Award for Distinction in Outreach & Engagement - Fall 2008
Sarah Buhler, a sessional lecturer in the College of Law, has been recognized for distinction in outreach and engagement for her outstanding contributions to legal assistance. She has made an exceptional contribution to the legal community through her involvement with the re-establishment of the Clinical Legal Education program for the College of Law and her work in Saskatoon’s inner city community through Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City, a not for profit agency and poverty law clinic known as CLASSIC.
CLASSIC provides free legal assistance to low-income clients, with a special emphasis on addressing needs of the inner city Aboriginal community. Buhler serves as executive director and supervising lawyer, overseeing the student lawyers, recruiting volunteer lawyers and engaging the community. Buhler’s teaching and engagement efforts are described as having “a powerful experience for students, most of whom have no other opportunity to become involved with Saskatoon’s inner city community. It is the kind of experience that brings the University into the community in a very concrete way.” One nominator said that Buhler “has enhanced the community partnerships that are essential to the success of CLASSIC.”