access to justice

A Spotlight on Expanding Engagement Lecture: The Promise of Justice and Health Partnerships

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By Erin Wolfson, Community Engagement Specialist, Division of Social Accountability, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan  

The College of Medicine was delighted to be a part of the Second Annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week! On October 18th, 2017 at noon in the College of Law, we had the pleasure of co-coordinating the lecture, Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Service, delivered by Michelle Leering, Executive Director of the Community Advocacy and Legal Centre in Belleville, Ontario. Michelle spoke about the promise of justice and health partnerships, and the vital role justice and health partnerships have to play in increasing access to justice in Saskatchewan. As Michelle described, justice and health partnerships have emerged as a holistic and proactive approach to address intersecting health and justice issues, the social determinants of health and health disparities in communities. While such partnerships are commonly seen in the United States and Australia, justice and health partnerships are only just beginning to appear in Canada, with one excellent example being the Rural Justice and Health Partnerships Project founded by Michelle in Ontario.

The lecture helped to continue the dialogue that began at the College of Law’s Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution in March of this year. On March 1st, 2017, the College of Law hosted their Fifth Annual Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution. Again, the College of Medicine participated as one of the topics centered on expanding engagement between justice and health services here in Saskatchewan. Three common themes arose during the meeting: (i) the focus of all collaborations should be benefits to patients or clients; (ii) more research must be done regarding all connections between health and justice and the types of collaborations best able to serve patients and clients; and (iii) the interdisciplinary education of students and active professionals should be prioritized. The group also identified key goals/principles and options for steps moving forward, which can be viewed here.

We hope to continue the collaboration between the College of Medicine and the College of Law with events in the future and would like to extend a special thanks to the 60 + people in attendance from both justice and health sectors – faculty, practitioners, students and administrators. We look forward to what we might see in terms of future interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations here in Saskatchewan. We hope this is just the beginning and look forward to many more conversations to come.

This lecture was made possible by the Office of the Vice-President Research Visiting Lecture Fund at the University of Saskatchewan, with support from CREATE Justice, and the Division of Social Accountability, College of Medicine.

Photo credit: Pro Bono Students Canada – Saskatchewan

Highlight from Day 2 of Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week: A Spotlight on Access to Justice Champions

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By Alex Santos, Pro Bono Students Canada Program Coordinator, Third Year Student, College of Law

The team at Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) had a great time hosting A Spotlight on Access to Justice Champions: A Volunteer Appreciation Event as part of A2J Week on Tuesday. This event provided an opportunity to reconnect and hear about the work PBSC volunteers are doing in community. Thank you to everyone who made it out! PBSC wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our volunteers, and we’re excited to see how their work continues to help facilitate access to legal services in Saskatchewan.

We would also like to thank our generous sponsor, WestlawNext Canada, for their support.

October 16-21 Proclaimed Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week

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By Brea Lowenberger
Access To Justice Coordinator & Director of CREATE Justice, University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan has proclaimed October 16-21, 2017 as Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week.

There are a range of opportunities for the public, lawyers and law faculty, members from other disciplines, and law students to participate during the week.

Attend the events and join the conversation on social media: #SKA2J2017.

Announcing SK A2J Week Events for Members from Other Disciplines – Public Library and Health Sectors

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By Brea Lowenberger
Access To Justice Coordinator & Director of CREATE Justice, University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

Solving complex issues like access to justice require interdisciplinary approaches. One of the goals of Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is to engage new and diverse voices in the access to justice conversation. This year, members from the public library and healthcare sectors are invited to consider their unique role in promoting access to justice. Public library staff and healthcare providers, faculty, and students are invited to join the conversation through the following events.


WED. OCT. 18

Lecture on Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Services with Michele Leering – Registration required (1 CPD hour for lawyers)

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THURS. OCT. 19

Free Legal Resource FairMcKercher Lecture Series Presents “How can your library help you access legal information?” with Janet Freeman (1 CPD hour for lawyers)

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SALI Conference Keynote Public Lecture on,Legal Information, Legal Advice, and Access to Justice – The Distinction as it is Understood in the United States” with John Greacen (1 CPD hour for lawyers)

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FRI. OCT. 20 & SAT. OCT. 21

Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information (SALI) Conference: “The Role of Legal Information Providers and Public Libraries in Promoting Access to Justice” – Registration required for online livestream option

 

Join the conversation!

Visit law.usask.ca/SKA2J17.php for more information and registration details for select events.

We want to hear from you!  Share your access to justice ideas, work, announcements, photos, reports on social media using the hashtag #SKA2J2017.

Announcing SK A2J Week Events for Lawyers

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By Brea Lowenberger
Access To Justice Coordinator & Director of CREATE Justice, University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

This post highlights events that may interest lawyers during the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week, including three free CPD events.

MON. OCT. 16

“Spin for Access to Justice” Fundraiser* – Registration required

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* CLASSIC also hosting Community Give-Back Flash Mob throughout the week for CLASSIC clients. Visit classiclaw.ca to donate.

TUES. OCT. 17

A Spotlight on Access to Justice Champions: A Volunteer Appreciation Event

WED. OCT. 18

Lecture on Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Services with Michele Leering – Registration required (1 CPD hour for lawyers)

(Download poster)

THURS. OCT. 19

Free Legal Resource FairMcKercher Lecture Series Presents “How can your library help you access legal information?” with Janet Freeman (1 CPD hour for lawyers)

(Download poster)

FRI. OCT. 20

SALI Conference Keynote Public Lecture on,Legal Information, Legal Advice, and Access to Justice – The Distinction as it is Understood in the United States” with John Greacen (1 CPD hour for lawyers)

(Download poster)

FRI. OCT. 20 & SAT. OCT. 21

Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information (SALI) Conference: “The Role of Legal Information Providers and Public Libraries in Promoting Access to Justice” – Registration required for online livestream option

 

Join the conversation!

Visit law.usask.ca/SKA2J17.php for more information and registration details for select events.

We want to hear from you!  Share your access to justice ideas, work, announcements, photos, reports on social media using the hashtag #SKA2J2017.

 

Registration Open for Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week Events – October 16-21, 2017

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By Brea Lowenberger
Access To Justice Coordinator & Director of CREATE Justice, University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

The objective of the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is to engage new and diverse voices in the access to justice conversation and highlight initiatives that aim to improve access to justice for Saskatchewan residents. Our line-up of events for the second annual week include:

  • opportunities for the public to participate in conversations on how to improve access to justice;
  • access to justice CPD options for lawyers;
  • an invitation to members from other disciplines to collaborate in improving access to justice; and
  • access to justice events for law students.

During the days leading up to the week, Legal Sourcery will host further details on how the week’s events will be of interest to the public, lawyers, members of disciplines outside of law, and law students. Also, follow Legal Sourcery for a series of “SK A2J Week Guest Blogs” (such as today’s post from a National Action Committee on Access to Justice Liaison)  and highlights from the week.

We invite you to check out the calendar of events and register today, as spaces for events are limited.

(Downloadable poster that can be printed/shared offline/online.)

A2J Week SK makes an impact on each of Canada’s Justice Development Goals

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By Sarah McCoubrey, Action Committee Liaison

Saskatchewan’s A2J Week is a great chance to check our progress on Canada’s Justice Development Goals. The nine goals arose out of the Roadmap for Change published by the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters in 2014. The goals identify nine areas where the justice sector needs to focus its efforts to reform justice processes, learn and share and work differently to make the justice system work better for people in Canada. The JDGs let everyone working on A2J, and the public, keep track of our efforts and our progress. The Justice Development Goals are broad, ambitious goals that can serve to link the efforts of big institutions, small non-profits, collaboratives and individuals who are all pulling toward the same vision of an effective, responsive justice system.

Canada’s Justice Development Goals

1 – Address Every Day Legal Problems
2 – Meet Legal Needs
3 – Make Courts Work Better
4 – Improve Family Justice
5 – Work Together
6 – Build Capability
7 – Innovate
8 – Analyze and Learn
9 – Improve Funding Strategies

In Saskatchewan, The A2J Working Group has acted on JDG Goal 5 (Work Together) by creating a collaborative approach within the province. This provincial entity has initiated cross sector discussions and fostered provincial coordination on A2J. The establishment of CREATE Justice responds to JDG Goal 8 (Analyze and Learn) by creating a centre for research excellence to advance understanding of the A2J crisis. By its leadership also nurtures connections and creates momentum on other projects, exposing students to the issues that Canadians face when dealing with civil conflicts. The invitation to researchers in other disciplines will expand the scope of knowledge on A2J issues.

The activities planned during A2J Week in Saskatchewan also advance Justice Development Goals. Each of the planned activities brings people together to improve service, build understanding and share resources. The week as a whole raises the critical importance of A2J issues.

Oct 16 / 17 Town Hall on the Future of Legal Services Provision in Saskatchewan Goals 1 and 2
Oct 16 “Spin for Access to Justice” Fundraiser Goal 9
Oct 17 – A Spotlight on Access to Justice Champions: A Volunteer Appreciation Event Goals 5 and 6
Oct 18 – Justice and Health Services Session Goal 7
Oct 19 – Free Legal Resource Fair Goals 1 and 2
Oct 19 – McKercher Lecture Series: How can your library help you access legal information? Goal 1
Oct 19 – Walk-in Family Law Information Clinic Goals 1 and 4
Oct 20 – Law Student Small Urban and Rural Law Firm Trip Goals 1 and 2
Oct 21/22 – Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Conference Goals 1, 3, 7 and 8

As the Saskatchewan legal community connects with librarians, service providers, students, members of the public, each event promotes the #justiceforall #a2j goals of public engagement and legal health.

Saskatchewan’s A2J Week is one of the exciting things happening across the country to improve access to justice. Our ongoing, collective work on each of the Justice Development Goals gets Canada’s justice system closer to meeting our vision of an effective, functioning system to help everyone in Canada with their legal issues. A2J Week SK is an impressive week of meaningful programming and collaboration that is making a real impact towards these goals.