Scott Hitchings

Student at Law 306-986-3184
SASKATOON OFFICE 209-2nd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3P2
Scott joined the Maurice Law team as an Articling Student in March of 2018. Scott received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2016. Upon completion of his JD, Scott entered the LL.M. program at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, where his thesis was supervised by Distinguished Professor Ronald C. C. Cuming, Q.C. The topic of his thesis was “Secured Financing on Lands Reserved for First Nations.” It focused on the effect of section 89 of the Indian Act that limits access to credit on lands reserved for First Nations. While obtaining his JD, Scott was a research assistant to Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law Professor Dwight Newman. There, he helped to research the constitutional parameters of the Duty to Consult, the relationship between Economic Development and Sovereignty of First Nation communities, the Honour of the Crown, and other issues related to Indigenous law. Scott was also a research assistant for the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan, undertaking research on the law that applies to taking real property as security in Saskatchewan. The purpose of that research is to replace the existing mortgage laws that have been unchanged, in some instances, for over 100 years with a new modernized regime. Scott also was one of three students who re-established Campus Legal Services, an organization aimed at alleviating problems of access to justice for students at the University of Saskatchewan. Campus Legal Services provides free legal advice and services to students at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to attending law school, Scott was the President of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union, a non-profit corporation. Before being elected President, he served as Vice-President of Operations of Finance. There, he oversaw the $28-million Place Riel Renovation project and engaged in substantial overhaul of the non-profit corporation’s bylaws. Scott also volunteered for a microfinance program in Mbarara, Uganda with the Foundation for Aids-Orphaned Children for a short time.

Professional/Community Experience

• Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference, The Application of Canadian Insolvency Law on Lands Reserved for First Nations, February 2018 • Legal Reforms for Indigenous Growth Workshop, Legal Reforms to Facilitate Secured Transactions on Lands Reserved for First Nations, October 2017 • Saskatchewan Law Review Conference, Real Property Security Interests on Lands Reserved for First Nations, November 2016 • Law’s Encounters: Co-existing and Contradictory Norms and Systems Conference hosted by Canadian Law and Society Association, On the Association of Sovereignty and Economic Development for First Nations in Canada, June 2014 • The Duty to Consult and Matrimonial Property Workshop, On the Effects of the “Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act”, June 2014 • Campus Legal Services, Executive-Director • Foundation for AIDs-Orphaned Children, Volunteer (microfinance program)

Publications & Acknowledgements

• “Real Property Security on Indigenous Lands”, Volume 83 (2nd) Supreme Court Law Review 317 • “The Application of Canadian Insolvency Law on Lands Reserved for First Nations”, 2017 Annual Review of Insolvency Law 761 • “Real Property Security Interests on First Nations’ Reserved Lands”, Volume 80(1) Saskatchewan Law Review 125 • Dwight Newman, Revisiting the Duty to Consult Aboriginal Peoples (Saskatoon, SK: Purich Publishing, 2014), Acknowledgement • Ronald C. C. Cuming, Overview of Saskatchewan Real Property Security Law, (Regina, SK: Queen’s Printer, 2016), Acknowledgement

Education & Professional Memberships

• LL.M (University of Saskatchewan, 2018) • JD (University of Saskatchewan, 2016) • B.A. Honours, Political Studies (University of Saskatchewan, 2011)
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