Halifax Connects

Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) participated again this year in Halifax Connects. The event took place on Sunday, September 9th from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at Halifax Citadel. The event is organized by Shelter NS who brings together more than 200 volunteers and 30 plus community organizations and businesses to offer a day of caring and sharing to Nova Scotians experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness. It is an opportunity for people to get a free haircut, hot meal, eye care, dentistry consults, care packages, school supplies, income tax returns completed, assistance with identification cards, flu shots, legal aid, etc. and learn about services in the community. Many thanks to Brittni Deveau, Articled Clerk, Halifax North Office, for helping out with the Legal Aid table – we had a steady stream of people looking for legal information and assistance with applying to Legal Aid.

 

Robert Currie – Schulich School of Law News Article: “Schulich Law Professor Rob Currie is back in the classroom after a ‘socially useful’ sabbatical”

Below please find a link to a great story about Professor Robert Currie who spent time with Nova Scotia Legal Aid during his sabbatical from Schulich School of Law.  Rob spent his time working with Roger Burrill and Lee Seshagiri of our Appeals Division. It was great having him on the team.

https://www.dal.ca/faculty/law/news-events/news/2018/09/06/schulich_law_professor_rob_currie_is_back_in_the_classroom_after_a_successful_sabbatical.html

Staff Lawyer Position – Bridgewater

STAFF LAWYER POSITION

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID BRIDGEWATER

Position:  Staff Lawyer position in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia practicing criminal and social justice law.  This is an eighteen month (18) contract position to cover Maternity Leave.

Qualifications:  Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of criminal and social justice law.  Candidates should have experience in representing clients before the courts.  Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset.  Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range:  Per Legal Aid salary scale based on “Relevant Experience” as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing Date:     Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Reply To:

Evelyn Adesida
Human Resources (HR) Specialist
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street,
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8
Tel: 902-420-6588
evelyn.adesida@nslegalaid.ca

 

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Employment Support and Income Assistance – Changes Effective October 1, 2018

Please find below an ESIA pamphlet with information about changes happening in the ESIA program under a new wage exemption structure. ESIA clients will be receiving this pamphlet from the Department of Community Services in their pay stub the last week in August.

ESIA Wage Exemption Pamphlet

An online employment income estimator can be found at: http://novascotia.ca/apps/dcs-estimator. This estimator gives clients a way to figure out how much their take home amount would be as it relates to their monthly earnings and their monthly IA cheque. It also shows the difference between the amount they would take home in the old structure vs. the new structure. A link to this estimator can also be found on Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s website under Legal Information.

Managing Lawyer Position – Yarmouth

MANAGING LAWYER POSITION – YARMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA
NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID

1 yr. Contract to Permanent Full-Time Position: Commencing in approximately September 2018

Salary range: Per Legal Aid salary scale based on “Relevant Experience” as determined by the Commission at time of hire, plus benefits.

Application deadline is midnight, August 20, 2018

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission delivers legal aid services in offices located throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on supporting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged, including: Indigenous Peoples, African Nova Scotians, Immigrants and economically-disadvantaged persons.

Who we are: Our focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family and social justice law (assistance where income or housing is at risk). We provide access to justice for those who would otherwise not receive legal help. In 2015, Nova Scotia Legal Aid was awarded the CBA NS Excellency in Equity and Diversity Award and we are committed to helping overcome historical barriers to access to justice.
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. Nova Scotia Legal Aid is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. We provide an environment that welcomes and embraces individuals from diverse communities. Submission of applications is encouraged from qualified candidates from all diverse communities including, but not limited to: Indigenous persons, people from racialized communities, those with disabilities, and women in non-traditional roles. Applicants from these communities wishing to self-identify may do so on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

Location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is a place where history and modern culture collide – a small town on the edge of everywhere. The town of Yarmouth’s seaport is a launching point for travels into French-speaking Acadie and English-speaking communities founded by settlers known as the Planters. Yarmouth is home to the largest fishing fleet in Atlantic Canada, and is a short ferry ride from Maine. The Acadian identity is still very strong, and you can immerse yourself in the culture, traditions, laid-back lifestyle and unique dishes. Whether you love exploring the great outdoors, walking along historic waterfronts, discovering an emerging cosmopolitan food scene, or stepping into another century, you will find it here.

Our Opportunity: Managing Lawyer position in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia practicing criminal and family law. As a key member of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Leadership Team, you will provide strategic vision for growth and innovation to the Yarmouth Legal Aid team.

Qualifications: Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of criminal and family Law, with at least 5 years of practice experience in these areas.

As the preferred candidate, you have prior experience in a broad range of complex family and criminal matters representing clients before the courts and have demonstrated the ability to mentor and train junior lawyers and support staff. A commitment to providing excellent client service, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills are valuable assets. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would also be an asset.

Reply To:

Evelyn Adesida
Human Resources Specialist
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3M8
902-420-3471 Fax
HRS@nslegalaid.ca

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act

The Parole Board of Canada wishes to share that the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act is now in force. The Parole Board is inviting applications for expungement from people with criminal records because of convictions of this type. Please see the letter below.  If you have been impacted, please find further details in the letter below and on the website at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/parole-board/services/expungements/step-1-are-you-eligible-to-apply.html

Legal Assistant Position – Port Hawkesbury

LEGAL ASSISTANT POSITION
NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID – PORT HAWKESBURY

Position:  Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in our Port Hawkesbury Office.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Graduate of a recognized post-secondary paralegal/clerical certificate program or 5 years equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in a law office and have a good working knowledge of legal terminology and court procedures.
  • Ability to work independently, to take initiative and to use judgment in matters of extreme confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team setting.
  • The candidate should be proficient in transcription of dictation with excellent typing and communication skills, including attention to detail, accuracy and capacity to work under pressure of deadlines and multiple competing priorities.
  • Ability to work in a high stress environment is an asset.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including knowledge of programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

Salary Level:  NSLAC Clerical Pay Scale (CL), plus benefits

Deadline for Applications:  Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Reply To:
Submit your resume with cover letter to:

Amy Dickson
Operations Administrative Assistant
1701 Hollis Street, Suite 920
Halifax, NS B3J 3M8
Amy.Dickson@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Free Legal Clinic Coming to Yarmouth for Self-Represented Litigants

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (Halifax, NS) – Self-represented litigants in Yarmouth and the surrounding communities will soon have access to free legal advice on their civil matters and some family law appeals. The new service is set to begin on Friday, July 6.

The Free Legal Clinic, located in the courthouse at 164 Main St., Yarmouth, will offer private appointments with a volunteer practising lawyer at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month, excluding holidays.

Only those representing themselves on certain types of cases are eligible, specifically civil law matters before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and family law appeals, except for child protection matters.

The Yarmouth clinic will not deal with criminal law matters. Duty Counsel through Nova Scotia Legal Aid is available in most courthouses for assistance with criminal and family law matters that do not qualify at the clinic.

This is not a drop-in clinic. Judges, lawyers and others involved with the provincial justice system are aware of this free service and may refer you to the clinic early in the court process or at any point during your time in court. You can also schedule an appointment on your own by visiting the Court Administration Office at the Yarmouth courthouse or by calling 902-742-0580.

The Yarmouth Free Legal Clinic is modeled after those in Halifax and Sydney, which opened in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Since then, these clinics have provided hundreds of hours of assistance to self-represented litigants, mostly due to the dedication and generosity of volunteer lawyers and law firms in these communities.

For more information on the Nova Scotia Courts and our access to justice initiatives, please visit www.courts.ns.ca.

Media Contact:

Jennifer Stairs
Communications Director
Nova Scotia Judiciary
Cell: 902-221-5257
Email: stairsjl@courts.ns.ca

Land Title Initiative Lawyer Roster

Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) is pleased to announce that it has commenced providing legal services pursuant to the new Land Title Initiative (LTI). In collaboration with a number of government stakeholders, NSLA will assist land owners in removing barriers to obtaining legal title to their land.  This will help to address the unequal treatment that African Nova Scotians have faced.  Pursuant to the LTI, NSLA is now assisting Nova Scotians in the five Communities of East Preston, North Preston, Cherry Brook, Lincolnville, and Sunnyville. These five communities, among others, have suffered historical discrimination that, among other things, has prevented their land owners from receiving legal title to their land.

Service provided will include:

  • Obtaining a Certificate of Title under the Land Titles Clarification Act (LTCA) (which requires migration after issuance of the certificate of title);
  • Migrations under the Land Registration Act;
  • Court-ordered declarations, and negotiation between private parties; and
  • Applications under the Probate Act/Intestate Succession Act.

NSLA is currently building a roster of lawyers to assist in this important Initiative.  We require lawyers to act for clients where our Staff Lawyers have conflicts of interest. Additionally, we are also looking for senior real estate practitioners to provide legal opinions and advice in relation to complex title issues.

If you are interested in learning more about this Initiative, please contact the Halifax Land Title Office at: 902-420-8845, or you can direct your inquiries to:  lti@nslegalaid.ca.

Staff and/or Managing Lawyer Position – Yarmouth

MANAGING LAWYER AND/OR STAFF LAWYER POSITION

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID

 

Position:  Managing Lawyer and/or Staff Lawyer position in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia practicing criminal and family law.  Initial one-year contract with potential to become permanent.

Qualifications:  Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of Criminal and Family Law.  Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset.  Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range:  Per Legal Aid salary scale based on “Relevant Experience” as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing Date:     Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Reply To:

Amy Dickson
Operations Administrative Assistant
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8
902-420-3471 Fax
Amy.Dickson@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.