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Archive for January, 2010

Catching Up With the Law Librarian Podcast

It’s been a little while since I wrote about The Law Librarian podcast created by Richard Leiter and available over at BlogTalkRadio and iTunes. I am one of several regular panelists; panelists now take turns participating in the shows depending on the topics. Richard has also expanded the schedule from once a month to once a month plus frequent updates, which will hopefully mean a new show every couple of weeks.

In case you missed them, the last two shows are:

Google Scholar Legal Opinions and Journals: A Conversation with Anurag Acharya (Dec. 4/09)
– Anurag Acharya is a . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Technology

Final Results in Holiday Law Firm Challenge

Back in November I wrote about the Holiday Law Firm Challenge for the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank running from November 23 to December 11, 2009. The final tally is in!

According to Kristin Thomas, Development Officer at the Daily Bread:

…the law firm challenge raised $255,131.10 in food and funds for Daily Bread Food Bank. A big thank you goes out to Blakes for organizing the challenge.

The winner overall was Bennett Jones LLP, and the winner per capita was Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP.

Congratulations and thanks to all the firms who participated and firm members . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

ICANN Infringe Trademarks in Unicode

Simon Chester previously mentioned the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) move towards Internationalised Domain Names.

One of the unanticipated consequences is how words in non-Latin scripts convert within browsers in unicode.

Nigel Kendall of the Times Online explains,

The problem for Western users is that the internet addresses of many well-known companies, such as Apple, Yahoo, Google and PayPal, can also be rendered to look identical in Cyrillic scripts, such as Russian.

To a Roman-reading eye, an e-mail containing a link to any one of these sites might appear genuine,

. . . [more]
Posted in: Substantive Law

A Challenge for the New Year

I’m listening to Spark on CBC. Nora Young just wrapped an interview with Seth Godin. The main topic of discussion was Godin’s new e-book What Matters Now , and his forthcoming book-book Linchpin: Are you Indispensable?

What Matters Now is an interesting call to action (or at least call to thought). In the interview, Godin explains his motive in giving information away through his blog and other free e-publishing projects. If you haven’t heard the interview, it’s well worth a listen.

At the end of the talk, Nora Young asked Godin for a “homework” assignment for listeners. I was . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Ontario E-Discovery Rules of Civil Procedure Now in Effect

With the arrival of 2010, the new Rules of Civil Procedure came into effect in Ontario, as announced on the website of the Ministry of the Attorney General. Rules were substantially reformed in an effort to achieve Honourable Coulter A. Osborne's goal to “make the civil justice system more accessible and affordable." The reforms include changes to Summary Judgment, Mediation, Third Party Claim, Discovery, and dozens of other rules. Of particular interest to Slaw readers, the changes related to discovery represent a positive step towards control over the time and expense associated with civil proceedings in this new era of e-discovery.
Posted in: Practice of Law, Substantive Law

E-Books

I am currently looking at a variety of e-book readers and may indulge in one in the near future. Perhaps similar to choosing countertops for our kitchen, no e-reader is perfect and offers all the features one may want. If you have selected one you love, please let me know. At the current time, I am using the Barnes & Nobles e-book software on my iphone and it’s pretty good, but the iphone screen is small for reading for a lengthy amount of time.
On a related point, I am interested in publishing an e-book. I would like to hear . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

A New Companion for the Storm and Touch

For someone who really likes to use a keyboard, it’s a bit of a surprise to see that I now have a Blackberry Storm, iPod Touch and Sony Reader (Touch Edition). I wasn’t the only one to find a Reader under the Christmas tree last week. When I tried to configure the Reader on December 25th, various odd error messages appeared – it took me a while to realize that the Sony website was completely overwhelmed with other new owners attempting downloads.

A confirmed “browser first, searcher second”, I was a little puzzled by what appeared to be limited content . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Buds Off at 11

As some of you likely know – it’s hard to miss the news on the web - on Dec 30, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the class action suit which alleged that Apple iPods were defective in the manner alleged in the action: that the “iPod is defective because it poses an unreasonable risk of noise induced hearing loss to its users.” . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology

2009 Study on Corporate Use of Social Media

The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth recently completed their annual study of the Inc. 500, the fastest-growing private corporations in the U.S.

The Center claims to provide one of the few statistically-significant studies on the use of social media by corporations. The findings show that social media adoption by the Inc. 500 outpaces that of the Fortune 500.

If we can extrapolate the findings into another jurisdiction and the legal industry, this might provide yet another clue about how social media can offer leverage to smaller and mid-size firms. It also suggests an . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Marketing, Substantive Law