Legal Resources for Librarians Webinar

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Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarian with the Law Society Library in Regina, will be presenting an Access to Justice–themed webinar for the Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada Education Institute on October 4, 2016:

Legal Resources for Librarians

Having access to the law gives members of our society the tools needed to make informed decisions. Unfortunately, access to legal services has become increasingly unaffordable and inaccessible in Canada. Libraries can play an important role in improving access to justice.

A 2010 survey conducted by Courthouse Libraries BC estimated that public libraries in British Columbia receive about 35,000 legal reference questions from the public every year. Libraries are a natural place to connect with members of the public who have legal information needs. In this webinar, you’ll learn about searching case law, legislation, and legal resources, including CanLII and the National Self-Represented Litigants Project.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 12 pm
One-hour webinar
$45 for members
$55 for non-members
Presenter: Alan Kilpatrick

The Education Institute is a continuing education initiative developed by The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada for library workers across Canada.

Subject Resource Guide – Aboriginal Law

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By Ken Fox

Yes, the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library has once again turned its attention to our growing collection of legal subject guides available on our Research Resources page, and the latest edition is Aboriginal Law.

As with the others, the Aboriginal guide provides lists of Standard Texts, Ebooks, Seminars, Journals, Encyclopedia, and provincial and federal legislation.

Subject guides available at Research Resources now include:

  • Aboriginal Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Tort Law
  • Trusts, Wills and Estates Law

Our plan going forward is to regularly produce and publish guides for a list of relevant legal subject areas in alphabetical order – unless somebody intervenes and tells us we NEED to do a particular guide RIGHT NOW – in which case we just might disrupt our arbitrary alphabetical scheme and grease the squeaky wheel, as they say.


Lawyers Weekly

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lawyersweeklyBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The August 26th edition of Lawyers Weekly digital edition is now available via the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Articles in this issue include:

  • Grit diversity push for top court criticized as ‘political correctness’
  • System flaws still ‘fixable’ says minister
  • Real Property: Controlling the future
  • Constitutional Law: White collar minimums
  • Business & Careers: Don’t make clients wait


More Tips on Using Microsoft Words

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The most popular blog post on Legal Sourcery since our launch in 2014 is Cross-referencing footnotes in Word by Reché McKeague. This post has been read 11,012 times since posted on April 29, 2014. That’s an average of almost 400 times each month. Here are a few more interesting posts on Word tips and tricks from other law blogs:

5 Microsoft Word Tips to Make Lawyers’ Lives Easier (FindLaw)

Get the Most Out of Microsoft Word (American Bar Association, Law Practice Magazine)

Master Class: Microsoft Word Shortcuts for Lawyers (LexisNexis Business of Law Blog, video)

If you have already upgraded to, or considering upgrading to Office 365, here’s  an article with useful tips:

15 Amazing Features in Office 365 That You Probably Don’t Know About (Business Insider)

Consultation on The Homesteads Act, 1989

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan recently released Reform of The Homesteads Act, 1989: Consultation Paper and are seeking feedback.  The Commission asks that the following questions guide responses:

  1. Should an attorney acting under a power of attorney be able to consent in the place of the non-owning spouse to a disposition of the homestead? Why?
  2. If an attorney acting under a power of attorney is able to consent to a disposition of the homestead, should there be any additional conditions or restrictions placed on this exercise of power?
  3. Should mines and minerals be included in the homestead, such that the non-owning spouse must consent to their disposition?

Responses may be sent no later than October 31, 2016.

Please see the Law Reform Commission website for more information, documents and survey.