Benchers’ Digest is Ready for Spring

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benchersdigestKelly Laycock

Spring is in the air at the Law Society Library, where we have just published our latest issue of the Benchers’ Digest quarterly newsletter. But this year, we’ve given it a fresh new look. And it’s not just the look that’s fresh but the content as well. This year we will be rolling out our usual quarterly issues with some brand-new, thought-provoking features and articles with a focus on what the LSS and our benchers have been up to, as well as innovations and hot topics in the legal profession.

Our goal is to re-engage with you, our valued members, and one way we hope to achieve this is through a new column called Call-Out Questions, where we ask you to share your stories, experiences and wisdom on specific topics. Think of it as an open forum for discussion and discovery, a place to share your valuable experiences as a legal professional. New Call-Out Questions will be published each issue, and we’ll print your comments in the next issue.

Call-Out Questions

In our Summer issue, we will be exploring the world of mentoring, from the ups and downs of your personal experiences as a mentor or as an articling student, to the potential long-term benefits of building these relationships. So here are a few questions we would love you to answer for us:

For Mentors

  • Tell us about your experience with mentoring relationships in the legal world.
  • Have you been a principal? What advice would you give to someone considering it for the first time?
  • Is mentoring a valuable tool for recruiting young and eager lawyers coming into the profession? How?
  • Share a story of how mentoring has helped to shape the competence, work ethic and strategies of your future colleagues.
  • Have you learned anything unexpected from your articling students?

For Articling Students (current or past)

  • What do you see as the benefits of being mentored by an experienced lawyer?
  • What is the most important lesson you learned from your principal?
  • Was the experience a positive or negative one for you? Tell us about it!
  • What advice could you give to students about to article?
  • If you could do it again, what would you do differently? If you are in the thick of it now, what would you change?

*If you prefer to remain anonymous, just let us know.

How to Take Part in the Conversation

Send your comments of no more than 250 words to or by fax to 306-569-0155.

If you have an idea for a longer article (500 to 1500 words), let us know, and our editorial team will work with you to make the most of your publishing experience! Our editorial process is flexible to fit with your schedule. We provide professional feedback to help your writing stand out, and then you’ll have two weeks to make any changes you want to make. We’ll copyedit the final version to scan for any spelling or punctuation issues, and ta-da! It is ready for publishing.

benchersdigest2016_2Submission Deadline for Summer Issue: April 4, 2016.

The Benchers’ Digest and Legal Sourcery are always looking for contributors to share their knowledge of issues affecting the legal profession in Saskatchewan, or across the country.

  • Have an upcoming event of interest to our members? Tell us about it!
  • If you have an idea for an article, we want to hear it.
  • If YOU want to write it, we’re here to help.
  • If you already have an article you’d like to share, we’ll get it out there.

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