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Submit an Expression of Interest for the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee
There are currently vacancies on the Society’s Court of Appeal Liaison Committee. The Committee seeks representation from the civil litigation (private sector) and family law bars.
The objective of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee is to provide a means for ongoing liaison and communication between the Court of Appeal and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society about matters of mutual concern and interest. There are three main tasks for the Committee:
- to identify practice and policy issues of mutual concern and interest;
- to recommend means for addressing these issues; and
- to communicate the results of this process to the Court and to the Society for further communication to the profession or elsewhere.
The Committee meets twice per year. Committee members are not required to attend meetings in person and can participate via conference call.
If you’re interested in being considered for appointment to this Liaison Committee, please send the following materials to Tilly Pillay, NSBS Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 22, 2020:
- A completed Skills & Attributes Matrix
- A brief expression of interest (max. 1 page)
- A brief resume (1-2 pages)
We value diversity on our committees and welcome applications from all employment equity groups.
Questions? please contact Jane Willwerth, Governance, Policy & Planning Advisor, at email@example.com.
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.
LexisNexis Webinars May 1 & May 7: Justice Adapting
Justice Adapting: Atlantic Canada Courts
May 1, 2020 11:00 AM
LexisNexis presents the Atlantic Canada chapter of a series of free webinars with a Chief Justice from every Atlantic Canada provinces present. In a round-table discussion format, they will address how their courts are continuing to adapt in light of restricted operations due to COVID-19. They will provide insight into questions such as their experiences in operating virtual courtrooms, plans for further adaptations, technological successes and challenges, and which processes, if any, the courts will continue to adopt in the post-pandemic world.
- Hon. David H. Jenkins, Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island
- Hon. Raymond Whalen, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Hon. Tracey K. DeWare Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick
- Hon. Pamela Williams, Chief Judge, Provincial and Family Court of Nova Scotia
Justice Adapting: Atlantic Canada Law Societies
May 7, 2020 2:00 PM
LexisNexis presents the Atlantic chapter of a series of free webinars with members. Please join us in listening to a question and answer panel with four members of counsel from the Law Societies of Eastern Canada.
- Robert MacGregor, President, Law Society of Prince Edward Island and Counsel at McInnes Cooper
- Tilly Pillay QC, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Executive Director
- Ian Patey, President of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and Partner at O’Dea Earle
- Marc L. Richard QC, Law Society of New Brunswick Executive Director
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)