2018 Canadian Pro Bono Awards

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From Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

The provincial Pro Bono organizations are seeking nominations for awards honouring individuals, groups or organization from anywhere in Canada for their outstanding pro bono contributions in the following three categories:

  • A law firm committed to pro bono
  • An individual actively involved in pro bono
  • A pro bono program serving the community

Awards will be presented at the National Pro Bono Awards Dinner on October 4, 2018 as part of the 7th National Pro Bono Conference in Vancouver, BC. For more information, please go to Access Pro Bono website.

7th Annual National Pro Bono Conference

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From Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

Please join us at the 7th National Pro Bono Conference this October 4 and 5 in Vancouver where legal professionals, law students, judges, politicians, non-profit sector leaders, academics and citizens from across Canada will share ideas and best practices for increasing access to justice for all members of society.

Plenary and workshop topics include: justice system reform, supporting self-represented litigants, serving Indigenous communities, unbundled legal services, reduced rate legal services, paralegal pro bono services, the politics of access to justice, and good corporate citizenry.

The Conference also features a two-day 12 CPD hour Accessible Practice CLE stream on skills and resources relevant to legal practitioners seeking to provide pro bono or reduced rate legal services to increase access to justice.

Our keynote speakers include the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada, the Honourable Thomas Cromwell, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Honourable David Eby QC, Attorney General of BC.

For more information on the Conference, including the two-day schedule, visit

Free Family Law Assistance Clinics Summer Schedule – Regina

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The Family Law Information Centre will be offering free family law assistance sessions for the public  in the summer. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, drop in for free assistance at the Regina branch of the Law Society Library:

  • Are you applying to court for child support, custody/access or divorce?
  • Do you need help with the court forms and process?
  • Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

Sessions available in July and August from 9:30 am to 11:30 am :

  • July 4
  • July 18
  • August 1
  • August 15
  • August 29

There will be no sessions on July 11, July 25, August 8 and August 22.

You can get help with your questions, and to use the court forms available on Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA).

There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.


Happy Retirement, Linda!

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By Andrea Johnston, Director of Admissions & Education
Law Society of Saskatchewan

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of one of our long-term employees, Linda Euteneier.  Linda has been with the Law Society of Saskatchewan for almost 15 years.  She started on September 2, 2003, job sharing the front desk receptionist position and eventually filling that role full time.  She remained in that position until she transitioned into her current CPD Administration role in 2010, when the Law Society established an Education Department and implemented the mandatory CPD program.  Linda has survived an office move, several renovation projects, numerous changes in management and most importantly, the early years of mandatory CPD!  At the commencement of our CPD program, Linda constituted half of our two person department.  She played an integral role as we developed and implemented the CPD program initially, and has continued to be an important and respected member of our team as we have evaluated, revised and grown the program.

Now, after almost 15 years with the Law Society, Linda has decided it is time to move on to bigger and better things….retirement.  Linda’s last day with the Law Society will be June 29, 2018.  Linda has been a very loyal and dedicated Law Society employee and has assisted our members promptly and efficiently throughout the entirety of her time with the organization.  We will miss Linda’s work ethic, patience, sense of humour, and down to earth attitude.

We wish Linda all the best as she moves into this next chapter of life with more time to enjoy her precious granddaughter, gardening, friends, family and everything else she loves.  Congratulations to Linda on her well-deserved retirement!

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Today is National indigenous Peoples Day! See the National Indigenous Peoples Day Events Page for a complete list of activities across the country. Saskatchewan events on June 21 include:

Regina: Events at City Square Plaza and Government House

Saskatoon: How to discover your indigenous ancestry

For more information, please see our earlier post.

June is Pride Month

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By Barbra Bailey, Policy Counsel
Law Society of Saskatchewan

The latest “Heritage Minute” from Historica Canada features Jim Egan, a pioneering gay activist who challenged the Government of Canada to receive spousal benefits for his partner.  His case resulted in the Supreme Court of Canada establishing sexual orientation as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1995, setting the stage for further developments of LGBTQ2 legal rights.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly National Aboriginal Day, falls on June 21 every year since 1996, when the Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, announced it through proclamation. According to the Government of Canada’s website, “This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.”

It has become an opportunity for people across the country to celebrate the distinct heritage, cultural practices, spiritual beliefs and languages of Aboriginal peoples that form a part of our collective history in Canada.

National Indigenous Peoples Day was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups.

  • In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day;
  • In 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples;
  • Also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day.

The date of June 21, the summer solstice and longest day of the year, was selected in cooperation with Indigenous organizations because of its significance for many Aboriginal communities.

In 2009, June was declared National Aboriginal History Month after the House of Commons passed a unanimous motion to recognize the historic contributions and the strength of Indigenous communities across the country today.


See the National Indigenous Peoples Day Events Page for a complete list of activities across the country. Saskatchewan events on June 21 include:

Regina: Events at City Square Plaza and Government House

Saskatoon: How to discover your indigenous ancestry