2017 Clawbie Nominations

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

It’s that time of year again: Clawbie Award time! The Canadian Law Blog Awards (Clawbies) were started in 2006 to emphasize Canadian law blogs in the legal community in a fun and engaging way. The rules for the nominations are simple:

 Rule No. 1: Do not nominate your own blog for a Clawbie. But Legal Sourcery would certainly appreciate a nomination from one of our loyal followers….

 Rule No. 2: Nominating a blog must happen in one of two ways:

(a) Write a post nominating up to three Canadian law blogs you currently read, with a brief explanation of why you think those blogs deserved an award in 2017.

(b) Tweet your nomination on Twitter, using the hashtag #clawbies2017

 Here are our nominations for the 2017 Clawbies:

  1. Great LEXpectations – News and Views from the Manitoba Law Library: Our friends in Manitoba recently started this blog with a name almost as clever as our own. As described on their blog, “Great LEXpectations is a play on words of the Dickens novel, Great Expectation, and lex, the latin word for law. The library for the Law Society of Manitoba and the legal profession, is called the Great Library, thus the mashup of Great LEXpectations”. Great LEXpectations contains items of interest to the legal profession in Manitoba, but we’ve also become devoted followers and recommend it to those outside Manitoba.
  2. Reconciliationsyllabus – a TRC-inspired gathering of materials for teaching law: As noted on their blog, the site is “an invitation to law professors across Canada to gather together ideas about resources and pedagogies to support recommendation #28 of the TRC Calls to Action: the call for us to rethink both what and how we teach in our schools. A recent interesting post is Thinking about “The Law of Evidence” through the Structure of Indigenous Language.
  3. ReconciliAction YEG: Created by Cree, Metis & settler law students from the University of Alberta, the blog features critical and creative reflections on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Start with their inaugural post Acknowledgment is Not Enough.


Congratulations to all the nominees!

Free Family Law Assistance in Saskatoon – November 2017

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FamilyLawbannerDo you need information about child support, custody/access or divorce?

Do you need help with court forms and processes?

Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA) can help answer your questions, and use the court forms available on their website.

These sessions are available in Saskatoon in November:

Thursday, November 9

Saskatoon Public Library, Frances Morrison Central Library, 311, 23rd Street East
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Saskatoon Public Library, Round Prairie Branch, 170 – 250 Hunter Road
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Friday, November 10

Law Society Library, 520 Spadina Crescent East
9:30 – 11:30 am

Thursday, November 23

Saskatoon Public Library, Frances Morrison Central Library, 311, 23rd Street East
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

There is no cost to attend.  No registration is required. For more information, contact or call 1-888-218-2822 (ext. 2)

Free Legal Resource Fair During Saskatchewan’s Second Annual Access to Justice Week

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By Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarian, Law Society Library

On October 19, the Saskatoon Public Library’s Francis Morrison Central Library Branch hosted a Free Legal Resource Fair in recognition of Saskatchewan’s Second Annual Access to Justice Week.

During the busy come-and-go tradeshow, members of the public had the opportunity to learn about their legal rights and connect with a variety of non-profit, government, and community legal service providers in Saskatoon. The fair’s participants included:

  • Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City (CLASSIC)
  • Government of Saskatchewan’s Family Law Information Centre
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
  • Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS)
  • Pro Bono Students Canada University of Saskatchewan Chapters (PBSC)
  • Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA)
  • Saskatchewan Office of Workers’ Advocates
  • Saskatoon Open Door Society
  • Saskatoon Police Service

Volunteer lawyers from the Family Law Information Centre and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan offered free legal information drop-in sessions for members of the public requiring family law assistance. Members of the public were entitled to up to 30 minutes to ask questions about family law relevant to their situation.

The Free Legal Resource Fair coincided with an enlightening lecture sponsored by McKercher LLP in the branch’s Film Theatre: How can your library help you access legal information? Janet Freeman, a law librarian from the British Columbia LawMatters program, spoke about how public libraries can connect the public with legal information and can fill gaps in access to legal information, education, and referrals.

Thank you to the organizations and partners who helped make the fair a real success!

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

Announcing SK A2J Week Events for the Public

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

Legal Sourcery is home to Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week announcements and highlights. In the days leading up to the week, we are announcing events that may be of interest to the public, lawyers, members of disciplines outside of law, and law students.

Today’s post highlights events that (i) invite the public to participate in a conversation on how to improve access to justice, or (ii) provide information for the public on resources and services that can be accessed which aim to improve access to justice for Saskatchewan residents.

MON. OCT. 16

Town Hall on the Future of Legal Services Provision in Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
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“Spin for Access to Justice” Fundraiser* – Registration required
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Town Hall on the Future of Legal Services Provision in Saskatchewan (Regina)
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WED. OCT. 18

Lecture on Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Services with Michele Leering – Registration required
(Download poster)


Free Legal Resource Fair

  1. Tradeshow
  2. McKercher Lecture Series Presents “How can your library help you access legal information?” with Janet Freeman
  3. Walk-in Family Law Information Clinic

(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
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Join the conversation!
Visit 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.


Control  in the Age of Information

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Ron Kruzeniski
Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner

Each year, Canada recognizes Right to Know Week. This year that is September 25th to 29th. In particular September 28th is designated Right to Know Day. To recognize this, the Canadian Bar Association, The Regina Public Library and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner have invited David Common, host of CBC “World report” and  co-host on Marketplace to speak. He will speak on “Control  in the Age of Information” On Thursday, September 28th at 4:00 pm. For details see poster below: