Month: October 2017

New Journals Issues – September 2017 #1

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

The Advocate
Volume 75, Number 5 (September 2017)

  • On the Front Cover: The Honourable Justice Janet Winteringham / Andi MacKay
  • Remembering, Forgetting, Reinvention and Freedom: Social Media and Children’s Right to Be Forgotten / Yun Li-Reilly
  • The Caffeine Conspiracy / Israel Chafetz
  • Hong Yen Chang: Bar Admission 125 Years Late / Ludmila B. Herbst
  • Lawyers on the Run: The Role of Running in the lives of B.C. Lawyers and Judges / Connor Bildfell
  • Normative Ethics and the Changing Face of Legal Technology: Of How to Stay Relevant in a Transformed Profession / Shea Coulson
  • The Wine Column / Michael Welsh
  • News from BC Law Institute / Lisa A. Peters
  • News from CLEBC Society / Ellen Zheng
  • A View from the Centre / Elaine T. McCormack
  • LAP Notes / Bena Stock
  • Peter A. Allard School of Law Faculty News / Abby Blinch
  • UVIC Law Faculty News / Patricia Cochran
  • Legal Anecdotes and Miscellanea / Ludmila B. Herbst and Erica C. Miller


Banking & Finance Law Review
Volume 32, Number 3

  • Corporation of Nigeria and the Troubled Asset Relief Program of the United States / Chinenyeze J. Amaechi, Ozioma Mary Amaechi and Folashade Adeyemo
  • Misconduct Costs of Banks – The Meaning Behind the Figures / Ruth Plato-Shinar and Keren Borenstein-Nativ
  • The Qatari Financial Sector: Building Bridges Between Domestic and International / Andrew M. Dahdal, Gordon R. Walker, and Douglas W. Arner
  • The Future of Employees’ Say on Pay: Will Works Councils Continue to Shape Wage and Executive Pay Decisions in Germany? / Albertp R. Salazar V.
  • Banking Fraud: The Power of Well-Drafted Account Opening Documents in the Age of Email . Mark Evans, Chloe Snider and Joseph Pignatelli
  • Yaiguaje v. Chevron Cor. / Dennis Giibs, Michael Fortier, Tyson Dyck, Henry Ren and Hilary Brown
  • David Gibbs, Book Review of The Handbook of Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private, and Not-for-Profit Board Members by Richard LeBlanc (2017) BFLR 573.
  • Hossein Nabilou, Book Review of Reconceptualising Global Finance and Its Regulation by Ross P. Buckley, Emilios Avgouleas & Douglas W. Arner (2017) BFLR 579.
  • Thomas H. Stanton, Book Review of Regulating (From) the Inside: The Legal Framework for Internal Control in Banks and Financial Institutions by Iris H-Y Chiu (2017) BFLR 603.


Canadian Business Law Journal
Volume 59, Number 3

  • The Phenomenon of Crowd Equity Funding: An Opportunity to Promote Financial Literacy / Marina Nehme
  • What do we Really Know About Corporate Governance? A Review of the Empirical Research Since 2000 / Bryce C. Tingle
  • PrePlan Sales Under Section 65.13 BIA and Section 36 CCAA / Jason Dolman and Gabriel Faure
  • No Representation without Valuation: Bidder and Target Directors’ duties under Canada’s New Take-over Bid Regime: Re Hecla Mining Company / Diana Nicholls
  • Substantive Consolidation after Nortel: The Treatment of Corporate Groups in Canadian Insolvency Law / Michael A. Barrett

Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Conference

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Director of Legal Resources
Law Society of Saskatchewan

On October 20-21, 2017, the Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project (SALI) presented the Conference on the Role of Legal Information Providers and Public Libraries in Promoting Access to Justice at the College of Law. The conference brought together legal scholars, library science scholars, legal information providers, and public library representatives from urban, rural, and remote areas of Saskatchewan to discuss the role of librarians in improving access to legal information. The conference was oriented towards developing actionable strategies for making legal information more accessible through public libraries.

Through a series of panels and keynotes speakers targeted to specific questions, the conference explored themes including:

  1. Increasing general public awareness of access to justice issues and the role of libraries;
  2. Determining the differences between legal information and legal advice;
  3. Identifying existing legal information resources and gaps;
  4. Discussing how physical and online library spaces can be used to increase access to legal information;
  5. Increasing empirical information on patrons’ and librarians’ legal information needs.

Each session was followed by small group discussions intended to identify concrete next steps in taking action towards the larger issue of access to legal information.

The Law Society is a proud partner in the SALI project and sees great potential ahead. Please stayed tuned to our blog and future editions of the Benchers’ Digest for updates on the progress of this project.

For more information about the SALI Project, please visit the Create Justice website and see the article Putting the Public First: Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project from the Winter, 2016 issue of the Benchers’ Digest at page 6.

Ontario’s Second Annual Access to Justice Week Launches as Saskatchewan’s Ends

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By Sabreena Delhon, Manager of External Engagement and TAG at the Law Society of Upper Canada

As Saskatchewan’s second annual Access to Justice Week ends, this week marks the second annual Access to Justice Week in Ontario. Organized by The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) with 12 partners, this year’s program examines community driven initiatives, public legal education innovations and mental health in the legal profession.

In addition to a range of learning and engagement opportunities, this year we released Millennials, Technology and Access to Justice, a new report that presents findings from a survey of 1,000 Ontario residents aged 18 to 36. Understanding more about this generation’s expectations and experiences of the justice system will help us make informed and modern justice system improvements.

Last year’s Access to Justice Week program in Ontario provided a platform to diversify participants in the access to justice conversation. We wanted to keep these conversations going so we created a podcast called Architects of Justice. Released in September, the first season of the podcast explores how people are finding new ways to improve access to justice. The 15-minute episodes feature different perspectives, recent research findings and a story.

A second season of the podcast will be released in 2018 and episodes will be shaped by discussions from this year’s Access to Justice Week program.

Catch up on this year’s Access to Justice Week in Ontario with our hashtag #A2J2017.


The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) was established by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2015 to facilitate better coordination and collaboration across the justice sector. It is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Sabreena Delhon is the Manager of External Engagement and TAG at the Law Society of Upper Canada. Follow her on Twitter @SabreenaDelhon.


College of Law Students’ Small Urban and Rural Committee Annual Rural Firm Tour Held During Access to Justice Week

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By the student leaders of the College of Law’s “Small Urban and Rural Committee”, Darcy Dumont, Liam Fitz-Gerald, Brady Knight, and Taylor Clark
(Written by Darcy; Edited by Brady, Liam, and Taylor)

On October 20, 2017, the Small Urban and Rural Committee held the annual Rural Firm Tour, travelling to the communities of Melfort, Nipawin, and Tisdale.

Our first stop was Melfort, where we received a tour of the firm Kapoor, Selnes & Klimm from the firm’s associates Brandi Rintoul and Sarah Gryba. Brandi and Sarah detailed their articling experiences in Melfort, the diverse areas of law they practice, answered questions we had and discussed the opportunities that exist for lawyers in their community. Brandi and Sarah also provided us with tours of Court of Queen’s Bench and the Provincial Court, where we had the opportunity to meet Judge Stang. While in Melfort we were also able to visit Eisner Mahon Forsyth, where Trent Forsyth spoke to us. We ended our time in Melfort by returning to Kapoor, Selnes, & Klimm, who provided us with a pizza lunch.

Melfort Tour

The next stop on our tour was Nipawin. We were greeted at TSN Law by Darcy Neufeld and then walked to the Provincial Court facilities, where we were met by Ronald Saretzky, also from TSN Law. Darcy and Ronald provided us with a tour of the Provincial Court facilities.  We then walked back to TSN Law and received a tour of their office. Ronald and Darcy spoke of the opportunities that exist within rural Saskatchewan and told us what practicing at their firm in Nipawin entails. They detailed their experiences with rural practice and answered all of the questions we had. We were provided with gift bags containing souvenirs from Nipawin as we boarded the bus to head to our final stop.

We then travelled to Burningham Eisner in Tisdale. Kirby Burningham took us on a walking tour of Tisdale and spoke about life in a rural community. Professors Sarah Burningham and Keir Vallance from the College of Law happened to be in Tisdale and joined us for our tour. He showed us the local recreational facilities, and other amenities within the community while speaking to us about what life as a lawyer is like in Tisdale and telling us about his firm. To end our tour, we were treated to supper at “The Sweet Cup” before boarding the bus to travel back to Saskatoon.

Tisdale Tour

The Rural Firm Tour relates to Access to Justice because it promotes the providing of legal services within rural communities. If legal services were not available within these communities, it would be difficult for individuals who live in rural areas to have legal representation. Without the availability of legal representation in rural communities, individuals seeking representation would have to travel a great distance, often to a city such as Saskatoon.    It is important to realize that there is a need for legal services within these rural communities. It was encouraging to hear from all of the lawyers on the tour that practicing in a rural community is a rewarding experience and that rural communities provide valuable career prospects. It is important to realize that small urban centres and towns, such as Melfort, Nipawin, and Tisdale, are great places to establish a successful career and become a part of their community.

The Small Urban and Rural Committee would like to thank Brandi Rintoul, Sarah Gryba, Darcy Neufeld, and Kirby Burningham for organizing the Rural Firm Tour and providing our meals throughout the day. We would also like to thank Judge Stang and Trent Forsyth for taking time to meet with us, as well as Terri Karpish from the Career Office, the CBA Saskatchewan Branch for their support, and Howie who was our chauffeur for the day.

Free Legal Resource Fair During Saskatchewan’s Second Annual Access to Justice Week

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By Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarian, Law Society Library

On October 19, the Saskatoon Public Library’s Francis Morrison Central Library Branch hosted a Free Legal Resource Fair in recognition of Saskatchewan’s Second Annual Access to Justice Week.

During the busy come-and-go tradeshow, members of the public had the opportunity to learn about their legal rights and connect with a variety of non-profit, government, and community legal service providers in Saskatoon. The fair’s participants included:

  • Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City (CLASSIC)
  • Government of Saskatchewan’s Family Law Information Centre
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
  • Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS)
  • Pro Bono Students Canada University of Saskatchewan Chapters (PBSC)
  • Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA)
  • Saskatchewan Office of Workers’ Advocates
  • Saskatoon Open Door Society
  • Saskatoon Police Service

Volunteer lawyers from the Family Law Information Centre and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan offered free legal information drop-in sessions for members of the public requiring family law assistance. Members of the public were entitled to up to 30 minutes to ask questions about family law relevant to their situation.

The Free Legal Resource Fair coincided with an enlightening lecture sponsored by McKercher LLP in the branch’s Film Theatre: How can your library help you access legal information? Janet Freeman, a law librarian from the British Columbia LawMatters program, spoke about how public libraries can connect the public with legal information and can fill gaps in access to legal information, education, and referrals.

Thank you to the organizations and partners who helped make the fair a real success!