By Carly Romanow, Programs Director/Staff Lawyer
Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan
The 8th Annual Gown to Gown Lawyers’ Charity Gala was held in Regina at the Doubletree by Hilton on January 27, 2017. The event is one that is held annually rotating between Regina and Saskatoon and benefitting Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan and CLASSIC respectively. The proceeds from this year’s gala went to Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan.
We had a great evening of entertainment. The Honourable Mr. Justice Richards did a fantastic job of entertaining the crowd as Master of Ceremonies. The Jack Semple Band brought the crowd to the dance floor following the program. As always, Jack and his band were phenomenal and played for a packed dance floor.
The 2016 Pro Bono Service Award was presented at the event. The Pro Bono Service Award is an annual award presented in recognition of the contribution of lawyers in Saskatchewan to supporting access to justice for persons of limited means. The award is presented jointly by the Law Society of Saskatchewan and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan to recognize outstanding pro bono service in any or of all of the following activities: (1) delivering pro bono legal services; (2) assisting with the establishment of pro bono programs; (3) coordinating pro bono services; and (4) education and advocacy to promote a pro bono culture.
The following were the nominees for the 2016 Pro Bono Service Award:
The first nominee is Randi Arnot: Randi Arnot is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and holds a BA in Political Science and an LLB from the College of Law. She completed her articles in Regina in 1984 and since that time has been a private practitioner in Prince Albert. She is a senior partner with Arnot Heffernan Slobodian and is well recognized as an experienced litigator, mediator and collaborative lawyer.
Randi has been a volunteer with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan since its inception. She has made herself available on a regular basis to provide legal advice and assistance to persons who cannot access legal aid or private counsel at the Prince Albert Free Legal Clinic for nearly nine years. She has also been instrumental in paving the way for children to have independent counsel in Family Service Matters. Randi became involved with the Child & Youth Panel through Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan in 2008. Thank you, Randi, for your amazing contributions.
The second nominee is Tom Baldry: Tom Baldry is an associate with KMP North in Saskatoon. Tom has a BA with High Honours in Economics, a Masters of Economics, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan. As a law student he was involved with CLASSIC (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City) and participated in CLASSIC’s Intensive Clinical Law Practicum. He has been a volunteer with the Legal Advice Clinic operated by CLASSIC since he was called to the bar in 2015. His nominators at CLASSIC have expressed an appreciation of his understanding of their philosophy of client service as well as his awareness of their operations. They have described Tom as one who epitomizes that which we they aim to do—to foster a social justice and pro bono ethic in their students.
The final nominees have been nominated as a group. Sandra Bobyk, Barbara Mysko, and Katherine Roy have been nominated for their pro bono service in the immigration area. Sandra, Barbara and Katherine were awarded the 2016 Pro Bono Service Award.
Sandra Bobyk holds a BA with High Honours and an LLB from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a Crown Counsel, for the Public Guardian and Trustee of Saskatchewan, within the Ministry of Justice.
Barbara Mysko is Counsel with the Constitutional Law Division, Ministry of Justice. She holds a BA with High Honours in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, an MA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and BCL/LLB with Distinction from McGill University. Barbara is a volunteer for the ALS Society of Saskatchewan and is a fitness instructor and YWCA. She has been actively involved with the CBA and is a past Board Member of Conflict Resolution Saskatchewan.
Katherine Roy is Counsel with the Constitutional Law Division, Ministry of Justice. She holds a BA with Distinction from McGill University and a LLB from the University of Saskatchewan. She has travelled extensively and has made numerous volunteer contributions both abroad and at home. She is currently a board member for the Regina Bar Association.
In addition to their work with the Ministry of Justice, and their involvement in the legal community and the larger community, these three ladies are all long time volunteers with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan. Sandra, Barbara and Katherine have all been volunteers with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan’s Immigration & Refugee Panel since 2009, providing full representation to newcomers involved in immigration and refugee processes in Saskatchewan. Over the years they have taken on numerous clients, appearing on their behalf in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board as well as the Immigration and Refugee Appeals Division.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Gala, and we are looking forward to next year’s Gala being held in Saskatoon and hosted by CLASSIC!