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).

2019 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. 

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

Events

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

What is legal coaching? How to effectively be a legal coach and have a more satisfying practice, presented by Brent Prenevost, Jo-Anne Stark – Registration required

This webinar will provide lawyers with information about legal coaching, how it fits into an access-to-justice agenda, what makes for an effective legal coach, and how to develop a legal coaching practice.

  • Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
  • Location: Online
  • Target Audience: Faculty, practitioners**, and law students
  • Registration Details: Register through the Law Society of Saskatchewan (LSS)
  • Event Sponsors: Fee for webinar attendance based on LSS fee structure

 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Walk-in Wills and Estates Law Information Clinic

A free legal information clinic will be hosted by Pro Bono Students Canada and Miller Thomson 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: 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Location: Frances Morrison Central Library – Lower Level, Saskatoon
  • Target Audience: Members of the public 
  • Contributors: Lawyers

 

Friday, October 18, 2019

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:  Preregistration 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 Chapter and Battlefords Bar Association

Free Legal Resources Fair

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: 1:30 - 5:00pm
  • Location: Frances Morrison Central Library – Main Level, Saskatoon
  • Target Audience: Members of the public and public library staff
  • Contributors: Various justice stakeholders and Frances Morrison Central Library 
2. 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: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Frances Morrison Central Library – Lower Level, Saskatoon
  • Target Audience: Members of the public 
  • Contributors: Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Saskatchewan volunteer lawyers, Pro Bono Students Canada, and PLEA 

3. Legal Information Presentations 

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

  • Times, Subjects, and Presenters
  • 1:30 pm Court Processes – Pro Bono Students Canada
  • 2:00 pm Mediation – Charmaine Panko
  • 2:30 pm Arbitration – Kelly Shaw
  • 3:00 pm Legal Research – Ken Fox and Alan Kirkpatrick
  • 3:30 pm Child Support Recalculation – Tina Halback
  • 4:00 pm Unbundled legal services/legal coaching services – Lisa Eisen
  • Location: Frances Morrison Central Library, Saskatoon
  • Target Audience: Members of the public

 

What Can a Legal Coach Do for You, presented by Lisa Eisen

This lecture for the public and legal practitioners will explain what legal coaching is and how it can help empower the public to resolve legal issues and more effectively (and cost-efficiently) represent themselves during dispute resolutionprocesses, including court processes.  

  • Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Location: Presentation part of Legal Resources Fair, held in Frances Morrison Central Library – Lower Level, Saskatoon
  • Target Audience: Public, Faculty, practitioners**, and law students
  • Registration Details: Free. No registration required.
  • Event Sponsors: Sponsored by McKercher LLP Lecture Series

Legal Coaching Workshop, presented by Lisa Eisen  Registration required

This one-day workshop will provide information about legal coaching and how it differs from an unbundling legal practice. This training provides information to lawyers about the benefits of legal coaching to both clients and their own practices, discusses concerns about liability issues and best practices to avoid liability, and allows for opportunity to build practice tools.  The training will give lawyers the ability to recognize the difference between unbundling (where the lawyer does the work on behalf of a client, such as drafting the documents for a child support application), versus legal coaching (where the lawyer provides legal advice, information and guidance so that the client can undertake the work).  In a legal coaching model, the lawyer explains to the client what documents are needed, how to draft them, edits documents, prepares them for appearances so that clients know what to expect and how to prepare and present.  Having more legal coaches will lead to greater access to justice as clients gain skills to more effectively represent themselves.

  • Time: Full day
  • Location: Saskatoon
  • Target Audience: Practitioners** 
  • Registration Details: Registration form on PLEA website
  • Event Sponsors: Ministry of Justice, LSS, CREATE Justice, and PLEA

 

Launch of PLEA Interactive Agreement Platform

  • Time:  9:00 am
  • Location: familylaw.plea.org 
  • Target Audience:  Anyone In Saskatchewan who is dealing with legal issues relating to a family breakdown and would like to resolve those issues or some of them by agreement.
  • Contributors:  Developed with funding from the Department of Justice Canada – Canadian Family Justice Fund

PLEA is excited to announce the launch of its Interactive Agreement Platform: a comprehensive online tool for resolving family law issues by agreement. Using a guided pathway concept users describe their situation and the decisions they have made about how they want to resolve their family law issues. Users are then presented with concrete options to choose from based on the information they have provided. The platform combines standard clause options with the flexibility to create unique clauses, all in the context of the governing laws and best practices for family law agreements. Users are able to work at their own pace with all progress being automatically saved. Once users complete the process they are provided with a ready to print document as well as instructions on signing, witnessing and getting legal advice. At this stage users are also able to do final edits on the document, further tailoring it to their situation. The Agreement Platform is housed on familylaw.plea.org and is one option presented to users of the Form Wizard. PLEA acknowledges the funding provided by the Department of Justice Canada, Canadian Family Justice Fund, which made this project possible. 

 

Some Reflections on Access to Justice, presented by the Honourable Justice Russell Brown, Supreme Court of Canada

  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: MLT AIKINS Lecture Theatre (Room 150), College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
  • Target Audience: Faculty, practitioners**, students, and members of the public
  • Event Sponsor: Saskatchewan Law Review as part of the McKercher Lecture Series at the College of Law

Legal Coaching Workshop, presented by Lisa Eisen  REGISTRATION REQUIRED

This one-day workshop will provide information about legal coaching and how it differs from an unbundling legal practice. This training provides information to lawyers about the benefits of legal coaching to both clients and their own practices, discusses concerns about liability issues and best practices to avoid liability, and allows for opportunity to build practice tools.  The training will give lawyers the ability to recognize the difference between unbundling (where the lawyer does the work on behalf of a client, such as drafting the documents for a child support application), versus legal coaching (where the lawyer provides legal advice, information and guidance so that the client can undertake the work).  In a legal coaching model, the lawyer explains to the client what documents are needed, how to draft them, edits documents, prepares them for appearances so that clients know what to expect and how to prepare and present.  Having more legal coaches will lead to greater access to justice as clients gain skills to more effectively represent themselves.

  • Time: Full day
  • Location: Regina
  • Target Audience: Practitioners** 
  • Registration Details: Registration form on PLEA website.
  • Event Sponsors: Ministry of Justice, LSS, CREATE Justice, and PLEA

 

Estevan Free Legal Clinic

  • Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Location: Telephone or Video Conference Appointments, Salvation Army, 1107 4th Street, Estevan, SK
  • Event host: Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

 

North Battleford Free Legal Clinic

  • Time: 9am - 12pm
  • Location: In-person appointments, Catholic Family Services, 101-1272 101st Street North, Battleford, SK
  • Event host: Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

 

What Can a Legal Coach Do for You, presented by Lisa Eisen

This lecture for the public and legal practitioners will explain what legal coaching is and how it can help empower the public to resolve legal issues and more effectively (and cost-efficiently) represent themselves during dispute resolution processes, including court processes.  

  • Time: 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Location: Sunset Branch of the Regina Public Library
  • Target Audience: Public, Faculty, practitioners**, and law students
  • Registration Details: Free/no registration required
  • Event Sponsors: Sponsored by McKercher LLP Lecture Series

What is legal coaching? Presented by Jo-Anne Stark

This classroom lecture will provide law students and faculty with information about legal coaching, how it fits into an access-to-justice agenda, and what makes for an effective legal coach, and questions to ask potential employers at job interviews.

  • Time: 12:30-1:30pm
  • Target Audience: Faculty, practitioners**, and law students 
  • Registration Details: N/A
  • Event Sponsors: College of Law Career Office and CREATE Justice

 

Swift Current Free Legal Clinic

  • Time: 3-5pm
  • Location: In-person appointments, Salvation Army, 780 1st Avenue NW, Swift Current, SK
  • Event host: Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

CREATE Justice Faculty Research Roundtable – REGISTRATION REQUIRED

  • Target Audience: College of Law Faculty/Instructors
  • Registration Details: Email createjustice@usask.ca for more information and to register
  • Contributor: CREATE Justice Advisory Committee and College of Law Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

 

Yorkton Free Legal Clinic

  • Time: 1pm-4pm
  • Location: Telephone or Video Conference Appointments, Salvation Army, 29 Betts Avenue, Yorkton, SK
  • Event host: Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

 

Meadow Lake Free Legal Clinic

  • 1pm-4pm
  • Location:  Telephone or Video Conference Appointments, Salvation Army, 212 2nd Street W, Meadow Lake, SK
  • Event host: Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

French Legal Information Centre of Saskatchewan Information Booth     

Regina Free Legal Clinic

  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Location: In Person or Telephone Appointments, Salvation Army Haven of Hope, 2240 13th Avenue, Regina, SK
  • Event host: Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

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 #SKA2J2019

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

** This event may qualify for CPD credits for lawyers.
*** Note that events and speakers are subject to change. Check this page often for current event information.