You may have noticed that there have been a few new faces (well, names, really) over on our companion site, Slaw Tips. For the unfamiliar, Slaw Tips is where a few select members of our contributor team share short and to-the-point weekly tips directed toward practicing lawyers and those working within the legal field.
We’ve been very lucky, by the way, that our three founding Editors — Dave Bilinsky, Dan Pinnington and Shaunna Mireau, are all still contributing to the site. Not to mention Dave B.’s partner in law practice musings, Garry Wise.
It was actually Dave and Garry’s partnership that inspired our decision to expand our Research category on SlawTips, which is our first change: the Research tip category has been expanded into Research and Writing. To that end, we’re welcoming new contributor Neil Guthrie who will be providing the writing tips and he’s already shared some advice on the advantages of blogging and the importance of catchy headlines. A little more about Neil:
Neil Guthrie is Director of Professional Development in the Toronto office of Bennett Jones LLP. He teaches advanced legal research and writing at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and developed the curriculum in research and writing for the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University. His publications include The Material Culture of the Jacobites (Cambridge, 2014). He is a contributing editor of The Scriblerian and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
On the research side of things, we’re pleased to introduce Bronwyn Guiton. Bronwyn’s first tip highlights the webpage monitoring site ChangeDetection.com, an invaluable part of her legal information services toolkit. Here’s a look at Bronwyn’s background:
Bronwyn Guiton is research librarian specializing in Canadian legislative and case law research. She works for Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver, as well as supporting lawyers and students at their Calgary and Yellowknife locations. Her passion for legislative research is underpinned by her political science education at the University of Ottawa and formative work at the Senate of Canada. She was a member of the executive of the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries from 2012-2015 and is a current executive of the Special Libraries Association (Western Canada Chapter). She has been published in the Canadian Association of Law Libraries Review and by Continuing Legal Education BC for their 2014 Legal Research course.
Also joining our Research team is veteran Slaw contributor Susannah Tredwell, whose first tip describes sources for deciphering legal citations. Susannah has been a legal information columnist on Slaw since 2010 and has a wealth of experience in the legal research field:
Susannah Tredwell is the Manager of Library Services at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. Susannah has worked in special libraries in a variety of organizations, including Simon Fraser University’s Gerontology Research Centre, an engineering firm, and Lawson Lundell LLP. She is one of the Co-Chairs of the 2016 Canadian Association of Law Libraries conference.
Please join me in offering a warm welcome to our newest Slaw Tips contributors!