INFORUM

February 22, 2018 InForum Issue

Society news

Carrie Ricker

The Nova Scotia Barristers Society has announced upon closing of nominations that Halifax lawyer Carrie E. Ricker has been acclaimed as Second Vice-President for the 2018-2019 Council year. 

A member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 2001, Carrie has volunteered for the past several years on the Society’s Legal Services Regulation Solo & Small Firm Working Group.

“Carrie is very familiar with the Society’s work in regulatory reform,” President Julia Cornish QC said on January 19, after the Governance and Nominating Committee announced its nomination for the position to Council. “Her legal practice has covered a broad range over the past 18 years and has greatly benefited the Working Group’s progress. Her experience with strategic direction, risk management and engagement will also be an asset as Council advances Legal Services Regulation.”

Currently a sole practitioner, Carrie also brings insight from her years as an associate in a large firm, a partner in a small firm and as senior in-house counsel. She provides strategic direction, risk management and legal advice to corporate, public sector and individual clients in relation to areas including health law, employment law, business law, privacy and confidentiality, and intellectual property law. 

After commencing her career as a litigation associate with Stewart McKelvey, Carrie then spent nearly a decade as Senior Legal Counsel to the Capital District Health Authority, Atlantic Canada’s largest health authority. Prior to her sole practice, she was a partner with Carpenters Ricker. She has also served as an Instructor with the Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry.

Carrie received her undergraduate arts degree at St. Thomas University and law degree at the University of New Brunswick. She is also a member of the Bar in Prince Edward Island. She has appeared before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia; the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal; the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island; and numerous boards and tribunals including the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Board, the Criminal Code Review Board and the Psychiatric Facilities Review Board.

An active member of the legal and local communities, Carrie has served as a National Council voting member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) for Nova Scotia and as an executive member of the Nova Scotia branch the CBA. She received the CBA Nova Scotia Zoe Odei Young Lawyers Award. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Shakespeare By The Sea and also volunteers with the Nova Scotia Artists' Legal Information Society. She has served as a mentor with the Society as well as the Dalhousie Association of Women and the Law. 

Carrie will assume the post of Second Vice-President and its responsibilities after the Society’s Annual Meeting on June 16. Frank E. DeMont QC of DeMont Law in New Glasgow will serve as President, with Halifax’s John Bodurtha of the Department of Justice Canada as First Vice-President.

The Criminal Law Standards Committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is seeking input from the membership on the introduction of the following new Standard:

Please submit comments and suggestions pertaining to these standards to info@lians.ca by February 23, 2018.

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

  • The Honourable Roy Edward (Bud) Kimball, Retired Judge of the Nova Scotia Provincial Court, Petite Riviere – January 30, 2018​ 
    Obituary and ​Courts of Nova Scotia notice
     
  • Russell W. Cushing, Dayton, Yarmouth County – January 24, 2018 Obituary

John Lauchlin MacKinnon

John (a.k.a. Jackie) MacKinnon had a fascinating fulfilling life, an early retirement, a wonderful wife Frances (Campbell) who predeceased him in 2012, two grandchildren, Calgarians Claire and Zack, brothers Donald (of Dartmouth) and Sandy (of Yarmouth) and sister Heather (of Colorado), who visited him in the West Coast in 2012, two daughters, Susan and Diane, and a bevy of Campbell in-laws complements of Fran and her 15 siblings. He was also pre-deceased by a string of SPCA dogs or SPCA wannabes.

He attended Saint Mary’s University where he was awarded the 1951 Journal Poll as “most liked student". John practised law in Halifax with Hart, Cox, Donahoe, Palmeter, Rogers & MacKinnon after graduation from Dalhousie Law School in 1954. He left Nova Scotia for Ontario in 1958 – likely the exodus to Ontario was to reunite Fran with some of her siblings who had moved to Sarnia from Cape Breton. 

Practising law in Ontario was not to his liking, so whether due to a need to educate inquiring minds, or due to the eight weeks of holidays a year, John became a teacher and, drawing on his years playing football at Saint Mary’s, also a high school football coach. After a number of years teaching in places like Wawa, Aurora and Toronto he, along with Fran, also a teacher by this time (although trained as a nurse, and likely with similar motives for her career change), retired from teaching when given the opportunity for a full pension in 1987 at only 56 years old. Still in Ontario, he began exploring its lakes in his handmade cedar-stripped canoes and tried unsuccessfully to master golf at the Aurora Highlands Golf Course, and more successfully to master homemade winemaking.

Having run out of lakes and in search of better grape stock for his wine, he and Fran immigrated in 1989 to Vancouver Island, where he continued building canoes and kayaks and enjoyed paddling with the Nanaimo Paddlers. The Paddlers ventured far and wide including the Bowron Lake Chain, the Broken Islands and a memorable Yukon River canoe trip that he enjoyed at close to 70 with Pierre Burton’s Klondike in hand and Happy Hours surprises tucked in the canoe. He continued to make wine and no one can forget his award-winning Malamute Merlot named for his 140-lb Malamute, Neiko.

John passed away on January 31, 2018 very peacefully and hopefully with a good dose of his beloved Latin still ringing in his ears, compliments of Father Holland who stopped by that afternoon to give him the “Full Nanaimo” as Father Holland put it. He was spoiled by the wonderful staff at Crofton Manner and St. Jude’s Anglican Home over the last few years. 

A service and celebration of his life will be held in the spring in Vancouver. You can email mdmac@telus.net to be notified of the particulars. In lieu of any flowers, consider a modest donation to St. Jude’s Anglican Home in Vancouver at 810 West 27th Avenue, Vancouver in his honour.

  • This In Memoriam tribute was provided by John’s daughter, Diane MacKinnon

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

Carrie Ricker joins Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s council
The Lawyer's Daily | February 21, 2018 | By Carolyn Gruske

OPINION: Falling Short on Legal Ethics
Slaw.ca | February 5, 2018 | By Jordan Furlong
Article has a national focus, with a positive note about the new NSBS model of regulation: "Nova Scotia is leading the way towards an entity regulation system that will create structures and frameworks to systemically support and help enforce proactive adherence to professional responsibility ..."

Training yesterday's lawyers: Are law schools in Canada pumping out lawyers without the skills they need?
Canadian Lawyer | February 5, 2018 | By Scott Neilson

MENTAL STATE: An opportunity to be healthy
The Chronicle Herald | Jan. 9, 2018 | By Keith Anderson, LL.B., LL.M.
"The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society was very helpful as I think they understood my depression and its impact better than I did at that time."

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • Bar Society's 2020 President Acclaimed (Feb. 20)
  • Bar Society ices print magazine (Feb. 16)
  • Tilly Pillay's Vision For Barristers Society (Feb. 12)
  • Lyle Howe Drops Judicial Review Bid (Feb. 6)
  • Barristers' Society Nominates Second VP (Jan. 29)
Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society hereby gives notice that Russell Cushing of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia passed away on January 24, 2018. 

Any inquiries from clients of Mr. Cushing or members of the public concerning client files or matters should be directed to the Custodian appointed by the Barristers’ Society:

Mr. Robert Andrew Kimball
197 Dufferin Street, Suite 302
Bridgewater, NS  B4V 2G9
1 902 543 1421 | akimball@fktlaw.ca

 

Credentials

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:
Joan Katrina Christiansen
Lauren Alicia Grant

The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks:
Jade Fraser
Lauren Ashley Harper

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:
Caroline Kenneth-Ogah
William Daniel Jay Matheson
Carolyn Rebecca Mouland
Andrew Antonious Nahas

The following members have changed to Retired status:
Paul Gregory MacIsaac
Loretta Marie Manning QC

Professional development

INJUNCTIONS

  • INJUNCTIONS AND SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE / Sharpe, Robert J — 5th ed. — Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2017. [KB 198 S532 2017]

LIBEL AND SLANDER

  • THE LAW OF LIBEL IN CANADA / Downard, Peter — 4th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2018. [KB 182 .L5 D748 2018]

PERSONAL INJURIES

  • PERSONAL INJURY DAMAGES IN CANADA / Cooper-Stephenson, Kenneth D; Adjin-Tettey, Elizabeth — 3d ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2018. [KB 183 .D3 C778 2018]
Tips from LIANS

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

"Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), often referred to as “winter blues” or seasonal depression, is a type of depression related to changes in the seasons. Most often affecting individuals in the fall or spring months, it can have a profound effect on an individual’s mood and energy levels. Those affected by SAD often feel like isolating themselves until a change in seasons occurs, usually spring, however this isn’t a viable solution for anyone ... "

Read "Dealing with seasonal depression" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™.

Visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. For more information and support with seasonal depression, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, register with Homewood Health™ https://www.homeweb.ca. Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register.

Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (See the website for details about calling from outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).

A series of collaborative law emails purportedly from a "Sun-Hi Dong” have recently been circulating – example here:

From: Sun-Hi Dong sun-hi-dong@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 3:55 PM

Subject: Petition

I wish to file a case against my ex-husband (Seung Dong) who relocated to your country for failure to complete court ordered payments of Child Support, Spousal Support, Equitable distribution and Medical support in our separation agreement. Kindly respond to confirm your readiness to assist.

I will also need a referral if this is not your field of practice.

I am earnestly waiting for your reply.

Warmest Regards,
Sun-Hi Dong

These have been confirmed as scam attempts – any communication from this individual may be simply dismissed.

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

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

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

For tips to avoid being victimized, visit the Fraud section on lians.ca, and to report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

Courts

The Registrars of Probate across the province remind counsel and self-represented parties that the Registrar of Probate should be notified immediately when counsel or a party becomes aware of proceedings in other Nova Scotia Courts that involve the same parties to an existing Probate proceeding.

This is necessary to ensure that parties and Courts are made aware of multiple proceedings dealing with similar or identical issues. The Registrars of Probate appreciate your cooperation on this matter. Please visit www.courts.ns.ca/Probate_Court/NSPBC_home.htm for more information on Probate Court.

See the original notice to the profession dated January 30, 2018.

Expanded Guest WiFi Services are now available at courthouses across the province. As of February 1, 2018, fourteen-day Guest WiFi passes are available to regular users of the courts. This is an expansion of the single day guest WiFi passes that have available at courthouses since last fall. 

To be issued a fourteen-day pass, please ask front counter staff.

For more details about free guest Wi-Fi access at the courts, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website:

The Honourable Justice Clare MacLellan of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) retired January 26, 2018.

For more information, see http://www.courts.ns.ca/News_of_Courts/JusticeMacLellanRetires.htm

January 26, 2018 news release - Ottawa, Ontario - Department of Justice Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence. To continue and improve upon this tradition, the Government introduced an open and transparent process to appoint a justice of the highest calibre who would be functionally bilingual and representative of the diversity of our great country. It is this process that led to the appointment of Justice Sheilah L. Martin.

In keeping with the openness and transparency of the new process, the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments was required to submit its report on the selection process to the Government of Canada within a month of the appointment of Justice Martin.

On January 17, 2018, the Chair of the Advisory Board, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, provided the Government with its Report on the 2017 Process.

The report includes, among other things:

  • a detailed description of the meetings, review process and recommendation process of the Advisory Board;
  • a summary of consultations and outreach activities by the Advisory Board;
  • statistics about the demographics of applicants; and
  • the Advisory Board's recommendations on improvements to the appointment process and the work of the Advisory Board.

The report can be found on the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs’ website.

Quick Facts

  • The Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments was first established in August 2016. It is an independent and non-partisan body whose mandate is to provide non-binding, merit-based recommendations to the Prime Minister on Supreme Court of Canada appointments. The current members of the Advisory Board were announced in July 2017.
  • The Advisory Board is supported by the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs.
  • Upon receiving the shortlist of potential nominees, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, undertook a careful, rigorous and thorough process of review and consultation.
  • On December 4, 2017, the Minister and the Chair of the Advisory Board appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to discuss the nomination. Details of the hearings are available from the Standing Committee's homepage.
  • On December 5, 2017, the nominee to the Supreme Court of Canada participated in a moderated question-and-answer session before parliamentarians.
Province

Government will soon hire a prosecutor to focus on the environment.

"We want to ensure that companies and individuals are following the legislation in place to protect the environment and our health," Environment Minister Iain Rankin said in a February 14 announcement. "Having a dedicated prosecutor in place will help us to better hold people and companies accountable when they break the law.

"This prosecutor will focus on the kinds of breaches that put our rivers and streams, our fishery, our water supplies, our parks and protected areas and human health at risk."

The Public Prosecution Service and the Department of Environment worked together to create this new position. The prosecutor will take cases to court related to the Environment Act, food safety, public health, meat inspection, fisheries and aquaculture, animal welfare, natural resources and the fur industry.

The recruitment process will begin immediately.

Penalties for offences prosecuted under the Environment Act can lead to fines up to $1 million.

In the coming months, the province will move to regularly share an online list of environmental offences that have been prosecuted.

In the 2016-17 fiscal year, Department of Environment staff performed more than 22,400 inspections and audits, and issued more than 5,500 enforcement actions. These include directives, warnings, compliance orders, summary offence tickets and court cases.

Further reading:

N.S. to hire environment prosecutor to 'hold people and companies accountable'
The Canadian Press | Feb. 14, 2018

Twelve Nova Scotians will serve as the first members of the province's Accessibility Advisory Board.

"We are very pleased to be appointing such an experienced and diverse group of individuals to the Accessibility Advisory Board," Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey said in a February 9 announcement.

"Many Nova Scotians face barriers that prevent them from fully participating in society. The board will be working to address these barriers and to help make the province an accessible place for all to live and work."

One of the board's first tasks will be to develop and recommend to the minister a strategy and implementation plan which outlines how Nova Scotia will achieve accessibility by 2030. This is expected to be completed in the fall. The board will also advise government on the development of accessibility standards.

Appointees to the board are:

  • Douglas Foster, chair, Sydney River
  • Rosalind Penfound, vice-chair, Dartmouth
  • Alexander Peeler, Conquerall Bank, Lunenburg Co.
  • Amy Parsons, Halifax
  • Anne Sinclair, Halifax
  • Barry Abbott, Halifax
  • Cynthia Bruce, Kentville
  • David Caswell, Waverly
  • Irene Campbell-Taylor, Mahone Bay
  • Kevin Russell, Halifax
  • Marcellina Shwery-Stanley, Sydney
  • Warren (Gus) Reed, Halifax

The establishment of an Accessibility Advisory Board was a commitment under the province's legislation to make Nova Scotia accessible by 2030.

Under the act, at least 50 per cent of board members must be persons with a disability. The board members appointed today represent a diverse range of disabilities.

For more information on the accessibility directorate and biographies of the board members, visit: https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/.

Body scanners will soon be used in adult correctional facilities across the province to help protect inmates and staff from drugs, weapons and other contraband.

"Safety and security within our correctional facilities is our top priority," Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey said in a February 2 announcement. "These body scanners will enhance security, protect inmates and provide safer environments for our Correctional Services staff."

The tender for five body scanners was awarded Wednesday, Jan. 31. In the coming months two will be in place at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Halifax Regional Municipality), and one each at the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Pictou County), Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Yarmouth County), and Cape Breton Correctional Facility (Cape Breton Regional Municipality).

Body scanners have been proven to detect drugs, weapons and other types of contraband that is attempted to be smuggled into facilities.

The cost of the five body scanners is about $1 million.

The purchase of the body scanners supports Nova Scotia's Opioid Use and Overdose Framework, which was put in place in 2017 to tackle the immediate impacts and long-term effects of opioid use and overdose in Nova Scotia. Naloxone kits are also available in all correctional facilities.

For more information about the framework visit www.novascotia.ca/opioid.

Children and adults with disabilities and their families who qualify for more support at home will receive it without having to wait.

Under the current program, Nova Scotians with disabilities who qualified for Enhanced Family Support were placed on a waitlist until funding became available, as the funding for this program was capped. As of today, Feb. 21, anyone who qualifies will receive the additional support they need.

"We know there are children and adults with disabilities whose needs are more challenging, and we want to help them and their families," Community Services Minister Kelly Regan said in a Feb. 21 announcement. "We're eliminating the waitlist for the Enhanced Family Support program, to provide families with additional support to care for their loved ones at home."

Direct Family Support for Children, Flex Support for Adults and the Enhanced Family Support for Children and Adults help families hire support workers who have specialized training, education or experience related to the needs of their family members. These programs help families who care for loved ones with a range of physical or intellectual disabilities.

Currently, children or adults and their families applying for support, and who meet income eligibility, receive up to $2,200 per month for respite services. Under the enhanced program, qualifying applicants, who are assessed as having greater needs, may receive up to $1,600 in additional support, bringing the total to a maximum of $3,800 per month.

Effective immediately, the enhanced programs will no longer have a waitlist. That means individuals on the existing waitlist, as well as any additional families assessed and recommended for additional support, will receive the enhanced funding.

As of Feb. 20, there were 18 people on the waitlist for enhanced support, including five children. This brings the total number of people receiving Enhanced Family Support to 60 adults and 14 children.

"Families will be relieved to know that they won't have to wait to receive the funding they need to care for their loved ones," said Cynthia Carroll, executive director, Autism Nova Scotia. "By eliminating the waitlist for the enhanced supports, government is taking a major step toward meeting the needs of Nova Scotians with disabilities and their families."

Cannabis will be sold at nine Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) stores across Nova Scotia. Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mark Furey announced the locations on January 30.

The nine stores selling cannabis beginning in July are:

  • Amherst - 126 South Albion St.
  • Dartmouth - 650 Portland St.
  • Halifax - 5540 Clyde St.
  • Halifax - 3601 Joseph Howe Dr.
  • Lower Sackville - 745 Sackville Dr.
  • New Glasgow - 610 East River Rd.
  • Sydney River - 95 Keltic Dr.
  • Truro - 6 Court St.
  • Yarmouth - 104a Starrs Rd.

The NSLC will reopen the former store on Clyde St. in Halifax. It will exclusively sell cannabis.

Online sales from the NSLC, with home delivery, will also be offered. Additional details about online sales will be announced at a future date. Nova Scotians will also be able to grow up to four plants per household.

"Our main priority in preparing for the legalization of cannabis has been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of Nova Scotians," said Mr. Furey. "Selling through NSLC stores allows us to leverage their experience and expertise in selling these products responsibly in a safe environment."

Corporate social responsibility will be a core value that guides how the NSLC sells cannabis. The NSLC will comply with all federal requirements with regards to how cannabis is sold and advertised. Staff will be trained to help customers make informed, responsible choices.

A request for proposals will be issued later today for construction services to make alterations to the locations listed above.

The federal government recently completed consultation on additional regulations. These regulations, which may include packaging, labelling and tracking, will impact how retailers will sell cannabis. Additional announcements about the NSLC's cannabis retail model, including store configuration, will be made as decisions are finalized.

For more information on cannabis legalization, visit www.novascotia.ca/cannabis.

Government is seeking individuals with ideas and solutions from the private, public, not-for-profit and academic sectors to participate in a social innovation lab on aging.

NS GovLab will test policy, programs, service and process ideas related to the challenges and opportunities of an aging population.

"The impacts of an aging population are complex and effect everyone," Seniors Minister Leo Glavine said in a February 21 announcement. "Bringing academics, community organizations, policy-makers and businesses to the table will generate new ideas and workable solutions.

"We want to recruit a diverse group of people to explore opportunities and solutions within this demographic shift - all ages, from all parts of the province, with all levels of work and life experience."

The one-year fellowship is made up of two phases:

  • developing and testing prototypes
  • integrating those skills and ideas into daily work.

Prototypes can be a product, a process, a policy, a program, or anything in between.

The selected participants will actively take part in all aspects of the lab and in making Nova Scotia a sustainable and thriving province.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply. For more information and access to the application form visit, www.novascotia.ca/govlab.

Nova Scotia's minimum wage is increasing on April 1.

As a result of the Minimum Wage Review Committee's annual review, the minimum wage will increase by the 2017 national Consumer Price Index, resulting in an increase of 15 cents an hour. That means, experienced workers will receive $11.00 an hour. The minimum wage for someone who has less than three months' experience will also increase to $10.50 an hour.

This spring, the committee will review the current formula for adjusting the minimum wage. This includes looking at the current rate and the approach to setting the minimum wage. Atlantic premiers also recently committed to looking at options for harmonization of the minimum wage and the approach for making adjustments.   

The Minimum Wage Review Committee, which includes employee and employer representatives, filed its report with the minister of Labour and Advanced Education on Jan. 26.

For a copy of The Nova Scotia Minimum Wage Review Committee report visit https://novascotia.ca/lae/pubs/.

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum:

Marine Renewable-energy Act, S.N.S. 2015, c. 32, s. 75

NS Gaz Pt 2, 02/02/2018

NS Reg 7/2018

An Act to Amend Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1994-95, the Gaming Control Act, S.N.S. 2011, c. 63, s. 35 - except s. 1(b), 4 and 5

NS Gaz Pt 2, 02/02/2018

NS Reg 10/2018

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

Other news

The Cape Breton University Board of Governors is excited to announce that David C. Dingwall QC will be the next President & Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University.

This news comes after an exhaustive and comprehensive search process that included broad stakeholder consultation, as well as input from a community group who voluntarily led 21 focus groups in Victoria County, Inverness County, Richmond County and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. This information, combined with assistance from the national executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, gave the Committee a full view of what was thought to be needed in the next President of CBU.

“Cape Breton University is a key economic driver and centre for cultural, entrepreneurship, business, and innovation for the only other significantly-sized urban centre outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality,” Robert Sampson, Chair, CBU Board of Governors, said in the Jan. 31 announcement. “It was essential to find a candidate who understands this and our University’s importance to the future of our great Island.”

A former federal Cabinet minister, Mr. Dingwall resumed legal practice following his political life, serving as Counsel with Sampson McDougall LLP in Sydney, NS from 2007 to 2011 and more recently with Affleck Green McMurtry LLP in Toronto. He has been a member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1979. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Dingwall has always considered the University to be Cape Breton Island’s university and firmly believes that CBU must be viewed as a critical asset for our region. Mr. Dingwall also recognizes the contributions that CBU has made on a local and provincial level as a strong contributor to immigration, energy policy, export development, and economic agendas and understands that fundamental research is essential to their success. He knows full well the challenges that CBU faces in a time of demographic decline and financial constraints and the need to be innovative and fiscally responsible.

“Cape Breton University is one of the most important institutions on our Island. Over the years, I have seen the tremendous impact our University has had on our region and I’m committed to working with stakeholders to advance CBU and Cape Breton Island. I am eager to get to know our campus community and begin the important work that lies ahead,” says Mr. Dingwall.

Further reading:

The appointment of two new Crown attorneys in Yarmouth was announced on February 6 by the Public Prosecution Service.

They are Misty Morrison and McFarlane (Marc) Njoh.

"Both Ms. Morrison and Mr. Njoh are excellent additions to our team of Crown attorneys," said Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. "Their experience and backgrounds make them a valuable asset to the Public Prosecution Service."

Ms. Morrison is from Danvers, Digby Co. She graduated in 2000 from Dalhousie University with a bachelor of science in psychology, in 2008 from Dalhousie Law School, and in 2013 from St. Francis Xavier University with a bachelor of education.

Ms. Morrison articled with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and in 2009 was appointed a staff lawyer in the Annapolis Royal office of Nova Scotia Legal Aid. In 2010, she was appointed as a tutor with the Black Educators Association in Weymouth. She has also worked as a co-ordinator of Race Relations Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights for two school boards.

After working as a substitute teacher for the 2015-16 school year, she joined Oliver Janson Law Inc. in Digby where she concentrated on criminal and family law and worked as a per diem Crown.   

Ms. Morrison is a board member of the Western Regional Enterprise Network and the Council on African Canadian Education.

Mr. Njoh is a native of Cameroon. He graduated in 2013 from Dalhousie University with a bachelor of arts in political science and in 2016 from Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law.

He articled with Stewart McKelvey in Halifax and in 2017 began working as a per diem Crown attorney.

Mr. Njoh has served as president of the Association of Cameroonians in Nova Scotia, secretary general of the African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes and vice-president of the Dalhousie Law Students Association.

HRP news release - February 9, 2018

Individuals who wish to apply for a peace bond through the Provincial Court in Halifax and Dartmouth can now access support from Halifax Regional Police (HRP) Victim Services. Victim Services volunteers will provide potential and current applicants with information on the application process, assistance to complete the application forms and ongoing emotional support.

The Peace Bond Navigator Program was launched as a pilot in late January. Individuals who apply for a peace bond at the courthouse in Dartmouth or on Spring Garden Road in Halifax will be advised of the support available to them through HRP Victim Services and, if interested, a contact number. Should the applicant contact Victim Services, a volunteer will meet with the applicant via phone or in person. The Victim Services volunteer may provide initial information or continue to offer support throughout the process.

Additionally, Victim Services volunteers will be available at court sessions designated specifically for peace bond hearings to provide emotional support to applicants who have not already reached out to HRP Victim Services.

“This program is part of HRP’s overall efforts to respond comprehensively to the wellbeing and safety of citizens,” says Dolly Mosher, HRP Victim Services Coordinator. “Victim Services volunteers are already trained to provide emotional support to victims, and now with peace bond training, they can combine these skills to act as peace bond navigators. Their support will lessen the potential for people to abandon the peace bond application process because they’re having difficulties.”

To obtain a peace bond, an applicant must have reasonable fear about one or more of the following:

  • their safety
  • the safety of their spouse or common-law partner or children
  • the safety of their property

When individuals wish to apply for a peace bond for reasons related to domestic or sexualized violence, the application will continue to be directed to Nova Scotia Department of Justice Victim Services.

From September 21 to 23, the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, together with the Canadian Prison Lawyers Association, will host the Canadian Prison Law Conference in Halifax.

Professor Adelina Iftene, a key organizer, is expecting 100 to 150 people from across the country to attend to hear expert keynote speakers. Registration will open in March or April and will be free for students and formerly incarcerated individuals.

Submissions are being accepted until March 15 for presentation or panel proposals. For more information, see the detailed Call for Submissions on the law school website.

Please submit your proposal to Mollie and Aaron at prisonlaw2018@gmail.com. Questions? Email aiftene@dal.ca.

Careers

As the regulator of the legal profession, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society protects the public interest in the practice of law. The Society is the independent, trusted and respected regulator of the legal profession. Acting in the public interest, it provides leadership, value and support to a competent, ethical, inclusive and engaged legal profession.

To support the Society’s strategic priorities of enhancing access to legal services and the justice system as well as the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion in the profession, the Society is seeking a Manager of Equity and Access.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Society, the Manager will bring a significant knowledge of the Canadian legal system and the legal profession, as well as the structure, culture and operations of law firms and practitioners in both the public and private sectors.

As the successful candidate, you possess a deep understanding of the history of diverse communities within Nova Scotia and a proven track record of applying best practices to create collaborative models that enhance access and equity. Your well developed conflict resolution and negotiation skills are complemented by strong leadership and organizational skills and your ability to influence change. You have a reputation for effective management of projects, priorities and people, and strength in the use of data and statistics. You are an excellent facilitator and communicator known for your outstanding presentation skills, both oral and written.

You possess a degree in law, social policy, public policy, a related field of study or a relevant combination of education and experience. You have a minimum of five years of direct experience in the equity field or comparable related experience and an extensive network of related contacts or an ability to build a network.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

If this exciting opportunity meets with your career aspirations and your desire to enhance the contribution of the legal profession to equity and inclusion while improving access to justice for all, please forward your resumé in confidence, by email, to Royer Thompson Associates at admin@royerthompson.com.

For further information, please contact Mildred Royer, Senior Counsel, at 1 902 422 2099.

TD Insurance is part of TD Bank Group, one of Canada’s largest financial institutions. TD Insurance helps protect clients from the ‘accidents of life’ with a wide range of products including credit protection, life, health, travel, home and auto insurance. With more than three million clients, TD Insurance authorized products and services are available online, over the phone, and through a network of more than 1,000 TD Canada Trust branches.In Canada, we have two lines of business, General Insurance and Life and Health. Our General Insurance business is one of the top home and auto insurance groups in Canada and the national leader in group insurance and affinity marketing. Our Life and Health business is the number one provider of critical illness insurance and direct life and health insurance in Canada.At TD Insurance, we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment. With a Canada-wide workforce of over 4,000 employees and offices in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, our company is always growing and can help you to grow. TD Insurance offers a stable and dynamic work environment where talent is appreciated and professional development is taken seriously. More than just a job, we offer rewarding careers.

TD Insurance Staff Legal is adding a lawyer in Halifax to its current compliment of over 50 lawyers nationwide. Reporting to the AVP Claims Litigation & Special Investigation Unit, the lawyer will handle assigned Property & Casualty insurance legal matters and represent TD Insurance or its policyholders in civil litigation matters involving claims for damages related to personal injury and property claims.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Uses Litigation Protocols to develop and revise appropriate legal strategy for discovery, investigation, and trial/hearing of cases; advises, communicates and develops litigation strategies with TD Insurance Claims Representatives and insured clients, as appropriate
  • Conducts necessary and appropriate discovery, hearings, trials, oral arguments, mediations, arbitrations and similar proceedings. Researches the law applicable to cases. Drafts legal documents, pleadings, motions, legal factums and opinions as required. Conducts settlement negotiations, as directed.
  • Advises, communicates and confers with Claims Representatives and insured clients rendering clear, well-researched and unambiguous legal opinions and advice. Personally meets with, and maintains good relations and communications with Claims Representatives and insured clients as required.
  • Remains current with developments in the law, and understands medical, scientific, construction, products, engineering or similar issues and defences involved with P&C cases.
  • Meets with TD Insurance personnel to provide updates on developments in jurisprudence and legislation.

Job requirements:

Completion of law school with LLB or JD and current admission to the bar in Nova Scotia as a practicing lawyer.

  • At least 7 years post-call experience as a lawyer, with the majority of that experience obtained in Nova Scotia.
  • Extensive experience in insurance litigation, including personal injury and property claims.
  • Significant courtroom experience including trial experience.
  • Knowledge of legal and court documents and procedures
  • Knowledge of standard office equipment and word processing.
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy and communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with policyholders, claims personnel and judges/adjudicators.
  • Motivated self-starter with capability to work productively and independently under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal and client service skills, and professional and positive demeanour.
  • Superior organizational and priority-setting skills, strong work ethic and ability to multi-task productively.
  • Conceptual and creative problem solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in French, in addition to English, considered an asset.  

** Submit your candidacy via link: https://jobs.td.com/en-CA/jobs/7975479/insurance-lawyer-halifax-ca/

Reference # 185063BR

Contact: Thomas Hudak, AVP Litigation thomas.hudak@td.com

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 
The Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
 
Period of employment 
One year – Commencing July 2018 or August 2018
 
Qualifications 
All applicants must have graduated from a recognized law school. Preference will be given to candidates who are admitted as a member of the Bar of a Province or Territory of Canada; however, all interested graduates are encouraged to apply. Ability to read and work in French is not essential, but is considered an asset.
 
For complete application details, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website: 

Good Day,

I graduated from a two-year Legal Office Administration program with high honours. I am seeking a psotiton and really enjoy Family Law.

I have some experience with drafting affidavits and divorces. I am eager to work, hard working, trustworthy, honest.

I would like an opportunity to gain experience and put my course to you.

If you have a position and are willing to give a graduate a chance, please contact me at vsteadman66@gmail.com and I will forward my cover letter, resume, diploma, transcripts along with reference letters from instructors and Mr. Shepard and reference sheet.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank-you for taking the time to read my post.

Assistenza International, a Canada-wide provider of legal assistance and other value-added services, is constantly developing and expanding its legal referral network for the benefit of its client.

The company's clientele consists of over 7 million individuals and businesses, the majority of whom not only seek legal assistance but may eventually require legal representation.

Joining our network is FREE of charge however we require individual practitioners to commit to:

  • a 30-minutre free initial consultation;
  • a 25% discount form posted rates.

If you would like to join our growing network of lawyers or for more information please contact Me. Sabrina S. Bitton - in-house counsel by:

Tel: 1-866-374-2778

Email: legal.network@assistenza.ca

Blackburn Law, a full-service law firm located in the Sunnyside Mall in Bedford, is seeking an experienced paralegal to join our team.  Our ideal candidate would be someone who takes pride in his or her work, boasting careful attention to detail and a strong work ethic, and whose good humour and pleasant outlook would permit him or her to seamlessly fit into an environment in which everyone likes one another.  A background in real property and corporate work would be an asset, but for the right candidate a willingness to learn could be just as good.  We offer competitive benefits, salary commensurate with experience, and a working environment in which staff members are made to feel valued and respected. 

Those interested may inquire in confidence to our office manager, Sandy Durling, at sdurling@blackburnlaw.ca.  

Dalhousie Law Graduate (JD, 2018) looking for an articling position in Nova Scotia for the 2018-2019 year.

Please contact me at payton_tench_@hotmail.com.

Patterson Law has an immediate opening for a Property Assistant at our 1801 Hollis Street location. The Property Assistant, through the direction of the Property Lawyers, will assist in all aspects of the file to ensure excellent client service and smooth and efficient workflow. As capacity allows, the Property Assistant will also assist with overflow legal administrative work.

Key Areas of Responsibility:  

  • Facilitating full cycle real estate transactions and all related work including purchase, sale, refinance, and new home construction.
  • Assisting in the request and review of tax certificates, payout and assumption statements, location certificates, search of title, fire insurance confirmation, other necessary due diligence searches and clearances
  • Preparing closing statements, including Statements of Adjustments and Statements of Trust
  • Following up with clients, opposing counsel, financial institutions, etc. to ensure that all required information is received, everyone is informed and everything is in place for the closing
  • Utilizing appropriate systems to their fullest advantage in generating documents, correspondence, BF's, etc.
  • Keeping lawyers and impacted colleagues informed of any problems or delays in the completion of assigned tasks on the file
  • Reporting to financial institutions, clients and other relevant parties following closing
  • Following up regarding releases, undertakings, both provided and obtained, at time of closing
  • ssisting, as capacity allows, with legal administrative overflow work from other practice areas including transcriptions, document preparation, etc.

Qualifications: 

  • Previous legal administrative experience is essential
  • 3-5 years of experience working with a high volume of property transactions
  • Corporate/commercial legal experience is a definite asset
  • Proficiency using Property Online
  • Familiarity with the Land Registration Act, Regulations, Land Registration Manual and prescribed forms
  • Organized, highly detail-oriented, and able to effectively prioritize
  • Excellent proofreading, spelling, and grammar skills
  • Energetic, flexible, and willing to pitch in wherever necessary
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of Word and Outlook along with an affinity to learn new technology
  • Basic accounting skills
  • Accurately follows instructions and asks questions to clarify requirements & ensure work is done properly
  • Strong written and verbal communication including excellent telephone skills

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

About Us

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

We are pleased to offer our staff a competitive salary, group insurance coverage, and pension plan membership after a year.

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

Lenehan Musgrave LLP is a boutique litigation firm that services the needs of the individual client. Our firm focuses on family, personal injury and estate litigation. The firm has strong roots in the Dartmouth community with our offices located in King's Wharf. 

With over one hundred years of combined legal experience, we are looking for an associate to join our busy and growing law practice. The successful applicant will have excellent legal research and communication skills, and will be motivated to build a successful law practice in a supportive team environment. Applicants must be a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society in good standing, and preference will be given to applicants with experience in family, personal injury and related litigation. 

Our firm offers a unique opportunity in today's world. The successful applicant will have the benefit of a salary and employment package, will be mentored by experienced lawyers and will have the opportunity to thrive by working in a professional environment that focuses on technology, attention to detail and a passion for excellence. 

If joining our firm is of interest, please forward your resume and cover letter in confidence to diana@lenehanmusgravelaw.ca. We look forward to discussing your opportunity for a sustainable and rewarding career with Lenehan Musgrave LLP. 

The Schulich School of Law plays an integral role in the fabric of Canadian legal education.  We are a national law school, with a large number of our students drawn from and returning to every region of Canada.  We graduate leaders, with alumni holding every form of government office, teaching in law schools, innovating in the provision of private and public sector legal services, advancing policy in the executive branch of government, rendering decisions on courts across the country, and offering service to non-governmental bodies and non-profit and community organizations.  We have always been marked by our commitment to unselfish public service, in the Weldon tradition. 

We embrace the interdisciplinary opportunity of working in a university, we value the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and we are firmly committed to students and to teaching and learning excellence.  We are conscious of the difference we make to law reform, adjudication, legal service, and community engagement at home and around the world.  We value the contributions of the founding communities in this province, the Mi’kmaq Nation, Acadians, African Nova Scotians, and British, and we open our doors to the world. We are committed to deepening our identity as a diverse and inclusive law school. 

Applications from interested individuals will be considered for a full-time limited term teaching appointment at the rank of Instructor for one year effective July 1, 2018 to teach primarily in the areas of Civil Procedure, Dispute Resolution, Tort Law and Damage Compensation, and/or Legal Ethics.  This position depends on curricular needs and budgetary resources.  Applicants must have a J.D./LL.B. degree;  applicants must also have a graduate degree in law or a related discipline or equivalent professional experience.  Applications received before March 15, 2018 will be given fullest consideration. 

Applications should include a resume; university transcripts; a teaching and research statement (maximum 7 pages); teaching evaluations as available; the names of three referees, at least one of whom must be an academic referee; and a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid.  If a candidate’s graduate degree is in progress, then in their cover letter the candidate should indicate their stage of completion. 

Applications should be forwarded to: 

Chair, Appointments Committee

Office of the Dean

Schulich School of Law

6061 University Ave

P.O. Box 15000

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada

B3H 4R2

Fax:  902-494-2102

Email:  lawdean@dal.ca 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness.  The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. 

http://law.dal.ca

Competition # 9223

Executive Director, Court Services, Permanent, HALIFAX 

Nova Scotia Department of Justice

Closing date: February 26, 2018  

For complete details about this career opportunity and to apply, visit the job posting on the provincial government's website:
https://jobs.novascotia.ca/job/HALIFAX-Executive-Director%2C-Court-Services-NS-B3J-1L6/356628717/

Qualifications
Graduate level education (typically, a law degree with practice experience or a Master of Business Administration or Public Administration). An equivalent combination of education and leadership experience at a senior level may be acceptable. Solid knowledge of the civil and criminal justice system, court programs and current and emerging issues facing the Canadian justice system is required.

A proven ability to recognize and develop the talents of others is a must in this role, as is the ability to analyze and problem solve effectively. The incumbent must be able to manage critical projects including those involving innovative solutions, and must have a demonstrated ability to ensure operational functions are efficient and effective. A proven track record contributing to a response justice system is an asset. 

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

At this time we are currently seeking a full-time Paralegal to join our Property Team.  Taylor MacLellan Cochrane is seeking a highly motivated and energetic Paralegal to become part of the firm’s Property Team at its Kentville location.  The successful candidate will have successfully completed a recognized course or have previous experience in a law firm environment, have strong computer and document production skills, and must possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills as this position involves a high degree of client contact.  Previous Paralegal experience in property work will be considered an asset.

Please note only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 

If you have these qualifications and are interested in a career opportunity as a Paralegal with a busy law firm, please respond in confidence to: 

Katherine L. Hanks, C.I.M., P.Mgr., C.Mgr.

Operations Manager

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane

50 Cornwallis Street

Kentville NS B4N 2E4

Phone: (902) 678-6156

Fax: (902) 678-6010

Email: hanks@tmclaw.com

www.tmcLAW.com

Blackburn Law, a small, full-service law firm located at the Sunnyside Mall in Bedford, is seeking an associate interested in practicing in the areas of family law and civil litigation.  Although preference will be given to those with existing practices, the successful candidate can anticipate receiving frequent referrals from within the firm, as all of our lawyers have well established practices with broad client bases, paired with an eagerness to find suitable alternate counsel to any client having need of a family law or litigation lawyer. 

Our lawyers are accountable to themselves, their families, their clients, and the firm, in that order.  The successful candidate will be someone whose company our lawyers and staff will enjoy, and in whose care we will feel comfortable entrusting our clients. 

Those with an affection for discussions of billing targets, or for firm meetings with agendas extending beyond the consumption of cake, need not apply.

Interested lawyers are invited to reply in confidence to our office manager, Sandy Durling, at sdurling@blackburnlaw.ca.

 

 

TAYLOR & SILVER
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Qualifications:

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

• Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines in a busy environment

• Computer software and word processing experience

• Excellent proofreading, spelling, and grammar

• Strong work ethic and ability to take initiative

• Legal experience or graduation from a recognized paralegal or office administration program would be an asset

• Valid driver's licence and vehicle required

Interested individuals may forward their resume and cover letter to:

Taylor & Silver

82 Aberdeen Road

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia B4V 2S6

email: tayloradmin@eastlink.ca

Waterbury Newton is a well-established, progressive firm in the Annapolis Valley offering a full range of legal services to our clients. Our lawyers’ philosophy of quality service to our clients and a commitment to the community is reflected in all we do. Our team consists of knowledgeable partners, innovative associate lawyers, experienced paralegals and administrative staff.

We have offices in Kentville and Berwick and are currently seeking an associate lawyer to join our Kentville team.

The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, have a high degree of commitment to clients, be able to work independently or as part of a team and a desire to build a solid practice. The successful candidate must have an interest in developing a practice in one or more of the following practice areas: criminal law, civil litigation, family law, property or corporate/commercial law.

Remuneration, including benefits package will be based on experience and qualifications.
If you have an interest in a career opportunity in the Annapolis Valley and being a part of the Waterbury Newton team, please respond on or before Thursday, May 31, 2018 in confidence via mail or email:

Waterbury Newton
469 Main St
PO Box 98
Kentville, NS
B4N 3V9

Attn: Raymond Sacrey, Operations Manager
 
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
 

Position Type:             Permanent

Status:                          Full-Time

Location:                      Halifax

Date Posted:                January 29, 2018

Closing Date:               March 2, 2018 

About Ecojustice:
Ecojustice is Canada’s largest environmental law charity. We use the law to defend nature, combat climate change and fight for a healthy environment for all.  Our strategic, innovative public interest lawsuits lead to nation-wide precedents and deliver concrete solutions to our most urgent environmental problems.  Ecojustice is 100 per cent funded by individuals and organizations who share our values.  To learn more about how we are building the case for a better earth, please visit: www.ecojustice.ca.  

About the Role: As a member of the Ecojustice Program team, the Staff Lawyer plays a key role in: 

Program Duties:

  • Developing and carrying litigation files (min 2/3 of time) and law reform and other work (max 1/3) identified as priorities for Ecojustice;
  • Participating as a team member on at least one of Ecojustice’s 3 priority teams, including conducting research and case development in pursuit of strategic case development and law reform work, constructively reviewing priority team work-plans; helping to evaluate projects proposed to the team; and contributing to the work of the priority team(s);
  • Keeping up-to-date on new developments in relevant areas of law, undertaking reasonable training to maximize expertise, and assisting program peers in training and maintaining the highest practice standards;
  • Maintaining good standing as a lawyer;
  • Acting in a professional manner in all external and internal relationships, including by providing constructive feedback to fellow program staff;
  • Mentoring junior staff lawyers, students and/or volunteers (as appropriate);
  • Supervising, collaborating with and/or enabling science staff to maximize their contribution to legal work;
  • Supervising, collaborating with and/or enabling of program administrative staff;
  • Cultivating relationships with current and future clients, experts and other members of the bar;
  • Sharing with other program staff in administrative tasks, including interviewing new staff, supervising and mentoring students, and helping with responses to new case inquiries;
  • Maintaining an up-to-date record of time and activities through timekeeping software, including reporting lobbying and political activity;
  • Following policies and processes as set out in the Ecojustice Staff Policy Manual and Program Policy Manual;
  • Participating in regularly scheduled program and staff meetings; and
  • Sharing with other program staff in responding to new case inquiries.

Communication and Philanthropy activities

  • Guiding, collaborating with and supporting communications staff to develop communication opportunities that support program goals and Ecojustice’s mission, and participating as a spokesperson on behalf of Ecojustice;
  • Providing information, updates and feedback to communications and philanthropy staff on an ongoing basis and as reasonably requested;
  • Cultivates relationships with current and future clients, other environmental lawyers, current and future foundations and individual donors; and
  • Attending and participating at fundraising or other profile raising events (external/internal) including speaking engagements as can be reasonably accommodated.

Reports to Program Director, but ultimately is accountable to the entire program team.  

About You: Education & experience requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, law degree and a member in good standing with relevant law society.
  • Litigation, environmental law, administrative law, aboriginal law and public policy experience.
  • Experience in the environmental sector
  • Experience contributing to and working as part of a team
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience

Knowledge required to perform duties:

  • Excellent technical/legal writing and communication skills;
  • Flexible, adaptable, good judgment and uses discretion in dealings with sensitive information;
  • Demonstrated litigation and negotiation skills; and
  • Knowledge of the environmental sector, key issues and players.

Skills and abilities required to perform duties:

  • Dedicated to environmental protection;
  • Communication: Able to explain legal and scientific information and concepts to general public;
  • Group Work Skills: Commitment to work in a team environment, across disciplines, with individuals across Canada.

Application Process: Ecojustice is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.  We welcome and value the contributions of individuals who identify as members of a minority or marginalized community, and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, women, people of colour, and people with a disability.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume online at: www.ecojustice.ca/careers no later than the March 2, 2018 closing date.    

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Emma Billard, HR Coordinator, by email at ebillard@ecojustice.ca or by calling 604-685-5618 x 231

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

  • over 20 years experience as a legal assistant
  • proficient in PC Law, MS 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
  • excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship-building skills
  • proven performer in preparing and managing court documents
  • demonstrated success in managing and following up with high volumes of inquiries within a demanding law office
  • ability to prioritize workloads and meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • excellent analytical skills with the ability to analyze situations accurately and effectively
  • professional telephone manner with honed communication talents

I'm self-motivated and a professional. I thrive in a challenging environment. I'm interested in full time, part time or contract employment. Please email whynotv@ns.sympatico.ca or call 902-445-3244 and I will be happy to send you my resume.

In April, I will be one of the few students in my class to be awarded both a Master of Public Policy and a JD from the University of Toronto. Prior to that, I graduated with first class honours from McGill University in the Bachelor of Arts program. My partner and I have decided to move to the East Coast after I graduate, so I am seeking an articling position somewhere in Nova Scotia (preferably but not necessarily near the Halifax/Dartmouth region). As my goal for now is simply to establish myself and find a stable job in Nova Scotia, I am not overly picky about the kind of work that I do, and am open to a wide range of practice areas: from contracts and corporate/commercial transactions to real estate, wills and estates, or litigation.

My legal experience so far is primarily in insurance litigation, as I summered at a fast paced, high volume Bay Street litigation firm in 2017 (recommendation letter available upon request). My tasks there were mutliple and wide ranging, but consisted mostly of draftiing memos and legal arguments, face to face client work, document review and analysis, and attending mediations and discoveries. I have likewise gained valuable exprience drafting contracts and commercial agreements through my work at the Structural Genomics Consortium in Toronto. I have published articles in the Financial Post, Inside Policy Magazine, and the Public Policy and Governance Review, and have co-authored a multi-volume series of research papers on Canada's intellectual property system (published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute). 

I am a dedicated, versatile team player looking for a chance to prove myself in my future home. Send me an email at mike.robichaud@mail.utoronto.ca for a resume and transcripts, and let me show you what I have to offer.
 

Carter Ford LLP is a boutique Personal Injury Firm located on Spring Garden Road overlooking the Public Gardens. We have an immediate need to add a permanent, full-time, hybrid Paralegal/Legal Assistant position to our team. We offer an excellent benefits package. The successful candidate will thrive in a collaborative and fast paced environment. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

If you are interested in joining us, please email in confidence to info@carterfordlaw.com

Burchell MacDougall LLP is a full service law firm with offices in Truro, Halifax, Wolfville and Elmsdale. We have an immediate opportunity for a Family Law Lawyer in our Truro office. 

As part of an established firm, you will have the opportunity to grow your practice and be given immediate responsibility and client contact. The role is ideal for a lawyer with no less than 3 to 5 years of experience; however we will consider other candidates with relevant experience and skills.

We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:·        

  • Membership in good standing with a provincial bar and eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Strong communication skills (verbal & written) 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and deadlines while maintaining composure and professionalism   
  • Demonstrated commitment to client service and legal excellence 

The position is a full-time position. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health, dental, life and disability insurance and fitness allowance. 

About Us   Burchell MacDougall LLP was founded in Truro, Nova Scotia in 1944 by Wilfred Burchell and R. Lorne MacDougall.  In 1984 the firm opened an office in Halifax, and since that time the firm has opened two more offices in Wolfville and Elmsdale.  Burchell MacDougall LLP is one of the oldest and most established law firms in Nova Scotia.  Over the years, our firm’s size and scope of activity has continually expanded.  We now have 27 lawyers providing services to clients throughout Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. 

Please combine your cover letter and resume into one document and submit in confidence to L. Hyndman, Director of Finance & Administration by email at lhyndman@burchellmacdougall.com.

Burchell MacDougall LLP  
P.O. Box 1128
Truro, N.S.  B2N 5H1   

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

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

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

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

50 Cornwallis Street
Kentville NS B4N 2E4
Phone: (902) 678-6156
Fax: (902) 678-6010
Email: hanks@tmclaw.com

www.tmclaw.com

We are a busy, growing law firm with five office locations across Nova Scotia. Our Halifax office is currently in need of an experienced full time legal assistant and/or office manager. Ideal candidates will have experience as a legal assistant in more than one of the follow legal areas: criminal law, family law, real estate and civil litigation. An administrative or management background would be an asset.

The successful applicant will be ambitious, self-motivated and enjoy taking on new challenges.

Our firm offers a busy and friendly work environment with plenty of opportunities for advancement.

If you want to join our team, please make an application, in confidence, via email to michelle@boudrotrodgers.com on or before 2 March 2018. 

L’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) est à la recherche d’une direction générale. La personne sera entre autre responsable pour les tâches suivantes :

  • Assurer la bonne gestion de l’organisme y compris son centre ACCESS JUSTICE ACCESS (AJA) dont le porte-parole est la présidence;
  • Assurer la mise en œuvre des orientations, des décisions et des priorités du CA;
  • Assurer la gestion quotidienne de l’ensemble des activités administratives, notamment la gestion des ressources humaines, financières et techniques, y compris son centre (AJA);
  • Rédiger les demandes de financements, les rapports d’activités, les rapports annuelles etc., de l’association et de son centre (AJA);
  • Assurer la gestion de ses budgets;
  • Représenter l'organisme auprès de la communauté acadienne et juridique ainsi qu’auprès des instances gouvernementales.

Qualifications requises :

  • Diplôme universitaire soit en droit, en administration, en gestion, en ressources humaines, en sciences sociales ou dans un domaine connexe;
  • Expérience reliée à la gestion d’un organisme sans but lucratif;
  • Excellentes habilités en français et en anglais, à l’oral comme à l’écrit;
  • Bonne connaissance de la suite MS Office et de Simple Comptable;
  • Bonne connaissance et compréhension du domaine juridique;
  • Excellentes habiletés en prise de décision, travail d’équipe, en leadership et en rédaction;
  • Faire preuve d’efficacité et de bonne gestion axée sur les résultats;
  • Toutes autres formations et expériences combinées pourront être considérées.

Ce que nous offrons :

  • Un poste à temps plein (35 heures par semaines);
  • Le salaire est à négocier selon l’expérience.

Veuillez faire parvenir votre curriculum vitae au plus tard : le 1 mars 2018

À l’attention de : Sylvie Thériault

Courriel : stheriault@torys.com

 

Seuls les candidats retenus pour une entrevue seront contactés.

Hi, I'm returning to Nova Scotia and I am seeking an associate position. Ive been practicing law for 4 years in a mid size and smaller firm. My background is civil-plaintiff personal injury litigation. I am interested in other areas of law as well. I'm seeking a position in HRM or South Shore region. I would love to hear from you. Murphycove77@gmail.com

The law firm of Burchell MacDougall is seeking a property/wills/estates assistant for its Halifax office. Previous law office experience is preferred. This is a full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

Please send your resume by email to mmaddalena@burmac.ca. All replies will be kept in confidence.

Position: Contract Staff Lawyer position in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia practicing Criminal law, and some Social Justice law. Initial one-year contract with potential to become permanent.

Qualification: Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society with a thorough understanding of Criminal law. Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset. Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range: Per Legal Aid salary scale based on "Relevant Experience" as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Reply To:

Amy Dickson
Operations Administrative Assistant
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8

902-420-3471 Fax
Amy.Dickson@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applicantions from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or position where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your applicaton form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreicate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Q&A Law (formerly Parkland Law) is an established, modern law firm located in Bedford, with offices overlooking the Bedford Basin.

With one of our lawyers retiring, we are currently looking for a self-motivated and conscientious associate to join our practice.  Presently our lawyers practice in the areas of Family, Real Estate, Wills and Estates, and Criminal law. The ideal candidate will have his or her own established portfolio in a different area of law than these, or can demonstrate an ability to grow such a practice.

The Bedford area has a fast growing population and our highly visible office is located in the hub of activity.  As an associate with Q&A Law, you will be working in a modern, friendly, supportive, client-oriented environment. This is a fee-splitting arrangement and we provide the tools to enable a self-reliant lawyer with a strong work ethic to develop a rewarding and lucrative career. Other arrangements may also be considered.

Please reply in confidence to:

Russ Quinlan
Q&A Law - Quinlan and Associates
quinlan@eastlink.ca

Needed:  A small-firm practitioner seeks a lawyer to work in his firm, mostly (but not exclusively) in the field of Family Law, to take a current set of files from a retiring lawyer.  Proven community service work would be an asset, and, experience in family law is a requirement. 

Area of practice:  Cape Breton, particularly Glace Bay and Sydney area. 

Call Jill at (902) 849-1017 or email douglasmackinlay@ns.aliantzinc.ca

Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia is undertaking to relaunch its Wills Project providing free estate planning documents to low income seniors in the Preston communities.

LISNS needs to build upon its roster of lawyers to meet the needs of the community. Lawyers will benefit from the help of Dal Pro Bono Wills Project students and the new LISNS Wills app (found here https://www.legalinfo.org/apps/welcome-to-our-last-will-and-testament-app) to help gather information.

If you are interested in learning more about this initiative please contact lauren@legalinfo.org.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Ethics Board (NSHA REB) is recruiting new members to fill the role of legal representatives. The NSHA REB's primary mandate is to approve the initiation of and conduct periodic reivews of research studies involving NSHA patients, staff and resources in order to protect the rights, safety and well-being of research participants.

Legal members represent the legal and ethical perspective for research participants. Their role is to ensure that the information being provided to research participants is readable, correct and can be understood. It is not expected that legal members understand the science behind the studies. It is the responsibility of the other Board members to simplify the research study protocols so everyone understands what is happening within the study and what is expected of the research participants.

To exemplify the importance of the legal representative, it is a legal requirement by Health Canada that a legal representative be present at all research ethics board meetings. A common point in all local, national, and international regulations and guidelines is that a legal representative must be present in order to have a duly constituted research ethics board.

The NSHA REB is currently in need of seven new legal members. The commitment to the Board would be for a three year period requiring attendance to one meeting per month. Meetings are scheduled a year in advance and are held Mondays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Members of the Board find the experience on the NSHA REB both informative and rewarding as they are exposed to the leading edge clincial research within various health fields. If you are interested in participating as a legal member on the NSHA REB please contact Nadine Ransome, Research Ethics Office Administrative Coordinator to set up an appointment with the Office Manager.

Contact Information:

Nadine Ransome 902-473-2126  nadine.ransome@nshealth.ca
Room 118, Centre for Clinical Research
5790 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7

 

 

The Marguerite Centre is an 11-bed, long-term residential facility for women in recovery from addictions and abuse. We believe in the right for women to recover from their addictions in a safe residential setting where their unique needs will be met, their issues addressed and their voices heard. Our woman-centered, holistic approach to programming empowers women to create their own path to healing and recovery. Located in the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Centre is staffed 24 hours a day and it is the only facility of its kind for women in Nova Scotia. A number of new board appointments now need to be made.

The Role:

  • Contribute to overall strategy and direction through effective participation at meetings
  • Ensure that the Centre continues to operate independently and with integrity
  • Act as an ambassador for the Centre, promoting its work among stakeholders

The Candidate:

  • Possess an understanding legal issues surrounding the Not-For-Profit business world
  • Have a desire to work with a Board Team to steward our Strategic Plan and provide the perspective of legal navigation
  • Commitment to the Mission of the Centre

A briefing package, containing full application details can be obtained by contacting Lisa Mullin, Executive Director margdirector@eastlink.ca or requesting by telephone 902-444-3089.

The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is currently seeking a legal expert to join our women-only volunteer Board of Directors. 

The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is a non-profit, community-based, feminist organization working to eliminate sexual assault/abuse and to change the current socio-political culture that fosters sexism, social injustice and other forms of oppression. The Centre provides immediate care and support, counselling, advocacy and community education.  

We are seeking an individual with professional experience in the field of law to join the Nominations and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors.  

The individual who comes to the board will support Avalon’s vision and mission and be willing to offer their time and energy to the organization. A commitment of 4-8 hours a month includes monthly board meetings and committee work.  

Avalon Centre supports employment and leadership opportunities for women. The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre Board of Directors welcomes and prioritizes the interest and contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization. We encourage applicants to describe the ways in which their lived experiences will inspire and lead their contributions to the Avalon Board of Directors.  

Any interested applicants should contact the Nominations and Goverance Chair: Lee-Ann Conrod, at Lee-Ann.Conrod@dal.ca

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Nova Scotia Unions’ Charter Challenges to Recent Labour Legislation

Speaker: Gail Gatchalian, Pink Larkin

Event Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:00

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice is holding an information session for the public on the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act on Feb 27 at the Truro Public Library in the J. Harris Read Room. The information session will run from 11:00 am until noon. 

Registration is not required to attend this event. Members of the legal community are welcome to attend. 

Event Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 17:30 to 20:00

Women’s Forum Annual Trivia Night

Please join us for a 3rd annual night of trivia, networking and merriment at the Hallifax Distilling Company (J.D. Shore Rum Distillery).

Questions will be read by the Honourable Justice Beryl MacDonald, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Family Division.

Prizes to be won! Dinner included with registration. Cash bar.

Please also plan to bring your business cards for exchange!

Event Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 18:30
Imagining 2030: What Could Climate Justice Look Like in Mi’kma’ki?
Conversations on climate action, good jobs, and rights for workers and Indigenous communities.
 
For complete details, see the Facebook event page
 
Nova Scotia needs new goals for climate action and a new way of looking at climate justice. Sometime, in spring and summer 2018, the Government of Nova Scotia will begin public engagement on the development of two wide-reaching pieces of climate and environmental policy: the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and cap-and-trade regulations. The development of these policies provides an opportunity to build a stronger coalition and mobilize to call for goals that will get us closer to climate justice in 2030.
 
This event will feature a roundtable of speakers from various perspectives on climate change, workers’ transition, Indigenous rights other important aspects of climate justice, who will speak to how they imagine climate justice in Mi’kma’ki in 2030. Following the discussion audience members will be invited to host or participate in small group discussions about opportunities to act, participate, and mobilize.
 
Featuring:
  • Dorene Bernard, Grassroots Grandmothers
  • Laura Cutmore, Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office, and Divest Dal
  • Christine Saulnier, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Sam Krawec, Halifax Dartmouth District Labour Council, NSGEU, Solidarity Halifax
  • Rodney Small, Common Good Solutions
Moderated by: Robin Tress, Council of Canadians 
Event Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia’s Work and Some of the Issues Faced by LGBTQ Refugees

Speakers: Lawrence Roche, the Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia, and Michael Battista, Migration Law Group, Toronto

Event Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 17:30 to 20:00

Updates from Family Division

Speaker: Associate Chief Justice Lawrence I. O’Neil, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division)

Event Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30

Dalhousie Law Hour provides a one hour lecture each week geared at engaging our student body and surrounding community with presentations from prominent legal, academic, and political minds of the day.This forum provides an excellent opportunity to connect the legal issues and ideas learned in law school with how the law actually works in everyday life. Law Hour has been an institution at Dalhousie since the 1960's and has had tremendous support from students, faculty and members of the community. 

This Law Hour will feature a talk from The Honourable Justice Sheila Ray. 

Justice Sheila Ray is a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, appointed April 1992. Prior to, she was the legal advisor to the Federal Department of Justice on criminal justice and regulatory reform initiatives. Justice Ray has presided on all criminal matters, and has a special interest in courts where restorative justice approaches are used, including Gladue (Aboriginal) Court and the Mental Health Court. She has been incorporating the recommendations of Aboriginal sentencing circles into probation orders since the early days of her appointment to the Bench, before the Gladue case was decided, and before Gladue Court was created. She is a frequent presenter at legal education and public legal education events, and has written articles on access to justice and restorative approaches to sentencing. 

FREE PIZZA will be provided. 

Event Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Nova Scotia Wellness Court, Gladue Reports and the upcoming Court in the Wagmatcook First Nation Community

Speaker: The Honourable Laurel Halfpenny-MacQuarrie, Provincial Court of Nova Scotia

Event Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30

The Challenge of Migration and Health Care Solidarity in Liberal Democracies
Y.Y. Brandon Chen
Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

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

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

Event Date: Tuesday, 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 CôtéSupreme Court of Canada. 

Event Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Judicial Review and Appeals

Speaker: Agnes MacNeil, NS Department of Justice

Event Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Expropriation

Speaker: Robert Pineo, Patterson law

Event Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:30

SOGI & The Schulich School of Law OUTLaw Society Meet and Greet

The Henry House

1222 Barrington Street

Halifax NS

Event Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 17:00 to 19:00

2nd Annual International Women's Day Event

An Update on Abortion Access in Nova Scotia: An International Women’s Day Discussion

Speaker: Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press

Event Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Employment Hot Topics

Speaker: Kimberley D. Pochini, Patterson Law

Event Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30

Dalhousie Law Hour provides a one hour lecture each week geared at engaging our student body and surrounding community with presentations from prominent legal, academic, and political minds of the day.This forum provides an excellent opportunity to connect the legal issues and ideas learned in law school with how the law actually works in everyday life. Law Hour has been an institution at Dalhousie since the 1960's and has had tremendous support from students, faculty and members of the community. 

This Law Hour will feature a talk from Justice Christa Brothers, QC.

Justice Christa Brothers, QC, is an alumna of the Schulich School of Law, and was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court just this past July 2017. Previously, Justice Brothers was a Partner at Stewart McKelvey, and she received her Queen's Counsel designation in 2014. Throughout her career, Justice Brothers has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to excellence and equality. Justice Brothers was also named Lawyer of the Year in personal injury litigation by Best Lawyers in 2017, was Chair of the Complaints Investigation Committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society from 2014 to 2017, and appointed Second Vice President of NSBS this year.

FREE PIZZA will be provided!

Event Date: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Recent Trends and Developments in the Law on 'Charter Values'

Speakers: Daniel Wilband, Pink Larkin, and Dante Manna, Stewart McKelvey

Dante Manna, Stewart McKelvey, and Dan Wilband, Pink Larkin, will review recent legal developments relating to the role of ‘Charter values’. They will provide an overview of some recent controversies in the case law and of how Charter values inform ongoing legal trends.

Event Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

How to…Run a Small Claims Court Proceeding

Speakers: Augustus (Gus) Richardson, QC, AD+REM Alternative Dispute Resolution Services Inc., and Sara Nicholson, Stewart McKelvey

Event Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Capacity Assessment Demonstration

Speakers: Dr. Mark Bosma, FRCPC, Timothy Matthews, QC, Stewart McKelvey, and Kelly Greenwood, Burchells LLP

Event Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Hallmarks of Financial Fraud

Speaker: Heidi Schedler, Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Event Date: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 19:30

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, recently retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will deliver the Annual Allan J. MacEachen Lecture at St FX University, on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm, in the Schwartz Auditorium, St FX.

The title of her lecture is "Democracy and the Rule of Law".

 

Event Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 - 17:00

Dalhousie Legal Aid "Social Justice Soirée"

Join Halifax's legal community for an evening of casual socializing in support of the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic! Buy your tickets now to ensure a spot!

Featuring:

  • Sample some of Nova Scotias best wines, beers, cider and spirits!***
  • A Silent Auction 
  • Naming the winner of the Irving and Ruth Pink Award for Youth Development and Social Justice

Wines by: Benjamin Bridge Winery

Beer by: Good Robot Brewing Company

Cider by: Chainyard  Urban Cidery

Spirits by: Bishop's Cellar 

Food: TBC

***Ticket price includes tastings of local food and drink

 

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The Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic is a community-based legal clinic in the North End of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Clinic provides free services to low-income communities, does community outreach, education, organizing, lobbying and test case litigation to combat injustices affecting persons with low incomes in Nova Scotia.The Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic is a clinical program for law students and is operated by the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. The Clinic has been in operation since 1970 and is the oldest clinical law program in Canada.

Event Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 11:00

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice is hosting an information session for lawyers on the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act on March 28th from 11:00 am to noon at the McConnell Library in Sydney. The library is located at 50 Falmouth Street and the session will be held in the Program Room. 

Registration is not required to attend this session. Another information session is being planned for Halifax in April. 

Event Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, May 2, 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

Event Date: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 09:00 to 16:15

Criminal Law Conference "The Nuts and Bolts of Bail"

Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room

For details, check out our brochure at: http://www.cbans.ca/CBAMediaLibrary/cba_ns/PDF/Reference%20Material/CBANSCriminalLawConf2018.pdf

Join us at 4:15 for a Networking Reception.

Event Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, May 12, 2018 (All day)

Registration is 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, lawyers and other 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. 

 

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. Register for the morning only, featuring presentations by noted faculty. Stayfor the full day including afternoon skills workshop for hands-on exercises. Workshop materials will be distributed electronically prior to the program. Advance preparation is required for the afternoon skills workshop.

Topics Include:

  • Negotiation planning and strategy
  • Settlement offers
  • Advice from the bench
  • Tips for the courthouse steps
  • Dealing with difficult parties andrepresentatives
  • Professionalism and ethical issues
  • Obtaining clear client instructions

Program Chairs:

  • Daniel M. Campbell, Q.C., Cox & Palmer
  • Sheree Conlon, Q.C., Stewart McKelvey
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