Access to Justice Week

About Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week

The inaugural Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is October 18-25, 2016. 

The establishment of the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is a spinoff of the “Putting the Public First” topic that was addressed by participants at the 2016 meeting of the Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution – participants at that meeting identified, “a provincial strategy must embrace multiple vehicles and approaches to engagement to ensure that different communities within the public, each who face diverse access to justice barriers are both engaged and meaningfully heard” (at 5).

The Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is one vehicle and approach to engage different communities in the access to justice conversation.

The week will provide opportunities to:

  • Engage the public, law students, and justice community in the access to justice conversation; and
  • Highlight initiatives that aim to improve access to justice for Saskatchewan residents.

We invite you to get involved in the following events, and join the conversation.

Events

Tuesday, October 18:  

A Spotlight on Saskatchewan Access to Justice Initiatives: Launch of Awareness Campaign 

  • Download the campaign cards here (PDF)
  • Time: Throughout the week
  • Location: Online and in print materials
  • Target Audience: The public, law students, justice community
  • Contributors: Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group members and other justice and community stakeholders

Description: The objective for the Awareness Campaign is to highlight some of the excellent work that members of the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group and other justice and community stakeholders have undertaken to help improve access to justice for Saskatchewan residents.

Wednesday, October 19: 

A Spotlight on Creating Your Career In the 21st Century: A Panel on Emerging Career Opportunities and New Ways to Practice Law

Creating Your Career

  • Time: 1:00–2:20pm
  • Location: Room 150, College of Law
  • Target Audience: Law students and lawyers
  • Contributors: Access to Justice Coordinator and College of Law Career Office
  • Event poster

Description: From creating new legal technology and corporate-commercial law billing methods, to systemic innovation and community-based legal aid, four lawyers and justice entrepreneurs will comment on their first year to current career, how they are using their law degree to improve legal service delivery and accessible justice, and what skills and expertise they look for in law students who they want on their team… 

Featuring:

  • Brea Lowenberger, Access to Justice Coordinator, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan - Moderator
  • Thomas Hamilton, VP, Strategic Partnerships, ROSS Intelligence
  • Andrea James, Corporate-Commercial Lawyer and Entrepreneur, Jamesco LLP, Calgary
  • Stacy Muller, Inaugural Crown Counsel, Innovation Division, Ministry of Justice, Government of Saskatchewan, Regina
  • Amanda Dodge, Lawyer and Systemic Initiatives Program Coordinator, CLASSIC (Community Legal Assistance for Saskatoon’s Inner-City), Saskatoon

This panel is inspired by the Canadian Bar Association's Do Law Differently: Futures for Young Lawyers Report and recommendations from the Canadian Bar Association's Reaching Equal Justice Report. Visit cba.org for more information.

Thursday, October 20:

A Spotlight on Access to Justice Champions: A Volunteer Appreciation Event 

  • Time: 11:30am–1:30pm
  • Location: Law School Students’ Lounge, College of Law
  • Target Audience:  Pro Bono lawyer and law student volunteers
  • Contributors: Pro Bono Students Canada - University of Saskatchewan Chapter and the Access to Justice Coordinator  

PBSC

Description: Pro Bono Students Canada is inviting volunteers - past, present, and future - to drop by the College of Law for donuts, coffee, and conversation around access to justice. The ongoing contributions of our dedicated student volunteers and supervising lawyers to the PBSC program and access to justice in our community is appreciated.

*Thank you to WestLawNext Canada for supporting of this event. 

Friday, October 21:

A Spotlight on Legal Information for Newcomers: Launch of PLEA’s Newcomer Website and Initiative 

  • Time: Throughout the day
  • Location: Travelling launch tour to a location near you!
  • Target Audience: Newcomers and legal intermediaries
  • Contributors: PLEA (Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan)

NewLi

Description: NewLi provides plain language legal information about laws, governments and the justice system. It promotes access to justice for this vulnerable segment of the population by allaying fears that may keep newcomers from confidently participating in and benefiting from Canada’s justice and administrative systems.

A Spotlight on Rural and Remote Access to Justice: Law Student Rural Law Firm Tour and Supports for Practitioners

Spotlight on Rural A2J

Download info here (PDF) 

  • Time: Pre-registration required for law student tour
  • Location:  Pre-registration required for law student tour; supports for lawyers made available above
  • Target Audience: Law students and rural and remote lawyers
  • Contributors: Law Society of Saskatchewan, Access to Justice Coordinator, College of Law Career Office

Monday, October 24:

A Spotlight on Engaging the Public in Imagining Access to Justice Solutions: Launch of Architects of Justice Program

Architects

Description: Architects of justice is an initiative that increases public participation in the development of access to justice solutions.  It was created in Ontario by the Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG). 

The Access to Justice Coordinator is replicating the program to ask people about the justice system in our province.  We want to know what the public thinks.  Is it working?  How can it be improved? 

Please accept our invitation to imagine the justice system of the future.  Take the survey here: http://fluidsurveys.usask.ca/surveys/lawinyourlife/architects-of-justice-1/

To receive more information about the Architects of Justice program as it unfolds, and other access to justice related initiatives, sign up for the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Bulletin: http://bit.ly/29eyYPr 

Tuesday, October 25:   

A Spotlight on the Future of Access to Justice: “Movement on Access to Justice or An Access to Justice Movement?  Where Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters Goes from Here”, featuring The Honourable Mr. Justice Cromwell, recently retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Neatby Timlin Theatre, Room. 241, Arts Building, University of Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: All welcome
  • Host:  Board of Editors for the Saskatchewan Law Review, The 19th Annual Saskatchewan Law Review Lecture 

Join the Conversation

We want to hear from you! Share your access to justice ideas, work, announcements, photos, reports on Twitter using the hashtag #SKA2J2016.

Contributors

The following organizations are proud contributors to the inaugural Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week:

  • College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
  • Ministry of Justice, Government of Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan Court of Appeal
  • Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench
  • Saskatchewan Provincial Court
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Canadian Bar Association - Saskatchewan Branch
  • Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan
  • Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan
  • Pro Bono Students Canada - Saskatchewan Chapter
  • CLASSIC (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon’s Inner-City Inc.)
  • The Saskatchewan French-Speaking Jurists Association
  • Just Rights
  • Other Members of Saskatchewan Legal Community and General Public