By the Students of the Small Urban and Rural Committee
On October 19, 2018, the Small Urban and Rural Committee (SURC) hosted its annual Small Urban and Rural Firm Tour, this year choosing to visit Prince Albert. The tour offered an opportunity for students to meet with hosts and hear what opportunities in law are available and what they entail in a small urban setting.
Our tour began with stops at Novus Law Group and Parchomchuk Sherdahl Hunter Barristers and Solicitors, where students were given the opportunity to meet with lawyers and were given tours of the firms. At both firms students were informed of the diverse areas of law in which the firms practice, the opportunities that exist for lawyers in Prince Albert and similar small urban settings and any questions students may have had were answered.
After our firm visits, we were hosted by Administrative Judge Earl Kalenith, Regional Crown Prosecutor Cam Scott, Senior Crown Prosecutor Cynthia Alexander and received a tour of the Provincial Court house in Prince Albert followed by a tour of the offices of the crown prosecutor. During our time with Honorable Judge Kalenith, Mr. Scott, and Ms. Alexander, each spoke to the nature of their careers, the roles they entail and gave information on pursuing careers in their respective fields. Following the discussion, students were then invited to have coffee with our hosts and other members of the crown prosecutor’s office where they could ask any questions they may have had for any of our hosts.
SURC seeks to provide an opportunity or students to have exposure to careers in law in small urban and rural settings. This is achieved by connecting the students with the firms from these communities and SURC would like to extend a special thank you to all the firms and hosts from this year’s trip that welcomed us into their offices and gave time out of their schedules to make this year’s trip possible. We would also like to thank Shari Thompson, from the College of Law, for the time and effort she contributed behind the scenes in the planning of the trip and the CBA Saskatchewan Branch for their financial contribution, both of which made this trip possible.
By Jenneth Hogan
The Law Society was delighted to present it’s first full-day session co-hosted by the Canadian Bar Association, The Benefits of Diversity. We hosted the sessions first at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon on Tuesday, October 23rd and then in Regina on Wednesday October 24th at the Delta.
The morning sessions started off with keynote speaker, author and founder of bhasin consulting inc. Ritu Bhasin, LL.B MBA, who took participants on an interactive journey identifying their own internalized biases and the self-limiting beliefs and behaviours that often accompany them. Bhasin then provided participants with the background knowledge and skills that are vital in understanding and interrupting those biases – both conscious and unconscious – and the tools required to incorporate these practices into their workplace environments and day-to-day interactions.
The morning ended on an informative note as Curtis Woloschuk, Government of Saskatchewan, and Dr. Monica Hwang, University of Saskatoon, walked participants through Saskatchewan’s ever-changing demographic landscape highlighting the effect of said changes and the challenges and benefits they present. Dr. Stuart Wilson from the University of Regina facilitated this portion of the program, along with Woloschuk, at the Regina seminar.
The afternoon was comprised of two panel discussions, the first of which was made up of individuals from underrepresented groups in the profession and centered around lived-experiences and personal perspectives on the impact of bias. The second panel took a closer look at these challenges from a workplace perspective and offered up strategies for incorporating diversity into, and achieving inclusion within, an organization to improve overall business function and morale.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan would like to thank the Canadian Bar Association for their part in hosting such a unique and important seminar. We would also like to thank our guest speakers for sharing their experiences, knowledge and guidance on such a personal (and often-times quite sensitive) topic. Your insights and guidance are invaluable. To our participants, thank you for bringing light to the challenges that surround diversity and for playing their role in becoming a profession that’s more inclusive, empowered and authentic.
The Law Society is a proud supporter of Access to Justice Week. Please visit with our knowledgeable Reference Librarians, Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick, tomorrow evening at the Free Legal Resources Fair being held at Saskatoon Public Library.
Saskatoon Public Library’s mission includes providing free and open access to resources as well as providing community spaces where people and ideas meet. Through the Legal Resource Fair, they are able to help meet the legal needs of Saskatoon citizens with the tradeshow of service providers, a free workshop on the role libraries can play in helping people access legal information, a walk-in family law information clinic, and a walk-in wills & estates information clinic.
One of the main attractions of the Free Legal Resource Fair is the tradeshow which gives members of the public in Saskatchewan an opportunity to connect and receive information from legal non-profit, government departments, and community organizations. The tradeshow is designed to allow a come-and-go style interaction.
- Time: 4:00-8:00pm
- Location: Frances Morrison Central Library – Main Level, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Target Audience: Members of the public and public library staff
- Contributors: Various justice stakeholders and Frances Morrison Central Library
Other activities include:
- Walk-In Family Law Information Clinic
- Walk-In Wills & Estates Information Clinic
- Numerous Legal Information Presentations
Please stay tuned to Legal Sourcery for more information about Access to Justice Week and visit the CREATE Justice website for more information.
Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week 2018
Pro Bono Students Canada Volunteer Appreciation Event
By Geneva Houlden and Coleman Owen; Pro Bono Students Canada SK Coordinators
During the lunch hour on Monday, Pro Bono Students Canada treated students at the College of Law to candy and coffee (nothing gathers students together quite like some free snacks). One goal of the event was to extend appreciation to the students who have worked so hard this year with different organizations in Saskatchewan. Volunteers with PBSC help to increase access to justice and will ideally develop a desire to continue with pro bono work throughout their careers. This event is but a small token of appreciating for their contribution.
The other goal of the event was to help initiate the access to justice conversation on campus. When students engage topics like they did, the campus community becomes a livelier and more vibrant place. To help make that happen, Cheryl, a Student Manager at CLASSIC, was present to inform students about the work that CLASSIC does – particularly with its Decolonization Project. Students were asked to think about the meaning they see in the words Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization.
This week is a time to spread the word about what access to justice means, but more importantly it is a time to engage with students and the public on why these ideas are important. Following law school, many students will not be exposed to access to justice issues unless they actively seek them out. PBSC wants to make sure that students will come to see pro bono work as an integral part of their careers and come to appreciate access to justice as a crucial goal within the justice system.
By Kylee Wilyman, Race Coordinator, Second Year Student, College of Law
Just Rights, a University of Saskatchewan law student group, had fun hosting the first-ever Run for Justice – a 5 km fun run – as part of the A2J Week. We managed to fundraise a considerable amount for CLASSIC and had a wealth of support from both the student body and the community. Thank you to everyone who made it out, the event wouldn’t have been a success without you!
By Brea Lowenberger, Director of CREATE Justice and Access to Justice Coordinator
With the support of the Saskatchewan Health Research Fund, CREATE Justice and the College of Law, in collaboration with the College of Medicine hosted a conference on October 17 exploring the topic of Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) in Saskatchewan.
MLPs encourage doctors, lawyers, and other health and human service providers to work together to improve intersecting health and legal problems.
The goal of hosting the conference, a pre-week event of Access to Justice Week, was to:
- disseminate the knowledge learned through initial research and analysis; and
- facilitate an opportunity to discuss opportunities and challenges related to developing MLPs in Saskatchewan, drawing on the expertise of conference participants.
The conference was preceded by foundational research and dialogue that occurred during the 2017 Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution. The Forum considered the need to establish interdisciplinary collaborations to address pressing challenges facing Saskatchewan residents, with MLPs emerging as a holistic and proactive approach to improve justice and health.
Conference organizers welcome participants and introduce the topic – College of Medicine Dean Preston Smith, College of Law Dean Martin Phillipson, and Brea Lowenberger, Director of CREATE Justice and Access to Justice Coordinator
If you would like to learn more or be apprised of future medical-legal partnership events, please visit our Justice and Health Partnership Community of Interest webpage and email email@example.com.
Photo attribution: College of Law
By Sarah Rider and Barbra Bailey
The Select Dinners on October 30 at the Radisson in Saskatoon and November 8 at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina will be focussed on offering the membership an update on two major issues affecting the legal system in Saskatchewan: Alternative Legal Service Providers and Proactive Law Firm Regulation.
Alternative Legal Service Providers: The Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan jointly undertook a project to explore the possibility of allowing non-lawyers to provide some legal services. In 2017, a Task Team was appointed to examine this issue and develop recommendations for consideration by the Benchers and the Ministry about the appropriate role of non-lawyers in the provision of legal services. The Benchers have considered the work of the Legal Services Task Team and have accepted the recommendations as outlined in the Task Team’s final report. Work will now begin toward implementing those recommendations and the Select Dinner will offer an opportunity to discuss the next steps in this process.
Proactive Law Firm Regulation: The practice of law and the public’s demands for legal services are changing. Driven in part by new technologies, new business models and access to justice concerns, delivery and regulation of legal services has begun evolving around the world. In response, the Law Societies of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have been examining a spectrum of regulatory tools that includes entity regulation, compliance-based regulation and alternative business structures to determine which, if any, might be effective in our jurisdictions. The Prairie Law Societies determined that proactive regulation of law firms in addition to regulation of individual lawyers was appropriate and have been working towards a regulatory framework that incorporates that approach. The Select Dinner presentation will provide an overview of the work completed and discuss the next steps in this important project.
Please consider joining us for these informative and timely CPD sessions!
To register please complete the form found here.
*Due to the important and relevant nature of the content of these sessions, the usual requirement for attendance at the Select Dinner of 25+ years of call has been removed*