This Week in Legal History – Louis Riel

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By Jenneth Hogan

May 15, 1885
North West Rebellion

  • Louis Riel surrenders to Middleton’s troops and is transported to Regina for trial;
  • rebellion ends after 100 days;
  • 80 killed on each side;
  • rebellion costs government over $5 million.

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Charles Fitzpatrick addressing the jury at the trial of Louis Riel, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1885
Charles Fitzpatrick addressing the jury at the trial of Louis Riel, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1885

Law School in Regina (Thursday Throwback)

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Wetmore Hall, 2118 Scarth Street Regina, 1913.  Credit: Saskatchewan Archives Board, #R-962, file 2D
Wetmore Hall, 2118 Scarth Street, Regina, 1906. Credit: Saskatchewan Archives Board, #R-962, file 2D

In December 1912, the benchers decided to establish a law school in Regina. The Law Society purchased a house at 2118 Scarth Street from a successful local businessman W. Mason. Wetmore Hall, named after the Honourable Edward L. Wetmore, former chief justice of Saskatchewan, opened on October 1, 1913 with 49 students. Attendance dropped to 16 in 1915 due to the war. About the same time, University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon decided to establish a College of Law, which opened in the fall of 1913. Wetmore Hall was closed in 1922 due to the cost of maintaining the school and the fact that there was another law school in the province. In 1960, Wetmore Hall was demolished and the site has been used as a parking lot ever since.

Left: Demolition of Wetmore Hall, October 1960. Right: Same location is now a parking lot.

Reading and Writing Are Doomed

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doomedBy Alan Kilpatrick

Written language plays a central role in the world.  It enables communication, learning, and business to take place between individuals and countries.  Literacy permeates the fabric of life on the planet.  It is difficult to picture any Western society or civilization without reading and writing.  However, Michael Ridley, Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph, asserts that reading and writing will eventually disappear in his new online ebook called Beyond Literacy.

Michael Ridley and his editorial team state that Beyond Literacy is a thought experiment “about the demise of literacy and the rise of other capabilities, capacities or tools that will effectively and advantageously displace reading and writing.”  Beyond Literacy is a “book-like-thing [that] explores the possibility of a post-literate future. That is, a future in which literacy (reading and writing; visible language) has been displaced, replaced, or exceeded by a new or evolved capacity, capability or tool.”

How will lawyers practice law in a post-literature future?  How will the law be affected by the disappearance of written language?

The ebook suggests that the disappearance of reading and writing will not harken a new dark age, “but rather the beginning of an era of advanced human capability and connection.”  Check out the ebook here!

Let us know what you think about this?  Are reading and writing doomed?



Call for Submissions

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Are you looking to build a name for yourself in the Saskatchewan legal community?  Do you need more CPD credits?  The Law Society of Saskatchewan library is searching for lawyers, law students, and articling students to contribute to Legal Sourcery.  Please see our Submissions Guidelines for more information and contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld if you have any questions.

Free CPD!

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The Law Society Library is presenting a free one hour webinar on Tuesday, June 10 at noon:

Navigating the Members’ Section: The Resources Available to Law Society of Saskatchewan Members

Presenter: Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Director of Legal Resources, Law Society of Saskatchewan

This is a one (1.0) hour webinar being held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. (Saskatchewan time).

This webinar will highlight online resources that are available to Law Society of Saskatchewan members in the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Resources include in-house publications such as the Queen’s Bench Practice Manual, the Saskatchewan Practice Checklists, and subscriptions such as O’Brien’s Online Forms and Criminal Spectrum. Through the use of legal research scenarios, participants will learn which resources are most useful in a given situation and/or area of law, and how to most effectively use each resource.

This webinar will be presented by Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Director of Legal Resources at the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Melanie is responsible for administration of the traditional library, as well as developing and recommending a strategic plan for the management of legal information within the Law Society and the province. Melanie is a lawyer with a background in administrative law and policy development. She also recently completed her Master of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in the area of restorative Justice.

This webinar qualifies for one (1.0) CPD hour under the Law Society’s CPD Policy.

We are pleased to offer this webinar free of charge for all Law Society of Saskatchewan members. Online registration and more details are available here. Once you have completed the online registration form your registration will be complete.

Organizing research using tables of contents

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keyboardFeature Blogger: Reché McKeague

In this post, I will explain how I use the Table of Contents feature in Word 2010 to organize and manage my research. Although my knowledge is specific to Word on a PC, I expect that the same principles can be applied in any word processing program on any platform that provides automated tables of contents.

When researching a topic, I may have an already-established outline for my research product (paper, memo, brief, thesis, etc.) or I may be developing the outline as I discover areas of interest through my research. If I start with an outline, before beginning my research I will create a Word document. I then follow these steps:    Read the rest of this entry »

Tips from the Editor – Those Tricky Possessives

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By Kelly Laycockeditor1a

To Add S or Not to Add S, That Is the Question

My post about Single-Spacers vs. Double-Spacers turned out to be more than a little controversial, and by the end of the day, we’d had more than 175 hits and 47 Facebook shares. Wow! You Double-Spacers are fierce!  🙂

I thought maybe for this next post, we might stick to something a little more cut and dried: Possessives. Now, the apostrophe s is not without its fair share of misuse, and has even caused one state across the border to impose legislation about it! Something about those tricky possessives gets people hot and bothered.    Read the rest of this entry »