Month: May 2016

Congratulations New Law Grads!

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society would like to congratulate all the students graduating from the College of Law. The ceremony will be held tomorrow morning at 9:00 am at TCU Place in Saskatoon. For those of you unable to attend in person, the ceremony can be viewed live on the University of Saskatchewan website. Just click on the ‘Watch It Live” button.

For those recent grads who are staying in Saskatchewan, please see the our Becoming a Lawyer in Saskatchewan page for more information on becoming a Student at Law and the Bar Admissions Program.

AGM Featuring a Multi-Jurisdictional Panel Discussion on Innovating Regulation

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society is pleased to announce a new approach to our Annual General Meeting! We will be hosting esteemed practitioners from across Canada for a CPD panel discussion and will follow this with cocktails and a formal dinner accompanied by live music before the business meeting commences.

When: 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Thursday June 16, 2016 (Saskatoon)
Qualifies for 2 CPD Hours, all of which qualify as Ethics

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is considering making some changes to the way it regulates the profession. The Law Society will begin consultation with the membership regarding entity regulation in April, 2016. If adopted by the Benchers, entity regulation would be an additional regulatory tool that would direct some aspects of regulation at the entity a lawyer practices within, such as a law firm or other business unit.

We are privileged to have a highly knowledgeable group of Benchers from three jurisdictions’, plus the President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, joining us at this event to discuss entity regulation from their perspectives:

Herman Van Ommen, Q.C. chairs the Law Society of British Columbia’s Law Firm Regulation Task Force, and Ross Earnshaw is Chair of the Compliance-based Entity Regulation Task Force for the Law Society of Upper Canada. Both Ross and Herman are well positioned to offer insights on the many issues surrounding entity regulation, having been heavily involved in their Law Society’s research and consultation initiatives. Jeff Hirsch is President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and offers the national perspective on this issue. The Prairie Law Societies Innovating Regulation Task Force is represented by our own Bencher, Gerald Tegart, Q.C., who is Chair of the Access Committee for the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Brenda Hildebrandt, Q.C., who is also part of the Prairie Law Societies Innovating Regulation Task Force, and Past President of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, will moderate the session.

This session will include ample time for questions and comments from attendees as the Law Society seeks to engage the membership with this important development in the profession. At the conclusion of the discussion cocktails and live music will commence with time for networking with panel members, colleagues, and members of the bar. Dinner will be served shortly thereafter as the music continues, and the business matters and awards presentations will conclude the evening.

For more details and to register for this exciting new opportunity please visit the Law Society website.

Lunch & Learn with the Law Society Library

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Do you need legal research training tailored to your firm’s specific needs?  Want to earn CPD credit while improving your legal research skills?  The Law Society Library is here to help.

Law librarians Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick offer flexible in-person training sessions customized to your firm’s legal research needs.  Let us know what you would like to learn and we will create an interactive session designed to help your firm develop solid research strategies, identify relevant legal resources, and save time and money through efficient legal research.

Possible training session topics could include:

  • Making the most of free legal resources like CanLII
  • An overview of the amazing resources available through the Law Society Member’s Section
  • Advanced search strategies

Lunch & Learn training sessions are $55.00 per lawyer per hour for 1.0 CPD credit. Book in advance to ensure the librarian’s availability.

Book an in-person Lunch & Learn session with a law librarian today:
(306) 569-8020


Supervised Access By Responsible Adult Orders

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From the Court of Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan

Administrative Notice – Supervised Access by Responsible Adult Orders

The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new Administrative Notice to provide guidance and sample orders respecting Interim Custody and Supervised Access Orders where the supervision is provided by a responsible adult and not Family Justice Services or another agency.

Enforcement of Money Judgments Legislation Amended

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From Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, Legislative Services

Bill 162, The Enforcement of Money Judgments Amendment Act, 2014 and the companion regulations, The Enforcement of Money Judgments Amendment Regulations, 2016 are proclaimed in force effective May 30, 2016The amendments include:

  • Extending the effective period for a notice of seizure of employment income from 12 months to two years;
  • Giving Sheriffs the authority to immediately ensure that the title to land is clear before the title is transferred to a third party purchaser.  This applies when there is an agreement that payment will be made out of the proceeds of a land sale to address a debt before being sold to another party;
  • Appointing a Director of Sheriffs ;
  • Authorizing the Director of Sheriffs to stop pursuing money from debtors if the amount owed is less than the cost to recoup it; and
  • Authorizing the Director of Sheriffs to provide the forms under the Act rather than requiring the passage of regulations.

The forms under the Act will continue to be made available electronically on line at the Queen’s Printer under The Enforcement of Money Judgments Act link.

Please contact Debbie Barker, Director, Enforcement of Money Judgments Unit at for more information.

Bencher Talks Mental Health With John Gormley Today

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Our Bencher, Ronni Nordal, will be speaking with John Gormley on his radio show at noon today about mental illness. Ronni recently wrote an article for the Benchers’ Digest entitled “Let It Begin With Me” which is the focus of the discussion today. We featured this article yesterday and the full article can be found on page 20 of the Benchers’’ Digest. Please tune in today to listen to what will be a fascinating discussion on this important topic. As noted on the John Gormley website:

Mental illness continues to be a tough topic to talk about, but as people speak out, the stigma is slowly being squashed. Ronni Nordal, a Regina-Based lawyer, recently penned an article about the lack of societal understanding when it comes to mental illness and explains why she’s urging people not to shy away from this important conversation.