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Sarah Buhler Associate Professor

225 Law

Research Area(s)

  • Legal education
  • Legal ethics and the legal profession
  • Poverty, law, and access to justice
  • Access to justice

Professional Education

  • LLM (Saskatchewan)
  • LLB (Osgoode Hall)
  • BA (Winnipeg)


Sarah Buhler joined the College of Law’s faculty in 2010 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to that, she taught at the college as a sessional lecturer in clinical law and served as the Executive Director and Supervising Lawyer at Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City (CLASSIC), the legal clinic associated with the College of Law’s clinical law program. Prior to joining CLASSIC, Sarah practiced at a law firm in Saskatoon. Sarah graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002, receiving a Dean’s Letter of Recognition for Cumulative Academic Excellence for her standing in the top 3 per cent of her class, as well as academic prizes in Evidence Law, Aboriginal Law and Legal Research and Writing. She was called to the Bar in Saskatchewan in 2003, receiving the Saskatoon Bar Association Award for highest standing in the provincial bar admission examinations. Sarah served as a Commissioner for the Saskatchewan Law Reform Commission from 2005-2008 and as Alternate Chair of the Tri-District Mental Health Region Review Board from 2006-2009. In 2008 she received the University of Saskatchewan Award for Distinction in Outreach and Engagement.  She is a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Sarah teaches and researches in the area of clinical law, access to justice, and legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Courses Taught

  • Clinical law
  • Advanced clinical law
  • Intensive clinical law
  • Access to justice
  • Professional responsiblity

Publications & Research Work

S. Buhler, P. Settee and N. Van Styvendale (Accepted), 2014.  Teaching and Learning about Justice through Wahkohtowin. Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, volume 4 182-210. 

"Painful Injustices: Encountering Social Suffering in Clinical Legal Education" Clinical Law Review 20: 405-428 (2013)

"Introduction: The Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education Conference, 2012" Manitoba Law Journal 37: 357-362 (2013)

"The View from Here: Access to Justice and Community Legal Clinics" University of New Brunswick Law Journal 63: 427-435 (2012)

“Skills Training in Clinical Legal Education: A Critical Approach” (2011) 6 Canadian Legal Education Annual Review 1.

“Cardboard Boxes and Invisible Fences: Homelessness and Public Space in City of Victoria v. Adams” (2009) 27 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 209.

“Journeys to 20th Street: the Inner City as Critical Pedagogical Space for Legal Education” (2009) 32 Dalhousie Law Journal 381.

“Conjugal Succession Rights in Saskatchewan” (2007) Estates, Pensions & Trusts Journal 383. (With Gregory Walen, QC).

“Babies as Bargaining Chips? In Defence of Birthright Citizenship in Canada” (2002) 17 Journal of Law and Social Policy 87.

“Simon v. Simon and Penner v. Penner” (case comment) (2001) 18 Canadian Journal of Family Law 183.