McKercher LLP Lecture Series
2016/17 McKercher LLP Lecture Series (Winter Term)
Guest Speaker: Shannon Salter, Chair, Civil Resolution Tribunal
Dispute Resolution in the Digital Age
Jan. 11, 2017, 1pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre), College of Law
Wunusweh Lecture in Aboriginal Law presented by Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Jan. 16, 2017, 7pm, Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, 5 Campus Drive, U of S
Guest Speaker: Justin Winters, Screenwriter, lecturer, producer and development executive
The Role of Law in Storytelling
Feb. 6, 2017, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre), College of Law
Gertler Family Lectureship in Law Honouring the Robert McKercher Family presented by The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC, Chief Justice of Canada
Mental Health and the Law: The Road to Justice
March 6, 2017, 7pm, Convocation Hall, U of S
Guest Speakers: Linda Neilson, University of New Brunswick and The Honourable Anne Dugas-Horsman, New Brunswick Provincial Court
Designing New Court Systems in Family Violence Cases
March 13, 2017, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre), College of Law
2017 Silas E. Halyk, QC, Visiting Scholar in Advocacy Lecture
Visiting Scholar: Mark Brayford, QC
Advocates attempting the impossible: Trying to be number one
Jan. 30, 2017, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre), College of Law
2016/17 McKercher LLP Lecture Series (Fall Term)
Guest Speaker: Marie Henein, Henein Hutchison LLP
An inconvenient profession
Sept. 13, 1pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speakers: Gemma Smyth, University of Windsor and Adam Vasey, Pathway to Potential
Clinical and experiential learning in Canada: A snapshot of the field and future pathways
Sept. 26, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law, Columbia University
Branding the dream: Racial democracy and constitutional politics in the 'Age of Obama'
Oct. 3, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: Paul Finkelman, Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law, College of Law, U of S
Trainwreck south of the border: The 2016 American election
Oct. 13, 7pm, Louis' Loft, U of S
Ariel F. Sallows Lecture delivered by Paul Finkelman, Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law, College of Law, U of S
Unjust justices: The United States Supreme Court, the problem of slavery, and modern human rights
Oct. 17, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest speakers: John Courtney, Political Studies Professor Emeritus, U of S; David McGrane, Political Studies U of S; and Bonita Beatty, Indigenous Studies, U of S
Electoral reform in Canada: A panel discussion on whether our voting system should be changed and if so, how
Oct. 24, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Saskatchewan Law Review Lecture delivered by The Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell, Supreme Court of Canada
Movement on access to justice or an access to justice movement? Where access to justice in civil and family matters goes from here
Oct. 25, 7pm, Arts 241, University of Saskatchewan
Guest Speaker, The Honourable Chief Judge Thomas J. Crabtree
Social Media and Transparency in the Justice System
Monday, Oct. 31, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
2015/16 McKercher LLP Lecture Series (Winter)
Guest Speaker: The Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Supreme Court of Canada
A Conversation with Justice Abella
March 2, 1:00pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Estey Lecture in Business Law presented by Professor Cally Jordan, Estey Chair in Business Law, U of S
The End of Internationalism?
Feb. 29, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
March 3, 2:30pm, University of Regina
Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Lecture presented by Sonja Kerr, Cuddy Law Firm and Anne-Marie Cotter, Law Foundation of Saskatchewan H. Robert Arscott Chair
Human Rights and Disability Law
Feb. 26, 11:00am, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: The Honourable Mr. Justice Russell Brown, Supreme Court of Canada
Does Dialogue Theory Justify Judicial Review?
Feb. 3, 1:00pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Wunusweh Lecture in Aboriginal Law presented by Gillian Calder, University of Victoria, Karen Drake, Lakehead University, and Aimée Craft, University of Manitoba
Truth, Reconciliation, and Legal Education: The TRC Syllabus and Indigenous Laws
Feb. 1, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Usask Level Panel presented by Prof. Carin Holroyd, Political Studies, U of S, Haidah Amirzadeh, Lawyer, and a representative of the police community
Deceived and Seized: A Panel on the Realities of Human Trafficking
Jan. 25, 12pm , Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Silas E. Halyk, QC, Visiting Scholar in Advocacy Lecture
Access to Justice: Personal Reflections
Presented by The Honourable Warren K. Winkler, Former Chief Justice of Ontario
Jan. 18, 12pm (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
2015/16 McKercher LLP (Fall) Lecture Series
Guest Speaker: Dennis Edney, Q.C., Counsel for Mr. Omar Khadr
The Rule of Law in an Age of Terror
Sept. 9, 7:00pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: David R. Boyd, Author of Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies
Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies
Sept. 21, 12pm (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Harris, Author of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights
Magna Carta and the Making of the Modern World
Sept. 28, 12pm (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Ariel Sallows Lecture in Human Rights presented by Kim Pate, Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights, David Milgaard, Motivational Speaker and Author of Rabbit’s Paw, & Tammy Marquardt, Wrongfully convicted of murder because of disgraced pathologist Charles Smith
Shameful Legacies of Injustice: Wrongful Convictions in Canada
Oct. 7, 1:00-2:30pm , Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein, Supreme Court of Canada
Saskatchewan Law Review Lecture: Checks and Balances in Constitutional Interpretation – Perspectives from a Recently Retired Supreme Court Justice
Oct. 13, 7:00pm, Room 241, Neatby-Timlin Theatre, University of Saskatchewan
Guest Speaker: Professor Stephanie Ben-Ishai, Osgoode Hall Law School
Millenials in Debt
Oct. 26, 12pm (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Shumiatcher Lecture on Law & Literature presented by Alexander McCall Smith, International Bestselling Author
How People Behave in the World and on the Page
Nov. 5, 7:30pm, Broadway Theatre, FREE tickets available through the Broadway Theatre
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2014/15 McKercher LLP Lecture Series:
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, 12pm (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, 12pm (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: Chief Justice Richards, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal
Walking in the Footsteps of Giants: The Stories of Three Great Lawyers
Feb. 2, 12pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Rudin, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto/ Commentary by Yvonne Johnson, Co-Author of Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman
Criminal Justice since Gladue – What’s Changed and What Hasn’t
Feb. 3, 1:15pm, 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, 12pm (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: David Milgaard, Motivational Speaker and Author of Rabbit's Paw
Preventing and Addressing Wrongful Conviction
Feb. 11, 1:00pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Estey Lecture in Business Law presented by Rod Wood, Estey Chair in Business Law
Commercial Law at the Crossroads
March 2, 12pm (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Guest Speaker: Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada
Confronting a Human Rights Scourge: Canada and the Global Struggle against Torture
March 10, 1:15pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Refugee Rights Discussion Panel moderated by Professor Odumosu-Ayanu, Faculty of Law, UofS
Refugee Rights Discussion Panel
March 16, 12pm (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
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, 12pm (noon), Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
Access to Justice Panel Discussion
Access to Justice Panel: Family Law
Presented by panelists Kara-Dawn Jordon, Brenda Frericks, Madam Justice Ryan-Froslie, and Kate Crisp
March 26, 3:00 - 6:00pm, Room 150 (MLT Lecture Theatre)
2014-15 Guest Speakers:
William F. Pentney, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney Generalof Canada presented "Access to Justice: The Department of Justice Perspective" on Jan. 8, 2015.
Christine Zuni Cruz, Law Foundation of Saskatchewan H. Robert Arscott Chair, presented "Continuance and Belonging: Interrogating Modern Tribal Legal Approaches To Identity and Mixture in the United States" on Nov. 3, 2014.
The Hon. Morris Fish, QC, presented "An Eye for An Eye: Biblical Origins and Contemporary Relevance," during the Gertler Family Lectureship in Law at Convocation Hall on Oct. 28, 2014.
Andrew Coyne, national affairs columnist for PostMedia News, presented "Our Broken Democracy: And How to Fix It," during the 17th Annual Saskatchewan Law Review Lecture at Convocation Hall on Oct. 20, 2014.
Perry Bellegarde, chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, presented "Resource Sharing in Saskatchewan," on Oct. 20, 2014.
Michelle Ouellette, QC, partner with McKercher LLP, presented the ProBono Saskatchewan Lecture entitled "The Privilege of Being a Lawyer: Giving Back to the Community through Pro Bono," on Sept. 29, 2014.
Lorne Sossin, dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University presented the 2014 Cronkite Memorial Lecture entitled "In search of accessible legal education," on Sept. 22, 2014.
2013-14 Guest Speakers:
Constable Cinda Michael of the Vancouver Police Department presented "Police Crisis Negotiation," on March 31, 2014.
Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and associate professor at the University of Alberta, presented the 2014 Wunusweh Lecture in Aboriginal Law entitled "The human rights case on First Nations child welfare and the associated social movement for equity for First Nations children and their families," on March 10, 2014.
John Wade, Law Foundation of Saskatchewan chairholder, presented "Negotiating with Difficult People" on Feb. 10, 2014. Download Professor Wade's paper here.
Siobhan Wills, Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights, presented "Problems and challenges for the peacekeeping mission in Haiti: Early stage analysis of field research" on Nov. 25, 2013.
Heather Jensen, lawyer with Plaxton & Company, presented “Permanently Temporary? The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and Implications for Enforcing Employment Laws” on Nov. 4, 2013.
Paul McHugh, professor of law and legal history from the University of Cambridge, presented "Time Whereof: Memory, History, and Law in the Jurisprudence of Aboriginal Rights" during the 16th annual Saskatchewan Law Review Lecture on Oct. 28, 2013.
Penny Andrews, president and dean of Albany Law School, presented "Eliminating Barriers to Gender Equality: Conditional Interdependence as a Model" on Oct. 7, 2013.
Donald Buckingham, chairperson of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, presented "Dead chickens, stinky cheese, black overalls and other lessons from the farm: The contribution of administrative tribunals to justice in Canada" on Sept. 30, 2013.
Paul Clarke, professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, presented "Rights conflicts, public education and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms" on Sept. 19, 2013.
2012-13 Guest Speakers:
Shelley Gavigan, professor at Osgoode Hall law school, took part in an interdisciplinary seminar for her book, Hunger, Horses and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905, on March 1, 2013. This seminar was followed by a commentary by Professor Jim Miller, Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations, University of Saskatchewan Department of History
Preston Manning, CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, delivered the John Stack Memorial Lecture entitled "Politics, Ethics and Faith" on Feb. 12, 2013.
George Foster, associate professor at Lewis & Clark Law School presented "Investors, Stakes and Stakeholders: Power Asymmetries and the Stabilizing Potential of Investment Treaties" on Jan. 21, 2013.
Brian Beresh, QC, the 2012/13 Silas E. Halyk, QC, visiting scholar in advocacy, presented "The Basics of Advocacy" and "The Future of Advocacy in the Context of Technological Change" on Jan. 17-18, 2013.
Laurel Terry, professor at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law, delivered the fifth Gertler Family Lectureship in Law, entitled "Global Trends in Lawyer Regulation" on Jan. 15, 2013.
Vincent Kazmierski, assistant professor at the Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, presented "Judging Democracy: Will the Supreme Court of Canada protect our right to access government and its information?" on Nov. 19, 2012.
Jennifer Chandler, associate professor at the University of Ottawa, presented "'Rewiring' Criminal Offenders: Challenges to the Criminal Justice System from Emerging Neuroscience" on Nov. 5, 2012.
Donna Greshner, dean of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, presented "Arguments for Lawyers: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters" during the 15th annual Saskatchewan Law Review lecture on Oct. 29, 2012.
Alan Young, Osgoode Hall, presented "The Bedford Case and its Challenge to the Constitutionality of Prostitution-Related Offences" on October 22, 2012.
Sidney Harring, Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair, presented "Land Reform in Namibia and the Future of Law" on October 15, 2012.
Teddy Katz (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), Jim Hopson (Saskatchewan Roughriders), and Brent Cotter (College of Law, U of S) participated in a panel discussion "Competition, Commitment, Community: Issues in Professional Sports and the Law" on October 1, 2012.
Amanda Peters, South Texas College of Law, presented "Legal Disparity in the Protection of Human Trafficking Victims" on September 24, 2012. This event was co-sponsored by Just Rights.
Cory Furman, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, presented "A Discussion on Law & Innovation" on September 19, 2012 as part of Saskatoon Innovation Week.
2011-12 Guest Speakers:
Professor Edward Rock, University of Pennsylvania, presented "Adapting to the New Shareholder-Centric Reality: Creditor Protection" on March 26, 2012.
Professor Kent Greenfield, Boston College Law School, presented "The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits" on March 12, 2012.
Laurie Pawlitza, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, presented “What it’s like to be a Law Profession Regulator in 2012” on March 5, 2012.
Professor Adam Dodek, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, presented “Solicitor-client privilege 2.0: Challenges and opportunities for the privilege in the wired world” on February 13, 2012.
Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C. Representative for Children and Youth, delivered the Silas E. Halyk, QC, Visiting Scholar in Advocacy Lecture titled “Who Speaks for the Child? The Role of Advocacy in the Life and Children and Youth” on February 1, 2012.
Professor Kent Roach, University of Toronto, presented “The 9/11 effect: Comparative counter terrorism” on January 26, 2012.
Professor Natasha Affolder, University of British Columbia Law School, presented “Bargaining for Biodiversity” on January 23, 2012.
Robert Leckey, McGill University Faculty of Law, presented "Two Mothers in Fact and Law" on November 21, 2011.
Michele Goodwin, Everett Fraser Professor, University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota School of Public Health, presented “The Nature of Property and Ownership of the Human Body” on November 14, 2011.
Dr. Sharon Hubbs Wright, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, presented “Reported Conflict and Natural Disaster: A Case Study of the Wakefield Manor Leet Courts Through the Fourteenth Century Plague Epidemics” on October 31, 2011.
Mary Eberts, the Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, presented “Settler Reflections: Knowing and Refusing to Know about Canada’s Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women” at the Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights Lecture on October 24.
John Ralston Saul, in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Law Review, presented “A Different Model of the Nation-State - Canada in the World and the Aboriginal Influence” at the 14th Annual Saskatchewan Law Review Lecture, Monday, October 17.
Fiona Sampson, founder of The Equality Effect and former Litigation Director, Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), discussed "The Equality Effect: Canadians and Africans Seeking Justice Together." This lecture was presented together by the College of Law and the Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights on October 12.
Bruce Pardy, a professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University, discussed “Justice Should be Blind: Environmental Instrumentalism and the Rule of Law” on October 3.
Professor Stephen Coughlan, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, presented “Criminal Justice in a Post-Rule of Law World” for the 2011 Culliton Lecture in Criminal Law, on Monday, September 19, 2011.
Jerome Slavik, Ackroyd LLP, Edmonton, discussed "Aboriginal Communities Negotiating with the Crown and Industry," which was presented by the College of Law, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Group and Aboriginal Law Sections of CBA Saskatchewan on Monday, September 26, 2011.
2010-2011 Guest Speakers:
Professor Jeremy DeBeer, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, presented “Judging Biotech: How Courts Control our Crops” at the college on Monday, March 21, 2011.
Associate Chief Judge Clifford Toth, Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, presented “An Introduction to Therapeutic Justice” at the college on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Judge Toth also chairs the Therapeutic Justice Committee of the Canadian Council of Judges, Sitting in the Regina Drug Court.
Peter Grant, QC, of Peter Grant & Associates, presented “The Role of the Courts in Assisting Reconciliation between the Crown and the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: The Unfinished Business of Delgamuukw” at the college on Monday, March 14, 2011.
Professor Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law at the University of Ottawa, presented “Intellectual Property Rights on Steroids: Reasons to Worry about Anti-Ambush Marketing Legislation”at our college on Monday, March 7, 2011.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell, Supreme Court of Canada, presented "The Ethical Dimensions of Practical Judgment" for the Third Gertler Family Lectureship in Law Honouring the Robert McKercher Family at Convocation Hall at the U of S on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.
Phil Fontaine, Ishkonigan, and former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, presented "Social Justice, Reconciliation and Moving Forward" for the John Ambrose Stack Memorial Lecture held at our college on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
Aaron Fox, QC, McDougall Gauley LLP, presented "Farmboy Advocacy" for the Si Halyk, QC, Visiting Scholar in Advocacy Lecture held at our college on Monday, January 31, 2011.
Naresh Singh, Canadian International Development Agency, presented "The Legal Empowerment of the Poor" at our college on Monday, January 17, 2011.
Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, presented "Privacy in the Era of Social Networking" at our college on Monday, November 22, 2010.
Heather McNaughton, former chair of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal presented "Canadian Models for Human Rights Protection: What Next?" at the college on Monday, November 1, 2010.
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada spoke on “Access to Justice” to a packed house at the College of Law on October 27, 2010.
Professor David Vaver, of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University spoke on "The Immorality of Intellectual Property" at the Cronkite Lecture on September 27, 2010.
Professor Ernie Walker of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan led off the 2010-2011 Guest Speakers Program at the College of Law with his presentation, "Cold Cases," on September 20, 2010.