Remembrance (Throwback Thursday)

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During the First World War, all Law Society members who enlisted for active service were deemed to have paid their annual fees and continued in good standing until they resumed practice.  In 1918, 77 of 496 lawyers on the roll and 158 of 302 students-at-law were enlisted for active military service. A roll of honour was proposed for all Law Society members and students-at-law who served in the Great War. Scottish born Regina artist James Henderson was commissioned to create the paintings.

Honour Roll of Members of the Law Society enlisted in active military service during World War I, by James Henderson, 1917 (29.75″ width x 20.75″ height)

There was a marked reduction in the membership and activities of the Law Society during the Second World War. Many law students joined the army without completing their degree. Almost 20% of the law graduates enlisted, most of them as officers. The annual meeting of the Law Society was cancelled in 1942 and 1945 because of wartime restrictions on travel. All editorial work of the Saskatchewan Bar Review (renamed Saskatchewan Law Review in 1967) were taken over by the Faculty of Law in 1943 at the request of the benchers as both editors, David Tyerman and Stuart Thom, were on active service. In 1946, the Law Society’s secretary prepared a list of all enlisted members and students-at-law “in order that a correct and permanent record be kept”.

Law Society Members in active military service during World War II (15.25″ width x 20.75″ height)

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