Month: April 2015

Canadian Lawyer Interviews – 1979 (Throwback Thursday)

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Morris Shumiatcher

By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

In 1979, Canadian Lawyer magazine published a series of interviews with prominent members of the profession entitled “In Camera”. The interviewees included Irwin Cotler, Robert Lemieux, Lord Denning and Saskatchewan’s own Morris Shumiatcher. These interviews give a fascinating glimpse into their views on the profession and the state of the world at the end of the decade. Here is a collection of quotes from those interviews. For the complete articles, please visit the Regina branch or contact us.

“Every lawyer is an optimist; he would never enter the profession if he wasn’t” – Morris Shumiatcher

“Our procedure for securing our personal freedom is efficient, but our procedure for preventing the abuse of power is not. Just as the pick and shovel is no longer suitable for the winning of coal, so also the procedure of mandamus, certiorari, and actions on the case are not suitable for the winning of freedom in the new age….” – Lord Denning on abuse of power

“You can’t always predict what the Soviet Union will do: as Churchill said, ‘it’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle’. “ – Irwin Cotler

“Canadian democracy to me is 1917 in the streets of Quebec City, when they opened up with machine gun fire and killed five people.” – Robert Lemieux

Lawyer’s Weekly

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lawyersweeklyBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Members of the Law Society of Saskatchewan have free access to the digital version of The Lawyer’s Weekly. Published since 1983, it was the first newspaper for the Canadian legal profession. Each issue contains news stories about the latest significant court rulings from across Canada, and stories on new trends in legislation and legal practice. It is available in the Members’ Section of the Law Society website (password protected). If you would prefer to receive a weekly email reminder when a new edition of The Lawyer’s Weekly is available, please contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld.

Quick Catalogue Search Tips – Subject Area

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

Having troubles searching for that book you can’t remember the title of but that you think is a book about contracts by Fridman? Well here’s a quick tip that might help you in the future.

If you know the subject area of a book and cannot remember the title, you can use the subject search bar to bring up multiple books on the same subject.

Make your way to the library catalogue page and click on Advance Search. Enter your subject area into the subject search bar and press enter.



Using the subject search bar will allow you to broaden your research area, giving you more time to evaluate the material available at the library. If you need any other help searching the catalogue, please let us know at or call us at (306) 569-8020.

Want To Learn to Talk Better? Check Out What We Have on Oral Advocacy

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oraladvBy Ken Fox

Planning on attending the CBA Seminar on Successful Oral Advocacy on May 13 in Saskatoon or May 14 in Regina? Well, whether you are or not, you may want to check out what the Law Society Library has on oral advocacy.

The great thing about books on oral argument is that they never really become out of date, except for certain peculiarities like what titles to call folks and how to pronounce the word “err.” All of the titles listed below share a few common themes on how to present and project yourself in court and convince others that you are right, but each also has its own unique flavour.

Come to the library in Regina, or give us a call, and pick your brand of poison.    Read the rest of this entry »

E.M. Culliton Scholarship Deadline is Right around the Corner

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By Kelly Laycock

Application deadline: May 4, 2015

The application deadline is fast approaching for anyone interested in earning up to $10,000 in scholarship money for their pursuit in criminal law at the graduate level. Up to two scholarships are available.

The criteria for the selection of the recipients of the annual scholarship are as follows:

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student of the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan or to a resident practicing member of The Law Society of Saskatchewan for the pursuit of graduate studies in criminal law at a recognized institution. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic record and research potential, service to the practice of law in Saskatchewan, and such other guidelines as from time to time may be determined appropriate by the committee.

The scholarship endowment fund was set up in perpetuity as a tribute to the former Chief Justice E.M. Culliton, who served as a Justice of the Court of Appeal from 1951 to 1962, and then became Chief Justice for the period of 1962 to 1981. Chief Justice Culliton was noted for his firm leadership style on the bench. He passed away in March 1991 at the age of 84. Learn more about his contributions to the province at

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is pleased to continue to support local Saskatchewan students pursuing their goals in the legal field.

Please complete application form and return to:

The Law Society of Saskatchewan
1100 – 2002 Victoria Avenue
Regina, SK
S4P 0R7


Family Law Information Sessions

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

This Wednesday will be the first Family Law Information Session to be held at the Regina branch of the Law Society Library. These are free sessions for the public at which staff from the Family Law Information Centre will provide assistance in using the court forms available on the Public Legal Education Association’s (PLEA) family law website. The upcoming session is full but up to 5 people can register for each upcoming session. Upcoming sessions will be held on:

  • May 15: 1:30 – 3:30
  • May 27: 1:30 – 3:30
  • June 12: 1:30 – 3:30
  • June 24: 1:30 – 3:30

To register, please call the Law Society Library at (306) 569-8020 or email

Please bring your own laptop if possible. However, a laptop can be provided upon request.