Day: October 24, 2014

Time is Running Out, Sign Up Today!

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

On October 29, I will be presenting a lunchtime webinar on Legal Research Ethics:

This is a one (1.0) hour webinar being held Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. (Saskatchewan time).

This webinar will focus on recent case law concerning ethical legal research issues such as legal research costs, research abilities and a lawyer’s professional competence, and adverse authority obligations. The webinar will also focus on how these issues are impacted by changing technology. More specifically, whether computerized legal research is necessary to meet the expectations of the Code of Professional Conduct, and the issue of costs for electronic research disbursement fees.

This webinar will be presented by Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Director of Legal Resources at the Law Society of Saskatchewan.  Melanie is responsible for administration of the traditional library, as well as developing and recommending a strategic plan for the management of legal information within the Law Society and the province.  Melanie is a lawyer with a background in administrative law and policy development.  She also recently completed her Master of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in the area of restorative Justice.

This webinar qualifies for one (1.0) CPD hour, all of which qualifies as Ethics under the Law Society’s CPD Policy.

For more details are available on the Law Society CPD website.  Once you have completed the online registration form you are required to provide payment in advance of the webinar to the Law Society via cheque or credit card.  After payment has been made, your registration will be complete.

For up-to-date information on educational programming and events visit the Continuing Professional Development website.

One Week Until Halloween! Legal Inspired Costumes

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cavemanBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

For those of you who are still undecided about this year’s Halloween costume, here are a few legal-inspired ideas:


Noting Up Case Law and Legislation – Recap (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Did you know that the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library provides members with weekly legal research tips through our blog, Legal Sourcery?   In case you missed it, several weekly tips have covered how to note up case law and legislation over the past six months.

Noting up is a basic legal research skill.  Noting up case law allows you to locate other decisions that have or have not followed or considered a particular case.  This will enable you to determine whether a case is still good law or whether it has been overruled or criticized.  Noting up a statute allows you to locate cases that have discussed the meaning and interpretation of that statute.

There are a variety of online and print resources that can help do this, including CanLII, the Saskatchewan Cases Search, Canadian Statute Citations, and Canadian Case Citations.

Check out these previous tips:

Noting Up Case Law

Noting Up Legislation 



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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