June 28, 2018 InForum Issue

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Society news

At its meeting on April 27, Council approved the Society’s Operating and Capital Budgets for 2018-2019, and set the fees necessary for the membership year beginning July 1, 2018. Invoices and notices of Preauthorized Payment amounts will be sent to lawyers and firms in early May. Read More

The Society is planning to modernize the Trust Assurance Program over the next six to nine months and is looking to form a working group that will help guide the planning and decision making. The revised program will aid in the achievement of the following: Read More

The Society's 2018 Annual Report and Financial Statements are now available on the website. Visit The documents were presented at the Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Program, held June 16 at the Schulich School of Law in Halifax.   Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to her family, friends and former colleagues. Read More

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

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

Sixty-two new lawyers were admitted to Nova Scotia’s legal profession in a Bar Admission Ceremony on June 15, joining 16 others called in three smaller ceremonies over the past year. Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following former member received a judicial appointment on June 4, 2018: The Honourable Chris Manning is now a Judge of the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts. Read More
Access to Justice

Lawyer Roster for Land Title Initiative             Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission – June 25 announcement Read More

Friday, June 15, 2018 (Halifax, NS) – The Canadian Bar Association–Nova Scotia (CBANS) held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 13. Two annual award recipients were announced by Dennis James QC, Past-President and Chair of the Nominating Committee. Read More

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia presented its Annual Report to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on June 16 at the 2018 NSBS Annual Meeting. Tabled by Robert G. MacKeigan QC, Chair, the report is available on the Annual Reports page of the Law Foundation’s website. Read More
Tips from LIANS

The latest issue of Vitality Newsletter explores "The link between concussion and depression". This newsletter looks at the common mental health challenges of those who experience a concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Read More

Nova Scotia's first Gladue and Healing to Wellness Court was officially opened and celebrated in Wagmatcook First Nation on June 21, marking National Indigenous Peoples Day and an important step toward reconciliation and improved access to justice in the province. Read More

Judges from all the Nova Scotia Courts met with African Nova Scotian leaders over two days earlier this month to learn about the challenges facing that community, particularly in the justice system. Read More

On June 22, 2018, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia approved a Practice Memorandum related to the new provincial legislation that deals with intimate images and cyber-protection. Read More

A new Free Legal Clinic for self-represented litigants in the Yarmouth area launched at the courthouse on July 6. For details, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website: Further reading:  Read More

On June 1, the Hon. Justice Joel Fichaud of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal was a guest speaker in Ottawa at a judicial conference hosted by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ).  Read More

This is to inform you that a Notice to the Parties and the Profession (Publication of Court Decisions) was issued today by the Honourable Paul Crampton, Chief Justice of the Federal Court, and published on the  Read More

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice has appointed Karen Lockerby to join its senior management team as the new Executive Director, Court Services Division. She begins on Monday, July 9. Read More

On June 27, new legislation came into effect to protect the rights of service dog users to live, shop, commute and access the same places and services as other Nova Scotians. For complete information, visit Read More

Environment Minister Iain Rankin has launched public consultations on future coastal protection legislation. If you live near Nova Scotia's coastline, rely on it for your livelihood, or are concerned about the impact of rising sea levels on coastal communities – it’s time to have your say. Read More

The Department of Business has released the Last Mile Strategy, developed by Brightstar. The strategy provides recommendations about how to connect underserved and unserved households and businesses to high-speed internet. Read More

Community Services / Communities, Culture and Heritage – June 11 announcement Community groups working to reduce poverty and help people find jobs can now apply for a Building Vibrant Communities grant. The program is accepting grant applications until midnight on July 12. Read More

Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women – June 8 announcement  Read More

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

The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service recently announced the appointments of three new Crown attorneys: Nicole Campbell in Port Hawkesbury, Rochelle Palmer in Sydney and Bryson McDonald in Dartmouth. Read More

June 18, 2018 – Halifax, Nova Scotia: BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to announce and welcome Alexandria J. Barnes to the firm. Alexandria first joined BOYNECLARKE LLP as a summer student in 2016, then as an articled clerk in 2017/2018. Read More

The Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) has convened lawyers, judges, legal academics and key organizations to tackle the issue of delays in criminal proceedings in the aftermath of the Supreme Court of Canada's groundbreaking Jordan and Cody decisions. It was decided that a roundtable on criminal delays would be held in four different provinces. Read More

On June 22, the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) released its Annual Report 2017-18, A Welcoming & Inclusive Province. The report shares stories of volunteers who generously give their time and energy, not only to ISANS programs, but to help create welcoming communities. Read More

Seeking a missing will for Carol Anne Keeler, who was born in 1955 and passed away on May 29, 2018. Ms. Keeler lived at her apartment on Albert Street in Dartmouth for over 30 years, and was employed as a civilian Human Resources staff member with the Department of Defence at the Halifax Dockyards. Read More

Seeking missing will for Dorothy Keyes Duhan, born June 24, 1934, age 83. Her date of death was May 2, 2018, and she was a resident of Morris Street in Halifax. Read More

The family of Diane Dorothy Muttart is seeking to locate her Last Will and Testament. Mrs. Muttart was born on December 16, 1946, and passed away on April 22, 2018. She formerly resided at 131 Farnham Gate Road, Unit 4, 3rd Floor, in Halifax, and passed away at Northwood Manor in Halifax. She was predeceased by her husband, Mr. Wayne Muttart. Read More

Legal Aid Saskatchewan is seeking a term lawyer for its Regina City Area Office for a period up to March 29, 2019.  Lawyers are required to practice in the areas of adult and youth criminal and family law; however, for the length of this term, the lawyer would be practicing family law.   Read More

Position:  Contract Staff Lawyer position in Truro (Northest Conflict Office), Nova Scotia practicing family law. Read More

I completed my undergraduate degree from McGill University and NCA (National Commitee Accreditation) Qualification Program at the University of Ottawa (Common Law Division). I would like to relocate to Nova Scotia. I am seeking an articling position. I have excellent references from former professors and employers. Read More

LFS Supervising Legal Counsel Regular/full-time Manitoba Justice Manitoba Prosecutions, Crown Law Thompson MB Advertisement Number: 34108 Salary(s): LFS $130,727.00 - $155,844.00 per year Plus Remoteness Allowance, if applicable. Closing Date: June 22, 2018 Read More

The in-house legal department at Aviva Trial Lawyers is hiring.  We are currently seeking a paralegal hybrid for our Dartmouth office.  You will be responsible for supporting one lawyer in the handling of insurance defence (tort) litigation matters.  This is a hybrid position where you will be responsible for various paralegal and assistant tasks as well as the day-to-day file management. Read More

Position - Contract Staff Lawyer position in Windsor, Nova Scotia practicing family law, with the possibility of some criminal law. Read More

Our ideal candidate is a professional, yet enthusiastic person with a strong attention to detail and a positive ‘can do’ attitude. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Read More

I am a foreign lawyer. I compeleted my NCA (National Committee Accreditation) Qualification from the University of Ottawa (Common Law Division). Currently I am working with lawyer in Toronto. I wish to relocate to Nova Scotia. I seeking Articling position unpiad or paid does not matter. I would provide my resume and reference. Read More

The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is seeking a Legal Officer to begin as soon as possible. We are looking for a successful, highly motivated person who will work from Halifax, Canada. The successful applicant will be rewarded with exciting legal work, high level representational opportunities and the chance to travel globally.   Read More

North Star Immigration Law Inc. is seeking a legal assistant or paralegal to support our team of 5 lawyers in Halifax. The ideal candidate will be a friendly, meticulous and energetic problem-solver. Our office is a fast-paced, collaborative and fun place to work and we offer a competitive salary and health benefits. Read More

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or position where they are under-represented. Read More

At Nathanson Seaman Watts, Kentville, NS (Annapolis Valley), our firm of seven lawyers strives to give our clients the very best legal advice in many areas of law. Whether it be a house purchase or sale, a custody dispute, a corporate re-organization, or an estate matter, we can provide the advice that only comes from years of experience. Read More

Position: Managing Lawyer and/or Staff Lawyer position in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia practicing criminal and family law.  This is an initial one year contract position with the potential to become permanent. Read More

Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) is pleased to announce that it has commenced providing legal services pursuant to the new Land Title Initiative (LTI).  In collaboration with  a number of government stakeholders, NSLA will assist land owners in removing barriers to obtaining legal title to their land.  This will help to address the unequal treatment that African Nova Scotians have faced.  Pursuant  Read More

Writer and Coordinator Legal Information about Domestic Violence   Read More

Greetings, Having recently graduated from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, I am in the process of writing my NCA's to gain my Canadian equivalences and practice law in Canada. I was born and raised in Nova Scotia, and also have a previous career as a teacher in the Halifax region. As a mature student, I entered into the study of law as it is a passion of mine. Read More

Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny Duggan LLP is seeking an associate lawyer to join our growing firm. Read More

Kim & Lake Law is a forward-thinking firm. We are committed to providing a level of service that consistently exceeds expectations and ensures clients feel supported and cared for. We’re also equally passionate about ensuring each lawyer feels the same level of support from the firm. Read More

Pressé Mason, an established law firm in Bedford, is seeking a full time permanent legal assistant with litigation/personal injury experience to begin immediately. The successful candidate should possess the following: - proficiency in MS Office. Experience with PCLaw software an asset. - accurate spelling and grammar with attention to detail Read More

Barteaux Durnford is a boutique labour and employment law firm representing private and public sector employers throughout Atlantic Canada.  We are the Atlantic Canada member of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest network of labour and employment lawyers. Read More

The law office of Lorway MacEachern seeks a Paralegal/ Legal Assistant with a minimum of 3 years experience in general practice. The applicant must possess experience in litigation documentation (personal injuries, family, criminal) property, wills and estates, and corporate. Employment to commence immediately.  Responsibilities Read More

Looking for a Full time Legal Assistant to join our busy Law Office.  Experience would be considered a major asset.  The successful applicant would be responsible for but not limited to the following tasks: Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission (NSREC) is seeking members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society to fill vacancies on their Discipline Committee and Licensing Committee.  About the NSREC Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 12:00
Indigenous Issues within the Senate and the Development of Legislation Affecting Indigenous Peoples  Speaker: Mi’kmaq Senator Daniel Christmas  Read More
Event Date: Friday, July 6, 2018 (All day)
Free information session for lawyers, law students and non-legally trained advocates interested in learning about and delivering prison law services. Delivered jointly by the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton. Please visit the Eventbrite page to register. Lunch will be provided.  Read More
Event Date: Monday, July 9, 2018 - 08:00
There's still time to register for this year's National Criminal Law Program: Evidence, Ethics and the Administration of Justice. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (All day)
Free information and training session for lawyers, law students and non-legally trained advocates interested in learning about and delivering prison law services. Delivered jointly by the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton. Please visit the Eventbrite page to register. Lunch will be provided.  Read More
Event Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 11:30
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Event Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 11:30
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Event Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 16:30
You are cordially invited to celebrate with us at the 16th Annual Pride Reception, co-hosted by the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society! Download invitation (PDF) Read More
Event Date: Monday, August 27, 2018 (All day)
Free information and training session for lawyers, law students and non-legally trained advocates interested in learning about and delivering prison law services. Delivered jointly by the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton. Please visit the Eventbrite page to register. Lunch will be provided.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 15:00
The Schulich School of Law, together with the Canadian Prison Lawyers Association, will host the Canadian Prison Law Conference in Halifax. The conference has multiple goals. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 09:00
Join us Thursday, October 25, 2018 for LIANS' 10th annual Risk and Practice Management Program conference from 9am-3:45pm at the Delta Halifax. Read More
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