May InForum: Second Vice-President Appointment, QC Appointments, 6 Steps to Make your Legal Workplace More Equitable & more
- Melanie Petrunia Appointed as Society’s Second Vice-President
- NSBS Executive Director Opportunity
- Nominate a Lawyer for the Distinguished Service Award by June 7th
- Twelve Lawyers Appointed to the Queen’s Counsel
- 2021 Annual Meeting
- Anti-Money Laundering/Client ID and Verification Webinar
- Council Meetings
- Six Steps to Make Your Legal Workplace Equitable
- Contact List for Mortgage Discharges
- Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia
- Changes in Category: April 29, 2021-May 27, 2021
- Professional Responsibility
- For Your Information
- News from the NS Courts
- Career Opportunities
- Upcoming Events
Melanie Petrunia Appointed as Society’s Second Vice-President
We’re pleased to announce that Melanie Petrunia was appointed as the Society’s Second Vice President for the 2020-2021 Council year. The Second Vice-President holds a key position in governance and Melanie will continue on to become First Vice-President in June and then President of the Society in June 2022.
Melanie has contributed her time and insights as a Council member since June 2019 and has sat on the Credentials Committee and Racial Equity Committee.
“Melanie comes to the Society’s Executive with insight and experience on Council and committees. I know she will help the Society advance our strategic priorities. We are very fortunate to have Melanie on board.”– Craig Garson QC, NSBS President
“I am happy to be appointed as the Society’s Second Vice President. My past experience as a Council member and on the Credentials Committee and Racial Equity Committee gives me valuable insight into the Society’s strategic priorities. I look forward to serving on the Executive and will work hard to further the goals and objectives of the Society.”– Melanie Petrunia, NSBS Second Vice-President
Melanie Petrunia is a partner at Nijhawan McMillan Petrunia, a litigation boutique in Halifax, where she practices civil, commercial and tax litigation. She began her legal career at Stewart McKelvey before joining the federal Department of Justice, Tax Law Services. During her eight years with the DOJ, she regularly appeared in the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. She joined her current firm after a brief period as a sole practitioner. She also serves as a part-time member of the Social Security Tribunal of Canada, Appeal Division.
NSBS Executive Director Opportunity
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) regulates the legal profession in Nova Scotia in the public interest by ensuring that lawyers are competent, ethical, and practice law in accordance with the standards set by the Society. As the regulator of legal services delivery, we also strive to improve the administration of justice in the province by working to promote access to justice and enhanced legal services for the people of Nova Scotia.
Reporting to the Council and working closely with the President of the NSBS, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the management and coordination of the Society’s operations, finances, organizational structure, and governance through a proactive, principled, and proportionate approach to all aspects of regulation.
The ED is responsible for implementing the Society’s strategic framework and its annual activity plan. The ED anticipates and plans for the Society’s evolving needs. The ED consistently demonstrates the Society’s commitment to substantive equality, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession and in the administration of justice. An extraordinary relationship builder, the ED will intrinsically understand the Society’s mission and values and will draw upon analytical prowess and a progressive mindset to fully support the Council in its commitment to foster innovation in the delivery of legal services. The ED will lead by example in continuously enhancing the Society’s public profile, management systems, and regulatory objectives, as well as championing improvements to the delivery of justice and legal services in Nova Scotia.
The Society is a vibrant and ever-changing organization. Within the last month, the Society acknowledged the existence of systemic discrimination in our justice system and within the organization itself. Since then, we have set in place an external, independent review of our regulatory and operational policies and procedures. To move this important work forward, the ED will be fully supportive and experienced in dealing with issues related to the barriers created by racism, unconscious bias and discrimination and deeply committed to eliminating their existence.
As the ideal candidate, you are a professional with a post-secondary graduate level degree combined with a minimum of 10 years of experience as a proven leader. You know when to apply common sense and flexibility and you can easily build rapport and work effectively with diverse stakeholders. You are seasoned in managing a multi-faceted portfolio and you are forward-thinking and strategic in your approach. With a passion for continuous improvement, you are skilled in developing organizational structures and allocating resources with operational efficiency and effectiveness in mind, while maintaining appropriate budgetary control. Known for your superior communication skills and sound judgement, you are a proven facilitator and consensus builder who can effectively deliver complex messages ensuring clarity and compliance with established standards and practices. You value equity, diversity and inclusion. An interest in and/or knowledge of the Canadian legal community and justice system is necessary for this dynamic leadership opportunity. Practice experience and familiarity with self-governing bodies is also an asset.
If you are interested in significantly contributing to the important mission of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, please submit your application at: [email protected]. This competition will remain open until filled.
The Society is committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, values diversity and isrepresentative, 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.
Nominate a Lawyer for the Distinguished Service Award by June 7th
The Society’s Distinguished Service Award (DSA), established in 1999, recognizes outstanding lawyers who have contributed significantly to their community, the legal profession and/or to the Society.
The 2020 DSA recipient was John Rafferty QC. Review the list of all recipients.
The DSA Committee reviews the nominations and makes a recommendation to Council based on these considerations:
- Integrity: The recipient is of unimpeachably good character, with a reputation for the highest professional integrity.
- Professional achievement: The recipient is amongst the leaders in the practice of law or the academic realm.
- Service to the profession: The recipient has made long-term, exceptional volunteer contributions to elevate the legal profession through work with one or more of the following: the Society, the justice system, legal scholarship or otherwise.
- Community service: The recipient is an outstanding contributor to the community, through volunteer service and a commitment to making the world a better place.
- Reform: The recipient has made an outstanding contribution to the betterment of the law or the improvement of the justice system.
- Overall: The recipient espouses the highest ideals of the legal profession and is a person to whom all members of the profession can look for inspiration.
Do you know an outstanding lawyer who fits the nomination criteria?
Both members of the Society and members of the public may nominate a lawyer.
Questions? Please contact the Society’s Governance, Policy & Planning Officer, Katie Lister, at [email protected].
Twelve Lawyers Appointed to the Queen’s Counsel
Twelve of the province’s lawyers are being awarded the prestigious Queen’s counsel (QC) designation.
The QC designation is awarded annually to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contributions to the legal community.
The appointees are:
- Donald A. MacLeod, Halifax
- Philip S. Gruchy, Halifax
- Joseph Royden Trainor, Jr., Halifax
- Jennifer Louise Cox, Truro
- Shauna MacDonald, Halifax
- Richard Niedermayer, Halifax
- Suzanne I. Rix, Halifax
- Terrance G. Sheppard, Dartmouth
- Angela Doris Caseley, Bedford
- Jeanne Desveaux, Bedford
- Robert John Scott Hanf, Halifax
- Michelle Marie Kelly, Halifax
A formal ceremony to honour the QC designates will be held at a later date.
Congratulations to all of the Queen’s counsel designates for this well-deserved recognition. I know that the lawyers in our province give their time generously to their profession and to their communities. To see them being recognized with a QC designation is a testament to their leadership and many contributionsJacqueline Mullenger, acting executive director, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
2021 Annual Meeting
When: Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 9:00 AM
Where: Virtually via Zoom
The Society’s Annual Meeting will be hosted virtually via Zoom due to public health guidelines. We will welcome the Society’s incoming President Tuma Young QC as our first Indigenous President. The Honourable Justice L.S. Tony Mandamin, retired Judge of the Federal Court, Trial Division and President David C. Dingwall, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University will speak briefly at this event.
We will be asking members to register in advance. Registration is coming soon & a direct invite will be emailed to all members prior to the meeting.
Anti-Money Laundering/Client ID and Verification Webinar
Register for this educational webinar about the Society’s cash transactions, client identification and verification Regulations. This webinar is an opportunity to ask questions & learn more about these Regulations.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, via Zoom.
Presenters: Jillian Barrington (in practice with Sheldon Nathanson Law), Bernadine MacAulay (NSBS General Counsel), and Elaine Cumming (NSBS Professional Responsibility Counsel).
Six Steps to Make Your Legal Workplace Equitable
Wondering what you and your colleagues can do to make your legal workplace more equitable for everyone but you’re not sure what steps to take?
We’ve created a list of six steps that you can take to make your legal workplace more equitable for no monetary cost and require no special training.
In the coming months, we’ll publish scenarios for each of the six steps in our new blog series featured in InForum titled ‘Equity in Action: What Would You Do?‘ Each scenario in this blog series will be situations you or your colleagues may have already found yourselves in.
Contact List for Mortgage Discharges
The Canadian Bankers Association (“CBA”) has provided an updated list of bank officials to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages.
Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia
Changes in Category: April 29, 2021-May 27, 2021
In every issue of our newsletter InForum, we provide updates on category changes.
The following members have changed to Practising status:
|Nicole Marie Campbell|
|Marian F. Mancini|
|Emily Jane Mason|
|Micaela Anne Sheppard|
The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:
|Jocelyn Zoe Larissa Ferguson|
|Shauna Claire Elizabeth Hall-Coates|
|Olajumoke Damilare Odepe|
|Efe Maris Ogbonmwan|
|Amber Natasha Penney|
|Thilairani P. Pillay, QC|
The following members have Retired:
|Patrick L. Casey, QC|
|Terry Francis Thomas Degen|
|Dominic P. Goduto|
|Elizabeth Mary Haldane|
|Heather Jeanne Hill|
The following members have Resigned:
|Ishrath Muneer Ahmed|
|Daniel Ross Jones|
|Robin Shilp Sharma|
|Katrina Anne Trask|
For Your Information
National Study on well-being of legal professionals
I am writing to invite you to participate in a national study on the well-being of legal professionals in Canada. In the next week you will receive an email forwarded from Dr. Nathalie Cadieux of the Université de Sherbrooke inviting you to complete a questionnaire about experiences related to your well-being.
The study is being administered by Dr. Cadieux and her research team, and adheres to rigorous research and security protocols through the Université de Sherbrooke. All responses are anonymous and will remain strictly confidential. Only the research team will have access to survey data in aggregate form.
The study is a collaborative initiative of all law societies in Canada, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association. It is led by the Federation through a national Steering Committee.
On behalf of the Steering Committee, I am writing to ask that you please take the time to complete the questionnaire. Your participation will provide important information about the determinants of well-being, both risk factors and factors that support well-being, among legal professionals in Canada. The information will also help law societies develop appropriate intervention strategies to better support legal professionals.
The questionnaire should take 30 to 45 minutes to complete. You can leave the questionnaire and return to it at any time, and continue from where you left off. Simply click on the secure link that will be provided in Dr. Cadieux’s email. Your response is kindly requested within two weeks of receipt of the survey.
There is more information about the well-being initiative here. You can also watch a short video about this project from Dr. Cadieux here. The survey link will follow in a separate email within the week.
The cooperation of lawyers and articling students in Nova Scotia is essential to the success of the study, and your participation in the national survey would be greatly appreciated.
Chair, National Well-being Study Steering Committee
Name on will: Iris Umlah
Last known residence: Halifax, NS
Any lawyers with information please contact: Mallory Arnott at [email protected] or 902-921-1091.
Additional information: Her full name is Iris Ada Josephine Umlah & maiden name is Slaunwhite. Formerly of Terence Bay.
Name on will: Graham Russell MacKenzie
Last known residence: Kemptown
Any lawyers with information please contact: Angela Hudson at [email protected] or 902-890-5109.
Name on will: Donald S. Lim
Last known residence: Dartmouth, NS
Any lawyers with information please contact: Penny Lim at [email protected] or 604-708-3603.
News from the NS Courts
- Update on masking in courtrooms
- Provincial Court extends suspension of in-person proceedings until at least June 11
- Supreme Court returns to normal filing processes, non-urgent matters can proceed virtually
- NS Courts now using Microsoft Teams for virtual court proceedings
- Executive Director Opportunity – Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Regulatory Compliance Partner
- Law Clerk / Litigation Paralegal
- Property Law Associate
- Secretary 2 (Legal Assistant) (Hiring Pool: Term, Temporary, Casual vacancies)
- Property Title Searcher
- ASSOCIATE LAWYER POSITION
- Paralegal/ Administrative Assistant
- Executive Director, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
- JAMES S. PALMER CHAIR IN PUBLIC POLICY AND LAW
- Paralegal(s)/Legal Assistant(s) – Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab
- Taylor Maclellan Cochrane – Litigation Lawyer
- Taylor Maclellan Cochrane – Corporate/Commercial Lawyer
- Legal Assistant – Patterson Law – Bridgewater
- Associate Lawyer Position
- Administrative Support Assistant – Halifax
- Administrative Support Assistant – Bridgewater
- Legal Assistant & Paralegal
- Senior Lawyer – Family Law
- Manager, Compliance, Risk and Regulatory Affairs
- Associate Lawyer
- Legal Analyst
- Associate Lawyer – Power, Leefe, Reddy & Rafuse
- Legal Assistant/Paralegal – Power, Leefe, Reddy & Rafuse
- Legal Assistant, Litigation – Patterson Law – Truro
- Paralegal (Part-time)
- Legal Assistant
- Corporate Counsel
- Legal Assistant- Insurance Litigation
- Wills and Estates Lawyer
- Legal Claims Manager, Intact Insurance (Dartmouth)
- Real Estate Paralegal
- Associate Lawyer – Partner Track
- Legal Assistant/Paralegal
- Property and Real Estate
- Litigation Associate
- Corporate/Commercial/Probate Legal Assistant/Paralegal
- Property Assistant/Paralegal
- Associate Lawyer – General Practice (New Glasgow)
- Litigation/Family Assistant
These events include NSBS events as well as professional development opportunities and related events posted to the events page on our website.
- Privilege: a Litigator’s Guide (June 3)
- The Price of Inaction: Liability for failing to investigate and respond to workplace concerns
- Anti-Money Laundering/Client ID and Verification Webinar (June 9)
- Online LRA Qualification Assessment (June 9-June 30)
- Estate Planning for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners (June 10)
- Atlantic Trial Advocacy College (June 10)
- Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: Is strict discipline necessary to ensure workplace safety during the pandemic? (June 17)
- Basics of Will Planning & Drafting (June 17)
- 2021 NSBS Annual Meeting (June 19)
- Microsoft Word for Lawyers, Part 2 (June 24)
- Conflict Resolution at Work: Proven skills and strategies for managers and union representatives, presented by University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources and Lancaster House (June 19)