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About Slaw

Slaw is Canadian, co-operative, and about any and all things legal.

We began in 2005 as a blog with a focus on legal information and research, but we now consider any aspect of law our meat and drink. I sent out the intitial invitation to participate in June of 2005 to five people, three of whom accepted. The roster quickly grew to half a dozen and we launched a month later. Many of the original members are still with us, and three particularly — Simon Chester, Steve Matthews, and Connie Crosby — continue to provide me with important and valuable advice.

We now boast a crew 24 bloggers and 60 columnists, and together we have published well over 9,000 entries as of the date of writing. Although the great majority of us are Canadian, we have contributors from around the world and a lively interest in law and its practice everywhere.

Our audience is primarily lawyers, law librarians, and others working in or studying law. As ever, our aim is to share knowledge, offer advice and instruction, and occasionally provoke. But please note: we do not offer legal advice, even in the most vague terms and neither do we recommend lawyers to prospective clients.

I’m often asked: Why “Slaw”? First of all because was already taken. But also because when I first conceived of the idea many years ago the hot e-zines all seemed to start with ’s’ — e.g. Salon, Slate… Then there’s the notion that a co-operative weblog with many contributors is bound to consist of a great many (nutritious) small pieces in rather a jumble. Finally, there’s something quintessentially Canadian about a salad metaphor… Besides, when you say “It’s Slaw,” you’ll see. That’s why.

We hope you enjoy our efforts and find them useful. Please respond to our entries with your comments: we love to hear from our readers, who have given us more than 13,000 comments at this point. And if you have any general comments, please feel free to send them to me using the contact link in the header.

Simon Fodden
December, 2012