Month: January 2017

Benchers’ Digest Survey

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By Kelly Laycock

Have an opinion you’d like to share about the Benchers’ Digest? It’s the one-year anniversary of the new format, and our editorial team has created a short survey to give you the opportunity to make suggestions on how we can improve your reading experience.  Just five minutes of your time is enough to tell us how we are doing. The survey will be available for one month, and all responses will remain anonymous. Watch for the survey statistics to be published in the upcoming Spring Issue. Thanks for your support!



Looking for Legal Research Assistance? Ask a Librarian!

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Having trouble with your legal research and looking for some help?  Would you like to identify the best resource or ebook for a particular area of the law?  Do you need training on the latest AskLibndatabase like WestlawNext?  Or, are you suffering information overload from the sheer number of legal resources out there?

If you are experiencing any of this, hit this button right now!

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library is pleased to provide members with a full range of legal research services.  Law librarians possess a unique knowledge of legal resources and highly specialized skills to search those resources effectively and expertly.  We can work with you to develop research strategies, identify the ideal resources for you research, and add value to your legal research.

Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick are Reference Librarians with the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library.  Ken is located in Saskatoon branch in the court house on Spadina Crescent. Alan is located in our Regina branch in the court house on Victoria Avenue.

Please contact us at or 306-569-8020 if you require any research assistance.

Ken Fox
Reference Librarian
Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
520 Spadina Cres. E.
Saskatoon, SK
(306) 933-5141
Alan Kilpatrick
Reference Librarian
Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
2425 Victoria Avenue, 2nd Floor
Regina, SK S4P 4W6
(306) 569-8020

New SLIA Counsel

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From Saskatchewan Lawyers’ Insurance Association

davemccashin1casualSLIA is pleased to announce that David J. McCashin has accepted the position of In-house Counsel, taking over from Tim Brown. Dave has extensive experience in the areas of litigation and insurance and will begin on January 23, 2017.

Dave holds  a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of Regina, and received his Bachelor of Laws in 1989 from Queen’s University. After being admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1990, Dave practiced with McKercher LLP for 20 years as an associate and then as partner, primarily focussing on insurance-related litigation, before becoming Defence Counsel with the Co-operators Life Insurance Company in 2010. In 2012 he moved to Saskatchewan Government Insurance and worked for the next five years as Senior Counsel.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Dave McCashin and wish him the best of luck in his new role at SLIA.


Reminder – Appropriate Dispute Resolution Survey

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By Kim Newsham
Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is considering making some form of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mandatory before parties can proceed with a family law application.  ADR could include mediation, collaborative law, and separation/divorce coaching.  Exceptions to the requirement may be needed.  The Ministry has been consulting with stakeholders since August 2016 and continues to do so.  The Ministry is hoping to obtain as much feedback as possible before determining whether to proceed with legislative amendments.  Your participation is critical to the success of this project.  Please consider completing a short survey which is available at:

The survey will be open until February 13th.  Individual survey results will be kept confidential; data will be used in aggregated form only.  If you have any questions about the survey, or if you wish to review the consultation document and provide written comments, please contact Kim Newsham at or at 306-787-5709.

Subject Resource Guide – Corporate and Partnership Law

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By Alan Kilpatrick

The Corporate and Partnership Law Subject Resource Guide is now available online at the at Research Resources  area of the Law Society website.

Subject resource guide provide the titles of key texts, ebooks, CPD materials, journals, legal encyclopedias, and provincial and federal legislation for a particular area of the law.  They are guides to finding the best resources for an area of the law.  The guides are intended to be used by those starting new legal research projects and to ensure that obvious resources are not missed.

Other subject guides available at Research Resources include:

The Law Society Library will continue to develop subject resource lists in every area of legal practice on a regular basis.