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Slaw’s Canadian Case Commentary Updated

This is just a brief note to say that I’ve updated the Canadian Case Commentary site, which now contains Supreme Court judgments released by the end of June, 2012, i.e. up to Clements v. Clements. (This comes as close to the present as seems sensible, given that the latest commentary recorded was published merely a week ago.)

I invite those of you who haven’t had a chance to learn of this project to visit the site. You’ll find navigation easy: there’s a killer search function and a hyperlinked table of cases.

Fifteen judgments were added to the database, for . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Canadian Information Technology Law Association Conference

The Sixteenth Annual Canadian Information Technology Law Association (“IT.CAN”) Conference will be held in Montreal on October 29-30.

IT.CAN has 350 members from across the country who are concerned with IT law. The annual conference is the organization’s major event to help attendees stay current in this rapidly developing area of law.

The full conference brochure including registration details is available on the IT.CAN website. If you have any questions about the program, get in touch with Lisa Ptack, IT.CAN Executive Director at . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Education & Training: CLE/PD, Technology

Justice Richard Wagner – From the Cour D’appel to the Cour Suprême Du Canada

Supreme Court of Canada Nominee

The Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced today the name of the government’s nominee for the Supreme Court of Canada, the Honourable Richard Wagner of the Cour d’appel du Québec.

He’s a 55 year old construction law litigator from Montréal who has been on the Cour supérieure du Québec since 2004, and on the cour d’appel since Febuary 2011.

The nominee has agreed to answer questions from an ad hoc parliamentary committee on Thursday.

For Slaw readers two items on his résumé stand out: he was one of . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Miscellaneous, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

Canadian Forum on Court Technology (24-25 Oct 2012)

Slawers, take note! The Canadian Forum on Court Technology, a two-day conference held every second year in Canada, is coming to Montreal at the Hyatt Regency on October 24th and 25th with an excellent program, great speakers and a variety of court technology stakeholders in attendance.

If you haven’t done so yet, please mark your calendars; you can also register online! I look forward to meeting you there in person,

Patrick Cormier
CEO CCCT-CCTJ . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Technology

CanLII Adds 1,600 Decisions to Supreme Court of Canada Database

CanLII has added 1,600 Supreme Court of Canada cases, bringing the total of SCC opinions to 9,000 and taking the scope of the SCC database back to 1907. As the press release (soon to be available on the CanLII blog) says:

As with all Canadian court and tribunal decisions available on CanLII (over 1M and growing at a rate of over 2,000 per week), these decisions are fully integrated and cross-linked to any subsequent case on CanLII in which they are referenced.

This is not yet true with respect to earlier Supreme Court decisions on CanLII, which are . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Publishing

CanLII, Maritime Law Book, and Slaw Announce Collaborative Project

As readers of Slaw will know, we approached Maritime Law Book a little over a year ago with the idea of a collaboration in which MLB would select certain of its case summaries for Slaw to make freely available online. Slaw converts the summary to HTML and places a precis of it online, along with a link to the full summary in PDF on Slaw’s site and a link to the free version on the MLB site of the unedited case report. (The more than 300 such summaries are available here; the criteria by which MLB selects them can . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw, Announcements

Canadian Forum on Court Technology – Coming to Montreal in October 2012

The Canadian Centre for Court Technology and the Association of Canadian Court Administrators are pleased to announce an extension of the Early Bird Registration deadline for the Canadian Forum on Court Technology (“Forum 2012”), which is being held October 24 – 25, 2012 in Montréal, Québec.

The theme for Forum 2012, “Revitalizing Courts with Enhanced Technology and Thought-Provoking Reforms: The Modernization Challenge”, is designed to challenge attendees with leading edge sessions, including Enhancing Access to Justice Using Technology and Going Beyond Technology: Revisiting Fundamental Assumptions About Traditional Litigation. Another highlight of Forum 2012 will be the Canada Showcase – . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Technology

Fastcase 50 Innovators and Leaders Announced for 2012

The Fastcase 50 for 2012 was announced on Thursday, earlier than last year presumably to coincide with AALL 2012, the American Association of Law Libraries conference currently taking place in Boston.

According to the press release, the Fastcase 50 “recognizes the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law” and were nominated by legal and legal technology industry leaders, law firm managers and other individuals.

From Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase: “We get to recognize our heroes, the great thinkers, creators, and risk-takers who make this such an interesting time to work in legal tech. . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Practice of Law: Future of Practice, Technology

Martha Foote Wins SLA Legal Division Career Achievement Award

This morning my Toronto colleague Martha Foote was awarded the Thomson Reuters Westlaw Award for Career Achievement, the big award at the Special Libraries Association Legal Division breakfast. The award is designed to recognize a member who has provided significant service to the Division.

Martha is a past chair of the SLA Legal Division and has also served on the executive board of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. When not serving the profession on a volunteer basis, she currently serves as Board General Manager of LibraryCo, the central management for the Ontario county courthouse library system.

Congratulations, . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Slaw’s “Canadian Law Blogs Search” Updated

I’ve finally got around to updating the Google Custom Search Engine that powers Slaw’s Canadian Law Blogs Search — found in the right sidebar very near the top. It now searches all 359 glorious Canadian law blogs listed in Stem Legal’s Many apologies to all the new (and not so new) bloggers who waited far too long to be included. I’ll try to develop a method for a more continual updating.

I’ve also removed the options that were initially available — date range, number of results — because Google no longer honours these requests for Custom Search Engines . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

IALL 2012 in Toronto – Register Now!

Has everyone recovered from the CALL/ACBD 2012 conference yet? Toronto is gearing up now for another major law librarian conference — the International Association of Law Libraries. This will be the 31st annual conference which takes place in a different country each year (2011 was in Malaysia).

The theme of the conference is Canada: The Cultural Mosaic and International Law. Topics reflect Canada’s unique perspectives on international and domestic issues. Speakers at the sessions include top Canadian legal academics, scholars, legal practitioners and law librarians. A preliminary programme is available from the website – .


The . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Education & Training, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

CanLII Partners With Lancaster House to Publish Open Access Text

The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) and Lancaster House announced this afternoon that they are cooperating in a project to provide open access legal commentary. The digitized text of Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law (1st Ed.) by Peter Neumann and Jeffrey Sack “will be fully integrated and freely available to the public on the CanLII website” as of tomorrow, May 4, according to the joint press release. The press release also states that CanLII President, Colin Lachance, sees this a first step in improving access to law through the free provision of explanatory materials.

The Wrongful Dismissal e-text will be . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing