is our commitment to maintaining a collegial working environment – one that brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds, personalities and styles in an atmosphere of friendship and team spirit. As a Torys employee, you will enjoy both an exciting, fast-paced work environment and a supportive, collegial and team-based culture. Our positions are best suited to individuals who take pride and ownership in their work and demonstrate exceptional client service in everything they do. At Torys, we take pride in our ability to attract and retain individuals who excel in their respective fields. We do this by providing stimulating work and learning and development opportunities, as well as a competitive compensation and benefits package.

POSITION OVERVIEW

We are seeking a Legal Assistant to join our Legal Services Centre (LSC) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This position provides support for all administrative related tasks and works closely with LSC members as well as the other Torys’ offices.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

• Provide administrative support to principals (lawyers and paralegals) which includes travel arrangements, expense reports, boardroom bookings, cheque requisitions, filing, arranging courier packages, handling and reviewing incoming mail/email/fax communications, photocopying, printing, binding and any other administrative assistance as required.

• Create various legal and other documents/agreements through copy typing, transcription, scanning or other methods. Document work includes converting styles, performing mail merges, inserting media into presentations, cross-referencing, indexing, creating tables, working with graphs, charts and objects, using graphics applications etc.

• Proofread and quality check documents for appropriate formatting, spelling, grammar, and clarity.

• Update and maintain accuracy of matter intake database.

• Receive, handle, screen and/or direct incoming calls as directed by principals; respond to routine inquiries and requests from clients; and take messages as required.

• Maintain and organize files to ensure they are easily retrievable by principals, file/scan all paper or electronic correspondence/records into the firms document management system.

• Respond promptly to requests and work collaboratively with other departments/members of the Firm.

• Participate in other projects or assignments as required.

ATTRIBUTES & EXPERIENCE

• Minimum 3 years of previous related experience, preferably in a professional services firm.

• Post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field or equivalent experience to successfully complete the essential requirements of the role.

• Proficient in MS Office product suite - which includes a strong working knowledge of Outlook, Excel and Word.

• Strong client service orientation and familiarity with a formal business environment.

• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work well both independently and collaboratively within a team environment. High degree of professionalism with the ability to work with poise and discretion.

• Excellent organizational and time management skills to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

• Exceptional attention to detail with strong formatting and proofreading skills.

• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to interact with individuals at all levels within the organization.

• Sound judgment including the ability to deal with confidential information with utmost discretion. • Determined with a can-do approach.

• Flexibility to occasionally work overtime.

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Torys Legal Services Centre (LSC) is a centre of excellence designed to enhance the value we provide our clients by meeting more of their important legal needs. The LSC’s experienced legal professionals support lawyers across Torys offices with fully integrated and specialized expertise in essential corporate services on a cost, time and process-efficient basis in an open concept office that encourages collaboration and communication. Work conducted by the LSC is integrated seamlessly into our client relationships.

HOW TO APPLY: Please address your resume and cover letter in confidence, stating your salary expectations to Kimberly Sheldrake-Head at ksheldrake@torys.com.

We thank all applicants for their interest in Torys LLP; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We foster an inclusive and accessible environment and are committed to providing support to applicants and firm members with disabilities. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please contact Kimberly Sheldrake-Head, Senior Manager, Professional Resources.

I am a female, Chinese-Canadian lawyer of Halifax. I was recently called to the bar and have opened my own practice. My focus is exclusively on criminal defence work as this is my passion. I currently accept Legal Aid Certificate clients. I am interested in referral work from other firms who are too busy to handle the files or cannot accept certain client matters. If you are looking for someone to interview clients or legal research, please contact me. I welcome any criminal files or work you would need assistance with. 

Email: carbo.kwan@outlook.com

Phone: 902-423-0135

Website: carbokwanlaw.wordpress.com 

We have an immediate opening for a Property Assistant at our 2016 Quinn Street office in Halifax.

Purpose:  The Property Assistant, through the direction of the Property Lawyers, will assist in all aspects of the file to ensure excellent client service and smooth and efficient workflow.  This role will also include reception coverage.

Work Schedule:  Standard work hours are 35 per week.  Some flexibility and occasional overtime may be required.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Utilizing appropriate systems to their fullest advantage in generating documents, correspondence, BF's, etc.
  • Assisting in the request and receipt of tax certificates, mortgage statements, payout and assumption statements, location certificates, search of title, fire insurance confirmation, necessary clearances, etc.
  • Following up with clients, opposing counsel, financial institutions, etc. to ensure that all required information is received, everyone is informed and everything is in place for the closing
  • Keeping lawyers and impacted colleagues informed of any problems or delays in the completion of assigned tasks on the file
  • Reporting to financial institutions and other relevant parties
  • Forwarding registered documentation to client following closing
  • Following up regarding undertakings given to other party’s solicitor at time of closing
  • Servicing clients, both over the phone and in-person at reception

Qualifications:

  • Previous legal administrative experience is essential
  • Experience working with a high volume of property transactions would be a great asset
  • Familiarity the LRA system and forms would be beneficial
  • Organized, highly detail-oriented, and able to effectively prioritize
  • Excellent proofreading, spelling, and grammar skills
  • Energetic, flexible, and willing to pitch in wherever necessary
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of Word and Outlook along with an affinity to learn new technology 
  • Basic accounting skills
  • Accurately follows instructions and asks questions to clarify requirements & ensure work is done properly
  • Strong written and verbal communication including excellent telephone skills

If you are interested in this fast-paced role and meet the requirements of this position, please apply with resume and cover letter to careers@pattersonlaw.ca

About Us

Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Truro, New Glasgow and Halifax and with clients whose interests range from global to purely local. Our more than 140 lawyers and staff are dedicated to meeting our clients’ diverse legal needs.  We endeavour to maintain the highest standard of service to our clients. This can only be accomplished by employing qualified, educated and motivated staff. We are pleased to offer our staff a competitive salary, group insurance coverage, and pension plan membership after a year.

Patterson Law hires on the basis of merit.  We are committed to employment equity and welcome diversity.  Applications are encouraged from all interested and qualified individuals.

Internal and external candidates will be considered simultaneously for this posting.

We have an immediate opening for an experienced Litigation Paralegal at our downtown Halifax location, 1801 Hollis.

Purpose:  Working primarily with our civil litigation/personal injury lawyers, the Litigation Paralegal will complete routine work that a lawyer might otherwise complete.  As a primary biller, revenue production targets set by management are expected to be achieved. 

Work Schedule:  Standard work hours are 34.5 from Monday to Friday, and based on work demands, overtime will be required.  

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Client Activities

  • Conduct cold call in-take interview with potential clients to collect necessary particulars for conflict inquiry; 
  • Circulate conflict inquiry and follow up as necessary with both client and lawyer; 
  • Participate in the initial contact between client and lawyer; obtain all necessary authorizations for release of client information; 
  • Liaise with client subsequent to initial interview to obtain further particulars re: liability, damages, wage loss, housekeeping and out-of-pocket expenses; 
  • Assist with Section B claims as necessary and prepare Section B summaries of expenses and other routine documents; 
  • Conduct telephone conferences with client to advise status of file and obtain additional information; 
  • Draft and dispatch correspondence (under the lawyer’s supervision); 
  • Contact witnesses to motor vehicle accidents, medical personnel, employers, police, insurance personnel and others to develop case; 
  • Contact opposing counsel and court personnel.

Work Coordination 

  • Schedule legal activities; 
  • Discoveries – Schedule, issue discovery Subpoena, arrange witnesses, obtain discovery transcripts, etc.; 
  • Trials – draft Notice of Trial, co-ordinate date assignment conference, arrange witness for trial (including issuance of subpoenas), prepare documents for chambers application, assist in procurement of expert’s reports, assist in the preparation of exhibit books and casebook of authorities; 
  • Conduct basic legal research; Assist with preparation of settlement proposals; 
  • Assist with retaining expert witnesses and preparation of brochures (medical and non-medical documentation); 
  • Complete pre-judgment interest calculations; 
  • Prepare bill of costs; 
  • Prepare affidavit disclosing documents; 
  • Prepare Originating Notice and statement of Claim;
  •  Arrange for service or diarize for renewal; 
  • Ensure limitation dates are diarized; 
  • Correspondence arising from above.

File Administration 

  • Prepare contingency fee arrangements; 
  • Organize file according to issues; 
  • Scan documents into Eclipse, summarize as per instructions from lawyer; 
  • Ensure undertakings are met; 
  • Routine instructions to clients; 
  • Maintain up-to-date time records; 
  • Ensure supervising lawyer is provided with ongoing status of progress. 

Quality Control

  • Follow up on files to ensure timely responses; 
  • Monitor on a periodic basis for file activity; 
  • Liaise with assistants and other support staff to ensure strong communication and consistency in file management and client contact; 
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a similar, professional environment is necessary.  Some of this experience may have been acquired in related junior positions. 
  • Strong computer skills and IT knowledge are required, as well as ability to follow detailed instructions and take ownership of final product.  
  • The candidate should have a flexible work attitude in regard to assignments. 
  • Knowledge of the practice areas stated above would be a definite asset
  • Past experience with civil litigation and personal injury law would be a definite asset
  • Litigation support software experience is a definite asset.

If you are interested in and meet the requirements of this position, please apply with resume and cover letter to careers@pattersonlaw.ca no later than Friday, November 17, 2017. 

ABOUT USPatterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Truro, New Glasgow and Halifax and with clients whose interests range from global to purely local. Our more than 140 lawyers and staff are dedicated to meeting our clients’ diverse legal needs.  We endeavour to maintain the highest standard of service to our clients. This can only be accomplished by employing qualified, educated and motivated staff. We are pleased to offer our staff a competitive salary, group insurance coverage, and pension plan membership after a year.

Patterson Law hires on the basis of merit.  We are committed to employment equity and welcome diversity.  Applications are encouraged from all interested and qualified individuals.

Internal and external candidates may be considered simultaneously for this posting.

One of Halifax's leading law firms, Burchells LLP, is currently recruiting for a full-time, permanent legal assistant to provide support in the Creditor Rights and Recovery Group working in the foreclosure practice area.

Burchells provides a wide range of legal services to regional, national and international clients, including multinational corporations, small business owners, major banks, individuals, insurance companies and all levels of government.

Providing support to the lawyers of Burchells is a group of hard working and enthusiastic professionals who take pride in exceptional client service and team work.

Summary

  • Enhance lawyer effectiveness and the delivery of quality legal services through production of timely, accurate work that meets our work standard of “Do it once, do it right”.
  • Manage foreclosure matters to the satisfaction of the client and responsible lawyers.
  • Provide efficient, accurate and knowledgeable support.
  • Support lawyers and co-workers in a timely, accurate and helpful manner.
  • Team members recognize growth and comprehension of the foreclosure process through increased self-sufficiency.

Qualifications

  • Formal Legal Assistant/Paralegal Education preferred.
  • Previous experience in a professional office environment is preferred.
  • Sound judgment in a fast paced environment with changing priorities.
  • Flexibility, initiative, organization and prioritization skills are critical.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy are a must.
  • Strong Communication Skills.
  • Excellent computer knowledge – full Microsoft Office Suite. Minimum typing speed of 60wpm.
  • Working knowledge of third-party software would be considered an asset.
  • Above average ability to work in a team environment with all members of the firm.

Burchells offers a competitive salary and full comprehensive benefit package.

Please visit our website www.burchells.ca to learn more about our firm.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Charlene F. Harrison
Office Manager
charrison@burchells.ca

Application review begins as applications are received. Position will remain open until filled.

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

We are a busy law firm in downtown Dartmouth looking for a full-time legal assistant to provide secondary support to a partner and two associates. If you have experience in real estate transactions and will and estates – and you would enjoy the challenge of learning about other areas of law on a regular basis – then you will find this position both interesting and rewarding. You must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word and Outlook Express and have a strong attention to detail. The ability to organize multiple tasks and set priorities is essential. We offer a great work environment and a team approach in a busy office where people enjoy their work. Only applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted.  

Please deliver, in confidence, résumé and cover letter to:

Sealy Cornish Coulthard 
200 – 56 Portland Street
Dartmouth, NS  B2Y 1H2 

Attention: Peter L. Coulthard, Q.C. / Jackie Savage

Or by email to pcoulthard@scclaw.ca or jsavage@scclaw.ca

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Three methods for determining morality of an action
  • Two ways to judge lawyers
  • Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients
  • Morality and the duty of candour
  • Morality and the duty of competence
  • Morality and withdrawal
Event Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Three methods for determining morality of an action
  • Two ways to judge lawyers
  • Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients
  • Morality and the duty of candour
  • Morality and the duty of competence
  • Morality and withdrawal
Event Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Buying and Selling U.S. Real Estate 

Speakers: Mark Tipperman, Barrister & Solicitor, and Earl MacLeod CPA, CA, MNP LLP

Event Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Ways design and decor are relevant to the interviewing and counseling process.
  • Three major factors in design and decor for interviewing and counseling.
  • Personal office decorating considerations before interviewing and counseling.
  • Five seating arrangements.
  • Whether to meet in your office in your conference room.
  • How to deal with windows, doors, and seat heights.
  • What to do when clients bring children.
Event Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Accessing Medical Records as an Attorney or Delegate

Speaker: L. Martina Munden, Nova Scotia Health Authority - Legal Services

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. Service providers will be better equipped to collaborate with the victim/survivor and, consequently, both parties will feel more empowered moving forward. 

Event Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:00

An intimate evening featuring special guests:
The Hon. Justice James L. Chipman, Nova Scotia Supreme Court
Barry Mason QC, Pressé Mason
Murray J. Ritch QC, Ritch Williams & Richards

Advocates from all practice areas are invited to join us for a Fireside Chat on Advocacy. The Hon.Justice James L. Chipman will moderate a candid discussion on personal injury practice with plaintiff-side counsel Barry Mason QC, and insurance defence counsel Murray Ritch QC. Learn and connect at this intimate, collegial event with a wine and cheese reception. Society Members and non-member judges, lawyers and law school/articling students are welcome to attend. Spaces are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

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. 

INVITATION (PDF) 

Please join the Society in celebrating excellence in Nova Scotia’s legal profession, as we present the 2017 Distinguished Service Award to Bruce H. Wildsmith QC of Barss Corner, Lunenburg County. Bruce is legal counsel with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs/Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuquan Negotiation Office.

We will also present George Cooper QC, John Cooper QC, Alan Hayman QC, Sweeney Hinchey QC, Joseph Macdonald QC, Bill Meehan, John Merrick QC, Paul Murphy QC and Willard Strug QC with their 50-Year Practising Certificates.

Several law student achievements will also be honoured: 

  • Ria Guidone, articled clerk at Stewart McKelvey, is recipient of the 2017 NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award;​
  • Desiree Jones, second-year law student at the Schulich School of Law, received the 2017 NSBS Presidents' Leadership Internship scholarship and interned this past summer at Innocence Canada in Toronto; and ​
  • Rosalea Thompson, third-year law student, received the Society's 2017 Race and the Law Essay Prize for her paper, "Remembering as Solidarity with the Past: Legal Mechanisms for Protecting African Nova Scotian Sacred Places". 

If you plan to attend on November 17, please RSVP by November 8 to Emma Goodman Pink at emmap@nsbs.org or 902-422-1491.  

The Recognition Reception is an annual opportunity to honour Nova Scotia lawyers and law students for contributions that demonstrate the profession’s commitment to excellence in law, community service and access to justice. 

Event Date: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 17:45 to 19:30

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. This event provides the valuable and inspiring opportunity for women law students to meet successful women lawyers working in Nova Scotia and learn about their experiences in the legal profession. If you are interested in participating as a lawyer, please register. Your insights and experiences are invaluable to students who are about to begin their legal careers. If you are interested in participating as a student, please register soon as spots will fill up fast!

Registration is free. 

Refreshments will be provided by the Career Development Office.

Event Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Recent Developments in Securities Regulation - Derivatives Regulation, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Transactions, etc.

Speaker: H. Jane Anderson, Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Event Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Ways design and decor are relevant to the interviewing and counseling process.
  • Three major factors in design and decor for interviewing and counseling.
  • Personal office decorating considerations before interviewing and counseling.
  • Five seating arrangements.
  • Whether to meet in your office in your conference room.
  • How to deal with windows, doors, and seat heights.
  • What to do when clients bring children.
Event Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

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.

Event Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Three methods for determining morality of an action
  • Two ways to judge lawyers
  • Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients
  • Morality and the duty of candour
  • Morality and the duty of competence
  • Morality and withdrawal
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: 

  • 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
  • Introducing the MSELP self assessment: Tools and support to enhance your practice infrastructure, with Jackie Mullenger, NSBS Director of Education & Credentials and Jennifer Pink, NSBS Legal Services Support Officer
  • Trust accounts and new developments, with Sean Walker, NSBS Director of Finance & Administration
  • Technology and the future delivery of legal services, with Tobias Sallewsky, Vice-President of Marketing with Lawyer Done Deal
  • Targeting Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace with Andria Hill-Lehr of Homewood Health™
  • Active Mindfulness in 10: Moving from reacting to being in choice (a lunch mini-session with Ron Pizzo)

Register online
(or register by telephone or email with Alex at 902 423 1300 x325 or agreencorn@lians.ca)

Sessions will benefit lawyers, office managers, paralegals and legal assistants from across Atlantic Canada. Lawyers and staff from all sized firms are welcome. Free on-site parking, lunch buffet and coffee breaks for all registrants.     

Stay tuned to lians.ca for additional conference details.

Event Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

The Decision of the Court of Appeal in Ghosn v. Halifax (Regional Municipality), 2016 NSCA90

Speaker: Richard Norman, Cox & Palmer

Event Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Three methods for determining morality of an action
  • Two ways to judge lawyers
  • Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients
  • Morality and the duty of candour
  • Morality and the duty of competence
  • Morality and withdrawal
Event Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Ways design and decor are relevant to the interviewing and counseling process.
  • Three major factors in design and decor for interviewing and counseling.
  • Personal office decorating considerations before interviewing and counseling.
  • Five seating arrangements.
  • Whether to meet in your office in your conference room.
  • How to deal with windows, doors, and seat heights.
  • What to do when clients bring children.
Event Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 08:00 to Friday, December 1, 2017 - 16:30

Save The Dates!
November 30 & December 1, 2017
CBA-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:

  • a new venue at the recently renovated Lord Nelson Hotel, located on the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street;
  • a fourth concurrent stream, dedicated to young lawyers;
  • an option of earn up to 12 hours of CPD;
  • a new deeply discounted Young Lawyer registration rate.

Coming soon – Holiday shopping draws, prizes and discounted hotel room rates.

Register

Event Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

The Use of Research in Veterans' Health Policy-Making
Alice Aiken
Vice-President Research, Dalhousie University

A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312.
No registration or fee required.

​This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute and a full schedule of speakers can be found at www.dal.ca/hli/seminar-series.

Event Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Ways design and decor are relevant to the interviewing and counseling process.
  • Three major factors in design and decor for interviewing and counseling.
  • Personal office decorating considerations before interviewing and counseling.
  • Five seating arrangements.
  • Whether to meet in your office in your conference room.
  • How to deal with windows, doors, and seat heights.
  • What to do when clients bring children.
Event Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 01:00

Nearly every part of being a successful lawyer depends on your ability to persuade, to convince others to see the people and experiences – the story – behind the facts. A credible lawyer capable of telling a compelling story will almost always beat the lawyer who cannot. But what are the elements of a good story? And how can you incorporate storytelling into your legal presentations?Packed with immediately useful advice, this lively, practical, 90 minute webinar explains the benefits of using stories to engage audiences, and teaches you where to find good stories, how to craft them, and where to tell them. By the end of the program you’ll have new tools to help you:

  • transform boring material into interesting tales;
  • make complex information more understandable; and,
  • overcome noise and distractions to capture your audience’s focus.

Master presenter Steve Hughes has helped thousands of lawyers organize their message into a coherent, memorable narrative – now let him help you. The techniques taught will apply to trials, mediations, arbitrations, discovery, oral argument, negotiations and other non-litigation contexts. Sign up today and take your persuasion skills from basic to brilliant!

Event Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

The Nova Scotia Securities Act: A Day in the Life of an Enforcer

Speaker: Heidi Schedler, Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Event Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Three methods for determining morality of an action
  • Two ways to judge lawyers
  • Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients
  • Morality and the duty of candour
  • Morality and the duty of competence
  • Morality and withdrawal
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. Multiple case studies compounded from real-life practice will form the basis of the discussions and exercises.

Event Date: Monday, December 11, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (All day)

Collaborative Professionals need to develop strong skills in conflict resolution and negotiation so they can help clients shift find workable solutions that reflect what matters most to the clients and their family in transition. Working in Collaborative Practice requires us to engage with our clients differently. Lawyers need to learn how to support client-centred decision-making while meeting our duty to provide advocacy and sound legal advice. Collaborative mental health professionals need to understand the negotiation side of the collaborative case, while managing and supporting the healthy expression of what matters on the emotional, psychological level. Collaborative Financial Professionals need to learn how to gather and explain financial information as a neutral team-member, and to help generate options without making recommendations. It’s complicated!

At This Course, You Will Learn How To:

  • Engage with your client in a way that supports collaboration
  • Identify and help clients express their values and interests
  • Work with emotion and bridge impasse
  • Help generate options that focus on the unique needs of the parties
  • Realize the full potential of working as a Collaborative Team
  • Manage conflict productively
  • Help create durable, lasting agreements

Collaborative Practice Training involves both process and skills training.  This course meets the Level 2 training requirement to practice within the Collaborative Family Law Association of Nova Scotia and is open to all lawyers, mental health and financial professionals interested in becoming a collaborative practitioner. If you have not yet taken an Introductory course in Collaborative Practice, consider attending the Introductory course scheduled for September 18 and 28 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Cost: $500 plus HST = $575

You can register and pay online, or send a cheque

To register, go to http://www.jacintagallant.ca/events.php

 

Event Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 01:00

Sooner or later, most litigators will advise and represent a client at mediation. Unfortunately, few litigators have ever received formal training in mediation advocacy. This, despite the fact, that inadequate preparation by counsel almost always guarantees a poor result. So what makes a good mediation advocate? This brand new webinar is designed to educate litigators about the unique preparation that mediation requires, and to provide practical instruction for how to competently and effectively represent a party in mediation.Using real-world examples from their 4,500 plus mediations, Brian Gibbard and Paul Taberner will share proven strategies and techniques to help you get the most out of mediation and maximize results for your client. Topics include what you should know about your own case and the other side’s case; settlement options to consider; who should attend the mediation; what to include in pre-mediation submissions; the offer-counteroffer process; what to disclose to the mediator and when to speak away from the mediator; how mediators break deadlocks; and, do’s and don’ts of confirming settlement terms.Being diligent and thorough in preparing for mediation, and knowing how to effectively participate in mediation, are essential to a successful outcome. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn these important skills.

 

Event Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Three methods for determining morality of an action
  • Two ways to judge lawyers
  • Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients
  • Morality and the duty of candour
  • Morality and the duty of competence
  • Morality and withdrawal
Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:30 to 14:00

Adjudication of Psychological Injuries at the Workers’ Compensation Board

Speakers: Madeleine Hearns, Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, and Kenneth LeBlanc, Workers’ Advisers Program

Speakers will discuss recent developments in law and policy with respect to the recognition and adjudication of psychological injury claims in the workplace.

 

Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Ways design and decor are relevant to the interviewing and counseling process.
  • Three major factors in design and decor for interviewing and counseling.
  • Personal office decorating considerations before interviewing and counseling.
  • Five seating arrangements.
  • Whether to meet in your office in your conference room.
  • How to deal with windows, doors, and seat heights.
  • What to do when clients bring children.
Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 18:00 to 23:00

See the Gala Dinner invitation for complete details.

Event Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Ways design and decor are relevant to the interviewing and counseling process.
  • Three major factors in design and decor for interviewing and counseling.
  • Personal office decorating considerations before interviewing and counseling.
  • Five seating arrangements.
  • Whether to meet in your office in your conference room.
  • How to deal with windows, doors, and seat heights.
  • What to do when clients bring children.
Event Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 01:00

Don’t miss this essential end-of-year wrap-up covering all the latest developments in legal technology and law practice management. Looking for ways to better safeguard confidential information? Passwords, hacking and encryption got you stressed out? Want to increase workplace productivity while reducing expenses? Noted legal tech expert Paul Unger has the answer! From today’s coolest legal websites and apps to cutting-edge gadgets and utilities, Paul will bring you the very best in technology to help you work smarter, faster, and more efficiently at home, in the office, and on the go. Topics include:

  • The best websites for law offices and legal departments;
  • Gadgets and utilities to help you communicate better with clients and improve service;
  • Smartphone tablet and cloud computing tips;
  • Ways you can securely share documents with clients and opposing counsel; and,
  • Dozens of other tips, tricks and trends every lawyer should know.

You’ll leave with loads of new practice management, electronics and website ideas you can immediately incorporate into your practice.

Live webinar with chat, includes 30 day replay. This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A.

Event Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 14:00

Topics covered:

  • Three methods for determining morality of an action
  • Two ways to judge lawyers
  • Eight examples of moral differences between lawyers and clients
  • Morality and the duty of candour
  • Morality and the duty of competence
  • Morality and withdrawal
Event Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (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.

Lawyers participating in this program MUST have a working knowledge of property law. The review materials provided are not meant to teach the principles of property law but to assist you in reviewing for the assessment.

Register

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