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New NSBS Director of Professional Responsibility
The Society’s Director of Professional Responsibility, Victoria Rees retired effective Friday, March 27, 2020.
For over 31 years, Victoria dedicated her career to the Society in various leadership roles, most notably her role as the director of professional responsibility for the past 18 years. She contributed significantly to many of the Society’s impactful initiatives including the risk-focused “Triple P” approach to legal services regulation. Victoria has been a huge contributor to the success of the Society on a national and international level. We are greatly indebted to her.
We wish Victoria the best and thank her for her longstanding commitment to the Society.
Following an open competition and rigorous selection process, Andrew Taillon accepted the position of Director, Professional Responsibility and he assumed this role on March 23, 2020.
Andrew Taillon has a BA, MA, LLB and an LLM and he was called to the bar in June 2007. He has been a practising lawyer for more than twelve years – the last seven years with the Province of Nova Scotia. His work with the Province of Nova Scotia for the last seven years provided him with experience acting as in-house counsel to an organization with a regulatory mandate.
He also has significant experience with mediation and alternative dispute resolution, as well as restorative justice, due to his labour and employment-based law practice and his frequent interactions on behalf of clients with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Andrew is also part-time faculty at the Schulich School of Law.
Andrew brings valuable skills and experience to the Society and we are fortunate to have him as part of our team.
The Society is committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of designated groups and the citizens we serve. We welcome applicants from groups who have historically faced barriers to employment. We encourage you to self-identify in your application.
Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia:
Changes in Category: February 27, 2020-April 30, 2020
In every issue of our newsletter InForum, we provide updates on category changes.
Welcome to the following members who were newly called to the bar:
Louisa Chioma Nnenna Agwu-Utah
Ishrath Muneer Ahmed
Brenton William Arnold
Lisa Jane Avramenko
Gregory Ryan Azeff
Gurpreet Singh Chandok
Peter Nielsen Gaggi
Asim Ahmad Iqbal
Harinder Singh Kaberwal
Stephanie Elise Morton
Tanvi Ronak Nagda
Kathleen-Elizabeth Catherine Nellie Naugler
Oladeji Samuel Omotosho
Tricia Marian Ralph
Olufunke Olawumi Salami
Andrew James Scott
Jeffery J. Slivocka
Desiree Grace Acosta Tan
Jason William Joseph Woycheshyn
Welcome to the following articled clerk:
Zachary Michael MacMillan
The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:
Claire Emma Milton, QC
Ademofe Aretha Oye-Adeniran
Caitlin Amber Plummer
Starla Anita Tanshel Sheppard
Enoch John Wu
The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:
Mary Ann Louise Burke-Matheson
Balraj Kaur Dosanjh
Cheryl Lynn Marie Hodder, QC
Jennifer Lauryn Keliher
Kevin Alexander MacDonald
Victoria P. Rees, QC
Benjamin Rae Gavin Roper
Brandon Marshall Trask
Katrina Anne Trask
The following members have Retired:
Douglas Earle Johnson
Peter John MacKeigan, QC
Tammy C. MacKenzie
The following members are now Life members:
George Augustus Caines, QC
James Stewart Cowan, QC
For Your Information
Missing Wills: The Society circulates missing will notices to our members through InForum. Missing wills are submitted through our online form. The following missing wills were submitted online from March-April 2020:
- Name on Missing Will: Barbara Rogers
- Names on Missing Will: Peter Ivan Bond and Joy Jean Bond
- Names on Missing Will: Dawn Madsen/Gulenchyn and Frank Gulenchyn
- Name on Missing Will: James Manning
- Name on Missing Will: Mabel Siefert
- Name on Missing Will: Thomas Troy Jenkins
- Name on Mising Will: Guy Rhyno
- Name on Missing Will: Vincent Savage
- Name on Missing Will: Steven Varner
- Name on Missing Will: Allan Armstrong
- Name on Missing Will: Raymond Cluney
News from the NS Courts
- An updated consolidated version of the Civil Procedure Rules, including a new practice directive for the Court of Appeal, is now available online
- Order providing flexibility in Insolvency proceedings as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19
- Review the NS Courts latest updates related to COVID-19
News from the Federal Court
- Crown Prosecutor- Saskatchewan
- Agent of the Director of Public Prosecutions – Pictou County
- Crown Attorney
- Litigation Associate – C3 Legal Inc.
These events include NSBS events as well as professional development opportunities and related events posted to the events page on our website.
- Justice Adapting – Atlantic Canada Courts (May 1, 2020)
- Righting Wrongs: Extraordinary remedies for egregious cases (May 7, 2020)
- Executor Insurance – Mitigating Risk on Estate Files (May 7, 2020)
- Justice Adapting – Atlantic Canada Law Societies (May 7, 2020)
- Online Communication Technology – An Expert’s Evaluation (May 8, 2020)
- Working Remotely During COVID-19: Cybersecurity & Ethical Considerations (May 14, 2020)
- Interest-Based Mediation Part 1 (May 14, 2020)
- CCDI Webinar: Allyship – Your role in supporting minorities (May 21, 2020)