Upcoming Speakers at College of Law

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The College of Law has several interesting speakers lined up for 2015:

  • 2014/15 Silas E. Halyk, QC, Visiting Scholar in Advocacy Lecture
    Advocacy Challenges in Test Case Litigation
    Presented by Marlys Edwardh, CM, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP
    Jan. 12, 12:00 (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
  • Guest Speaker: Michele Hollins, QC, President, Canadian Bar Association
    Numbers Matter: The Retention and Advancement of Women in Law, Business and the Professions
    Jan. 19, 12:00 (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
  • Guest Speakers: Sgt. Rob Sampson, Detective Sgt. Neil Lund and Bill Roe, QC
    The Truth About Litigation: Polygraphs in the Courtroom
    Jan. 26, 12:00 (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
  • Guest Speaker: Jonathan Rudin, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
    Criminal Justice since Gladue – What’s Changed and What Hasn’t
    Feb. 3, 1:15 pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
  • Ariel Sallows Lecture in Human Rights presented by Kim Pate, Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights
    Prisons are not treatment centres: the human rights travesties of criminalizing those with mental health issues
    Feb. 9, 12:00 (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
  • Wunusweh Lecture in Aboriginal Law
    Speaker TBD
    March 2, 7:00 pm, Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan
  • Estey Lecture in Business Law presented by Rod Wood, Estey Chair in Business Law
    Commercial Law at the Crossroads
    March 9, 12:00 (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)

Legal Sourcery Year in Review

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld


Happy New Year everyone!

Since launching on March 12, 2014, we have posted 333 posts and have had 38,415 views. The Royal Opera House in London, England has 2256 seats. If it were a performance at the Royal Opera House, it would be equivalent to 17 sold-out performances.

The top 5 posts:

  1. Tips from the Editor – Punctuation Personalities
  2. Tips from the Editor – Double Space After a Period
  3. Tips from the Editor – Legalese Gobbledygook
  4. Cross-referencing Footnotes in Word
  5. Tips from the Editor – Oxford Comma Wars

We have also posted nearly forty Tips of the Week to assist you with your legal research and numerous other info/news items.

Thank you to our loyal readers and welcome new followers!

Legal Sourcery Named Best Canadian Law Library Blog!

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The 2014 Canadian Law Blog Awards (Clawbies) were announced on December 31 and we were the proud recipient of Best Law Library Blog:

As a law library blog newcomer, Legal Sourcery made a serious impression in 2014. The hard-working blogger team (whose members double as the reference team) at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library jumped into the blawgosphere full-force. With regular updates, engaging topics, and fun Twitter personalities, this group was instrumental to bringing back the info-cool factor to law library blogs. We’re proud to award them this year’s Clawbie.

Thank you to the Legal Sourcery team for your hard work. We promise to keep on posting ….

Happy Holidays!

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Dear Loyal Blog Readers,

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library would like to send out a warm thank-you to all of our faithful readers over the last ten months. We know you have many blogs to choose from, and we are happy you choose ours for all of your legal resource needs. We certainly have fun discussing all the crazy things we’d like to post about! (Unfortunately, only about 10% of our outlandish ideas are fit for public consumption. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during OUR meetings!) You know, librarians and library staff are a lot more creative than I bet you give us credit for…but I digress.

Although 2014 is not quite over yet, this will be our last blog post of the year. I know, we hate to disappoint you, but we are lucky enough to have the week between Christmas and New Year’s off. Legal Sourcery will resume normal blogging duties on January 5, 2015, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but we really hope you weren’t planning on checking blogs on Christmas morning, anyway. Go spend time with your loved ones! That is what Christmas is all about. I appreciate that you love us, too, but we’ll be in touch soon! We promise.

Seriously though, the Library Staff would all like to wish you a very festive holiday season full of love and joy and eggnog and rum, and whatever else fills your hearts with delight. We look forward to spending another fantastic year with you! Best wishes for 2015!

Counsel for Children Program

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

In early December, 2014, the Counsel for Children (CFC) program was established by The Public Guardian and Trustee Amendment Act, 2014 (No.2). As noted on the Government of Saskatchewan news page, the “program is intended specifically for situations where children and youth benefit from having their views and best interests represented in child protection proceedings by independent legal counsel”. The objectives of the CFC program are to provide a legal appointment service to:

  1. ensure the child’s or youth’s voice is heard in child protection proceedings;
  2. provide timely appointments for legal representation;
  3. establish best practices, supports, and standards for quality legal representation;
  4. create a body of lawyers with expertise and experience in this area of law.

More information can be found on the Saskatchewan Justice website. The website also includes these helpful documents: