Law Society Annual General Meeting
By Kelly Laycock
The Law Society’s Annual General Meeting is this week, and we have our new 2016 Annual Report ready for you to read! Don’t miss the President’s Message from Erin Kleisinger, QC, the Executive and Deputy Director’s Reports, as well as committee updates on the successes of 2016. A look ahead at upcoming initiatives and ongoing projects in 2017 can be found in the Director’s Reports. The Audited Financial Reports for both the Law Society and SLIA are available on our website.
Don’t forget to register for the AGM before 4:00pm Tuesday, June 13!
Just a reminder that the Law Society of Saskatchewan will be holding its Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2017, at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel. We will be hosting an esteemed panel from across Canada for a CPD panel discussion on the inevitability of change and the impact that technology will have on the legal profession, and more broadly, on the legal system. Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear our panelists offer insight into the many issues and opportunities surrounding technology and its impact on the legal profession. Registration will only be accepted until Tuesday, June 13, so don’t miss this last opportunity to register! Register here.
The Law Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on June 15 at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Regina.
We will be hosting an esteemed panel from across Canada for a CPD panel discussion on the inevitability of change and the impact that technology will have on the legal profession, and more broadly, on the legal system.
The panel will include:
- Tim Brown, Executive Director of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Tim will be introducing the topic and setting the stage for our discussion.
- Fred Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour & Employment at Air Canada will be sharing his wealth of knowledge on change and how it relates to the legal profession.
- Karen Dyck, Executive Director at Manitoba Law Foundation has acquired significant experience in technology change through all of her involvement with not for profit organizations. She is well positioned to discuss these changes and the opportunities it may create from an access to justice perspective.
- Last but not least, we will hear from Dan Pinnington, Vice President, Claims Prevention & Stakeholder Relations at LAWPRO. Dan is a prolific writer, speaker and blogger on legal malpractice, risk management, legal technology and law practice management issues.
- Assisting us with the panel discussion, as our moderator, will be Craig Zawada, Director of Boundary Pushing at WMCZ Lawyers.
Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear our panelists offer insight into the many issues and opportunities surrounding technology and its impact on the legal profession.
This event qualifies for 2 CPD hours, which also qualifies for Ethics. Register here.
By Judy Langford, Communications Coordinator
Law Society of Saskatchewan
The Law Society’s 2016 Annual General Meeting and dinner took place June 16 in Saskatoon. In a break with tradition, the AGM included a CPD panel discussion on entity regulation. A knowledgeable group of Benchers from BC, Ontario and Saskatchewan, plus the President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, shared their perspectives on entity regulation, followed by questions and comments from participants.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan is considering making some changes to the way it regulates the profession. The Law Society began consultation with the membership regarding entity regulation in April of this year. If adopted by the Benchers, this would be an additional regulatory tool that would direct some aspects of regulation at the entity a lawyer practices within, such as a law firm or other business unit. A consultation website has been set up at www.lawsocietylistens.ca and members are encouraged to make their views known before the June 30th deadline.
The panel discussion was followed by a formal dinner and the business meeting. Highlights included the review of the annual report and financial statements , greetings from Minister of Justice Gordon Wyant, QC and the presentation of awards.
The CBA Community Service Award was presented to Mr. Justice Peter Whitmore. Senior Life Memberships were presented to three recipients, James Anderson, QC, Franklin MacBean, QC, and William Preston, QC.
By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
The 76th Annual General Meeting of the Law Society of Saskatchewan was held on June 18th in Regina. In addition to reviewing the Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2014, highlights of the meeting included greeting from Minister Gordon Wyant, Q.C., presentation of the CBA Community Service Award to Brenda Walper-Bossence, Q.C., special presentation to Michael Milani, Q.C., in recognition of his service to the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association (CLIA), and a presentation on Access to Justice by Deputy Minister Kevin Fenwick, Q.C.
We were pleased by the turn out and hope to see more of our members attend next year in Saskatoon.
The Law Society’s 76th Annual General Meeting will be held next Thursday in Regina. This year the big topic is Access to Justice and members who attend the AGM can report one CPD hour.
What was it like at AGMs in the past?
The first Annual General Meeting of the Law Society was held on June 24th to 26th, 1936 at the Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon as a result of the amalgamation of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Bar Association in 1935. Highlights of the first meeting were the discussions on legal education by Dean Cronkite of the Law School, and the President’s address which dealt with bureaucracy and how the profession should give thought to the quality of its service to the public. The October 1936 issue of Saskatchewan Bar Review reported that the report by the Encroachments Committee was especially noteworthy. Social events included a golf competition, a reception and dance.
At the 24th AGM in 1963, there was a special “Ladies’ Programme” which included a Sherry Party and Hat Exchange where “each lady is requested to wear a hat she is prepared to lose. Any lady present may demand and appropriate the hat of any other lady present, leaving her own in return.” There was also a dance at the Golf and Country Club an informal tea at the Mackenzie Art Gallery on the 2nd day of the AGM.