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Society News

Society Introduces New Tool to Help Members Find Practice Resources

We're excited to introduce a new tool to help you find practice resources on our website to support you in your legal practice. 

The Society’s new practice resource search will help you find websites, articles, webinars, podcasts, videos and more on topics from law firm management to equity and cultural competence. We’ll update this search often so you find relevant, updated and useful resources. 

How to search for a practice resource:  

  1. Type a search term into the search bar (e.g., succession planning) 
  2. Related resources will drop down below the search term. 
  3. Click on the resource you’re interested in – please note that many resources are links to external websites and will open up a new tab in your browser.
  4. Alternatively, you can scroll down the page to view our eight categories and either browse through the subcategories or click on the title of the category to view all resources under that category.
Are you seeking a specific practice resource? Connect with our Legal Services Support team at 

NS Courts News

Access the Practice Resource Search

Unlock and Create Space for Joy: Upcoming Wellness Session

Join the Society and LIANS on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 AM for “Unlock and Create Space for Joy”, a wellness session hosted by Kim MacDonald, MBA from 13 FACTORS for Business Growth.

This session may be eligible to count towards your annual CPD requirements. Lawyers and staff are welcome to attend this free virtual wellness session held via Zoom.

Learn more about this upcoming event

Library Open by Appointment Only on Tuesdays and Thursdays

On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, the Society’s Library reopened to members/authorized secondary clientele on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. 

Learn more about the Library appointment system

Complimentary Services from LexisNexis Sponsored by the Society’s Library

Between December 1 and February 28, 2022, register for complimentary access to 2 key tools to support you in your legal research and practice management.  Access to these tools will be available from your office during this period.

Lexis Advance Quicklaw

Access the robust collection of caselaw that includes every case reported by publishers from 1970 forward and as well as all cases decided prior to 1970 that have been cited after 1970 are included.  LexisNexis also offers a unique collection of more than 140 boards and tribunals decisions from all jurisdictions. The collection includes over 944,000 Canadian tribunal decisions, many of which are not available elsewhere.

Lexis Practice Advisor

Practice Advisor provides step-by-step guidance in managing matters and completing tasks efficiently while avoiding potential pitfalls through tools such as checklists, flowcharts, precedents with drafting notes, alternative clauses and current awareness.

Register for Lexis Advance® Quicklaw

You will receive an email from with the URL to the service, your credentials and information on accessing complimentary support. Training that might be applied to your annual CPD plan is also available. You can register for the following sessions:

LexisNexis Newsletters and Podcasts & Webinars

The LexisNexis series of podcasts and webinars feature timely discussions with top legal professionals from across Canada. They cover a wide range of timely issues within the legal profession and offer free CPD that can be applied to your annual plan. Access the recordings.

LexisNexis Newsletters

A suite of key topical LexisNexis newsletters is now available through the Society’s website. These newsletters provide an overview of the latest developments in many areas of practice. Review the latest newsletters. 

Questions? Contact the Society’s Library Library Technician, Jennifer Haimes, at

Submit your Expression of Interest for the New Disability Equity Committee by December 3rd

Council recently established the Disability Equity Committee (DEC) at the September 2021 meeting.  

The DEC supports Council in the governance of the Society and in advancing the strategic plan by promoting, monitoring, and providing advice about programs and policies that address issues of accessibility and discrimination – as experienced by members of disability communities – in the legal profession and with regard to the administration of justice.  

Are you interested in being considered for this appointment? To be considered, please complete our online expression of interest form by Friday, December 3, 2021. 

Learn more

The Society’s Office is a Mandatory Vaccination Facility

A reminder that the Society’s office is a mandatory vaccination facility which means that anyone entering the office (800–2000 Barrington Street, Halifax NS) must be fully vaccinated in accordance with public health guidelines (currently two weeks post your second dose) and must provide proof of vaccination status.

Society Holiday Office Hours

The Society’s office will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2021-January 3, 2022. Our office will reopen Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Council Meetings

The next Council Meeting will take place on November 26, 2021.

External Independent Review

Call for Participation in External Independent Review of Systemic Discrimination in the NSBS

Douglas Ruck QC was retained by the Society, as set out in the Terms of Reference, to undertake a comprehensive external, independent review of the Society’s policies and processes to identify and address any areas of systemic discrimination that exist. He is calling on members and the public to participate in this external independent review. 

Read the call for participation.

Equity & Access

Six blue equity symbols

Equity in Action: Defining Disability and the New Disability Equity Committee

Our Equity in Action blog series has presented scenarios related to our Six Steps to Make Your Legal Workplace more Equitable to guide you in making your legal workplace more equitable. 

Our sixth step specifically focuses on identifying opportunities to make our offices more accessible. Before diving into related scenarios, we’re discussing the definition of disability, types of disabilities, what it means to be accessible, and highlighting the Society’s new Disability Equity Committee (DEC). 

You're encouraged to ask questions or provide your thoughts by commenting on the blog!

Read the Equity in Action blog

Your Practice

Changes in Category

For Your Information

  • Suggested language for orders of the Supreme Court of NS (Family Division) to assist lawyers in drafting standard clauses: This document of clauses contains suggested language for orders of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) to assist lawyers in drafting standard clauses. The clauses were prepared by a subcommittee of the Supreme Court of NS (Family Division) Liaison Committee in consultation with members of the bench and bar. The clauses do not form part of the Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules, nor is the language endorsed by all members of the judiciary.  Each court matter is unique and the suggested language will not be appropriate in every situation. 
  • Jeremiah Raining Bird joins J. Gordon Allen. Read more.
  • Local Support Rallies Behind Patterson Law Expansion. Patterson Law has expanded its reach to better serve the counties of Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough. Read more
  • Missing Wills: Marcel Arbour, Emerson Thurbide, Reginald Emile d'Entremont 
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