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Goings and Comings

One of our columnists, Patrick McKenna, is no longer able to write for Slaw. His twenty columns over the years were a valuable contribution for which we are very grateful. His insights will be missed.

Geneviève Lay has informed us that after two years on board she must withdraw from blogging on Slaw. Fortunately her colleague at Norton Rose Fulbright, Maya Angenot, has agreed to join Slaw as a regular blogger.

Maya is an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright who practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, with a particular interest in class action matters, as well . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements

JustAccess Seeks Crowdfunding to Launch Venture to Crowdfund Legal Disputes

JustAccess is a Toronto startup that, as of today, is seeking donations via the Centre for Social Innovation‘s crowdfunding site, Catalyst. The notion is that with a $10,000 infusion JustAccess can launch its own venture, which will:

support plaintiffs and defendants who can’t afford proper access to the justice system[,] share their stories with like minded people and request financial support towards their legal fees.

JustAccess is the work of a team of three people, Sam Saad, Chris Barry, and Kay Dyson Tam, none of whom is a lawyer or has legal training. Saad, the Managing Director . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Justice Issues, Practice of Law: Future of Practice

New: Journal of Open Access to Law

A brand new peer-reviewed academic journal has just come into being and is issuing a call for papers. The Journal of Open Access to Law (JOAL) is a project of Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), the Italian National Research Council’s Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG-CNR), and the Institute of Law and Technology (IDT) of the Autonomous University in Barcelona.

From the main web page:

JOAL is an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal of international scope. Its purpose is to promote international research on the topic of open access to law.

JOAL provides

. . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Publishing

The Future Is Now

With today’s release of The Future of Legal Services in Canada: Trends and Issues, the consultation phase of the CBA’s Legal Futures Initiative begins.

Trends and Issues puts data and insight from original research commissioned by the CBA into a single document meant to provide an overview of major challenges facing the profession. The report – and the questions it raises – form a starting point for discussions and further consultations with stakeholders in the legal services industry.

We’ve been showing you bits of those papers here, and on the interim Futures website, for the last seven weeks. If . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Future of Practice, Practice of Law: Marketing, Practice of Law: Practice Management, Reading, Reading: Recommended, Technology, Technology: Internet, Technology: Office Technology

ODR Conference in Montreal

The Online Dispute Resolution Working Group will hold its 12th annual meeting in Montreal next week on June 16-18. This conference brings together ODR scholars and practitioners from around the world. As you might imagine, among the stellar cast of speakers (Fabien Gélinas, Colin Rule, Ethan Katsh . . .) you’ll find Slaw columnists Karim Benyekhlef and Nicolas Vermeys, who have been informing our readers about ODR for some time now. And among the discussants are Slawyers John Gregory and David Bilinsky.

The full program can be downloaded here. From that document:

The Montreal ODR Forum will serve to

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Posted in: Announcements, Practice of Law: Future of Practice, Technology

Couchiching Roundtable on the Future of Legal Education

We learn from the redoubtable Howard Knopf that the Couchiching Institute is having one of its celebrated roundtables in Ottawa on May 27 with Ottawa U law dean Bruce Feldthusen on The Future of Legal Education.

As the announcement says:

This comes at crucial time, when enrolments in American law schools are sharply down due to decreased demand for graduates. Opportunities for new graduates in Canada are decreasing, and many competent graduates cannot even find articling positions. Yet, we are seeing the creation of new law schools in Canada. There are many challenges and opportunities ahead for legal education

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Posted in: Announcements

UBC Press Wins Hugh Lawford Award at CALL/ACBD 2013

Montreal is currently playing host to the Canadian Association of Law Libraries’ 2013 conference, completing our celebrations of the 50th anniversary year of CALL/ACBD. Information and research professionals from across the country are connecting, sharing and learning in an intense 3 1/2 days.

Awards were handed out during today’s luncheon and–among other deserving winners–we applauded the University of British Columbia Press. They have won the prestigious Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing for their Canadian Yearbook of International Law–itself marking a milestone with the 50th annual volume about to be published.

Michel-Adrien Sheppard has . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Publishing

New Certification Program for Canadian in-House Counsel Announced

Today and tomorrow I am at the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) 2013 National Spring Conference in Toronto. This morning the CCCA announced they are partnering with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto to launch a new certification program for Canadian in-house counsel, Business Leadership Program for In-house Counsel. The announcement was made by CCCA Chair Grant Borbridge, Q.C., of Calgary, and Roger Martin, Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

The focus of the program is not substantive law, but rather helping lawyers make the leap from firm-focussed practice of law . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Education & Training

[For Ontario Lawyers] OBA Survey on the Provision and Delivery of Pro Bono Services

In an effort to better understand sole and small-firm involvement in providing pro-bono legal services, the Ontario Bar Association is conducting a very short survey. Completing the survey should take no longer than two or three minutes and the information will be used in assisting the OBA’s Pro-Bono Task Force to determine what role the OB Amight play in the provision and delivery of such services.

Click here to take the survey. . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements

Companies Announce 2nd Quarter Improvements

I love this time of year: many companies traditionally announce some of their more “out of the box” improvements right at the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second quarter. Here are just a few I noticed in my mailbox; you will see Google is the real leader in 2nd quarter upgrades:

Google Fiber to the Pole

Making the Internet more accessible when you are on the road. . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Miscellaneous, Technology: Internet

Google Keep

Google giveth and Google taketh away. The most recent taking was, of course, the wildly popular Google Reader. And the new gift today is Google Keep, a kind of reprise of the older (and discontinued) Google Notebook.

Keep was announced today on the Official Blog. If you’ve got an Android device you can give it a whirl — let us know what you think. The rest of us will have to wait until Google fulfils its promise to make it accessible via Google Drive.

The woods are full of notetaking apps, the most prominent perhaps being Evernote. It’s going . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Miscellaneous, Technology: Internet

Sandra Petersson Joins Slaw

We’re proud to announce that Sandra Petersson is joining Slaw as a regular blogger.

Sandra is research manager at the Alberta Law Reform Institute, a writer and a former Supreme Court of Canada clerk. She travelled to New Zealand as a Commonwealth Scholar to earn a Masters Degree in legislative drafting and gender equality, and stayed on in New Zealand as a senior lecturer in law at Victoria University of Wellington, teaching courses in legal theory, legislation and torts.

Please welcome Sandra to Slaw. . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw, Announcements