Fonds MG 154 - D.A. Schmeiser fonds

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D.A. Schmeiser fonds

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MG 154

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  • 1930-2001 (inclusive); 1961-1999 (predominant). (Creation)

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3.86 m of textual records, 2 discs, 3 audio cassettes.

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Douglas Schmeiser was born on May 22, 1934 in Bruno, Saskatchewan. He earned a BA (1954) and LLB (1956) from the University of Saskatchewan, and both a LLM (1958) and SJD (1963) from the University of Michigan. He was hired by the University of Saskatchewan as a special lecturer in 1956, and began teaching full-time in 1961. He was promoted to full professor in 1968. From 1964-1974, he served as director of graduate legal studies in the College of Law, and as Dean from 1974-1977. In 1995, he was named Professor Emeritus. Schmeiser is author of numerous books, including "Civil Liberties in Canada" (1964), "Cases and Comments on Criminal Law" (1st edition 1966; 5th edition 1985), "Cases on Canadian Civil Liberties" (1971), "The Native Offender and the Law" (1974), and "The Independence of Provincial Court Judges: A Public Trust" (1996). He has served as a constitutional consultant for various provincial governments, and internationally, as a consultant and advisor on law reform, constitutional and other legal matters to various governments. Among numerous other positions he has served as Director, Canadian Council for Human Rights; president of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers; and from 1982-1987 he served as chair of the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan. His community service has included various positions with the Saskatoon United Appeal; trustee with the Saskatoon Catholic School Board; and a member of the executive for the University of Saskatchewan Retirees Association. He has been named an honourary life member of the Saskatoon United Way; honourary president of Nature Saskatchewan; and has received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for service to the legal community; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Thomas More College, and in 2010 was given the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the province’s highest honour. He passed away April 28, 2018.

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Donated to the University of Saskatchewan Archives by Douglas Schmeiser in three accessions: 1995-051, 1995-054 and 2011-061.

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This fonds documents the career of Douglas Schmeiser, notably his work as a constitutional advisor both in Canada and internationally; his work with the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan, as well as his study of judicial independence and judicial compensation; and his work on human rights.

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It has been organized into 7 series:

  1. General
  2. Canadian Constitutional Negotiations
  3. Human Rights
  4. International Work
  5. Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan
  6. Provincial Court Judges
  7. University of Saskatchewan

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There are restrictions. Series 2, Canadian Constitutional Negotiations, is closed until July 2031. Subseries 6.2, Judicial Salaries, is closed until July 2036. Other restrictions on individual files are noted within the finding aid; please consult an archivist.

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