Day: October 22, 2015

Bencher Election 2015

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By Barbra Bailey, Policy Counsel
Law Society of Saskatchewan

bencherelection2015blogOnline voting for the Bencher election is now open until midnight on Sunday, November 15, 2015 for those members residing in the Regina, Saskatoon and Northeast electoral districts.  Candidates for all other electoral districts were acclaimed.  Members on the voter’s list in those districts should have received an email with voting instructions and a link to the online voting website.  If you did not receive an email, it is likely because your email has not been updated in the Law Society’s member database.  The voting website is  Please follow the link and log in to access the website using the same username and password you use to access your Member Profile on the Law Society website.  Voting instructions and candidate bios are located on the voting website.  To ensure that you receive emails from the Law Society in the future, please update your contact information by logging into your Member Profile and selecting “View Profile.”

If you experience any difficulty voting or accessing the voting website, please contact Barbra Bailey at before November 13th.

Saskatchewan Library Week

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Saskatchewan Library Week is annual event, established in 1975, promoting libraries and literacy in Saskatchewan.  It’s a good opportunity to create discussion about the enduring value of public libraries.  This year, the event is being celebrated from October 18 to 24.  We are excited to mark the event at the Law Society Library and participate in the festivities.

To celebrate, a Book Spine Poetry Contest is being held across the province.  Book spine poems are composed entirely with titles from books.  This is my law-themed poem for the contest.  It is composed of books from the Law Society Library collection.


A Legacy of Protection
Force & FearTerms of Coexistence

For Better or Worse?

A Breach of Duty

Trade Secrets

Hunger, Horses, and Government Men

Clearing the Plains

When Push Comes to Shove

Death by Rope

A Silent Tragedy

Gambling with the Future

Don’t Make Me Think!Tough Choices

Identity Captured

To Right Historical Wrongs

Fundamental Justice

Putting the State on Trial

Military Justice in Action

Free Knowledge

Free to Believe

Speaking Freely

The Real Dope

Bencher Election (Throwback Thursday)

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

To mark the big election this month – the Law Society’s Bencher Election of course – here are some interesting tidbits from the election’s  history:

  • The Legal Profession Act of 1907 did not make provision for electoral divisions. Each bencher represented all members and there was a preponderance of benchers from southern Saskatchewan.
  • For the first 12 years of the Society’s existence, there were 9 elected benchers. The Legal Profession Act was amended prior to the 1919 election to increase the number to 12.
  • The Act was amended prior to the 1964 election to increase the number of elected benchers to 15 and to include electoral districts. The districts mirrored the land titles districts, except Yorkton and Humboldt which would be considered one district. Regina and Saskatoon were also separate districts.
  • Amendments to the Act in 1981 increased the number of benchers to 18, with 2 additional benchers for the Saskatoon district and the dean of the College of Law now a full voting bencher.
  • In 1982, Gwen Randall was the first female bencher elected to the Law Society of Saskatchewan.
  • The 1991 election was the first to use a ward system of voting. Benchers were elected only by the members in their own electoral division, as opposed to being elected by province-wide voting.
  • The Legal Profession Act, 1990 was proclaimed on October 1, 1991 and introduced for the first time in Saskatchewan the concept of non-lawyer benchers. Two were to be appointed by the lieutenant-governor in council after consultation with the Society.
  • Prior to the 1997 election, boundary changes resulted in:
    • Prince Albert being represented by one bencher,
    • the former Prince Albert and Humboldt-Yorkton divisions be renamed the North East and East Central divisions, and
    • the membership of the Kerrobert division would be split between the Battlefords and Swift Current divisions, which would be renamed the North West and South West divisions, respectively.
  • Currently there are 23 benchers representing 9 geographic divisions, the New Lawyer Bencher division, Dean of the College of Law, and 4 Public Representatives.

For more information on the upcoming election, please visit our website.