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 (the Dean’s Forum) – 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).

2018 Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week Events at a Glance

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 new and diverse voices in the access to justice conversation; and
  • Highlight initiatives that aim to improve access to justice for Saskatchewan residents. 

 Several events during the Second Annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week build off of the themes from the 2017 meeting of the Dean’s Forum:

  • Legal Information, Legal Advice, and Access to Justice; and
  • Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Services.

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

Events

Conference on Medical-Legal Partnerships in Saskatchewan: Disseminating information to key stakeholders – Registration FULL

As the need for interdisciplinary collaborations to address pressing challenges facing individuals and society becomes increasingly clear, medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) have emerged as a holistic and proactive approach to address intersecting health and legal problems. The fourth meeting of the Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution (the Dean’s Forum)at the College of Law, held on March 1, 2017, examined this very topic in the context of our province and centred on opportunities to expand engagement to improve access to justice by creating connections between the delivery of health and justice services in Saskatchewan. 

With the support of the Saskatchewan Health Research Fund, CREATE Justice and the College of Law, in collaboration with the College of Medicine are hosting a conference to share interim findings from our MLP project. While currently emerging, our MLP project aims at encouraging doctors, lawyers, and other health and human service providers to work together to improve health and justice outcomes in Saskatchewan. The goal of hosting the conference is to disseminate the knowledge learned through our work, research, and analysis, and to facilitate an opportunity to network and discuss interests and concerns related to developing MLPs in Saskatchewan, drawing on the expertise of conference participants.

  • Target Audience: Faculty, practitioners**, students, and administrators from health and justice-related disciplines ** CPD hours may be available for lawyers in attendance
  • Registration Details: Space is limited– Registration is now FULL.  If you would like to learn more or be apprised of future medical-legal partnership events, please visit our Justice and Health Partnership Community of Interest webpage and/or email justicehealth_coi@usask.ca.
  • Contributors: CREATE Justice (the Centre for Research, Evaluation and Action Towards Equal Justice), College of Law, College of Medicine
  • Event Sponsors: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, College of Law, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Law Student Small Urban and Rural Law Firm Trip  Registration required

The College of Law Career Office and law students’ “Small Urban and Rural Initiatives Committee” (SURC) are interested in promoting legal careers across Saskatchewan and as such each year organize a trip for a group of students to visit a community outside of Saskatoon.  It is referred to as the Small Urban and Rural Initiative.  The objective is to assist students to learn about what it is like to practice law in a community outside of the major centres and let them know about the numerous opportunities that exist.  As well, the students will gain information about a number of factors including the lifestyle of the lawyers, the main areas of law that lawyers practise and general information about the community.  Students get to meet a number of lawyers and community representatives and learn about practicing law in general in a small urban or rural centre.

  • Time and Location: Pre-registration required (law students can check their email for more information)
  • Target Audience: Law students and small urban and rural lawyers
  • Contributors: Small Urban and Rural Initiatives Committee, College of Law Career Office
  • Event Sponsor: Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan

Dress Like a Pro Bono Lawyer Friday

In honour of Access to Justice Week, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS) is proud to introduce our "Dress Like A Pro Bono Lawyer Friday" fundraising campaign. PBLS encourages firms and organizations across Saskatchewan to dress casual on Fridays until the end of the year. The campaign is dedicated to raise awarness of the access to justice issue in Saskatchewan and to raise funds to support the programs and services provided by Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan. 

  • Step 1: Throw that suit to the side!
  • Step 2: Find your best pair of jeans and put them on!
  • Step 3: Go to work in comfort!
  • Step 4: Contribute $5 to the "Cress Like a Pro Bono Lawyer Friday" campaign!
  • Donation form and details

Reconciliation, Decolonization, Indigenization - What Do These Words Mean to YOU?

CLASSIC student managers will be setting up a booth during Access to Justice Week to share some information around the TRC Calls to Action and to ask students and faculty what Reconciliation, Decolonization, and Indigenization mean to them.  Do they work toward these aims in their personal and professional lives? If so, what do they do?  If not, why not?  What questions do they have about these issues and access to justice generally? 

  • Time: Throughout the week
  • Location: Students’ Lounge, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Students, Faculty
  • ContributorsCLASSIC

In addition, CLASSIC will be collecting donations of toiletries and small items that will be made available to CLASSIC’s clients and community by placing them in CLASSIC’s reception area during Access to Justice Week.  The donations may be dropped off any time before Access to Justice Week between 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, at CLASSIC on 20th or in the on-campus office during student manager office hours (or by contacting cheryl_g@classiclaw.ca).  

Launch of Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project Advertising Campaign

You are invited to help improve access to legal information for Saskatchewan residents by participating in the next phase of the Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project (the SALI Project). The objective of the SALI Project is to increase access to legal information for Saskatchewan residents through a collaboration between justice and library stakeholders in Saskatchewan. The SALI Project partners hosted a conference on October 20-21, 2017, during the Second Annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week. The primary purpose for the event was to bring together a large number of public library representatives from rural, remote, and small urban centres in Saskatchewan as well as experts in the topic area, to further address how greater access to legal information can be achieved through partnering with libraries.

Since October 2017, the project partners have been collaborating to implement the ideas for next steps that were identified during the conference. Specifically, one of those next steps has included collaborating to establish an advertising campaign, to make the public more aware of public libraries as an 'access to justice entry point’ (i.e. an accessible place to find legal information).  

The SALI Project Partners are pleased to launch the SALI Project Advertising Campaign. Join the campaign by downloading and sharing the campaign materials (videos, bookmarks, posters, and documents) when the campaign launches during the week.

  • Time: Throughout the week
  • Location: Province-wide; please visit the SALI Project website for more information
  • Target Audience: Members of the public
  • Contributors: The SALI Project Partners (CREATE Justice, College of Law, Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan, Law Society of Saskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan University Library, Saskatchewan Public Libraries, Government of Saskatchewan, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan)

Run for Justice Fundraiser - Registration required

Help us kick off Access to Justice Week by joining Just Rights members in the Run for Justice Fundraiser, a 5-kilometer run (or walk!) and a fun way to raise awareness of access to justice issues and to engage in conversations with the wider community about challenges in accessing justice. Everyone is welcome – the group hopes to have members of the community participate in the event. All proceeds from this run will be donated to CLASSIC (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc.), an organization committed to working toward access to justice for low-income, marginalized Saskatchewan residents.

  • Time: 9:00am
  • Location: Meet at the Dentons LLP Student Lounge, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Everyone welcome
  • ContributorsJust Rights Student Group
  • Registration information: For more details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1303507049786097/

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

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.

  • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Location: Dentons LLP Student Lounge, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Pro Bono lawyer and law student volunteers
  • ContributorsPro Bono Students Canada - University of Saskatchewan Chapter

College of Law Faculty Research Roundtable – Registration required

The Roundtable is part of a Community-Building Research Series hosted by the College of Law Associate Dean Research and CREATE Justice Advisory Committee.

  • Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • Location: Room 254, College of Law
  • Target Audience: College of Law Faculty/Instructors
  • Registration Details: Email createjustice@usask.ca for more information and to register. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.
  • Contributor: CREATE Justice Advisory Committee

The Restorative Action Program: A School-Based, Community-Driven Initiative

The Restorative Action Program (RAP) is a 15-year-old community-based restorative justice initiative that is hosted in high schools and sustained through the shared responsibility of multiple partners, other supportive organizations and citizens. RAP works with youth to develop and practice conflict management, relationship management and leadership skills using a restorative justice framework that focuses on prevention, intervention and reconnection. 

This presentation will provide participants with knowledge and understanding of how this restorative justice framework works with youth to address bullying, physical violence, crime, mental health, substance abuse and suicide/self-harm. Special focus will be given to understanding the processes needed to build and sustain re-storative justice practices in schools and how to collaborate with multiple stakeholders. In addition to the broad foundations provided to build capacity to work with youth, schools and the community, participants will also learn how to implement restorative justice strategies and practices using the RAP service delivery framework. 

The Benefits of Diversity (Saskatoon) – Registration required 

This full-day session will explore strategies for championing diversity and discuss how pursuing diversity and inclusion can improve engagement within your workplace and open up new business opportunities as Saskatchewan grows increasingly diverse. Join the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the CBA Saskatchewan Branch as they partner to offer the Saskatchewan legal community this important and unique day of programming! ​

  • Time: 9:00am-4:00 pm
  • Location: Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Lawyers and others working in the justice community ** This lecture qualifies for CPD Ethics Hours for lawyers.
  • Registration Details: https://www.lawsociety.sk.ca/media/394727/equitydiversity_186.pdf
  • Contributor: Hosted by Craig Zawada, Q.C., President of the Law Society  
  • Event Sponsor: Law Society of Saskatchewan and CBA Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Law Review Lecture presented by Orlando Da Silva, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney GeneralFostering Support: Mental Health Among Lawyers

  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Location: MLT Aikins Lecture Theatre (Room 150), College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Faculty, practitioners**, students, and members of the public **This lecture qualifies for CPD hour for lawyers.
  • Event Sponsor: McKercher LLP

The Benefits of Diversity (Regina) – Registration required

This full-day session will explore strategies for championing diversity and discuss how pursuing diversity and inclusion can improve engagement within your workplace and open up new business opportunities as Saskatchewan grows increasingly diverse. Join the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the CBA Saskatchewan Branch as they partner to offer the Saskatchewan legal community this important and unique day of programming! ​

  • Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Location: Delta Hotel, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Lawyers and others working in the justice community ** This lecture qualifies for CPD Ethics Hours for lawyers.
  • Registration Details: https://www.lawsociety.sk.ca/media/394727/equitydiversity_186.pdf
  • Contributor: Hosted by Tim Brown, QC, Executive Director of the Law Society
  • Event Sponsor: Law Society of Saskatchewan and CBA Saskatchewan

 

Walk-in Family Law Information Clinic

A free legal information clinic will be hosted by the Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Saskatchewan volunteer lawyers, Pro Bono Students Canada, and the Public Legal Education Association (PLEA). The clinic will provide an opportunity for individuals with family law issues to meet with a volunteer lawyer and/or law student for up to 30 minutes to ask questions about family law. 

  • Time: 9:30-11:30am
  • Location: Law Society Library, Court of Queen’s Bench, 2nd floor, 2425 Victoria Avenue, Regina
  • Target Audience: Members of the public 
  • Contributors: Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Saskatchewan volunteer lawyers, Pro Bono Students Canada, and PLEA ​

Walk-in Family Law Information Clinic

A free legal information clinic will be hosted by the Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Saskatchewan volunteer lawyers, Pro Bono Students Canada, and the Public Legal Education Association (PLEA). The clinic will provide an opportunity for individuals with family law issues to meet with a volunteer lawyer and/or law student for up to 30 minutes to ask questions about family law. 

  • Time: 2:00-4:00pm
  • Location: Cliff Wright Library Branch, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Members of the public 
  • Contributors: Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Saskatchewan volunteer lawyers, Pro Bono Students Canada, and PLEA 

Free Legal Resources Fair*

Access to justice has become a major issue in Canada as legal services have become increasingly unaffordable for many citizens. Over their lifetime, most Canadians will experience some legal problems whether due to divorce, the workplace, owning a small business, or dealing with a family member’s estate. Due to the costs of professional legal advice, many Canadians will try to navigate the legal system on their own without adequate information and often unaware of the different support agencies and organizations available.

Saskatoon Public Library’s mission includes providing free and open access to resources as well as providing community spaces where people and ideas meet. Through the Legal Resource Fair, we are able to help meet the legal needs of Saskatoon citizens with the tradeshow of service providers, a free workshop on the role libraries can play in helping people access legal information, a walk-in family law information clinic, and a walk-in wills & estates information clinic: 

  1. Tradeshow

One of the main attractions of the Free Legal Resource Fair is the tradeshow which gives members of the public in Saskatchewan an opportunity to connect and receive information from legal non-profit, government departments, and community organizations. The tradeshow is designed to allow a come-and-go style interaction.

  • Time: 4:00-8:00pm
  • Location: Frances Morrison Central Library – Main Level, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Members of the public and public library staff
  • Contributors: Various justice stakeholders and Frances Morrison Central Library 
  1. Walk-in Family Law Information Clinic

As part of the Free Legal Resources Fair, a free family law information clinic will be hosted by the Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Saskatchewan volunteer lawyers, Pro Bono Students Canada, and the Public Legal Education Association (PLEA). The clinic will provide an opportunity for individuals with family law issues to meet with a volunteer lawyer and/or law student for up to 30 minutes to ask questions about family law.  

  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Frances Morrison Central Library – Lower Level, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Members of the public 
  • Contributors: Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Saskatchewan volunteer lawyers, Pro Bono Students Canada, and PLEA 
  1. Walk-in Wills and Estates Law Information Clinic

As part of the Free Legal Resources Fair, a free legal information clinic will be hosted by CJC & Co. LLP. The clinic will provide an opportunity for individuals with wills and estates law issues to meet with a volunteer lawyer for up to 30 minutes to ask questions about wills and estates law.  

  • Time: To be announced
  • Location: Frances Morrison Central Library – Lower Level, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Members of the public 
  • Contributors: Lawyers from CJC & Co. LLP 
  1.   Legal Information Presentations

During the tradeshow, SPL will be hosting guest speakers on the following subjects:

  • Times, Subjects, and Presenters
    • 4:00–4:30pm: Will & Estates (Jan King)
    • 4:30–5:00pm: Debtor Creditor (Fraiba Jalal)
    • 5:00–5:30pm: Unbundling / Legal Coaching Services (CJC & Co. LLP)
    • 5:30–6:00pm: Family Law (Anna Singer)
    • 6:00–6:30pm: Immigration Law (Chris Veeman)
    • 6:30–7:00pm: Mediation/dispute resolution (Charmaine Panko)
    • 7:00–7:30pm: Aboriginal Law (Benjamin Ralston)
    • 7:30–8:00pm: Court Processes (Pro Bono Students Canada)
  • Location: Frances Morrison Central Library, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Members of the public

* Note: A Free Legal Resources Fair is scheduled to be hosted in a Regina public library during Winter 2019.

 

Walk-in Family Law Information Clinic

A free legal information clinic will be hosted by the Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Saskatchewan volunteer lawyers, Pro Bono Students Canada, and the Public Legal Education Association (PLEA). The clinic will provide an opportunity for individuals with family law issues to meet with a volunteer lawyer and/or law student for up to 30 minutes to ask questions about family law. 

  • Time: 9:30-11:30am
  • Location: Law Society Library, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Members of the public 
  • Contributors: Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Saskatchewan volunteer lawyers, Pro Bono Students Canada, and PLEA 

French Legal Information Centre of Saskatchewan Information Booth     

Join the conversation

We want to hear from you!  Share your access to justice ideas, work, announcements, photos, reports on social media using the hashtag #SKA2J2018

To view full coverage ofthe third annual Accessto Justice Week, follow the Law Society of Saskatchewan’s Blog, Legal Sourcery at lsslib.wordpress.com/category/access-to-justice. 

*** Note that events and speakers are subject to change. Check this page often for current event information.