Month: February 2017

2016 Justice Update Available Online

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Justice Update 2016 is now available online on the Queen’s Printer website. Justice Updates are legislation summaries prepared annually following sessions by Legislative Services Branch, Saskatchewan Justice. Previous yearly updates back to 1992 are also available on the Queen’s Printer website.

 

Subject Resource Guide – Insurance Law (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

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

Subject resource guides 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.

 

Just Rights Rundraiser – March 4th, Saskatoon

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By Chantelle Johnson, Executive Director, CLASSIC

The student group Just Rights in collaboration with the Running Room is coordinating a “Rundraiser” to benefit CLASSIC.  The 2 km family walk and 5 km run will take place on Saturday March 4.  You can sign-up here.  Check-in is at 9:30 a.m. at the Running Room and the run will commence from there.  No running experience necessary – come out and support CLASSIC!

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Saskatchewan Law Grad Talks about Legal AI

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tedtalkBy Alan Kilpatrick

Did you catch Andrew Arruda’s TED Talk?  TED Talks brings together diverse speakers to discuss exciting and emerging issues in the world today.

Arruda (JD’14) is a recent University of Saskatchewan College of Law graduate.  In his talk, Arruda speaks about the potential of an artificially intelligent (AI) lawyer to democratize the law, reduce legal costs, and to make the practice of law cheaper for all.  To accomplish this goal, Arruda worked with a computer scientist to create ROSS, the world’s first AI lawyer.  I encourage you to watch the video yourself.

The primary argument Arruda makes is that an AI lawyer can help reduce legal research time and consequently lower the fees incurred as a result of legal research.  Time spent on legal research, Arruda explains, is the biggest barrier to hiring a lawyer. Lawyers spend twenty or thirty hours on legal research and spend hundreds of dollars each month to access legal databases.  ROSS will allow lawyers to get away from legal research.

While I am skeptical an AI lawyer can actually do what Arruda claims, the idea is intriguing.  At the Law Society Library, we are continually on the lookout for the latest legal resource technology for our members.  Our goal at the Law Society Library is to provide members with the newest digital resources anywhere in the province.  Today you can access WestlawNext through the Members’ Section right on your computer’s desktop.  Tomorrow, will you be able to access an AI lawyer?

Lawyers Weekly

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lawyersweeklyBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The February 24th edition of Lawyers Weekly digital edition is now available via the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Articles in this issue include:

  • Trump’s criticism of judiciary called ‘threat to the rule of law’
  • Ottawa pushes controversial trafficking bill
  • Real Property: The rights of creditors
  • Criminal Law: Deadly side of Tasers
  • Business & Careers: No easy answer

 

New Journals in the Library – January 2017 #2

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal
Volume 36, Number 1 (December 2016)

  • The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA): An Introduction to the Potential Impact on Canadian Trusts and Estates / Dean Smith
  • A Summary of Section 116 Requirements for the Canadian Executor / Holly Castle
  • Not Doing Badly: How the Registered Disability Savings Plan Can Help / Peter Lillico
  • Habeas Corpus and the Substitute Decisions Act / Karon C. Bales
  • Doesn’t Travel Well: Cross-Border Estate Planning in Canada and the U.S. / Marilyn Piccini Roy
  • Inheritance Rights of the Kindred of the Half-Blood / Jackie Bartlett
  • Florida Rules for Personal Representative Appointments / Cynthia Bock

 

McGill Law Journal
Volume 62, Number 1 (September 2016)

  • Fiduciary Duties, Conflict of Interest, and Proper Exercise of Judgment / Remus Valsan
  • The Sexual Assault of Older Women: Criminal Justice Responses in Canada / Isabel Grant and Janine Benedet
  • Le qualification juridique des swaps comme site d’une lutte globale pour le droit / Pascale Cornut St-Pierre
  • Une théorie de l’agence des regimes complémentaires de retraite / Patrick Mignault
  • La contribution des blogues juridiques à la connaissance, à la critique et aux transformations du droit / Edith Guilhermont
  • Interjurisdictional Information Sharing and National Security: A Constitutional and Legislative Analysis / Jacques Shore, Brian Crane and John Wilson
  • Cultural Genocide: Legal Label or Mourning Metaphor? / Payam Akhavan
  • Ivan Tchotourian, Book Review of Une autre voie pour la gouvernance d’entreprise? By Lorraine Talbot (2016) 62:1 MLJ 273

 

Queen’s Law Journal
Volume 42, Number 1 (Fall 2016)

  • The Legal Services Gap: Access to Justice as a Regulatory Issue / Thomas A. Cromwell & Siena Anstis
  • The Canadian Law of Judicial Review: A Plea for Doctrinal Coherence and Consistency / David Stratas
  • Tax Elections as Screens / Emily Ann Satterthwaite
  • Has the Supreme Court of Canada Rejected “Originalism”? / Benjamin Oliphan & Léonid Sirota