New Law Society President and Vice President Elected

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society of Saskatchewan, at its November 2016 Convocation, elected Erin Kleisinger, Q.C., as President, and Craig Zawada, Q.C., as Vice President, for 2017. We congratulate our new President and Vice President and would like to thank our outgoing President, Perry Erhardt, Q.C., for his hard work in 2016. Please see our website for a full list of our Benchers.



Ms. Kleisinger is a partner with McDougall Gauley LLP in Regina.  She has a varied commercial and litigation practice, with a focus on University and privacy law.

Erin attended Queen’s University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy in 1989 and her LLB in 1992.  She returned to Saskatchewan to article with McDougall Ready and was admitted to the Saskatchewan bar in 1993.  She became a partner with (now) McDougall Gauley LLP in 1999.   She was awarded her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2015.

Erin was appointed a Bencher by the Law Society in February 2014 to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of (His Honour) Patrick Reis to the Provincial Court.  She was re-elected in 2015, and elected Vice-President by the Benchers in November, 2015.  She has served on the Executive, Conduct Investigation and Governance Committees and chaired the Professional Standards Committee in 2015.

Erin is currently on the Board of Group Medical Services / GMS Insurance Inc. and on the Executive of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors.  Her professional activities include being a former board member and President of SKLESI, and the present Chair (and a faculty member) of the Law Society’s Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop.  She has also served as a director of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Children’s Wish Foundation and CAA Saskatchewan.



Craig grew up in Shell Lake, SK, and attended the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Commerce (now Edwards School of Business).  After obtaining his LL.B. at Osgoode Hall in Toronto and working for a time in Calgary, he returned to Saskatchewan and has practiced in Saskatoon since 1987.  Craig has worked in intellectual property law, commercial law and agricultural contracting.  He was CEO of WMCZ Lawyers for 9 years, a firm he helped found in 1996.  In 2016 he became the firm’s Director of Boundary Pushing, a position that leverages his skills in technology, marketing and strategic planning.

Craig has been active in community and non-legal organizations through his career.  Some of his roles have included Chair of the Saskatchewan Research Council, University of Saskatchewan Senate, Trustee and Treasurer for Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery and the CanLII national board of directors.  Craig taught Intellectual Property Law for many years at the U of S College of Law.

Craig developed a strong interest in corporate governance issues through the Director’s College program.  He obtained his Chartered Director designation and continues as a faculty member for the College.  He also conducts training and consultation on governance issues for a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations.

After he was appointed a Bencher by the Law Society in 2014, Craig was re-elected in 2015.  He has served on the Access to Justice and Admissions & Education Committees, and chairs the Governance and Trust Safety Committees.

Craig is a recovering marathon runner and one of the world’s slowest motorcycle enthusiasts.

New Journals Issues – November 2016

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

The Advocate
Volume 74, Part 6 (November 2016)

  • Observations of an “Officious Bystander” on Lord Hoffman’s Restatement of the Law of Implied Terms / Martin R. Taylor
  • No Hiding Behind the Corporate Veil: Directors’ and Officers’ Liability in Tort for Inducing Breach of Contract / Ellen Vandergrift
  • The 2016 New Westminster/Fraser Valley Bar Golf Classic / Richard D. Molstad
  • The Dog-File / Catherine Crockett


Canadian Tax Journal
Volume 64, Number 3 (2016)

  • When Do the Stop-Loss Rules Apply? Transactions Involving Foreign Affiliates After the 2012 Technical Bill / Jim Samuel
  • Finances of the Nationa: The Tax Recognition of Children in Canada: Exemptions, Credits, and Cash Transfers
  • Current Cases: (SCC) Canada (Attorney General) v. Chambre des notaires du Québec; (SCC) Canada (National Revenue) v. Thomson; (FAC) TDL Group Co. v. Canada
  • Personal Tax Planning / Planification fiscal personnelle: non-Resident Trusts: Selected Interpretive and Planning Issues – Part 2 / Fiducies non-résidentes : Planification et interpretation – Deuxième partie


McGill Law Journal
Volume 61, Number 3 (March 2016)

  • Resisting Criminal Organizations: Reconceptualizing the “Political” in International Refugee Law / Amar Khoday
  • Can Better Law Be Married with Corrective Justice or Evil Laws? / Sagi Peari
  • Non-Linear Innovation / Michal Shr-Ofry
  • Les expulsions pour arriérés de loyer au Québec : un contentieux de masse / Martin Gallié, Julie Brunet et Richard-Alexandre Laniel
  • La philosophie politique et the Code civil du Québec : l’exemple de la notion de patrimoine / Laurence Ricard


University of New Brunswick Law Journal
Volume 67, 2016

  • Unextinguished: Rights and The Indian Act / John Borrows
  • Maritime Cooperation: A Unique Runway and an Urgent Need to Take Off / Wade MacLaughlin
  • After Tsilhqot’In Nation: The Aboriginal Title Question in Canada’s Maritime Provinces / Robert Hamilton
  • Back to the Future: Reconciliation and Indigenous Sovereignty after Tsilhqot’In / Felix Hoehn
  • Stepping into Canada’s Shoes: Tsilhqot’In, Grassy Narrows and the Division of Powers / Bruce McIvor and Kate Gunn
  • Indigenous Peoples: Caught in a Perpetual Human Rights Prison / Larry Chartrand
  • Living Legal Traditions: Mi’Kmaw Justice in Nova Scotia / L. Jane McMillan
  • Indian Act By-Laws: A Viable Means for First Nations to (Re)Assert Control over Local Matters Now and Not Later / Naiomi Metallic
  • From Consultation to Consent: Squaring the Circle? / Michael Coyle
  • Navigating Through Narratives of Despair: Making Space for the Cree Reasonable Person in the Canadian Justice System / Hadley Friedland
  • Indigenous Restorative Justice: Approaches, Meaning & Possibility / Jeffrey G. Hewitt
  • Framing Aboriginal Title as the (Mis)Recognition of Indigenous Law / Matthew V. W. Moulton
  • Wandering Without a Torch: Federalism as a Guiding Light / Mark Mancini


Subject Resource Guide – Constitutional and Human Rights Law

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By Alan Kilpatrick

The Constitutional and Human Rights Law Subject Resource Guide is now available online at the at Research Resources  area of the Law Society website.

Subject resource guide provide the titles of key texts, ebooks, CPD materials, journals, legal encyclopedias, and provincial and federal legislation for a particular area of the law.  They are guides to finding the best resources for an area of the law.  The guides are intended to be used by those starting new legal research projects and to ensure that obvious resources are not missed.

Other subject guides available at Research Resources include:

The Law Society Library will continue to develop subject resource lists in every area of legal practice on a regular basis.

Just in time for the Holidays!

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By Kelly Laycock, Publications Coordinator

qbraannualThe 2016 Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated has hit our shelves and is being shipped out as I write this! In case you missed it, the Law Society Library has transformed the Big Red Binder into a sleek new paperback annual edition. Fully updated by our talented annotator Christine Johnston, Little Red is packed with the latest case law and commentary from the Queen’s Bench. So take that Big Red Binder (and all your unfiled updates!) off your desk and see how much space you save when you order your copy of the little red 2016 Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated paperback.

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Lawyers Weekly

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lawyersweeklyBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The December 2nd edition of Lawyers Weekly digital edition is now available via the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Articles in this issue include:

  • Lawyers top up war chest to face prolonged strike
  • Wills & Estates: Problems with the guardians
  • Civil litigation: Free speech of defamation
  • Business & Careers: Be flexible on the hunt


Native Law Centre Case Watch (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

nativelawcentreEach month, the University of Saskatchewan’s Native Law Centre blog features a Case Watch.    The Case Watch is a newsletter of digested aboriginal case law.  It covers all aspects of aboriginal case law including title, rights and Gladue factors.  It is a collaboration of the Native Law Centre and Pro Bono Students Canada – University of Saskatchewan Chapter.

If you are a practitioner of aboriginal law or you closely follow this area of law, we strongly encourage you to check out Case Watch!

If you have any questions, ask a Law Society Librarian! We are pleased to provide high-quality legal research services to Saskatchewan members in person, on the telephone, or by email.


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