April 12, 2018
Unauthorized Practice of Law in Nunavut
Over the past few years, the Law Society of Nunavut has received reports of lawyers engaging in unauthorized practice in Nunavut. In some of these instances, the lawyers said they were unaware that Nunavut was not subject to the National Mobility Agreement, and had assumed that they would be able to practise law in Nunavut for a limited period without being licensed.

Nunavut is not a signatory to the National Mobility Agreement. Instead, it abides by the Territorial Mobility Agreement. This means that in order to practice law in Nunavut, a lawyer must either:
  • be a member of the Law Society of Nunavut; or
  • apply for a Restricted Appearance Certificate, which allows a lawyer to actively practise law in Nunavut on up to three legal matters for one year.

It is important that anyone who wants to provide legal services in Nunavut follow the procedures of either becoming a member of the Law Society of Nunavut or applying for a Restricted Appearance Certificate. Information to apply, including fees, is available on the Law Society of Nunavut website. If you have any questions, please contact the Law Society of Nunavut by email or at 867.979.2330.
Viscount Bennett Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching
Supporting Post-Graduate Studies in Common Law

The Right Honourable Viscount Bennett, PC, KC, LLD, DCL, sought to encourage a high standard of legal education, training and excellence. In 1943, he established a trust fund with 100 shares of Royal Bank stock, valued at $100 per share. The value has increased significantly, allowing the Viscount Scholarship Selection Committee to award up to three scholarships annually.

An award of up to $20,000 may be paid annually to provide for post-graduate studies in an institution of higher learning, in common law, approved by the Committee.

Applicants must be law graduates, articling students or members of the Law Society of Alberta, ordinarily residing in, or if not presently residing in, then with an express intention to return to Alberta.

Legal Aid Alberta: Board of Directors Vacancy
Legal Aid Alberta is recruiting candidates to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors.

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