February 22, 2018 InForum Issue

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Society news

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: Read More

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

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 Read More
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: Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Joan Katrina Christiansen Lauren Alicia Grant Read More
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 Read More
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).  Read More

A series of collaborative law emails purportedly from a "Sun-Hi Dong” have recently been circulating – example here: From: Sun-Hi Dong Date: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 3:55 PM Subject: Petition Read More

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. Read More

See the new Practice Memorandum #12: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Appeals  Read More

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. Read More

The Honourable Justice Clare MacLellan of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) retired January 26, 2018. For more information, see  Read More

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

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

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. Read More

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. Read More

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

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: Read More

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. Read More

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

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 Read More
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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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

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. Read More

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. Read More

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 lik Read More

Dalhousie Law Graduate (JD, 2018) looking for an articling position in Nova Scotia for the 2018-2019 year. Please contact me at  Read More

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. Read More

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.  Read More

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 po Read More

Competition # 9223 Executive Director, Court Services, Permanent, HALIFAX  Nova Scotia Department of Justice Closing date: February 26, 2018   Read More

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane proudly traces its roots in the Annapolis Valley back to 1835 when the founding Partners opened the very first law office in the Kings County Shire Town of Kentville. Read More

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 practic Read More

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 Read More

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.  Read More

Position Type:             Permanent Status:                          Full-Time Location:                      Halifax Date Posted:                January 29, 2018 Closing Date:               March 2, 2018  Read More

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. Read More

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 Read More

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. Read More

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.  Read More

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.  Read More

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

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. Read More

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 : Read More

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. Read More

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 All replies will be kept in confidence.  Read More

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. Read More

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

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.  Read More
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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is currently seeking a legal expert to join our women-only volunteer Board of Directors.  Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:00
Nova Scotia Unions’ Charter Challenges to Recent Labour Legislation Speaker: Gail Gatchalian, Pink Larkin  Read More
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.   Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 17:30
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. Read More
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.     Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00
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  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 17:30
Updates from Family Division Speaker: Associate Chief Justice Lawrence I. O’Neil, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division)  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:30
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. Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:00
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  Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:00
The Challenge of Migration and Health Care Solidarity in Liberal DemocraciesY.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. ​ Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (All day)
Hear directly from esteemed judges and accomplished lawyers from diverse practice backgrounds about success in leadership, career development, and advocacy skills. Connect with colleagues, share advice and learn from other's experiences. Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Justice Suzanne Côté, Supreme Court of Canada.   Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:00
Judicial Review and Appeals Speaker: Agnes MacNeil, NS Department of Justice  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:00
Expropriation Speaker: Robert Pineo, Patterson law  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 17:30
SOGI & The Schulich School of Law OUTLaw Society Meet and Greet The Henry House 1222 Barrington Street Halifax NS  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 17:00
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  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00
Employment Hot Topics Speaker: Kimberley D. Pochini, Patterson Law  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:30
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. Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00
Recent Trends and Developments in the Law on 'Charter Values' Speakers: Daniel Wilband, Pink Larkin, and Dante Manna, Stewart McKelvey Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:00
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  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:00
Capacity Assessment Demonstration Speakers: Dr. Mark Bosma, FRCPC, Timothy Matthews, QC, Stewart McKelvey, and Kelly Greenwood, Burchells LLP  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:00
Hallmarks of Financial Fraud Speaker: Heidi Schedler, Nova Scotia Securities Commission  Read More
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".    Read More
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: Read More
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.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (All day)
Location: Online Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program. Cost for this program is $650 plus HST and registrants have the first two weeks to review the materials and the final week to complete the assessment. Read More
Event Date: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 09:00
Criminal Law Conference "The Nuts and Bolts of Bail" Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room For details, check out our brochure at: Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 (All day)
Registration is open for  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (All day)
Whether in the courtroom, boardroom or office,negotiating well for your client goes hand in hand with being a good litigator. Experienced counsel give candid advice on strategies and tactics that work. This program teaches the skills of negotiation planning andhow to ensure you leave a negotiation with the best deal possible for your client. Read More
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