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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from thirty-five 2010 & 2011 CLawBie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Canadian Legal History Blog  2. Entertainment & Media Law Signal  3. Clicklaw Blog   4. Slater Vecchio Connected  5. Social Media for Law Firms.

Canadian Legal History Blog
Palmer on Transnational Abortion Seekers in the 1970s
In the CHR vol. 92 issue 4 (and with free access until Feb. 5) York University History doctoral candidate Beth Palmer writes on assisted self-help for women who were inadequately served (note wild understatement here) by the health system and the law:“ ‘Lonely, tragic, but legally necessary pilgrimages’: Transnational Abortion Travel in the 1970s.” . . . .

Entertainment & Media Law Signal
What the BLEEP? Coarse Language in Radio Broadcasts
As Eric Alper recently pointed out on Twitter, A$AP Rocky’s song “F–kin Problems” is the latest in a string of songs that have the word “f–k” (or some variation thereof) in their title to reach the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart (the other two recent hits were Pink’s “F–kin’ Perfect” & Cee-Lo’s “F–k You!”). So far as I can tell, the first such song to achieve that, um, distinction was Eamon’s “F–k It (I Don’t Want You Back)”, which hit number seven back in 2004 (the “answer” song by Frankee, entitled “F.U.R.B. (F–k You Right Back)” only hit number 29 on the Billboard charts – though both songs evidently hit #1 in the UK). Anyone listening to those songs on Canadian radio are unlikely to hear “dirty” versions of them . . .

Clicklaw Blog
Newly designed publications from Legal Services Society
Having commissioned a report called Public Legal Education and Information Resources Accessibility Initiative last year, our contributor Legal Services Society has taken steps to improve readability of their publications. Their revised publications, which feature an attractive new design and an easy-to-read format, are now available via Clicklaw . . .

Slater Vecchio Connected
Cheat-Proof Concussion Scan
A new research program has been created at Surrey Memorial Hospital to develop a tool that determines if a hit to the head is a concussion or not. The goal is to “create something as easy to use as a home blood pressure cuff to take a quick reading of your brain’s functional status, so you know if you’ve got a concussion.” Neuroscientist Ryan D’Arcy D’Arcy is hoping to convert his Halifax Concussion Scanner into a portable diagnostic brain scanner for hockey rinks and hospitals. The scanner provides real time information of brain wave patterns to assess and detect mental function. . . .

Social Media for Law Firms
Download Your LinkedIn Contacts Email Addresses as an Excel File
I was recently asked how to download email addresses to an Excel file from a client’s connections on LinkedIn. This is a handy way to get all the email addresses and phone numbers of people you want to get in touch with on LinkedIn (other than looking at their profile of course). The resulting Excel file will contain all of the contact information your LinkedIn connection has on their profile including email address, phone number, title, address, etc. You can also find these instructions on LinkedIn. . . .

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