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April 4, 2014

This is “Day 1” of a new way of publishing and exploring discussions about Canadian case law. CanLII Connects is launching today with nearly 27,000 documents covering cases from 11 of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. It was created to make it faster and easier for legal professionals and the public to access high-quality legal commentary on Canadian court decisions. Included is the entire Law Society of Saskatchewan case digest collection and we plan on contributing more documents in the future. We are proud to be part of this project and excited for the possibilities it holds. Check it out!

The latest edition of the Saskatchewan Law Review [v.77 (2014)] is now available to our members in the Publication Section of the Law Society website. Older editions are available on HeinOnline, also available in the Members’ Section. Articles in the latest edition include:

  • “An Analysis of Canada’s Most Famous Holograph Will: How a Saskatchewan Farmer Scratched His Way Into Legal History” (Geoff Ellwand)
  • “One Click Away: The Prospect of Electronic Wills in Saskatchewan” (Katherine Melnychuk)
  • “Shifting the Tide of Canadian Federalism: The Operation of Provincial Interjurisidctional Immunity in the Post-Canadian Western Bank Era (Michelle Biddulph)

April 2, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a decision on penalty hearing in the discipline matter of John Ronald Cherkewich.

March 27, 2014

The Court of Queen's Bench has issued a new family practice directive concerning family service hearings.

March 25, 2014

After seven years of exceptional service, the term of the current Chief Judge of the Provincial Court, Carol Snell, concludes on December 31, 2014. A process is underway to identify candidates for a new Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan for the seven year term commencing January I, 2015. This process includes consultation with Provincial Court Judges. The Honourable Gordon S. Wyant, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General would also like to hear from members of the Bar and invites comments as well as expressions of interest in the Chief Judge position.

Lawyers who have been members in good standing of a Canadian Bar for at least 10 years, or who have other legal or judicial experience that is satisfactory to the Provincial Court Judicial Council, are invited to apply.

Members of the Bar are asked to submit comments and/or express their interest in the position to the Minister by April 11, 2014 at the following address:

Room 335 Legislative Building
2405 Legislative Drive
REGINA SK S4S OB3

 

March 21, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library is now offering a 30-day trial subscription to two new CCH Online research products: The Canadian Labour Law Rerporter and the Canadian Employment Safety & Health Guide. To access, please visit the Members Section, scroll down to CCH Online, and select any of our current CCH Online services. Once you are in the CCH platform, access the new materials with the drop-box under "Search Your Subscriptions," select a service, and click GO; or, browse the Table of Contents, and select the desired service. Use the plus-signs to expand the contents and select documents. The new employment law products can be found in CCH Business. For user guides and information, please use the links under CCH Online in the Members Section. If you like these online services, please contact the library to provide feedback on whether we should subscribe permanently.

CPD PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE CALL FOR MEMBERS

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is committed to providing continuing professional development opportunities to the profession.  The CPD Program Planning Committee will assist the Director of Admissions & Education and the CPD Program Manager in the selection of subject matter, presenters, and the organization and delivery of continuing professional development programming.

The Law Society is seeking applications for the CPD Program Planning Committee.  Selection for the Committee should be representative of the profession including diversity in practice, geographic location, gender, etc.  An interest or experience in education would also be an asset.

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 25, 2014.  Please submit a letter of interest and resume to the attention of Lana Vindevoghel, CPD Program Manager via email to lana@lawsociety.sk.ca.

March 13, 2014

The Builders' Lien Amendment Act, 2013 (Bill 102) was given Royal Assent and came into force on March 12, 2014.

The Law Society Library has a new blog.  "Legal Sourcery" helps you navigate through the jumble of legal resources.  Follow us for useful legal research tricks, interesting legal research news and what's happening at the Library.

March 12, 2014

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony for Justice M.T. Megaw, which will be held at 3:30 pm on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Court Room 6 at the Queen’s Bench Court House in Regina.

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Janet E. McIvor, which will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House. 

March 10, 2014

Mr. Albert Angus is no longer in compliance with the conditions of his Discipline Penalty Decision of September 10, 2010 (written Decision December 14, 2010), as his practice advisor supervisor has withdrawn.  Mr. Angus is, therefore, not entitled to practice law at this time.

March 6, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is accepting applications for the position of Bencher in the North West Electoral District.

The appointment of Miguel Martinez to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, and the appointment of Robert Heinrichs to take his place as President of the Law Society, has created a Bencher vacancy in the North West Electoral District. Pursuant to Section 20 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990, The Benchers are entitled to appoint a replacement.

Deadline for applications is March 19, 2014.

March 5, 2014

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision on penalty in the discipline matter of Monte James Sheppard.

March 3, 2014

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Dale Blenner-Hassett.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of James Niel Halford.

February 27, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has issued an amendment to the Code of Professional Conduct regarding Limited Scope Retainers.

February 26, 2014

The Law Society Library has created video tutorials to assist with searching CanLII. Please visit the library website for help searching on CanLII for a case with a common name, searching case law on a point of law, searching for  legislation and noting up cases.

February 25, 2014

The Saskatchewan Articling Recruitment Guidelines for the 2015-2016 articling term have been confirmed. A summary of the dates is as follows:

Application Deadline: May 9, 2014
Interviews: May 22-23, 2014
Offers: May 27, 2014 10:00 am

If you are interested in hiring an articling student for 2015-2016 please refer to these Guidelines and send a job posting to Terri Karpish at the College of Law Career Office. There are still students who are seeking articles for 2014-2015 and if you are interested in hiring a student please contact Terri. The full set of Guidelines can be found at the College of Law website.

February 20, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Barbara Lynn Galey.

February 18, 2014

At February Convocation, Erin Kleisinger was elected as a Bencher for the Regina Electoral District for the remainder of the 3 year term, commencing February 13, 2014.  She was elected to fill the Bencher vacancy left by Judge Patrick Reis.

February 14, 2014

A Notice of Suspension has been issued by the Law Society of Saskatchewan in relation to Bradley David Tilling.

February 7, 2014

There is one week left in the one-month trial of several ebook publications from the Working with the Law series by Emond Montgomery. The titles for the trial include:

Criminal Law for Legal Professionals
Family Law: Practice and Procedure
Wills and Estates
Civil Litigation
Fundamentals of Contract Law

To access the ebooks, please visit the Member’s Section. Please send any feedback to Melanie Hodges Neufeld at melanie@lawsociety.sk.ca. If we receive positive feedback, we may acquire the complete series in ebook format.

February 6, 2014

EMAIL ADDRESS REMINDER - In order to receive announcements and important communication from the Law Society, you must keep your email address current. We strive to keep the emails to a minimum by sending a general email to members every Thursday.

If you anticipate a change to your email address at your workplace, or you will be changing law firms, please remember to change your email address by going to the Law Society website and amending it under the Member Profile. The email address should be your direct work email, not your home email.

You also have control over whether or not you wish to make your email available to the public via the “Find a Lawyer” function. The option to publish your email can be toggled on or off via your Member Profile.

February 3, 2014

The Law Society Library is pleased to announce the release of the updated Saskatchewan Limitations Manual. The Manual contains an alphabetical list of all Saskatchewan statutes with limitation periods and relevant case law annotations.

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