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Law Students Gather at Head Office for an Introduction to Legal Aid Saskatchewan

April 18, 2024

It was an honour to recently host a group of students from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law for our inaugural Legal Aid Saskatchewan Meet & Greet!

Held at our Head Office in downtown Saskatoon, this reception was an opportunity for the students to learn more about who we are, what we do and the people we serve. “The goal of the event was to introduce Legal Aid Saskatchewan to the students, to talk about our history, and to have students hear directly from our lawyers and CEO,” says Olga Sadikova, Director of People & Culture.

After being greeted by Jayne Mallin, LAS CEO, and hearing a brief overview of the past 50 years of service, the students were given a sneak peek into a day in the life of a legal aid lawyer. Samantha Neill, Legal Director with our Saskatoon Rural Area Office, talked about her articling experience, why she joined LAS, and a typical day as an organizational leader. Staff Lawyer Taylor-Anne Yee from our Saskatoon City Area Office also shared her articling experience and history working with LAS, and what her day looks like as a legal aid lawyer.

The students were inquisitive and asked thoughtful questions about the types of law practiced at LAS, client eligibility, lawyer caseload, and working in a rural office versus a city office. Of course, they were also curious about how to apply for our articling positions and other full-time job opportunities with LAS!

“We had two of our summer students, Isaac Rogers and Lisa Wanlin, come in and talk about their past experiences as summer students, and now becoming articling students this spring,” explains Joanne Khan, Practice Management Counsel. “I believe the information and discussion provided a great exposure about our organization and the many positive features we have to offer our employees.”

With the recruitment of articling students for the 2025-2026 fiscal year underway, the meet and greet reception was effective for increasing the visibility of Legal Aid Saskatchewan as a publicly-funded organization championing access to justice through professional legal services. “It’s very important to let students know about working in an organization that provides meaningful service to clients who are not able to afford private lawyers,” says Khan.