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Social Intranets Enable Knowledge Management

A few weeks ago I was fortunate to see Gordon Ross speak on a panel talking about the social intranet and KM for legal knowledge management practitioners in the public sector. Ross is a partner with the Vancouver-based consulting firm Open Road and the Vice President responsible for strategy and professional services for their social intranet platform ThoughtFarmer. He has written a blog post outlining his thoughts from that talk: How Social Intranets can Support Legal Knowledge Management.

While the post is quite a theoretical discussion, pointing to thinking by Max Boisot in his 1998 book Knowledge Assets around . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management, Technology: Office Technology

New Student Edition of LAWPRO Magazine Hits Law Schools This Week

The 2014 Student Edition of LAWPRO Magazine {“Moving Into Practice”) will be arriving in Ontario law schools this week. Its the second LAWPRO Magazine issue focused on providing students with resources to make the transition from student to lawyer. It also serves as an introduction to LAWPRO and our messages of claims prevention and practice management.

Articles in the magazine include:

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Posted in: Reading: Recommended

Recognition and Praise

It’s awards season in the law library community. Associations are asking us to nominate our colleagues for excellence in writing, marketing, service, leadership, and law librarianship in general. We have occasion to reflect on who among us is deserving or has stepped up to the plate. And who we want to encourage to lead us. It’s caused me to ponder why being chosen, recognized, and praised on large and small scales is important to the health of the legal information profession. 

Mainly, it inspires us. We are professionals. We all strive to provide excellent service, but it’s nice when our . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information

Flip Your Wig This Week

On March 6, 2014, several legal organizations are coming together to host a charity event, Flip Your Wig for Justice, tsupport of access to justice.

The seven organizations behind the event include:

Participants will raise funds by wearing a wacky wig or a judicial wig. I signed up today and I hope . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

An Immodest Proposal for a Law School Curriculum

Now that I’m a good many years distant from any actual connection to legal education, I feel free to divest myself of a curriculum, or at least an approach to a curriculum, that I’ve mulled over for a long time and that in my view would approach an ideal of sorts.

My notion doesn’t address directly the somewhat tiresome business of skills training vs. theory or doctrine (or whatever the “non-skill” side is now called). I have nothing against skills, which are fine things; I do have some concern, however, that the inculcation of skills that are seen as important . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

La Cour d’appel autorise sept recours collectifs de personnes qui ont acheté une garantie prolongée sur un bien en se fondant sur les représentations des intimées, à savoir que, si elles n’achetaient pas cette garantie supplémentaire et si un bris survenait après l’expiration de la garantie de un an du manufacturier, elles devraient supporter le coût des réparations ou du remplacement.
Posted in: Summaries Sunday