Month: December 2017

Legal Sourcery Named Best Canadian Law Library Blog of 2017!

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clawbies2015For the third time, Legal Sourcery has won the Canadian Law Blog Award (Clawbie) for Best Canadian Law Library Blog:

Winner: Legal Sourcery. The pride of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Legal Sourcery continued its top-quality blogging in 2017 with a steady stream of useful content alongside an enjoyable amount of personality and playfulness (earlier this month, they featured “12 Days of Recipes” as a fun December feature). While strictly speaking a library blog, this really could be seen as the go-to source for Saskatchewan legal news.

Congratulation to all the other winners and to the Law Society of Manitoba Library’s blog, Great LEXpectations, for being named runner up in the same category!

Please see the complete list of winners and check out the fantastic posts in many areas of law.

Air and Space Publications Now Available

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

HeinOnline, one of the useful resources we offer for members in our Members’ Section, recently added a new database: McGill Institute of Air and Space Law Publications. The McGill Institute is a leading authority on air and space law. With nearly 50 titles and 50,000 pages on this topic, HeinOnline invites you to check out their new fully searchable, user-friendly interface.

Please visit the Members’ Section to explore this new resource and the over 700 other legal periodicals available on HeinOnline.

Legal Sourcery’s 12 Recipes of Christmas – Day 12

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On the twelfth (business) day of Christmas, the Law Society staff gives to you:

Buche de Noël / Yule Log

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
6 egg whites
1/4 cup white sugar confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Line a 10 x 15-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper (if you do not have a jelly roll pan, a cake pan of similar size will do).
  3. In a large bowl, whip cream, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until thick and stiff. Refrigerate.
  4. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar until thick and pale. Blend in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and salt.
  5. In large glass bowl, using clean beaters, whip egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, and beat until whites form stiff peaks.
  6. Immediately fold the yolk mixture into the whites.
  7. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched.
  9. Dust a clean dishtowel with confectioners’ sugar. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and turn the warm cake out onto the towel. Remove and discard parchment paper. Starting at the short edge of the cake, roll the cake up with the towel. Cool for 30 minutes.
  10. Unroll the cake, and spread the filling to within 1 inch of the edge. Roll the cake up with the filling inside. Place seam side down onto a serving plate, and refrigerate until serving. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.
  11. Decorate with meringue or marzipan mushrooms, plastic Santa and reindeer, or PUT A BIRD ON IT! Let the people to whom you are serving it know which parts are edible and which are not.

 

Photo credit: Christine Muldoon

This Week in Legal Ethics – New Professional Conduct Ruling

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LegalEthicsBannerBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society’s Ethics Committee recently released the following Professional Conduct Ruling as guidance for the profession. For your convenience, I’ve listed the ruling below but it can also be found in our Professional Conduct Rulings Database. 

Date:                          November 30, 2017
Cite as:                      2017 SKLSPC 1
Classification:         Confidential Information, Rule 3.3-1
Practice Area:          Family Law

Facts:

Lawyer X represents Client A with respect to the separation and divorce from Client B.  Client B was in the process of obtaining a new lawyer, and as such, Lawyer X was corresponding with Client B directly via email.  Lawyer X was in possession of emails and documentation directly from Client B.

At the request of Client A, Lawyer X copied Client A’s child, Child A, on all correspondence to Client A.  Client B became aware that Child A was receiving correspondence, when in addition to Client A, Child A was copied on a relatively mundane email from Lawyer X to Client B, attempting to move the matter forward.  Client B took the position that Child A should have nothing to do with the divorce settlement, or any correspondence between the parties.

Ruling:

The Ethics Committee determined that Lawyer X had the consent of Client A to share the information with Client A’s child, Child A.  Further the Committee agreed that it is customary for a client to have other family members involved in the family law process.  It is not abnormal or improper to include a family member on an email with a matter that relates to that family member, with the client’s consent.  The Ethics Committee further noted that Lawyer X has an obligation of confidentiality to Client A; however, Client B is the opposing party, to whom Lawyer X has little to no duty.

The Ethics Committee determined that there is no merit to this complaint.

 

Legal Sourcery’s 12 Recipes of Christmas – Day 11

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On the eleventh (business) day of Christmas, the Law Society staff gives to you:

Pierre and Janet Burton’s Tourtière

Put in a pot:

1 lb chopped pork
1 diced onion
1 garlic bud
½ tsp salt
½ tsp savory
¼ celery pepper
¼ tsp cloves
½ tsp nutmeg
dash of mace, cayenne, and fresh ground pepper
½ cup water

Bring to a boil, cook 20 minutes, remove from fire. Slowly add ½ cup breadcrumbs, a spoon at a time, pausing until all fat has disappeared from the top. Cool, pour into a pie shell, cover with more crust and cook for 25 minutes or until crust is golden in a 500 degree Fahrenheit oven.

 

Photos courtesy of Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Legal Sourcery’s 12 Recipes of Christmas – Day 10

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On the tenth (business) day of Christmas, the Law Society staff gives to you:

Apple and Sage Stuffing

1 loaf of unsliced bread of your choice
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 yellow onions, medium dice
2 apples of your choice, medium dice
3 celery stalks, medium dice
8 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
salt
ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 13×9 baking dish with butter and set aside. Cut the bread into 3/4-inch cubes and place in a large, heatproof bowl; set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until foaming. Add the onions and brown, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add the apples, celery, thyme and sage and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, for about 6 minutes.
  3. Add 1 cup of the stock or broth to the mixture and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and add the vegetable-apple mixture to the reserved bread cubes. Season with two or three large pinches of salt and two large pinches of pepper, then stir to evenly combine. If the mixture seems too dry, add more stock or broth 1/4 cup at a time (but make sure it doesn’t get mushy).
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake, uncovered for about 30 to 40 minutes, until the top of the stuffing just starts to get brown and crusty. Serves 6 to 8.
  5. To make ahead of time: Cool, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Rewarm uncovered at 350°F for about 30 minutes.