January 04, 2018 InForum Issue

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Society news

As the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society continues to implement Legal Services Regulation, all areas of operation are being reviewed for updates and improvements – including member communications. Read More

When lawyers are newly admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar, they must meet a number of regulatory requirements and make certain practice arrangements.  Read More

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: Looking to 2018: Jordan Furlong gives us his predictions on the legal market (video content) CBA National | December 21, 2017| BY YVES FAGUY 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 gives notice that pursuant to Section 37(1) and (2) of the Legal Profession Act, Stephanie Adele England, formerly of Chester, is suspended from practice effective December 18, 2017 until further notice.  Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Zeina El-Khoury William Daniel Jay Matheson The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks:  Read More
Professional development

ACTIONS AND DEFENCES ANNUAL REVIEW OF CIVIL LITIGATION 2017 / Archibald, Todd L — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2017. [KB 190 A673 2017] AIR LAW PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL AIR LAW / Dempsey, Paul S — 2d ed. — Montreal: William S. Hein & Co. 2017. [KB 44 D389P 2017] BANKRUPTCY Read More
Tips from LIANS

In 2017, a firm in British Columbia last year fell victim to one of the bank transfer-type scams that we’ve reported on in recent years, suffering a six-figure debit to their trust account. Numerous Nova Scotia lawyers and/or their staff have received the same type of “spoofing” email scam attempt (emails that falsely appear to be sent from an individual’s email account). 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

Thursday, January 4, 2018 – Members of the Nova Scotia Bar are advised there is a new Prothonotary for the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax, effective immediately. Read More

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) has published a list of hints and tips to assist counsel and self-represented individuals with matters before that Court:  Read More

Starting Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, the cell block and consultation rooms on the basement level of the Halifax Law Courts will be closed for approximately three months.    Read More

OTTAWA, December 19, 2017 - The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, has announced that Kathleen Marie Ring, General Counsel with the Department of Justice Canada, is appointed a prothonotary of the Federal Court. She replaces Mr. Justice R.R. Read More

Regulations for the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act were approved by Governor-in-Council on Dec. 14, in preparation for the act coming into force Dec. 28. Read More

Dr. Matt Bowes, Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Examiner, has recommended an inquiry into the deaths of Lionel Desmond and his family under the Fatality Investigations Act. Read More

A report released December 15 provides 10 recommendations to help prevent sexual violence on Nova Scotia university campuses. The report, Changing the Culture of Acceptance, was developed by the Sexual Violence Prevention Committee. Read More

Atlantic Premiers are working together to grow the economy, create jobs, enhance oceans opportunities and modernize and harmonize regulations. Read More

The Nova Scotia Legislature has a new, more accessible website: The aim of the renewed website, launched Dec. 13, is to improve and expand access to information about the legislature and the work of members of the legislative assembly. Read More
Other news

Visit the news page of the Federation’s website at for these recent announcements: 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

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

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

Kim & Lake Law is a law office scheduled to open in Halifax for February 1, 2018, with a focus on immigration, corporate/commercial, and real estate. Read More

I am an internationally trained lawyer who was admitted into the Nigerian Bar Association in 2013. I am a 2016 Master of Laws graduate from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. I am a permanent resident living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Read More

Req ID: 8911 Location: Provincial Zone, Centennial Building - QE11 Company: NSHA Department: 3002859 Legal Services Type of Employment: Regular Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 Position Union Status: Non-Union Posting Closing Date: 10-Jan-2018 Applications are accepted until 11:59PM on the Closing Date. Read More

Privacy Coordinator, Legal Services Location:  IWK Health Centre Department/Program: Legal Services, Executive Leadership Type of Employment: Regular Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s) Union Status: Non-Union, Management/Non Union Bargaining Unit Read More

Pink Larkin is a well-established, progressive law firm with offices in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.    Read More

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. Those interested in applying for the position of law clerk with the Court of Appeal should submit their applications no later than March 9, 2018.     Place of work  Read More

I recently completed the Legal Administrative Specialist Program at Eastern College. Along with my recent education, I have over 20 years of Executive/Administrative experience in various industries. For a copy of my CV, please contact me at: Email: Cell: 902 210 2574  Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is seeking applications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The Society’s current member, Tilly Pillay QC, will become the new Executive Director of NSBS in January 2017. Read More

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: 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: 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: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:00
Planning for US Beneficiaries of Canadian Estates and Trusts Speaker: Sarah Dykema, McInnes Cooper  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: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00
Easements Speaker: Garth Gordon, QC, Retired 2 Onsite Locations: Patterson Law, Halifax & Truro.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 17:00
Tour of the Legislature and "Introduction to the House of Assembly and the Legislative Process”, followed by off-site social Speakers: Neil Ferguson, Chief Clerk, House of Assembly, Annette Boucher, QC, Legislative Counsel and Assistant Clerk, and Nicole Arsenault, Assistant Clerk Tour:   5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:00
Registration, When is it Triggered? Things to Consider and Cases from the Perspective of the NSSC and Counsel for Registrants Speakers: Brian Murphy, Nova Scotia Securities Commission and Brian Awad, McInnes Cooper  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 12:00
Introduction of the new Adult Capacity and Decision Making Act Speakers: Adriana Meloni, Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Tina Hall, Nova Scotia Department of Justice  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 12:00
Lunch, Labour, and Learn: Insights from the National CBA Labour and Employment Conference Speaker: Gail Gatchalian, Pink Larkin    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: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00
Day of the Endangered Lawyer – International Experiences and Opportunities Speakers: Danny Graham, QC, McInnes Cooper, Shanisha Grant, Supporting Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa [SAJCEA] Project, and Christine Hanson, NS Human Rights Commission 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: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:00
Practice and Procedure Before the Utility and Review Board Speaker: Nancy Rubin, QC, Stewart McKelvey  Read More
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? Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 12:00
A Matter of Survival: Health Rights from the Bottom UpPascale Allotey United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (Seminar cosponsored with the McBain Chair in Health Law and Policy) A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312. No registration or fee required. ​ Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00
Fostering an Effective Relationship with the Medical ExpertAmy Ornstein Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312. No registration or fee required.  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: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 09:00
Criminal Law Conference "The Nuts and Bolts of Bail" Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room For details, check out our brochure at: Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 (All day)
Registration is open for  Read More
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