Ashley Smith represents clients on insurance defence and a range of other litigation matters that includes general civil litigation, corporate disputes and criminal law. She has appeared before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, the Saskatchewan Provincial Court and the Tax Court of Canada on a range of matters.
Ashley has a developing practice in the field of entertainment law, advising artists, entertainers, authors, composers and producers on transactions and disputes in the music, film, television, live theatre, multimedia, video gaming, branded entertainment and book publishing industries. Her practice involves drafting and negotiating entertainment-related agreements and advising clients on all aspects of intellectual property law related to their businesses, as well as other matters unique to the industry.
Ashley clerked at the Federal Court of Canada and the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench.
· Agricultural Credit Corporation of Saskatchewan v. V. Jensen & Sons Co-operative Stockfarm Limited, an action to determine the priority of a solicitor's lien relative to a writ of execution.
· Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott, acting as pro bono counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada for intervenors Northwest Territories & Yukon Human Rights Commissions.
· Anderson et al. v. Owners: Condominium Plan No. 99SA34021, 2010 SKQB 53. An action on the issue of whether the decisions of condominium association decisions are subject to judicial review.
· Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers' Association - Vice-President (2013); Parliamentarian (2012); District Governor (2011)
· Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan) BarNotes - Editorial Board (since 2010)
· Western Canada Moot Coach - University of Saskatchewan, College of Law (since 2009)
· CBA (Saskatchewan) - Mid-Winter Meeting Planning Committee (2012)
· STM Lawyers' Guild - Director (since 2009)
· St. Thomas More College, STM Corporation - Director (since 2008)
· Saskatchewan Children's Festival - Director (2010-2011)
· Millennium Scholarship Foundation - Application Assessor (2009)
· Jessup Moot Competition - Judge (2008)
· Saskatoon Summer Players - Director (2005-2007)
Papers & Presentations
· Victim Impact Statements: Past, Present and a Look to the Future (Carswell, 2012).
· "The Battle of Solicitor's Liens v. Writs of Execution - Who Comes out on Top?", The Saskatchewan Advocate, June 2012.
· "Victim Impact Statements: Redefining 'Victim'" in The Criminal Law Quarterly, Vol. 57, 346-369 (2011).
· "Facebook: What Saskatchewan Litigators Need to Know", The Saskatchewan Advocate, Volume 12, Issue 4, 15-17 (December 2010).
· "Condominium Board Decisions: Judicially Reviewable?", CBA Saskatchewan BarNotes (Summer 2010).
· "Condominium Law Update", with N. Bardai, CBA (Saskatchewan) Mid-Winter Meeting (2010).
· "Respect for Condominium Board Decisions: The Courts' Hands-off Approach" with Naheed Bardai, Condo Voice Magazine (2010).
· "Bill C-47: The Answer or the Continuance of Inequity for the First Nations of Canada?", Canadian Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 29, 57-93 (2010).
· "Aboriginal Adoptions in Saskatchewan and British Columbia: An Evolution to Save or Lose our Children?", Canadian Journal of Family Law, Vol. 25, 299-369 (2010).
· "Advocacy by Any Other Name...", CBA Saskatchewan BarNotes (Winter 2005).
· "Duddle v. Vernon: The Current View on Occupier's Liability", CBA Saskatchewan BarNotes (Summer 2005).
Awards & Distinctions
· Coach of First Place University of Saskatchewan Moot Team at Sopinka Cup and McIntyre Cup (2011; 2012)
· YWCA Woman of Distinction Award Winner - Youth Category (2010)
· E.M. Culliton Endowment Scholarship - Law Society of Saskatchewan (2009)
· Moxon Graduate Scholarship - University of Saskatchewan, College of Law (2008)
· Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers' Association Prize for Advocacy (2007)
· In-Course Excellence Award - National Millennium Foundation (2006)