December 12, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

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

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Supreme Court of Canada hears appeals in TWU CBA National | November 30, 2017 | BY MARIANE GRAVELLE Read More

The ​Legal Services Regulation Update is an electronic newsletter with information and progress reports on the Society’s transforming regulation initiative. Featured contents include innovation profiles, news and web resources, Council and operational updates and more. Read More
Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society hereby gives notice that David A. Grant of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia passed away on November 22, 2017.     Any inquiries from clients of Mr. Grant or members of the public concerning client files or matters should be directed to the Custodian appointed by the Barristers’ Society:    Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following former member received a judicial appointments on November 29, 2017: The Honourable Mr. Justice Paul Favel is now a judge of the Federal Court, effective Dec. 11, 2017. Read More
Access to Justice

See the December 2017 newsletter from the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice for updates on the Cost of Justice research project, including the following new reports: Read More
Tips from LIANS

Preparing to shut down your office during the holidays can be easy and stress free if you remember to follow this simple checklist: Read More

A Nova Scotia firm recently experienced a loss after falling victim to a large construction equipment scam. This particular scam attempt was one that we reported on in June 2017, and the original email appeared something to this effect: Read More

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

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Provincial Court have approved the use of a common Designation of Counsel form. Find out more in this Notice to the Profession dated November 29, 2017 on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.   Read More

November 29, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada   Read More

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. Read More

Small businesses in Nova Scotia will be able to provide greater accessibility and grow their operations as part of government's commitment to an inclusive province for all Nova Scotians. Read More

Following consultation with Nova Scotians, health experts, law enforcement officials, municipalities, and other stakeholder groups, the province announced key decisions about the legalization of cannabis on Thursday, December 7. These decisions follow the federal government's decision to legalize recreational cannabis by July 2018. The key policy decisions on cannabis are: Read More

Recipients of the 2017 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards were honoured at a ceremony Dec. 8 at Citadel High School in Halifax. Each year, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission recognizes Nova Scotians nominated by their peers for work in the field of human rights, social justice and advocacy. Read More

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

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:    Read More
Other news

Stacey Gerrard has been appointed a Crown attorney in Halifax. "I am pleased to have a lawyer of Ms. Gerrard's varied experience join our team of Crown attorneys," Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, said in his November 29 announcement. "She will be an asset to the Public Prosecution Service." Read More

BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to welcome Peter Stanhope to the firm as Counsel. Peter joins our growing Business Law team. He will be practising primarily in Commercial Real Estate and Development, Business, Franchise, and Environmental Law. Read More

We are attempting to locate the will of Margaret MacSween of Halifax. We act on behalf of her court-appointed Guardian, Louise Boudreau, in this respect. If anyone has information about the existence or location of this will, please contact:   Read More

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 Read More

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.  Read More

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

Position Contract Staff Lawyer position in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia practicing criminal law. Read More

Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny Duggan LLP is seeking a family law paralegal to commence work January 15, 2018. The successful candidate will possess the ability to work both independently and within a team setting, superior written and verbal communications skills, attention to detail and proficiency in commuter work and document preparation. Read More

Hello, I’m a versatile L.L.B graduate seeking an opportunity to complete my articles in 2018. I performed very well in my courses and did exceptionally well in mooting. I’m currently interning at a private litigation firm gaining experience.  Please contact for CV and references. Thanks  Read More

Are you able to maintain a strong customer focused approach during negotiations with internal and external sources? Are you looking for a financially strong company? Is it important for you to work for an organization that supports personal well-being and balance? Read More

My name is Vickie and I am a graduate of a two-year Legal Office Assistant program from Center of Distance Education. I graduated on Presidental List. I have several years of administration experience. I have no bad habits and am always willing to learn. I am dependable, honest, hardworking and dedicated to getting the job done. Read More

Quackenbush Thomson Law is an established small firm centrally located in Halifax. For over 30 years the firm has been offering a broad range of legal services to a dedicated client base of both individuals and businesses alike.  Read More

Aviva Insurance Company of Canada has an immediate opening for an experienced legal assistant to support its in house lawyer.  This position is to fill in for an illness leave.  We are looking for an individual with at least 2 years' experience in litigation, preferably insurance work.  As the ideal candidate, you are familiar with drafting court documents, and dicta typing and are capable of w Read More

Seeking an experienced candidate for a one-year contract position located in HRM.  Job description available upon request. Ideal Abilities and Skills Read More

Casey Rodgers Chishom Penny Duggan LLP has an opening for an associate. This position will appeal to a lawyer looking to grow her or his practice in a relaxed environment which offer a commitment to balance between work and home life, commitment to the community and a sense of team work. Read More

over 20 years experience as a legal assistant proficient in PC Law, MS Office 365, including Word, Outlook, Excel and document management quick and astute with the ability to learn new areas of law and technology appointed a Commissioner of Oaths of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia  Read More

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. Read More

We are a busy law firm in Dartmouth currently seeking an outstanding individual for a full time position as a receptionist/accounting assistant. Applicant must have experience working in an office setting, preferably in a law firm. The ability to multi-task, prioritize and organize is crucial to this position. Read More

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WORKERS ADVISOR WORKFORCE AND ADVANCED LEARNING LOCATION Sherwood Business Centre, Charlottetown FULL-TIME TEMPORARY POSITION (Commencing January 2018 for approximately 1 year) Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you a lawyer or law student in the Halifax area looking to give back to the community and help improve access to justice? Consider volunteering your time at the Free Legal Clinic this winter.  Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:30
Adjudication of Psychological Injuries at the Workers’ Compensation Board Speakers: Madeleine Hearns, Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, and Kenneth LeBlanc, Workers’ Advisers Program Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 18:00
See the Gala Dinner invitation for complete details.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:00
Addressing Chronic Illness in Prison: Law, Policy and RealityAdelina Iftene Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312. No registration or fee required.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 17, 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. Read More
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. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 16:00
Come and join us for an evening of celebration and networking. Deadline for registering - December 11th.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:00
How to…Incorporate a Business Speaker: Sadira Jan, Stewart McKelvey Onsite at 2 locations connected by video conference, Patterson Law Halifax and Truro.   Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:00
The Perils of Procurement: When the Low Bidder Tells You They are Non-Compliant Speaker: Dennis James, QC, Patterson Law  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:30
The Board of Directors of Canadian Defence Lawyers invites you to a luncheon honouring our 2017 Lee Samis Award recipient, Clarence A. Beckett QC on January 24, 2018. The event will also include presentations by notable Nova Scotia Judges, Justice Jamie W.S. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (All day)
Hear directly from esteemed judges and accomplished lawyers from diverse practice backgrounds about success in leadership, career development, and advocacy skills. Connect with colleagues, share advice and learn from other's experiences. Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Justice Suzanne Côté, Supreme Court of Canada.   Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (All day)
Whether in the courtroom, boardroom or office,negotiating well for your client goes hand in hand with being a good litigator. Experienced counsel give candid advice on strategies and tactics that work. This program teaches the skills of negotiation planning andhow to ensure you leave a negotiation with the best deal possible for your client. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 11, 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. Read More
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