National Pro Bono Conference

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By Nicole Sarauer

probonoconf2014The 5th National Pro Bono Conference will be held in Regina Saskatchewan, September 24th to 26th, 2014, hosted in partnership by Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, Access Pro Bono of British Columbia, Pro Bono Law Ontario, Pro Bono Law Alberta and Pro Bono Quebec.

This year’s Conference, Justice4All will be a national forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas concerning pro bono legal service provision and access to justice initiatives.  The Conference will bring together legal practitioners, the judiciary, the voluntary sector, law students, and academics from Canada and beyond to share ideas and best practices with respect to pro bono legal services specifically and improving access to our justice system generally.

Conference Topics Include:

  • Assisting Self-Represented Litigants
  • Court-Based Law Student Programs
  • Taking Pro Bono National
  • Striving for a Full Access System
  • Medical Legal Partnerships
  • Pro Bono and Test Case Litigation
  • Working Outside the Box
  • Making Your Approach Work for Your Clients
  • Outcome and Economic Impact Evaluations for Pro Bono Legal Aid Programs

… and more!

Notable events include an opening reception sponsored by CBA Saskatchewan, a keynote address by the Honourable Justice Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada at lunch on the 25th sponsored by Dentons Canada LLP and an Awards Banquet the evening of the 25th sponsored by Miller Thomson featuring keynote speaker James Lockyer.  The conference will conclude on the 26th with a keynote address by Richard Zorza.

More details on the conference agenda, accommodations, and how to register can be found on the Pro Bono Conference site.

We hope to see many of you there!


Your Local Law Society Library

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Humboldt Branch
Humboldt Branch

By Ken Fox

At the Law Society of Saskatchewan library, we uphold our mandate to provide high-quality legal resources to all corners of the province primarily through online services available through our Members Section. With the cooperation and support of court staff, as well as space and infrastructure provided by court services, we also maintain 17 branch libraries, including those in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, which are temporarily closed for renovations.

Prince Albert Branch
Prince Albert Branch

Outside of Regina and Saskatoon, the library has spent almost $60,000 over the past three years on new textbooks for our branch libraries. No matter where in the province you practice, please take a moment to visit your local Law Society library and see what current law books we have for your area of practice.

And if you have any ideas for how to build your library collection, we would love to hear them. Please contact us at 1-877-949-4999 or


Book Review – An Exploration of Fairness

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

bkrevExpFairnessAn Exploration of Fairness: Interdisciplinary Inquiries in Law, Science and the Humanities
By Janis P. Sarra
Toronto: Carswell, 2013
399 pp

Fairness is one of those topics that we can all agree on having an innate comprehension of, but often have difficulties expressing a definition. We have all grown up in individual families, from different cultures with unique values and as such we all have different ideas on what “fair” is. To explore the notions of fairness comes the new textbook An Exploration of Fairness: Interdisciplinary Inquiries in Law, Science and the Humanities.

To explore this topic, the editor compiled over 20 academic articles from several disciplines of research. The arrangement of chapters start from the abstract to the more concrete study of fairness, including topics like gender, sport and business. Some of the articles have included useful visual aspects to accompany their words like pictures, graphs and even a musical score.

From Carswell’s website:

“There is considerable scholarship on the concept of fairness, but this volume is unique in the broad range of research disciplines that have come together to examine in depth what is meant by fairness, how it can be achieved, measured, shared. From its application in law, economics and business to how it can be interpreted in cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology and kinesiology, it integrates the visual and performing arts as essential features of fairness.”

Please stop by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library to check out this valuable legal resource. Call Number: BJ 1533 .S34 2013 R.


In the Legal Sourcery book review, new, thought-provoking, and notable library resources are reviewed. If you would like to read any of the resources reviewed, please contact our library at or (306) 569-8020. Let us know if there is a book you would like reviewed.


Tips from the Editor – New Additions to the Oxford Dictionaries

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By Kelly Laycock

“The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world.” [1]

Four times a year, the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) publishes an update to their online historical dictionary, where they add new entries and revise existing entries based on a thorough process of collection and editing from their offices in London and New York. Oh, and don’t forget the ODO (Oxford Dictionary Online), which is also from Oxford but focusses more on current language usage rather than historical. It monitors important resources like the Oxford English Corpus and Oxford Reading Programme to track new words being used in the language.

Both dictionaries recently released their third update for 2014, which prompted this quiz from The Guardian newspaper from the UK, and which I promptly took. I was disappointed to discover I’m not as “amazeballs” at deciphering new slang as I had hoped. But it did trigger my curiosity, so I decided to do a little more research into the OED’s and the ODO’s process of acquiring new words.      Read the rest of this entry »

Legal Research Webcast

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

CBA Research Law section members have been extended an invitation to attend a last-minute CPD webcast organized by the Manitoba Bar Association Legal Research section. It is being held on Monday, September 22nd at noon (Winnipeg time).  The Chair of the Manitoba section advises that the cost for CBA members outside of Manitoba is $60. Please register online at the CBA website. From the MBA event notice:

DATE: Monday, September 22, 2014
TIME: 12:00 Noon – 1:30pm
LOCATION: The Law Society Classroom, 219 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg
SPEAKER:  Dr. Daniel M. Russell, Senior Research Scientist, Google

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Russell will be speaking to us via webcast at this year’s inaugural Legal Research Section meeting.  Dr. Russell authors the amazing SearchReSearch blog and teaches on a wide variety of topics, ranging from Advanced Power Searching with Google to the coming Revolution in Asking and Answering Questions.

Dr. Russell is a research scientist at Google where has been working in the area of search quality, with a focus on understanding what makes Google users happy, skilled and competent in their use of web search.  He is sometimes called a “search anthropologist” because of his focus on understanding how people use the tools of technology to amplify their intelligence.  Dr. Russell will share with us his insights on research, particularly as they apply to Canadian legal research lawyers.

If you can’t join us in person at the Law Society, feel free to log on to the webcast from wherever you may be.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

If you are attending this session via webinar, you will need a telephone and computer to participate.  You will receive log-in information before the meeting.  Space is limited, so register early.

Attendance at this MBA Section meeting can be applied towards your Law Society of Manitoba’s Continuing Professional Development requirement for a maximum of 1.5 hours.

Queen’s Bench Forms 2013 (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Did you know that the Queen’s Bench Forms 2013 are conveniently available online, right at your fingertips and on your desktop or mobile device?

You can find the forms, in English and French, in the Practice Resources area of the Law Society of Saskatchewan site.

  • Forms – English | French

The Court of Queen’s Bench provided the forms in a single PDF.  As a courtesy to our members, the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library reformatted the PDF of the English forms into individual PDF and Word documents.



If you have any questions about the Queen’s Bench forms, please ask a Law Society Librarian. We are pleased to provide legal research assistance to Saskatchewan members in person, on the telephone, or by email.


Call 306-569-8020 in Regina
Toll-free 1-877-989-4999
Fax 306-569-0155