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The Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia is the voice of the legal profession in Nova Scotia, representing lawyers, judges, law teachers and law students throughout the province. The CBA plays a vital role in advancing the interests of its members by providing balanced and reasoned responses to many issues with which government and the legal profession is faced.

The goals of CBA Nova Scotia include:

  • To represent and promote the interests of the legal profession in Nova Scotia on a Provincial and National level.
  • To improve and promote the well-being, knowledge, skills and ethical standards of members of the legal profession.
  • To provide relevant and quality services and benefits to our members.
  • To advance and improve the law and administration of justice.
  • To improve and promote access to justice.


Lessons Learned, Wisdom Shared
Constance A. Glube Spirit Award Luncheon
Women's Conference
Friday, May 9, 2014

You have heard it said: “Everything we needed to know in life we learned in kindergarten”. Well we don't really agree, so may we suggest that you join us on May 9th as we explore "lessons learned" and "wisdom shared". We are forging our way, cutting our own paths, yes we are doing it our way and so can you. Our speakers will engage you, provoke you and maybe inspire you.
The conference will also host the Constance A. Glube Spirit Award Luncheon and we are pleased to advise that Constance R. Glube will be in attendance for this special lunch and the presentation of the Spirit Award.
For more details, download the brochure.
To register online now go to: http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_WOM_0514.

'Bring a Buddy' Months 

New this year – if your buddy joins the CBA as a result of your invitation, you win a free registration to a one-day conference (this is worth $252.00 plus HST)!

In April and May 2014 consider bringing a non-member buddy to a Section Meeting.  Sections provide opportunities for lawyers to further their professional education and to keep ahead of current developments within the profession.  The Nova Scotia Branch wants to show non-members what they’re missing!!

Your buddy must register and pay the registration fee as well – spread the word so as not to miss out on this opportunity!

Section Meetings:

CBA Section Meetings are open to Members only. To become a member of CBA, go here and do not miss an opportunity to attend the next Section Meeting.
Go here and select Nova Scotia from the drop-down menu to get a list of the latest Section Meetings.

Click on the NAME to register on line. 

April 2014 
April 22, 2014 - Wills, Estates & Trusts Law Section, Cox & Palmer, 12 NOON.
April 23, 2014 - Family Law Section Dinner Meeting, The Prince George, 5:30 PM.
April 24, 2014 - Women's Forum Breakfast Meeting, McInnes Cooper, 7:30 AM.
April 30, 2014 - Canadian Corporate Counsel Section Meeting, NSBS, 12 NOON.
April 30, 2014 - Joint Meeting - Environmental, Energy & Resources and Insurance Law Sections, Cox & Palmer, 12 NOON.
May 1, 2014 - Citizenship & Immigration Law Section Meeting, Cox & Palmer, 12 NOON.
May 1, 2014 - Labour & Employment Law Section Dinner Meeting, The Prince George, 5:30 PM.
May 12, 2014 - Securities Law Section, Stewart McKelvey, 12 NOON.
May 20, 2014 - Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section, Stewart McKelvey, 12 NOON.
May 14, 2014 - Joint Meeting - Business Law & Privacy and Access Law Sections

Expense Claim form can be downloaded here

Online CLE

Topic: Builders Lien 
Speaker: Colin Piercy, Stewart McKelvey 
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Details to follow!
For information on our Online CLEs, click here, and select Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Introduces a Mediation Program

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has introduced a new program that offers parties judicial mediation in the hopes of resolving their dispute without a formal Court appeal hearing. The Court hopes this mediation program, which is modelled after appellate mediation programs in five other provinces, will assist the public in resolving their disputes in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Who can use the Court’s mediation process?
The Court believes that this mediation program would be particularly helpful in cases where the parties will have a continuing relationship even after the litigation is over, such as the family, estate or the private corporation context.
The mediation program may also be of interest where the appeal deals with a discrete issue in the litigation, for example a trial judge’s finding on liability where quantum has not yet been assessed. If that liability finding is appealed, the mediation program would allow the parties to resolve all of the issues in the litigation.
The mediation program is not available for criminal cases, cases raising constitutional issues and any case where there are allegations of domestic violence.
Details of the mediation program
The mediation program requires the consent of all parties to an appeal. Once the parties request the mediation process, any filing deadlines and other appeal requirements will be suspended.
As in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, the program will be free, confidential and on a without prejudice basis. If the mediation process does not result in a settlement, the presiding mediation judge will not be on the panel that ultimately hears the appeal.
Role of the Canadian Bar Association
In implementing this mediation program, the Court of Appeal has teamed up with the Canadian Bar Association–Nova Scotia branch. The CBA has created a list of lawyers interested in representing self represented litigants on a pro bono basis during the mediation process. Lawyers interested in putting their name on this list are asked to contact Tina Tucker at tina.tucker@cbans.ca.
More information available
Anyone interested in reading more about the mediation program can visit the Court of Appeal website:  

Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Judicial Mediation Program.  

For a list of potential Pro Bono Volunteers please contact Tina Tucker at tina.tucker@cbans.ca


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