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Truth and Reconciliation Information on the Law Society Website

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By Sarah Rider
CPD Program Coordinator, Law Society of Saskatchewan

Did you know the Law Society has an entire page dedicated to our ongoing efforts to respond to the TRC Calls to Action? Well you do now!

Truth and Reconciliation | Law Society of Saskatchewan

Call to Action # 27 states: We call upon the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to ensure that lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal – Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

This page has been recently updated and hosts a variety of resources, both of our own creation and a collection of additional links and information which have been gathered together to offer lawyers a starting point from which to begin the process of becoming better educated on these topics and issues.

This is certainly not an exhaustive list of TRC resources and if you come across anything you think would make a great addition to the page, please contact Barbra Bailey, Policy Counsel at barbra.bailey@lawsociety.sk.ca or Kara-Dawn Jordan, Policy Counsel at kara-dawn.jordan@lawsociety.sk.ca 

The Law Society AGM, with an esteemed panel of speakers discussing the implication of the TRC for the legal profession takes place THIS THURSDAY! Please consider joining us for this unique opportunity.

Newsletters are being added to CanLII

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Repost with permission from CanLII

It is with great excitement (and we’ve been pretty excited recently) that we can announce that we have just published the first newsletters on CanLII. Thank you to Siskinds LLP and Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan for contributing newsletters to this collection.

You may be familiar with Siskinds LLP’s class action newsletter already, which has been published for many years. They have generously offered to make it available for free on CanLII as the Siskinds Class Actions Review, with the first issue being published today. The Review will be published monthly and summarize recent noteworthy class actions cases.

We are also excited to include Justice as Healing from the Native Law Centre. The Justice as Healing newsletter was made a free electronic newsletter in 2015, and the Native Law Centre has kindly agreed to include it in CanLII’s commentary section too.

The newsletters will appear in CanLII search results and be browsable here.

We are excited to have so many organizations see the potential of making legal commentary available for free and look forward to making more announcements over time!

If you write a newsletter on Canadian legal topics that you think would be a good fit for publishing on CanLII or you’d like to start one, please contact us here.

Searching vLex Canada – Still Time to Register!

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Searching vLex Canada (CPD-197)
Wed, Apr 11, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Want to be ready for the biggest disruption to Canada’s legal information landscape in recent years? Then you can’t afford to miss this must-see webinar with Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarians and legal information experts with the Law Society Library.

vLex, Canada’s newest legal research platform, is coming to Saskatchewan soon and is bound to shake things up. Primary law, ebooks, law journals, commentary, and legal news are all going to be accessible at your fingertips through vLex.

Webinar attendees will come away with the skills to:
• Search for case law with vLex’s robust search interface
• Take advantage of Maritime Law Book’s powerful topical headings
• Search, download, and print vLex’s impressive collection of ebooks and online law journals
• Get the most out of vLex with folders, favorites, and filtering

Searching vLex Canada is accredited for one 1 CPD hour. Registration Fees: $60.00 +5% GST = $63.00. Register Here!

vLex Log-in

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The Law Society Library has launched a new legal research product vLex this morning. Here are a few notes to help you take the full benefit of this product.

Most of our members are accustomed to signing into the Members’ Section with roll number as this has been the only option for many years. Starting 2018, active members also have the option to sign in with email. Email is a more universal element and more acceptable to vendors as we begin to develop single-sign-on to streamline log-in procedure with different vendors.

vLex – Sign in with email

vLex offers feature such as search history, favourites, filtered highlights and notifications, etc. When you sign in with email, you will be directed to your personal area where you can use all the benefits vLex offers without further setup.

The email address you should use is the same email address you have setup in your Member Profile.

vLex – Sign in with Roll Number (Barrister Number)

If you sign in with roll number, you will be directed to a general area. You will see a green box on top of the screen prompting you to create an account to benefit from the full functionality of vLex. You will be required to enter email and phone number if you want to create an account.

You can also keep using the general area and never create an account. That’s absolutely fine if you don’t want to use features specific to individual accounts.

If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (306) 569-8020 or 1-877-989-4999.

Bridging the legal publishing past to the legal technology future as the Law Society of Saskatchewan opens vLex to its members

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Unquestionably the provincial law society that provides members with the most comprehensive presentation of its home case law, the Law Society of Saskatchewan goes even further with the addition of vLex Canada to its roster. To the depth of CanLII, the breadth of WestLaw Next, Saskatchewan lawyers now gain the richness of the original Maritime Law Book Key Number System and detailed topical annotations that made the Saskatchewan Reports a treasured resource for decades, now solely available through vLex Canada and the Iceberg AI platform.

“We are excited and grateful for the chance to support the Saskatchewan legal community through this partnership with one of North America’s most innovative Law Societies.” said Compass / vLex Canada CEO, Colin Lachance. “Together we’re presenting the only place a lawyer can explore the Saskatchewan Case Law Digests, the full text of all cases, news sources from Mondaq and Slaw, and a selection of the Irwin Essentials of Canada Law series – all in a single search!”

With the addition of vLex Canada to the Library Resources of its member section, the Law Society of Saskatchewan creates a new path to understanding the law. vLex Canada extends the topic-based case law browsing and search using the MLB Key Number System (across over 100 topics and tens of thousands of sub-topics) for pre-2017 from the MLB to new cases using artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning techniques. Through these same methods, developed on vLex’s advanced Iceberg AI platform, vLex uncovers and recommends similar cases not captured by citation relationships or editorial tagging. Add in highly personalized tools, including a first-of-its-kind personal research graph, and Saskatchewan lawyers will find their use of this advanced and ultra-modern platform grows the value of the resource with every session!

“As technology change accelerates, it’s important to us to find new ways of supporting our members’ legal research needs,” said Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Director of Legal Resources. “We’re very pleased to have partners like vLex who combine the strengths that comes from competing at the leading edge of legal tech with a hyper-local focus on the unique needs of the Saskatchewan legal community.”

Building on the detailed Saskatchewan Case Law Digests, vLex Canada plans to expand the services it delivers in the province through developing legal analytics and specialized services for the Saskatchewan market.

For more information, see the upcoming webinar on April 11: Searching vLex Canada.

Searching vLex Canada (CPD-197)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Searching vLex Canada (CPD-197)
Wed, Apr 11, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Want to be ready for the biggest disruption to Canada’s legal information landscape in recent years? Then you can’t afford to miss this must-see webinar with Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarians and legal information experts with the Law Society Library.

vLex, Canada’s newest legal research platform, is coming to Saskatchewan soon and is bound to shake things up. Primary law, ebooks, law journals, commentary, and legal news are all going to be accessible at your fingertips through vLex.

Webinar attendees will come away with the skills to:
• Search for case law with vLex’s robust search interface
• Take advantage of Maritime Law Book’s powerful topical headings
• Search, download, and print vLex’s impressive collection of ebooks and online law journals
• Get the most out of vLex with folders, favorites, and filtering

Searching vLex Canada is accredited for one 1 CPD hour. Registration Fees: $60.00 +5% GST = $63.00. Register Here!