12:00 p.m. | MLT Aikins Lecture Theatre (Room 150), College of Law, UofS
Speaker: The Honourable Lisa Watson, Provincial Court of Saskatchewan
The lecture will discuss the lawyer’s role as advocate in our justice system. It will include reflections, observations, and practical tips about effective advocacy from the perspective of a practitioner and recent judicial appointment.
Lisa was born and raised in Biggar, Saskatchewan. Her undergraduate studies were at the University of Saskatchewan, where she majored in History and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Great Distinction. Lisa graduated with Distinction from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009, and articled with William Roe, KC. Very early on in her legal career she focused on criminal defence work, and appeared regularly in Provincial Court, Court of King’s Bench, and the Court of Appeal. She became a partner and formed Peszko & Watson in 2015. In April 2023 she was appointed as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan sitting primarily in Saskatoon.
Prior to her judicial appointment, Lisa was co-president of the Saskatoon Criminal Defence Lawyers’ Association and a district governor of the STLA. She presented for legal organizations such as the CBA, STLA, and PLEA, and volunteered for the Legal Advice Clinic at CLASSIC. She worked with articling students through the CPLED program as a practice manager and assessor. She was a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, teaching Sentencing in the Criminal Justice System and coaching the Gale Cup Moot team. In 2021, Lisa was awarded the STLA Justice W. Frank Gerein Memorial Award.
Lisa is a mother of two children, ages 5 and 8, who keep her busy and bring joy and a healthy perspective to her life.