Photographs by Alan Kilpatrick
We wrapped up another successful Legal Resources Fair yesterday evening. We look forward to seeing you next year.
By Kelly Laycock
The latest issue of the Benchers’ Digest is now available. This is a special issue for a few reasons. First of all, it is a new year, and as tradition dictates, we have our President’s Message and Profile on the Vice-President for 2017 front and centre. Secondly, as most of you know, the Law Society has a new Executive Director at its helm as of January. See page 6 for our Q&A with Tim Brown and hear about his vision for the future of the LSS.
Another feature of this issue is our focus on the 110th Anniversary of the Law Society of Saskatchewan! As a special treat, we’ve included a timeline (see page 7) of some major events since the formation of the Society back in 1907. We asked our Benchers to send in some stories and pictures of momentous occasions or interesting tidbits, so keep a watch out for those! For anyone wanting to submit something for posterity, you’ve still got time! We will be featuring any submissions on our blog, Legal Sourcery, over the next few months. Please send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other highlights of Volume 30, Issue 1 include:
- Highlights of the Meeting of the Benchers from the December 1 &2, 2016, and February 8, 9 & 10,2017
- Gown to Gown Gala fundraiser for PBLS
- 2016 Queen’s Counsel Appointments
- Adventures of PBLS, a history of their success
- Riding the Digital Wave: Technology and the Library
- Lawyers and Social Media flowchart
- In Memoriam for Victor Dietz, QC
- Who’s Who at SLIA, welcoming Dave McCashin
- Many Thanks to the CPD volunteers from 2016
- Upcoming CPD activities
- Benchers’ Digest Survey statistics
- And more!
Find this issue and archives of past issues on the Law Society Publications page.
The Benchers’ Digest is published by the Law Society to update our members on policy and regulatory decisions made by the Benchers at Convocation, to inform members about Society programs and activities, and to provide news and announcements of interest to the legal profession.
Do you have something of interest to our readers that you’d like to include in the Summer issue of the Benchers’ Digest? Now is the time to let us know! Email email@example.com with your articles or notices.
Hope to see you this afternoon at the Legal Resources Fair.
When: Today, 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Where: Regina Public Library, Central, 2311 – 12th Ave.
This week, Family Law Saskatchewan will be hosting free family law clinics for the public in Saskatoon on Thursday, March 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Frances Morrison Central Library Computer Lab. A session will also be held on Friday, March 17th from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Law Society Library, Court of Queen’s Bench:
- Are you applying to court for child support, custody/access or divorce?
- Do you need help with the court forms and process?
- Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?
Family Law Saskatchewan can help answer your questions, and use the court forms available on Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA).
There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.
By Sarah Roussel-Lewis
Some interesting reads to help you ease into your week:
- The Best Legal Pad for Legal Work (Lawyerist)
- Canada’s weirdest laws: jiu-jitsu championship cancelled because event violates Criminal Code (FindLaw Canada)
- How to Secure Legal Documents (Lawyerist)
- Iceland to become first country to make companies prove they offer equal pay (Global News)
- Justin Trudeau marks International Women’s Day with $650M for reproductive rights (CBC)
- Ontario Court of Appeal upholds award of $60,000 in moral damages (First Reference Talks)
- Sask. MLAs in standoff over pay cuts (CBC)
- U.K. lawmakers tell companies to end sexist high-heel dress codes (The Star)
- Wall nixes Sask. Party stipend, says he doesn’t want it to ‘reflect poorly on the government’ (CBC)
The Regina Public Library is hosting its second annual Legal Resources Fair on Tuesday, March 14, from 12 – 8pm at the Central Branch.
Drop in between these hours for a tradeshow featuring Regina’s free legal service providers, a variety of free workshops on common legal issues, and to learn more about your legal rights. Volunteer lawyers with Pro Bono Law will be offering 30 minutes of free legal advice. Appointments must be pre-booked directly with Pro Bono Law.
Other participants at the fair will include Family Matters, PLEA, the Office of Residential Tenancies, and the Family Law Information Centre.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library is excited to participate in the event again this year and to connect with members of the public. I will be hosting a workshop on “Doing Your Own Legal Research” for self-represented litigants from 2 – 3 pm:
2:00 – 3:00 pm—Doing Your Own Legal Research
Doing your own legal research for a court case can be intimidating, especially if you have no formal legal training. However, there is help out there for people wanting to represent themselves. Join reference librarian Alan Kilpatrick from the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library to learn about CanLII, a free legal service that can be accessed by anyone via the Internet. The presentation contains federal and provincial case law, legislation, and more.
Do you need to learn how to conduct your own legal research? Are you just curious about Canadian law? Don’t miss this exciting session with the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library at the fair!
We look forward to seeing you there! Please visit the Regina Public Library website to learn more.