Day: June 17, 2016
By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
As we posted last summer, Family Matters is a Government of Saskatchewan program aimed at minimizing the impact of separation and divorce on all family members by providing:
- information and resources to deal with a changing family situation; and
- assistance to resolve urgent and outstanding issues.
Launched as a pilot project in November 2014, the program was only available in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina and Moose Jaw. Now the program is being offered throughout Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan lawyers, you have until June 30th to share your opinion on entity regulation!
Driven in part by new technologies, new business models and access to justice concerns, the practice of law, the public demand for legal services and the regulation of the legal profession around the world are changing. In collaboration with the Law Societies of Alberta and Manitoba, the Law Society of Saskatchewan is consulting with Saskatchewan lawyers to shape the future of regulation and delivery of legal services in our province.
The consultation will focus on what types of organizations (entities) should be regulated by the Law Society. It will consider an approach where legal organizations are told what outcomes are expected of them, but not how to deliver them, providing the organization with the flexibility and autonomy to achieve the required outcomes.
To take part, please visit www.lawsocietylistens.ca, where you can learn more about the consultation topics and answer the survey questions. You will first have to register on the top right-hand corner of the site. It may take a few moments to receive your registration link via email. Once you have registered, you can submit general questions and written submissions in the “Starting the Dialogue” window and answer the specific survey questions about “Entity Regulation” and “Compliance-based Entity Regulation”by visiting those sections of the website. You can also provide your input in a very preliminary discussion about “Alternative Business Structures.”
For further information, the site also includes explanatory videos, articles about the consultation topics and Frequently Asked Questions. The consultation topics were also covered in detail in a formal discussion paper authored by the Prairie law societies in November 2015 which we encourage you to read for further information.
In addition to the information you will find on the site, we are offering further consultation opportunities to engage the greatest number of lawyers possible, including:
- A free webinarwas presented by Benchers of the Law Society on May 18th. If you missed it, the recorded version still qualifies for 1 ethics CPD hour. To order the recorded version of the webinar, please contact Linda Euteneier (CPD Administrator) at (306) 569-8242 or Linda@lawsociety.sk.ca.
- A panel discussion was held at our AGMin Saskatoon on June 16th at 4 pm for a face-to-face opportunity to learn about and discuss the issues and share your input.
The consultation website will be open until June 30. We encourage you to visit www.lawsocietylistens.ca to start the dialogue!
NOTE: If you receive a “Site Block” message, your work place may have a very secure system that requires permission to be granted to access web sites. Please allow access to the domain name: www.lawsocietylistens.ca in order to visit our consultation website.
Things are heating up with our Scrabble Battle, and we have some really good words to add to the board this week. The best submission this week was the word CHANGE for an amazing 40 points! The library staff really had to think hard, but we managed to come up with a doozy: DEVISE. By pluralising the word PIONEER, we got to count the points for that one too, for a total of 40 points.
So here are the scores after Week 3:
LSS Members: 89
LSSL Staff: 107
Don’t be discouraged! There are still lots of innovative words to choose from. Tune in to the blog next week for more exciting Scrabble action, and don’t forget to make your letters count! This week’s submissions deadline for words: Thursday, June 23. Keep them coming!
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