Announcement

Revision to the Law Society of Saskatchewan CPD Policy

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Since the introduction of mandatory CPD in Saskatchewan in 2010, the CPD Policy required that CPD content be designed for an audience that is primarily composed of lawyers, paralegals, articling students and/or law students. However, over the last decade the legal landscape has changed and access to justice has become an increasingly prominent issue. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of self-represented litigants and in public demand for legal information. Further, the Law Society has received questions/complaints from members who have presented to an audience that is not connected to the legal profession. These members express the view that to prepare and present to these other audiences requires similar (and sometimes more) review, analysis and preparation, as compared to presenting to a lawyer audience.

In light of this, and to better facilitate and encourage the delivery of legal information to the public, the CPD Policy has been amended, effective January 1, 2019, to reduce the restrictions on the type of audience required for CPD hours. The CPD content being presented must be in compliance with the overall subject matter requirements set out in the CPD Policy, but the restrictions on the type of audience have been removed, with the exception of presentations to clients (CPD hours are not available for presentations targeted primarily at clients).

Please refer to the complete CPD Policy on our website for further details related to CPD requirements.

Business Corporations Act Review

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The Ministry of Justice and Attorney General is conducting a review of The Business Corporations Act and is seeking input respecting potential updates to the Act.  Individuals and organizations with experience in the field of corporate law are invited to review the Discussion Paper and complete the online survey that are both found in the link below.  The Ministry is asking that all responses be provided by February 28, 2019.

Business Corporations Act Review

New Law Society President and Vice President Elected

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At Convocation on December 6, 2018, the Benchers elected Leslie Belloc-Pinder, as President, and Gerald Tegart, Q.C., as Vice President, for 2019. We congratulate our new President and Vice President and would like to thank our outgoing President, Craig Zawada, Q.C., for his tireless work in 2018. Please see our website for a full list of our newly elected Benchers.

Leslie Belloc-Pinder, President LL.B, BA

Leslie Belloc-Pinder graduated at 22 from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan in 1984. She articled and worked as a junior lawyer with McDougall Ready Wakeling for a couple of years and then joined Legal Aid in the Saskatoon Rural Office. In 1989, she began her 29 year career with her partners at Hnatyshyn Gough.

Ms. Belloc-Pinder’s practice focused primarily on civil litigation with an emphasis on child protection until her appointment as an adjudicator with the Indian Residential Schools Independent Assessment Process from 2009 to 2016. In that capacity, she travelled across Canada listening to the evidence of claimants seeking compensation for abuse they experienced in residential schools and writing hundreds of original and appeal decisions.

In other adjudicative roles, Ms. Belloc-Pinder chaired the Saskatchewan Farm Land Security Board for 10 years and was recently appointed Chair of the provincial Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Board. In 2016, the federal Minister of Labour appointed Ms. Belloc-Pinder to decide complaints under the Canada Labour Code and in 2017 the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change named her a review officer responsible to conduct hearings pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

Beginning in January 2018, Ms. Belloc-Pinder assumed a part-time position with Canada’s largest administrative tribunal, the Immigration and Refugee Board. She now sits as a member of the Immigration Appeal Division in the Western Region.

Ms. Belloc-Pinder was a sessional lecturer for both the Colleges of Commerce (in business law) and Law (in civil procedure) at the U of S for a decade. She has devoted much time and energy advocating for women and social justice initiatives with such organizations as the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and the Saskatoon Women’s Network. She is also an avid athlete, and retired soccer team manager.

Within the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Ms. Belloc-Pinder was elected as a Bencher in 2015, Vice-President for 2018, and President for 2019. To date, she has served on the Ethics, Professional Standards, Conduct Investigation, Legal Resources and Justicia committees.

Gerald Tegart, Q.C.

Gerald Tegart was called to the Bar in 1977. He attended university in Regina and Saskatoon and has lived and practised law in Regina since graduating from the U of S College of Law in 1976. He articled with what is now the Ministry of Justice and subsequently served in the government for 37 years, as a prosecutor, a legal advisor to multiple government agencies and a legal manager, including four years as Saskatchewan’s Deputy Minister of Justice. He now practices as a sole practitioner with a focus on arbitration and other adjudicative work. He also provides advisory services to businesses and government institutions.

Gerald has been an active volunteer, both in the community and with a variety of law-related organizations. He is a past president of the Regina Bar Association, has served on the CBA Saskatchewan council and was a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts of Interest. He is a past member of the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan and the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Court Technology.

In 2014 he was elected by the benchers to fill a vacancy created by a judicial appointment. Since then he has carried out regular bencher functions and has served on several committees, including Ethics, Governance, Admissions and Education, Discipline Executive and Access to Legal Services.

In 2017, he was appointed by the Minister of Justice to co-chair the Legal Services Task Team.

Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated 2018-2019 Ready for Pick-up

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By Christine Muldoon

To all those in Regina or Saskatoon who pre-ordered the QBRA, your copies with invoices are ready to be picked up at the Law Society Library in your judicial centre. The Law Society Library thanks you!

If you have not ordered your copy yet, here is the order form.

9 x 6 paperback (1008 pages)
ISBN 978-1-7750299-3-9
$250.00 + tax (and shipping, if applicable)

Ebook (1008 pages)
ISBN 978-1-7750299-4-6
$250.00 + tax

Features of the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated 2018-2019 include:

  • Content updated to Saskatchewan Gazette Volume 114, No. 13
  • Case law updated to March 2018
  • Full index, tariff of costs, historical concordance from 1961, tables of cases, statutes and authorities
  • All annotations and updates by Christine Johnston BEd, LLB

2018 Bencher Election Results

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The 2018 Law Society of Saskatchewan Bencher election concluded on November 15.  The successful candidates are as follows:

Saskatoon:

  • Leslie Belloc-Pinder – by acclamation by virtue of her office
  • Craig Zawada, Q.C.
  • James Morrison, Q.C.
  • Ian Wagner
  • Cara Haaf

Regina:

  • Gerald Tegart, Q.C.
  • James Korpan, Q.C.
  • Crystal Norbeck
  • Jill Drennan
  • Barbara Mysko

Prince Albert: John Morrall

Central: Suzanne Jeanson (Moose Jaw) – by acclamation

East Central: Nolan Kondratoff (Yorkton) – by acclamation (Shawn Patenaude withdrew mid-election)

North East: Foluke Laosebikan (Melfort) – by acclamation

North West: Jeff Baldwin (North Battleford) – by acclamation

South East: Scott Moffat (Estevan) – by acclamation

South West: Andrea Argue (Swift Current)

New Lawyer: William Lane (Regina)

Please visit the Bencher Election page of the Law Society of Saskatchewan website to view bios for all candidates.

This year, the Law Society of Saskatchewan saw an unprecedented interest in members seeking to be elected to the office of Bencher.  This level of interest also generates a significant level of competition for a limited number of positions.  As a result, many good candidates were unsuccessful.  It is important that every member participates in the regulation of the legal profession.  Letting your name stand for Bencher is in itself an important contribution and we thank all of the candidates for their interest and dedication.

Convention Refugees and Protected Persons: Access to LARC Services

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Joint Media Release by CLASSIC and International Women of Saskatoon (IWS)

International Women of Saskatoon (IWS), the organization that manages and operates the Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC) Saskatchewan Program, would like to announce that the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLB-PT) and Canadian Language Benchmarks Literacy Placement Test (CLB-LPT) are now available to Convention Refugees and Protected Persons residing within the province.
IWS has clarified its mandate in an example of collaboration with CLASSIC Inc. (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc.) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IWS, through the LARC-Sask. Program, now offers placement testing to Convention Refugees and Protected Persons. This is particularly exciting given the vulnerability of Convention Refugees and Protected Persons who are not yet Permanent Residents. This opportunity to access placement testing means that Protected Persons and Convention Refugees now, after completing the testing, will be able to access free language courses paid for by the Government of Canada thereby making it easier to enter the workforce and more fully participate in life in Canada.
Any Convention Refugees and Protected Persons residing in Saskatoon, Regina or elsewhere in the province, who wish to improve their English-language skills should contact IWS to register for the LARC Program.