INFORUM

November 27, 2017 InForum Issue

Society news

Tilly PillayTilly Pillay QC, a long-time advocate for regulatory innovation and social justice in the province, is the new Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. The Society’s Council made the announcement today.

Ms. Pillay has spent nearly two decades in leadership roles with the Department of Justice, as a senior lawyer and as Executive Director of Legal Services. In 2015-16 she was Acting Deputy Minister. She began her career as a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid.

“Tilly Pillay is an excellent choice for this important role in our legal profession,” said Julia Cornish QC, President of the Barristers’ Society. “She has a thorough understanding of the issues driving the need for regulatory reform and access to justice for equity-seeking and disadvantaged groups. She will provide critical leadership as the Society builds on its strategic priorities.”

Ms. Pillay will begin her five-year term on February 1, 2018, succeeding Darrel Pink, who has served as Executive Director for 27 years. The appointment follows a nationwide search, conducted by Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette on behalf of the Society.

Ms. Pillay has significant experience with the Society. She served in various leadership and policy roles, including as President in 2014-15. She has national experience as a member of the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and from participating in many federal, provincial and territorial meetings.

Ms. Pillay completed her Bachelor of Laws at Dalhousie Law School in 1989 and she has been a member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1990. She speaks several languages, including French.

Ms. Pillay has served on the Board of Directors of Bryony House, as a volunteer with the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (now ISANS), and as a member of the Board of Directors with the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS).

The journey to Legal Services Regulation (LSR) has taken a major step with the November 17, 2017 approval by Council of several regulatory amendments to advance the Society’s initiatives. The result is a model of regulating legal services that is risk focused, proactive, principled and proportionate. Key components of the regime and the impacts on law firms are described below.

Law firm registration
Core to LSR is implementation of law firm or entity regulation. This reflects the changing nature of legal services provision and is marked by a shift in regulatory focus from individual lawyers to law firms, where appropriate. Most existing firms will only notice minor changes, as the primary regulatory focus will be on new practices and trust accounts.

The first significant shift relates to law firm registration. The Society will now maintain its records based on law firms and who in the firm provides legal services to clients. That will include lawyers, paralegals and legal support staff who have direct interaction with clients. This information will be captured through the Annual Firm Report. For new firms, provision of this information is the only implication of the registration process.

From January 1, 2018 onward, newly established law firms must register with the NSBS before they deliver legal services to the public. This will allow us to work with new practices to ensure they have an effective management system for ethical legal practice in place and appreciate the complexities of running a law firm and their regulatory obligations. A package of information about this process, including a prescribed registration form, is being prepared and will be available on our website in December. (See Opening a new practice for existing tools and resources, including a list of steps to opening a practice in Nova Scotia.)

Designated lawyers
The NSBS has had a regime in place for many years regarding designated lawyers from law firms, under regulation 7.2.1(a). This role was administrative and namely, it identified a lawyer who would receive NSBS correspondence on behalf of the firm.

The new regulations expand upon the responsibilities of the designated lawyer. Besides the communication role that has been in place, the designated lawyer will now be required to submit the Annual Firm Report, which includes the Trust Account Report. If the firm is asked to complete a self-assessment relating to its management system for ethical legal practice, described in more detail below, it is the designated lawyer’s responsibility to use reasonable efforts to ensure that the self-assessment is accurate and complete.

Annual Firm and Trust Account Reports
In late December or early January, firms in private practice will be asked to complete their Annual Firm and Trust Account Report Form (AFTAR). To minimize the number of times we seek information from firms, the two documents now constitute a single report.

The Annual Firm Report has been expanded slightly in order to prepare for the amendments to the Legal Profession Act that will allow more staff in law firms to deliver supervised legal services. It is for that reason we are asking for the names of support staff who assist or on their own deliver legal services to clients. The list of support staff will not need to be updated during the year, but the list of lawyers must be kept current. The AFTAR will be due on January 31, 2018.

Accountant’s Report waivers
Because the NSBS is using risk as a driving factor in its regulation, some firms that have had no problems or concerns arising from their trust account reports for several years may have the requirement for an accountant’s report on the TAR waived this year. We are piloting this initiative to determine if we can reduce the cost of compliance by law firms without increasing the risks borne by the NSBS. Because this is a new initiative, only a few firms will benefit from it in year one and will be notified in early January. All other firms will have to have their Accountant’s Report on trust accounts filed with the Society by March 31.

Operating a trust account
Another significant change under the new regulations is the requirement that lawyers and law firms obtain the permission of the Executive Director before operating a trust account. Permission will be granted upon the successful completion of an assessment and demonstration that the lawyer/firm has the infrastructure in place to safely and appropriately operate a trust account. In approving these changes, Council accepted as a principle that holding other people’s money in trust is a privilege and not a right for lawyers. The NSBS must ensure that lawyers/law firms have the requisite knowledge and infrastructure in place before they can exercise that privilege.

Self-assessment
Core to the new regulatory framework is the requirement that all firms have a management system for ethical legal practice in place. The NSBS has prescribed the elements of an appropriate management system – but not how those elements will be uniquely reflected in the systems or practices of a particular firm. The work the NSBS undertook earlier this year to test a self-assessment process demonstrated that most firms have many aspects of an appropriate management system in place. However, all firms can improve on how they address key management and ethical systems to minimize risk in their operations and improve client service.

Over a three-year period, we will invite firms to provide the NSBS with a self-assessment form. This will allow the firm, in whatever way it thinks is most appropriate, to review its management system and ethical guidelines to determine how they can be improved. The NSBS has compiled and will make available as part of this process significant resources to assist firms in effecting their identified improvements.

The list of firms required to submit a self-assessment in 2018 will be compiled by the end of February. Your designated lawyer will be advised if your firm is on that list and of the timing for submission. This process will allow us to work with you directly to ensure that completing the self-assessment tool is done so it is most appropriate for your circumstances.

The Society's website has more information about the elements that comprise a management system for ethical legal practice and about the recent pilot project.

If you have questions relating to Legal Services Regulation or self-assessment, please contact Jennifer Pink, Legal Services Support Manager, at (902) 422 1491 or jpink@nsbs.org.

Darrel I. Pink
Executive Director

 

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

Please submit comments and suggestions pertaining to these standards to info@lians.ca by January 5, 2018

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

  • David A. Grant, Dartmouth – November 22, 2017

Please note the following funeral details: Mr. Grant’s funeral will take place on Friday, December 1 at 1:00 pm at St. James Anglican Church, 60023 Highway 207, Seaforth, with a reception to follow in the basement of the church.  

  • Gerald “Gerry” Joseph Doucet QC, Halifax / Port Hawkesbury – November 23, 2017 Obituary

Please note: A wake for Mr. Doucet will be held in J.A. Snow's Funeral Home at 339 Lacewood Dr. on Tuesday, November 28 from 5-9 pm, with the funeral service on Wednesday, November 29 at 9:30 am, with a reception to follow in St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica. A memorial service will also be held in St. Joseph's Church in St. Joseph du Moine, Cape Breton on Friday, December 1, at 10:30 am. Visit J.A. Snow's website for further details. 

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This year marks 28 years since the tragic 1989 massacre of 14 women at École Polytechnique in Montreal.

Several commemorative events are planned for Wednesday, December 6:

  • The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women will mark the day with a Commemoration ceremony from 11:00 am to 12 noon in the Red Chamber, Province House, 1726 Hollis St., Halifax.
  • A “Not so Silent” Vigil will take place from 5:45 to 8:45 pm, starting by candlelight outside the front entrance of the Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen St., Halifax. The vigil will be followed by the warmth of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre at 2185 Gottingen St. for food, spoken word, music, action, sharing and inspiration. See the Facebook event page for more details.
  • Join Dalhousie Women in Engineering on Dec. 6 at 2:00 pm for a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the 1989 massacre, and to encourage action that ends gender-based violence and supports women in male-dominated fields like engineering. Open to the public, this event takes place in room B310, Sexton Campus, 1360 Barrington Street. It will include speakers conveying the modern-day relevance of this historical event, and will end with a candlelight vigil.      

Please let us know about other December 6 initiatives taking place throughout the province by emailing communications@nsbs.org, and we will add them to this notice.

Related resources:

  • YWCA Halifax continues working to end violence against women and girls through its December 6th Fund.   
  • Status of Women Canada provides a number of online resources for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence including December 6, available for educators and other organizations. The 16-day #MyActionsMatter campaign began on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and ends on International Human Rights Day on December 10.
  • For the 16 Days of Activism, LEAF Canada (the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund) is counting down 16 ways it has fought against gender-based violence.
  • See the United Nations Women website for more information on global activities around the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The UN Women’s theme this year is “In Focus: Leave No One Behind – End Violence against Women and Girls”.

Read more about these efforts, unite, speak out, take action and bring an end to gender-based violence.
 

 

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

Pillay to lead Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
The Lawyer's Daily | November 21, 2017 | By Carolyn Gruske

'A human request for justice:' Lawyer receives award for career dedicated to Mi'kmaq treaty rights
Bruce Wildsmith recognized for cases including landmark Donald Marshall Jr. decision
CBC News – Indigenous | Nov 21, 2017 | By Nic Meloney

Bruce Wildsmith award winning Indigenous lawyer: Fighting for treaty rights. Lawyer Bruce Wildsmith talks about the lessons he's learned during his long career in Indigenous law.
CBC Information Morning | November 21, 2017

Wildsmith honoured with distinguished service award
The Lawyer's Daily | November 24, 2017 | By Carolyn Gruske

KUDOS! Alumna Tilly Pillay (LLB '89) named new executive director of NSBS
Schulich School of Law - News | Nov. 20, 2017 | By Jane Doucet

KUDOS! Former law school professor Bruce Wildsmith receives NSBS 2017 Distinguished Service Award
Schulich School of Law - News | Nov. 17, 2017 | By Jane Doucet

Better call Joel
Medium.com | Nov. 20, 2017 | By Rob Csernyik

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • Lawyer Bruce Wildsmith Recognized By Peers (Nov. 20)
  • New Howe Hearings Unlikely: Darrel Pink (Nov. 20)
  • New Bar Society boss (Nov. 17) 
Council

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, November 17, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: http://nsbs.org/council-materials.

 

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Society’s offices at 9:00 am. 

Credentials

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

The following member has changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

Carolyn Rebecca Mouland

The following members have resigned: 

Meryn Allison Steeves
Trevor Alan John Wadden
Shannon Maria Williams

 

Professional development

AIR LAW

  • AVIATION LIABILITY LAW / Dempsey, Paul S — 2d ed. — Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2013. [KB 44 D389 2017]

BANKRUPTCY

  • THE 2017-2018 ANNOTATED BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY ACT / Houlden, Lloyd W; Morawetz, Geoffrey B; Sarra, Janis P — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2017. [KB 113 H838 2017(2)]

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

  • COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT ARBITRATION IN CANADA / Snyder, Ronald M; Palmer, Earl Edward — 6th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2017. [KB 60.L3 P174 2017]

CROMWELL, THOMAS A

  • IN FURTHERANCE OF JUSTICE : THE JUDICIAL LIFE OF THOMAS A CROMWELL / Aylward, Stephen; Hrick, Pam — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2017. [K 19.K65 A981 2017]

FAMILY LAW

  • CANADIAN FAMILY LAW / Payne, Julien D; Payne, Marilyn A — 7th ed. — Toronto: Irwin Law, 2017. [KB 135 P346 2017]

MEDICAL LAW

  • CANADIAN HEALTH LAW AND POLICY / Erdman, Joanna; Gruben, Vanessa; Nelson, Erin — 5th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2017. [KB 77 D751 2017]

PRACTICE OF LAW

  • THE NEW LAWYER : HOW CLIENTS ARE TRANSFORMING THE PRACTICE OF LAW / Macfarlane, Julie — 2d ed. — Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2017. [KB 252 M143 2017]

REMEDIES

  • THE PRINCIPLES OF EQUITABLE REMEDIES : SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE, INJUNCTIONS, RECTIFICATION AND EQUITABLE DAMAGES / Spry, I.C.F — 9th ed. — Sydney, Australia: Law Book Co. 2014. [KB 198 S772 2014]

RIGHT OF PRIVACY

  • PRIVACY PROTECTION AND COMMERCIAL EXPRESSION / Olofsson, Danielle — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2017. [KB 180 O52 2017]

TORTS

  • TORTS : A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED / Fridman, Gerald — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2017. [KB 180 F898G 2017]

 

Courts

Registration is now open for Media & the Law: Working Together to Improve Access & Public Trust. The Nova Scotia Courts are pleased to present this conference for journalists, judges, students and justice system professionals.

Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Pier 21, Halifax, N.S.

For information about the session topics and to register, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website:

http://www.courts.ns.ca/News_of_Courts/MediaConference.htm

This is an opportunity for an open and frank discussion of the important larger issues surrounding the working relationship between the media and the Canadian courts. Staff from the Executive Office will note any ideas arising from the discussions for consideration by the Nova Scotia Courts’ Media Liaison Committee. 

The Honourable Justice Margaret Stewart is retiring from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court after 32 years on the Bench: http://www.courts.ns.ca/News_of_Courts/JusticeStewartRetires.htm

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. 

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:

Retired Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Simon MacDonald has been named Vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Police Review Board.

Mr. MacDonald served as a Supreme Court justice for more than 30 years and brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Prior to becoming a judge, he practised law in Cape Breton and Ontario and held many positions within the legal community and as a community volunteer.

The vice-chair position has been vacant since former vice-chair Judith McPhee was appointed as police complaints commissioner in October 2016.

In Nova Scotia, civilian oversight of police conduct is shared by the Serious Incident Response Team, which investigates serious incidents that may result in criminal charges, and the Office of Police Complaints Commissioner which handles all other allegations of police misconduct.  

The Office of Police Complaints Commissioner receives and monitors public complaints of police misconduct against municipal police officers. Public complaints against the police are initially investigated by the police. The decision of the police agency can be reviewed by the police complaints commissioner and referred to the Police Review Board for a further hearing.

See the November 15 announcement

The first week of the Commission on Inclusive Education's public engagement has already seen more than 1,400 Nova Scotians have their say, both online and in person.

"We're delighted with the response so far," Sarah Shea, Chair of the commission, said in a Nov. 27 announcement. "It's important for us to hear the perspectives of parents, students and teachers. We are looking to Nova Scotians to tell us about the successes and the challenges with the existing model of inclusion, and especially to provide us with solutions for moving forward."

The public engagement continues until Dec. 15. Visit www.inclusiveedns.ca for complete details on how to share feedback. Nova Scotians can participate in the following ways:

  • fill in the online survey by Dec. 15;
  • share your story by preparing a short video, of two to three minutes or write your vision of a new model of inclusive education to help the commission understand what is working, what is not, and what is possible;
  • A multi-site francophone session, via videoconference, is planned for Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in partnership with Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. Details on how to participate will be posted on the commission's website.

Along with Ms. Shea, commission members Monica Williams and Adela Njie have visited schools from Yarmouth to Cape Breton, with more visits planned in the coming weeks.

"We have seen some really innovative programs where administrative staff and teachers are working together to support student success," said Ms. Williams. "However, we know this isn't everyone's experience, so we need to hear first voice stories, ideas and suggestions for making things better for our students."

"It's been very inspiring to see the innovations underway in our schools – and equally frustrating to know that some students are still not getting the support they need," added Ms. NJie. "Public engagement now and through to the submission of our final report will be crucial to achieving positive and meaningful change."

To: Mortgage industry stakeholders
From: Service Nova Scotia - Business and Consumer Services 
 
Please see this October 6 update from Adam Grant, Registrar of Mortgage Brokers, regarding the final consultation package on the regulations that are required to bring amendments to the Mortgage Regulation Act into force.
 
Note: The consultation deadline was extended to November 30, 2017. We look forward to your comments.
 

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/

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

  • Illegal Tobacco Seized in Halifax Regional Municipality (Nov. 20)

AUDITOR GENERAL--Nov. 22 Performance Audit Report Released (Nov. 22)

BUSINESS/INNOVACORP--Companies Selected for Ocean and Clean Technology Programs (Nov. 15)

COMMISSION ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATION--Consultations Begin (Nov. 20)

COMMUNITIES/CULTURE/HERITAGE--Nova Scotia Dedicates the Tree for Boston to First Responders (Nov. 17)

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT--Award Encourages Young Innovators (Nov. 22)

ENVIRONMENT

Appeal Decision Issued for Scotian Materials Quarry (Nov. 17)
Lafarge Files Application for Industrial Approval (Nov. 15) 

HEALTH/WELLNESS

Province Marks HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day (Nov. 24)
Response to Auditor General Report (Nov. 22) 

LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION--Province to Invest in Manufacturing Sector (Nov. 23)

NATURAL RESOURCES--Update on the Independent Review of Forest Practices (Nov. 23)

NOVA SCOTIA POLICE REVIEW BOARD--Retired Justice Appointed Vice-chair (Nov. 15)

PREMIER'S OFFICE
Plans to Relocate NSCC Marconi Campus Moving Ahead (Nov. 24)
Premier Travelling to Boston for Trade Talk and Tree Lighting (Nov. 23)

UTILITY/REVIEW BOARD--Full-time Board Member Vacancies (Nov. 21) 

Other news

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is pleased to announce that Sheila MacPherson of Yellowknife has been elected President for 2017-2018. Sheila is a partner with the firm of Lawson Lundell LLP and is responsible for the management of their Yellowknife office. She is a civil litigator with 30 years of litigation experience, and works extensively in both the Northwest Territories and in Nunavut. She also serves as the Law Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.

Ms. MacPherson joined the Federation Council as the nominee of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories in 2011. She was previously active in the Law Society, having served as President in 1997 and 2011. A graduate of Dalhousie Law School in 1987, she was admitted to the Law Society of the Northwest Territories in 1988 and to the Law Society of Nunavut in 1999. She is a life long northerner, having lived in both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

“I am honoured to lead the Federation” Ms. MacPherson said in the November 20 announcement. “I look forward to advancing our Strategic Plan including our efforts to update national rules to fight money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as responding to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as they relate to the legal profession.” She added, “It has been said that the most significant challenge facing Canadians today is reconciliation with our Indigenous population, and this is as true of the legal profession as in any other aspect of Canadian life.”

Another key priority, the Federation President says, is implementing recommendations arising from the Federation’s program review of the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). The NCA is responsible for assessing the credentials of foreign trained law graduates.

The Federation is the national coordinating body of Canada’s 14 law societies, which are mandated by provincial and territorial statutes to regulate the country’s 117,000 lawyers, Quebec’s 4,500 notaries and Ontario’s nearly 8,000 licensed paralegals in the public interest.

The Federation speaks out on issues critical to safeguarding the public’s right to an independent legal profession, the protection of solicitor-client privilege and other issues relating to the administration of justice and the rule of law.

For more information on the Federation, please visit our website at www.flsc.ca.

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission is pleased to share its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan: NSLAC 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.

This Plan, released on November 17, identifies client-focused priorities for improved and more accessible service as well as system-focused priorities to better support the work of Nova Scotia Legal Aid staff in serving Nova Scotians.

The Strategic Plan, as well as other publications, can be found on the NSLA website in Legal Aid Publications, under the About us tab.

HARM AND HARM REDUCTION IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: A Joint Conference of the Department of Criminology of Saint Mary’s University’s, the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association, and the National Committee of the Critical Perspectives Conference.

June 21 & 22, 2018
Saint Mary’s University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018

This conference will bring together critical scholars, and people working in criminal justice and social justice fields to exchange ideas and interrogate issues related to ‘harm’ and ‘harm reduction’ in relation to people, policies and practices in the criminal justice system.

This event joins the Critical Perspectives Conference on Criminology and Social Justice, held annually in Canada since 2011, with the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association’s annual learning event, held in Nova Scotia since 2005.

We invite submissions from critical scholars, students, practitioners, policy-makers, advocates/activists and others who study or work on issues of harm and harm reduction in criminal justice contexts.

Examples include presentations that speak to:

  • the criminalization of human behaviour;
  • social harm, (in)justice and crime;
  • critical perspectives on harm reduction; or
  • strategies for reducing harms in the criminal justice system.

We are receptive to submissions about research and scholarship in varying stages of development, as well as descriptions of programs and initiatives engaging with the conference theme. The conference will be held in both official languages; as such, we welcome submissions for presentations delivered in French or English.

In addition to individual and symposium presentations, the conference will feature keynote addresses and roundtable discussions from invited distinguished critical scholars and criminal/ social justice practitioners. Further details about the ‘Harm and Harm Reduction’ conference and registration will be communicated in early 2018.

For complete details, see the Call for Submissions on the Saint Mary’s University website, and also on the Canadian Criminal Justice Association website.

To submit an abstract, visit: https://smuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0rlzPAw4b1F1sW1

To ask a question, email: HarmConference2018@gmail.com.

In case this notice is of interest to any clients in Glace Bay or Sydney Mines …

Two new supportive, inclusive community spaces are available via the Ally Centre of Cape Breton for those experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, poverty, substance use, etc. One is located in Glace Bay in the Food Bank and the other at Community CARES in Sydney Mines. 

These spaces are a place to get in from the cold, have a chat and a cup of tea/coffee and snack, get harm reduction supplies, use a computer, and become linked to local resources and supports.

The Ally Center presents two new supportive spaces at the following locations:  

Glace Bay Food Bank
2 Hector Street, Glace Bay, NS
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 1:00 – 8:00 pm

Community Cares Youth Outreach (CCYO)
55 King St, Sydney Mines, NS
Hours: Sundays and Mondays, 1:00 to 8:00 pm  

To speak to one of our outreach workers for both spaces, call, text or email:

Services offered:

  • Harm reduction supplies and services (clean needles and gear, free condoms, Naloxone training, etc…)
  • Computers, internet, printer, fax available
  • Linkage to other services/agencies (Health, Housing, Legal, etc.)
  • We can help you find and apply for resources (financial, health, housing, etc…)

A Safe, Friendly and Inclusive Place for Everyone

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. 

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.

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.

Please contact her son, and Power of Attorney, Robyn Langille at robyn.langille@hotmail.com, or via phone at (902) 329-0099. Or, her lawyer Brennan LeJean, DCL Law, at blejean@dcllaw.org or via phone at (902) 404-3150.

Careers

Since 1999, Community Justice Society has been administering the Restorative Justice Program for the Department of Justice. The Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program works with youth (12-17 years old) and Adults (18 & over) providing an alternative avenue to the court system and to repair the harm caused by their actions.  

Their long-serving Executive Director is retiring and the board of directors is seeking a passionate individual to lead this widely-respected organization into the future. 

What qualities are needed as Executive Director?

Above all, you are known as an advocate and have a passion for the restorative justice process. You are an outstanding leader who can blend long-term, visionary thinking with the day-to-day running of a very busy organization. Personally, you are someone who has a strong commitment to social justice and have demonstrated that you truly care about others through your actions and work experience.

As the senior staff person in the organization reporting to the board of directors, you will have an understanding of governance in the not-for-profit sector. You will work closely with the Board in policy development, program planning, and strategic direction – keeping them fully apprised of all external and internal issues that could affect the organization.   

Preferably you have a degree in criminology or a background in law or law enforcement in addition to your experience running an organization that includes: operations, human resources, government relations, finance, community partnerships, communications, volunteer management and programming.   

You are comfortable in community outreach and advocacy roles. Here, you will build and maintain good working relationships with volunteers, staff, clients, law enforcement, government, funders, elected officials, media, and other community groups and agencies. 

And, finally, you are an exceptional leader of people. Someone who is consistent, calm and composed in stressful and confidential situations. You are also unbiased and you bring inclusivity and, most important, respect for the clients. 

Is this you? If so, please forward your resume and a letter explaining clearly how your background and experience will meet the needs of Community Justice Society. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at apply@geraldwalsh.com, quoting project number 1729 in the subject line. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. 

Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Age:31. Master of Laws (commercial) and Bachelor of Commerce in Economics. Permanent resident living in Alberta. My wife's company is relocating us to Halifax.

Seeking a legal position in Halifax or Dartmouth. Please contact me at darrenglossop@msn.com for my full resumé.

The QEII Foundation team has a passion for health care and for making a difference through philanthropy. Our vision of transformed health, transformed lives inspires us each and every day to advance health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre - the largest and leading academic health centre in Atlantic Canada, providing the most advanced specialized care to those who need it most. We are currently seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to join the team as Manager, Compliance, Legal and Risk Management.

Reporting to the VP, Administration & CFO the Manager, Compliance, Legal and Risk Management is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive risk management framework and policies to ensure the Foundation identifies, assesses and evaluates its risks. As a fully accredited organization by Imagine Canada, she/he is responsible for monitoring and reporting our compliance with the Imagine Canada standards. A key role for the Manager is providing sound risk management counsel to the volunteer Executive and Board of Trustees.

The Manager, Compliance, Legal and Risk Management may be asked to draft or review key agreements related to operations, gifts, endowments, probate and estate transactions, real estate and other significant financial transactions, employment contracts and other human resources matters. She/he must be a talented researcher who keeps up to date on statutes, regulations, case law, and privacy issues that could relate to the Foundation.

The role requires a high level of professional motivation, sound ethical practices, and ability to manage multiple priorities, excellent oral and written communications skills, solid computer skills and can thrive in a collaborative environment. She/he will have the ability to build and sustain credible relations with internal and external partners and stakeholders. As the successful candidate, you will have post secondary education in business, accounting or law with 5+ years of professional experience. The ideal candidate possesses a professional accounting designation or an acceptable combination of training and experience.

Substantial experience and exposure to risk management, accounting, internal controls, quality assurance, contract management, and human resources is required. Previous work experience with a fundraising or non profit organization will be considered an asset. If you demonstrate the above attributes and are interested in exploring this career opportunity to make a meaningful difference, we’d like to hear from you.

Please forward a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Keeping, manager of administration at Jennifer.keeping@qe2foundation.ca.

Application deadline is December 1, 2017 at 3pm.

The QEII Foundation offers a highly collaborative and supportive atmosphere, the opportunity for professional growth and development, and a competitive benefits package. The QEII Foundation is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.

McInnes Cooper is among the 20 largest business law firms in Canada. We serve clients across North America and abroad from six offices in Halifax, St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John and Charlottetown. With 200 lawyers and over 300 professional resources, we are positioned to offer clients a range of legal and business services. We provide services to industry-leading clients in every major sector and with experience in all jurisdictions.

McInnes Cooper is currently seeking a talented lawyer with one to three years of experience in labour and / or employment law to join its thriving labour and employment practice group in Halifax. The successful candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to client service, have strong analytical, interpersonal, leadership and communication skills, and must possess a strong drive to succeed. This opportunity offers exposure to a wide variety of interesting and sophisticated matters, along with work / life balance in a beautiful, vibrant and family-friendly city.

At McInnes Cooper you will find a team that values you. We recognize that our members are key in delivering outstanding client service and we provide a collaborative, professional environment with a member focused culture. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that values, respects and supports different perspectives, cultures and experiences. We offer a highly competitive compensation package and benefits plan.

TO APPLY

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply here by Wednesday, December 6th, 2017.

 

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.

Applications may be made in confidence to: Donn Fraser dfraser@macmacmac.ns.ca

Bacchus & Associates Law Firm

We are currently seeking a Paralegal/Legal Assistant to join our team.  The successful can candidate should have successfully completed a recognized course or have previous experience in a law firm environment together with the interpersonal skills required to work in a busy environment. 

Full time employment (35 hours per week)

Duties and responsibilites:

1. Checking legal forms and documents for accuracy;
2. Preparing reports, correspondence, etc.;
3. Preparation of correspondence, memos, emails and legal documents;
4. Filing and organization of files;
5. Maintaining lawyer schedules and agenda; and
6. Review and prioritize incoming mail, coordinate faxes and draft routine correspondence for lawyer review.

Qualifications and experience:

1. Ability to work independently in a busy environment;
2. Superior verbal and written communication skills;
3. Proficiency in computer use and document preparation;
4. Strong attention to detail; and
5. Good work ethic.

Other requirements:

  • Must be a problem solver and have the ability to handle multiple deadlines;
  • Must be able to work under pressure and adapt quickly and efficiently to changing workloads and demands; and
  • Outstanding communication abilities and excellent Microsoft Word Skills.

Interested candidates should attach their cover letter and resume to our office manager, Tina Walker at twalker@bacchuslaw.ca

Hello my name is Taylor Chiasson, I am a recent graduate and looking for employment as soon as possible. I live in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia looking for a job in the local area. If you happen to be looking for an employee please contact me at 1 902 578 5694

Position Summary: NavLegal Notaries is looking for lawyers in multiple locations in Nova Scotia who are currently working out of an office or home office to provide notary services to our clients in their respective areas during any hours they would like to make available. Our company works with lawyers across Canada, and currently provides notary services at over 37 locations nationwide.

Position Details: The position opening is for new and currently practising lawyers who are working out of an office or home office to provide notary and commissioner for oaths services to our clients in Nova Scotia. Lawyers who provide notary services to our clients are free to promote their own legal services to our clients when they are attending your office. Providing notary services to our clients is a great way for a lawyer or firm with an existing practice to supplement their income and find new prospective clients in their communities. New lawyers who are starting off would also find this opportunity to be an invaluable means of finding new clients, gaining greater exposure to the client community, and earning a supplemental income.

Objectives: Providing notary and commissioner for oaths services for clients in a professional manner.

Location: Openings are available for multiple locations:

  • Halifax
  • Cape Breton (Sydney) 

The qualified candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Strong communication abilities.
  • An office or home office to work out of (if you do not have an office or home office available, please inform us, a mobile notary position may be available).
  • Prior experience providing notary services is an asset. 

Wickwire Holm is an established law firm located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. With sixteen lawyers assisted by a strong team of support staff, our firm strikes the balance between the opportunities provided by a large organization and the personal touch of a small firm. Our clients, who range from large multinationals to local startups, rely on us to provide timely and practical advice. We are known for being active in the local community and we place significant value on giving back.

We have an immediate opening in Halifax for an Associate experienced in the areas of Corporate/Commercial and Real Estate. The successful candidate will be expected to manage files independently with minimal supervision.

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years’ minimum post-call experience in the areas of Corporate/Commercial and Real Estate;
  • Must be a member in good standing of a provincial bar and eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society;
  • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Proven track record of building client relationships and managing files independently;
  • Ability to work in a fast paced legal environment.

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to Trish Wilkinson at twilkinson@wickwireholm.com

Competition Number UARB-03-2017

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (Board) is an independent quasi-judicial body having both regulatory and adjudicative jurisdiction flowing from the Utility and Review Board Act and various other statutes.  More information about the Board and its mandates can be found at: nsuarb.novascotia.ca.

The Board is currently seeking applications for two (2) full-time Member position as follows:

  • One Member possessing a professional accounting designation (e.g., CPA – CA, CGA, or CMA) or equivalent.
  • One Member with no specific designation. While not required, candidates with a professional designation or equivalent would be preferred (e.g., LL.B., P.Eng., CPA, etc.).

As a full-time Member of the Board, you must have the ability to chair and/or participate as a panel member in public hearings, often involving sensitive and controversial matters, ensuring that fairness, good judgment and independent decision making is applied.  You are a professional with, senior leadership skills, demonstrated commitment to diversity and employment equity, excellent decision making skills, excellent verbal and writing skills, and possessing at least five years’ post qualification experience.  If you are a member of a recognized profession you must be in good standing with your professional association.  These positions are located in Halifax and will require travel throughout the Province.

The appointment process will be transparent and merit-based. Information on the appointment process is contained in the Guidelines to Ensure Appointments Based on Merit.  

Government is committed to ensuring that members of the Board are reflective of the diversity of our Province in terms of Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible People, Persons with Disabilities and Women in positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or on your resume.

Comme institution publique désignée en vertu de la Loi sur les services en français, la Commission des services publics et de révision encourage les membres de la communauté acadienne et francophone à soumettre leur candidature.

As a designated public institution under the French-language Services Regulations, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board encourages members of the Acadian and francophone community to consider applying for these positions.

An appointment to the Board is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Starting salary: $146,875. In addition, the Board offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Application requirements: To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs.novascotia.ca. Your cover letter should also include answers to the following three questions (limit of 300 words per answer):

  1. How has your experience provided you with insight into the variety and diversity of Canadians and their unique perspectives?
  2. Who is the audience for the decisions rendered by the Board?
  3. Give an account of any community activities in which you have been involved outside of those associated with your profession and how this enhances your suitability for a Board Member appointment?

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Chief Executive Officer Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) works with newcomers to Nova Scotia to help them build a future in our province. With a budget of $15 million and almost 200 staff members from 46 countries, ISANS provides a range of services to immigrants including settlement, language training, employment assistance, business and family counselling, and child care. Almost 5,000 individuals were served by ISANS over the past year.  ISANS is a respected and influential champion in advancing the Nova Scotia immigration agenda.   

The incumbent is retiring in 2018 and on behalf of the Board of Directors, we are seeking a highly-respected individual to lead the organization as its new CEO. 

What qualities are required as Chief Executive Officer?  You will be leading one of the most important, not-for-profit organizations in Canada. As such, you must have vision, presence, cultural sensitivity, business savvy, and a global perspective – all of which will be deployed to benefit the thousands of newcomers to Nova Scotia who will benefit from ISANS’ impressive reach and services. 

You are very comfortable in highly-visible advocacy roles as you will serve as the face of the organization with its many diverse stakeholders including clients, funding partners, employers, community groups, government, and media. 

Operationally, you have well-developed skills in human resources, financial management, operations, program delivery, policy development, communication, and strategic planning.  

You have proven experience working collaboratively with a highly capable and committed Board of Directors, and you bring a thorough understanding of governance matters.  

Finally, you are an extraordinary leader of people. This is so important because the cherished work of ISANS depends on the significant contributions of the many outstanding staff and volunteers who serve our community so diligently. 

The leader of this organization must be a special person – one who has all the above qualities and does it with compassion, drive, and humility. If this describes you, please forward your resume and a thoughtful letter explaining how your accomplishments and experience will meet the needs of ISANS in the coming years. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at apply@geraldwalsh.com, quoting project number 1741 in the subject line.  

A full position description is available upon request.

Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia is a vibrant, stakeholder driven Board comprised of members who represent Nova Scotia employers and employees. Created by statute and operating at arm’s length from government, the Board is accountable to establish the vision and policy direction for the Workers’ Compensation system within Nova Scotia. The organization exercises stewardship over assets in excess of one billion dollars and, in partnership with other agencies, develops a coordinated strategy for the workplace safety and insurance system.

The Deputy Chair, appointed by the Governor in Council, exercises the powers and the duties of the Chair during an absence or vacancy in the office of the Chair. It is essential not only for the Deputy Chair to be well versed with the ongoing work of the Board, but also to have experience in the field of insurance, health, safety or workers’ compensation.

As the ideal candidate, you should have a demonstrated ability to understand and take a balanced approach on differing perspectives between employer and employees, have previous experience in executive and senior leadership roles in complex environments with diverse stakeholders. With a strong sense of social responsibility, you are seeking to contribute further to Nova Scotians by your willingness to accept the challenge of this critical role. You bring exceptional relationship building and communication skills, significant experience and exposure to insurance, health, safety and workers’ compensation issues, and an excellent understanding of both risk management and the impact of government regulation and legislation on workplace safety and health. You have a solid knowledge of good governance principles and possess the credibility and leadership capacity to ensure accountable decision-making.

If this exciting part-time opportunity to serve meets with your personal and career aspirations, please submit your application at: novascotia.ca/apps/abc/CurrentOpportunities.aspx

Closing Date: December 8, 2017

If you would like more information, please contact the Department of Labour and Advanced Education’s Appointments Coordinator, Shawn Mosher, at 902-424-6654.

The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of an equity group, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application, covering letter or résumé.

Upcoming Events
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: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 16:30 to 18:00

RSVP for the 7th annual Mentorship Program ‘Wine and Cheese’ event. 

LIANS graciously welcomes The Honourable Justice Ronda van der Hoek, Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts, as our keynote speaker.

This event is open to all lawyers. If you are a participant in the program, use the occasion to meet others and share your experience. If you are interested in becoming involved, this is a great opportunity to mingle with your colleagues and learn more about the program. 

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
4:30 – 6 pm
(refreshments provided)

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society - Borden Room
Cogswell Tower
800–2000 Barrington Street
Halifax NS  B3J 3K1

RSVP by Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 to Cynthia Nield at 902 423 1300 x346 or cnield@lians.ca

 

Event Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:30

Women’s Forum Section Holiday Social: Board Game Extravaganza

Come and join us for an evening of celebration and networking through board games! Light refreshments will be available and a selection of more than 500 games.

Event Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 01:00

Estate planning seems relatively straightforward - a client asks for a will and you draw it up. You do what the client asks, and the client is happy, so all is well, right? Not exactly. Estate planning is complicated - it involves understanding estate and gift tax laws, income tax laws, probate procedure, financial planning, and long-term care planning. It also requires a tremendous amount of research, fact-finding and listening. Lawyers who dabble in will drafting, and even experienced estate planning practitioners who fail to have frank discussions with clients, can cause serious errors and invite negligence claims. Attend this program and learn how you can avoid costly mistakes for your clients, and for you. Experienced estates lawyer Lynne Butler draws on personal and vicarious experiences to identify common estate planning blunders (and their consequences), and how to avoid these mistakes in your own practice. Topics include joint bank accounts, leaving the cabin to the kids, choice of executor, and much more. Each “do not do” is followed by alternative strategies that can lead to vastly different results. Delivering practical and helpful information about a serious topic in a light tone, this presentation will make having difficult conversations with clients about assets, relationships and goals a little easier, and expose hidden pitfalls that can trip up even experienced estates practitioners. The principles and concepts taught will apply equally across the country.

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, February 8, 2018 - 01:00

With recreational marijuana use scheduled to be legalized in July 2018, many employers and employees are feeling a little dazed and confused about what the new place of cannabis, and changing employee expectations, will mean for the workplace. Can employers continue to expect that employees will show up sober and ready to work? Will employees be allowed to smoke, vape or consume edibles at work? What about in the parking lot, or during breaks? What if the employee is a truck driver, or a teacher? Under what situations can employees be terminated? When, where, why, how and what can employers test for? What impact will legalization have on employers’ existing duties to accommodate medical marijuana users, and also provide a safe workplace? Which company policies should be updated and how? Clear the smoke! Attend this program and hear from experienced employment lawyer Shelley Brown what he is advising clients, and why. You’ll learn about the US experience, relevant Canadian cases, and more!

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, February 15, 2018 - 01:00

Differences in how men and women communicate, and how people across cultures communicate, can have a powerful influence on a lawyer’s professional and personal life. No single prototype applies to all members of a specific culture or gender, however there are proven, observable traits that tend to be more common in one gender than another, and that are recurring causes of misunderstanding between cultures. In workplaces, these differences can affect judgments of competence and confidence, levels of trust, who gets credit (or blame), and what gets done. In courtrooms and boardrooms, the same differences can inadvertently prevent you from obtaining buy-in on proposals, or working effectively with clients, other parties, opposing counsel, and judges and court staff. But it doesn’t have to be that way!Invest 90 short minutes with lawyer and acclaimed conflict resolution expert Nina Meierding and learn practical, customizable strategies to communicate more effectively. Drawing on current gender and culture research, and her own experience in conducting over 4,000 mediations, Nina will share her top five reasons for miscommunication, and strategies for how you can overcome them in your practice and in your personal life. You’ll leave with specific skills to avoid future misunderstandings, and fresh, new ideas for improving your own personal communication style.

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: 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: 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: 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 - 18:00 to 23:00

See the Gala Dinner invitation for complete details.

Event Date: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30

Addressing Chronic Illness in Prison: Law, Policy and Reality
Adelina Iftene
Schulich School of Law, 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: 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: 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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