College of Law

Research Area(s)

  • Access to justice
  • Legal ethics and the legal profession
  • Legal education/ clinical legal education

Professional Education

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


Sarah Buhler joined the College of Law’s faculty in 2010. Prior to that, she practiced law in a Saskatoon firm, taught as a sessional lecturer at the College of Law, and served as the Executive Director and Supervising Lawyer at Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City (CLASSIC).  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 several academic prizes.  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 is the recipient of the University of Saskatchewan Award for Distinction in Outreach and Engagement, the Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the University of Saskatchewan Award for Distinction in Community Engaged Teaching and Scholarship.  Sarah is a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. She and her husband Charlie have three children.

Courses Taught

  • Access to justice
  • Intensive clinical law
  • Legal ethics and professionalism

Publications & Research Work

R. Stalker and S. Buhler, 2021. Place-based Education, Clinical Legal Education, and Ethics in Omar Madhloom, ed., Clinical Legal Education: Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives.  Routledge: 2022. 

S. Buhler, 2020. Law Schools, Clinical Legal Education, and the Pandemic Portal in Shauna Van Praagh & David Sandomierski, eds. Law and Learning in the Time of Pandemic: A Collage (2020 25-4 Lex-Electronica) <>

S. Buhler and P. Barkaskas, 2023. “The Colonialism of Eviction”  36 Journal of Law and Social Policy 23-43.

S. Buhler, 2021. Pandemic Evictions: An Analysis the 2020 Eviction Decisions of Saskatchewan’s Office of Residential Tenancies 35  Journal of Law and Social Policy 68-99.

S. Buhler and R. Tang, 2020. Navigating Power and Claiming Justice:  Tenant Experiences at Saskatchewan’s Housing Law Tribunal.  36 Windsor Yearbook on Access to Justice 210-230.

S. Buhler and C. Kaiser-Derrick, 2020. Home, Precarious Home: One Year of Housing Law Advocacy at a Saskatoon Legal Clinic. 32 Journal of Law and Social Policy 45-66.

S. Buhler, N. Blenkinsop, C. Johnson, L. Jensen and K. Pidlansky, 2020. Clinical Legal Education on the Ground: A Conversation. 32 Journal of Law and Social Policy 127-137.

Buhler, N. Van Styvendale and P. Settee, 2019. (Re)Mapping Justice in Saskatoon: the Wahkohtowin Project’s Digital Justice Map.  Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research

Buhler and M. Korpan, 2019. Measuring the Impacts of Representation in Legal Aid and Community Legal Services Settings: Considerations for Canadian Research. 56(4) Alberta Law Review

Buhler and A. Dodge, 2019. Policy, Practice, and Privatized Prison Telephones in Saskatchewan.  Canadian Journal of Human Rights(accepted, in press).

N. Van Styvendale, J. McDonald and S. Buhler, 2018. Community Service-Learning in Canada: Emerging Conversations, 2018. Engaged Scholar Journal.

S. Buhler, S. Delanoy, A. Dodge, C. Johnson, J. Mercredi, H. Peters and S. Tu’Inukuafe, 2018. Relationship, Accountability, Justice: A Conversation about Community-Engaged Research. Engaged Scholar Journal.

P. Hitchings, C. Johnson, and S. Tu’Inukuafe in conversation with S. Buhler and N. Van Styvendale. 2018. Challenges and Opportunities of Community Service-Learning. Engaged Scholar Journal.

S. Marsden and S. Buhler, 2017. Legal Competencies for Access to Justice: Two Empirical Studies. Windsor YB Access to Justice. 34 Windsor YB Access Just. 186-208.

S. Buhler, 2017.  Reading Law and Imagining Justice in the Wahkohtowin Classroom. 34 Windsor YB Acc Justice 175-188.

P. Barkaskas and S. Buhler, 2017.  “Beyond Reconciliation: Decolonizing Clinical Legal Education” Journal of Law and Social Policy 26 J Law and Soc Pol’y 1-20. 

S. Buhler, 2017. “Don’t Want to Get Exposed”: Law’s Violence and Access to Justice, 26 Journal of Law and Social Policy 68-89.

S. Buhler, S. Marsden & G. Smyth, Clinical Law: Theory, Practice and Social Justice

Advocacy. Emond Montgomery (2016).  

S. Buhler, 2016. Clinical Legal Education in a Dangerous Time. 23 International Journal of Clinical Legal Education 7-32 (25 pp).

S. Buhler, 2016. Forming Critical Lawyers through Clinical Legal Education. 49 UBC Law Review 105-160.

S. Buhler, 2015.  Clinical Legal Education in Canada: A Survey of the Scholarship Canadian Legal Education Annual Review :1-25.

S Buhler, P. Settee, N. Van Styvendale, 2015. “We went in as Strangers, and Left as Friends”: Building Community in the Wahkohtowin Classroom.  Engaged Scholar Journal, volume 1, issue 2. (96-113).

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.