Legal Education

CPD Live Streams: We Are Listening

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By Jakaeden Frizzell, CPD Program Coordinator

The Law Society of Saskatchewan hosted our first Live Streamed CPD seminar on May 1, 2019. After some years of hosting noon hour webinars, this was another strong step towards offering accessible education options to our members. The Live Stream – which is accessed through a web link – was very well received by those who participated.

“Please have more presentations in this manner. It was a great experience.”

And we’ve heard you. The Law Society will make a concerted effort to offer Live Streams of events that work well with this format. We’ve even added a Live Stream to the “Current Trends in Professional Regulation” seminar on May 21 in Saskatoon!

Did you know we offer a travel discount to some events? We still encourage you to attend in person, but Live Streaming will go a long way towards increasing access for our rural members so they can take advantage of the great CPD events to come.

Day in Review: Legal Basics for Boards Seminar

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By Jakaeden Frizzell, CPD Program Coordinator

On Tuesday March 19 (Saskatoon) and Thursday March 21 (Regina) the Law Society held two full day seminars covering the basics of being a board director for lawyers. Thank you to all 120+ attendees for your involvement and rapt attention.

The day began with an overview of directorship from Nancy Hopkins, Q.C. (McDougall Gauley, Saskatoon) touching on the topics of Fiduciary Duty, Duty of Care, and Conflict of Interest. Next, Bill Nickel (McDougall Gauley, Saskatoon) discussed considerations for board meetings and the recording of meeting minutes. Following a short break, representatives of Deloitte Saskatchewan took the audience through the financial statements and offered some advice on which questions to ask when reviewing them.

The afternoon started with an interactive session. Four scenarios were drafted and circulated to the participants at the beginning of the day, then assigned to tables for discussion. Each table reported their plan of action and a group discussion ensued. The session was facilitated by Cory Furman (Furman IP) and Nancy Hopkins. Following this, attendees listened to a panel talk about director liability, including the different insurance coverage available for lawyers sitting on boards. The panel was made up of Cory Furman, Brad Hunter, Q.C. (SLIA), and Milad Alishahi (MLT Aikins, Regina).

The seminar concluded with a chaired question and answer piece that took the lens of what management expects from a good director. In Saskatoon, Sean Quinn (Cameco) shared his perspectives working as a legal secretary for a large private corporation. In Regina, Pat Youzwa (Past President and CEO of Sask Power) shared her insight into management working in a crown corporation. Both sessions were chaired by Nancy Hopkins, Q.C. and saw great audience participation.

Thank you to all presenters for their time and dedication to this event, as well as our planning committee Nancy Hopkins, Cory Furman, and Glenn Hepp. The Saskatoon seminar was recorded and can be purchased from the Law Society for viewing. It will qualify for 5.5 CPD hours. Please contact our CPD Administrator, Katrina Perrault, at 306-569-8242 if you are interested in learning more about this topic.

Legal Basics for Boards: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know

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By Jakaeden Frizzell, CPD Program Coordinator 

On Tuesday March 19 (Saskatoon) and Thursday March 21 (Regina) the Law Society will be hosting full day seminars covering the basics of sitting on a board of directors. The seminar will qualify for 5.5 CPD hours.

The program is dedicated to a thorough discussion of the responsibilities and best practices of being a board director. With such a high level of responsibility required from directors, this overview will prove beneficial for both new and experienced board members. The day will begin with a presentation on the basics of board work, touching on subjects such as the division of power between directors and shareholders as well as some possible conflicts of interest. The morning will continue with a look into board meeting procedures and a review of the use of meeting minutes. Before noon, attendees will hear from accounting experts who will speak to financial statements and financial literacy in a board setting. After lunch, participants will work through potential real-world scenarios in round table groups with a facilitated review to follow. Next, a panel discussion will dive into different areas of director liability and how you can be protected. The day will wrap up with a presentation on how to be successful as a board member and what makes a good director from management’s perspective.

Open to both lawyers and non-lawyers, this in-depth seminar will cover the information you need to know to serve as a director sitting on a board. Register here: Legal Basics for Boards

An Introduction to Class Actions

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By Jakaeden Frizzell, CPD Program Coordinator

On Tuesday March 12, the Law Society will be hosting a lunchtime webinar for our members covering the topic of class actions. The webinar will qualify for 1.0 CPD hour.

Meant to be an introductory presentation, the webinar will include a brief history of class actions in Saskatchewan, how they work and how they have been used to date in the province. The speakers will address some of the key procedural considerations that differentiate class actions from regular actions and the steps to consider before commencing a potential class action. The webinar will be presented by Joanne Colledge-Miller (MLT Aikins), who is experienced in the area of class actions defense, and Jason Mohrbutter (MLT Aikins), recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada in class actions litigation. Participants will be able to ask questions throughout the presentation.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about class actions! Register here: An Introduction to Class Actions

Diversity and Inclusion: Working with LGBTQ+ Clients

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By Jakaeden Frizzell, CPD Program Coordinator 

On Thursday February 21st, the Law Society of Saskatchewan collaborated with the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity to present the free webinar “Diversity and Inclusion: Working with LGBTQ+ Clients” to our members. This webinar is worth 1.0 CPD Hour, all of which qualifies for Ethics.

Jacq Brasseur (Executive Director, UR Pride) and Barton Soroka (Chair, UR Pride & Merchant Law Group LLP) provided attendees with an overview of the terminologies used in the LGBTQIAP2S+ community, as well as which words are best to avoid. Participants were informed about some of the barriers that LGBTQ+ people face when accessing legal services and were offered tips about how to create a safer space for potential LGBTQ+ clients.

The audience was very interactive, asking about best practices for addressing someone when unaware of the pronoun they use and how to reference LGBTQ+ people when drafting documents. The presenters did a great job answering all questions that were submitted as well as providing a platform for participants to offer comments based on their own experiences.

Register here to view the free recorded version of the webinar: Diversity and Inclusion: Working with LGBTQ+ Clients

Family Law: Through the Eyes of the Child

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By Jakaeden Frizzell, CPD Program Coordinator 

The Law Society was delighted to present the informative family law seminar Through the Eyes of the Child with The Honorable Justice Turcotte as host. We held the event at TCU Place in Saskatoon on Tuesday, November 20th and in Regina on Wednesday, November 21st at the Delta.

The morning sessions featured our main presenter and clinical psychologist Dr. Craig Childress who gave insight into his Attachment-Based Model of Parental Alienation (AB-PA) and its application to high conflict divorce, specifically focusing on the relationship between parent and child. The lecture continued with a discussion about Dr. Childress’ AB-PA pilot program work with family courts in Houston, Texas and the use of assessment focused treatment in divorce proceedings.

The first afternoon session was comprised of presentations from local professionals regarding various resources available for high-conflict divorce. Participants heard from Connie Lupichuk and Leanne Leedahl of Aspire Too who use an innovative approach to coach parent skills and ultimately reduce the impact of conflict for children in potentially high conflict divorce cases. Coralee Peterson of the Family Justice Services Branch with the Government of Saskatchewan took attendees through the services available from their office. Kim Miller, a consultant with the Government of Saskatchewan’s Dispute Resolution Office discussed high-conflict mediation and reviewed proposed changes to mandatory mediation for family law in Saskatchewan. Finally, participants were presented with a look at some new ways of delivering Family Law services from Charmaine Panko of Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation and some alternative professional services from former lawyer and separation specialist Lana Wickstrom.

The afternoon concluded with the panel discussion When Court is Necessary. In Saskatoon, Justice Turcotte, Jim Vogel Q.C, Dr. Childress, and Kim Miller provided some insight into this topic as well as some best practice strategies for court proceedings. They were joined for the Regina session by Coralee Peterson.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan would like to thank Dr. Childress for travelling all the way from California to share his expertise at this in-depth and informative seminar. We would also like to thank our guest speakers for sharing their knowledge and guidance on this topic. To our participants, thank you for your attendance and thoughtful participation throughout the day.

Law Society Study Group Resources

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By Sarah Rider

Did you know you that the Law Society has a collection of Case Studies for Study Groups hosted on the CPD section of our website and accessible for members interested in a flexible and convenient (and social!) way of obtaining CPD Hours?

A Study Group involves a group of lawyers getting together to discuss content that meets the criteria set out in the CPD Policy. The groups work best when there are 4-5 lawyers meeting to discuss the content set out in the Case Studies. This learning format is a great way to encourage creative thinking and build strong communication skills which also helps to refine understanding of the material!

Additional information regarding these great resources and how to apply for CPD Hours for your group can be found here.