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Send Us Your Events: TalkLaw/ParLoi on Slaw

We tend to get requests at Slaw to publish notices of upcoming events of interest to the legal profession. And often we’ll come across such planned events in the course of checking out the news of the day. This use of Slaw for announcements is somewhat haphazard, though — and an entry about an event soon disappears off the main page. So to see if we can improve our reporting of upcoming events, we’ve launched TalkLaw/ParLoi. (You can get to it via either or

TalkLaw/ParLoi is essentially a cluster of Google calendars for various Canadian cities where . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw, Announcements

IT.CAN Conference Coming Up

The Fifteenth Annual Canadian Information Technology Law Association (“IT.CAN”) Conference will be held in Toronto on October 27-28, 2011. For the full conference brochure including registration details, visit the IT.CAN website. (I’ve also included it here on Slaw.)

If you have any questions about the program contact Lisa Ptack, IT.CAN Executive Director, at This program is accredited by provincial Law Societies for CLE credit. . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Technology: Internet

Conference Announcement

I would like to draw the attention of all Slawyers to an important conference being held at UWO next year. It is being organized by Jason Neyers and Stephen Pitel. From my past experience with conferences organized by UWO, I expect this one to provide very useful papers and discussion.

Sixth Biennial Conference on the Law of Obligations: Challenging Orthodoxy
Hosted by The Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada
July 17-20, 2012

The Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario is pleased to be hosting the Sixth Biennial Conference on the Law . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements

Slaw Turns Six

Slaw began on July 8, 2005. In the ensuing six years we’ve written a lot: more than 7300 posts, which, if you assume 500 words per post, yields 3,650,000 words. Add to that the more than 10,000 comments you’ve given us, and the Slaw community has produced the equivalent of something like 66 novels.

The posts and columns have been written by nearly 200 people over the years: lawyers, librarians, judges, consultants, scholars, and politicians. And they’ve been read by thousands of you: we now average just under 50,000 unique visitors each month who pay us 130,000 visits a month, . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw, Announcements

KM Lead Sought for Ontario Legal Clinics

The Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO) is looking for:

a dynamic, self directed, results-oriented individual to implement a custom designed knowledge management strategy with the 77 clinics that make up the community legal system in Ontario.

The position is for twelve months, with a possibility of an extension for two years.

The ACLCO KnowledgeNOW Discussion Paper and Report of 2010 laid out a series of recommendations concerning knowledge management across the clinic system. The successful applicant is to fashion and carry out a strategy to put them into effect.

The full job description and the 2010 report . . . [more]

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Congrats to 19 Graduates in Certificate in Copyright Management

Nineteen people graduated today in Philadelphia at the annual conference of the Special Library Association (SLA) with a Certificate in Copyright Management (CCM). The graduates included one Canadian, some rights managers in publishing positions, and many librarians in a variety of positions from pharmaceutical and engineering companies to law firms and financial institutions and academic institutions. One thing all had in common was a desire to understand domestic and international copyright issues, Web 2.0 and other digital copyright issues, special library provisions and fair use/dealing, as well as educating others about copyright and licensing. Canadians in the program are required . . . [more]

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

Maria Pallante Appointed Register of Copyrights in U.S.

Today Librarian of Congress James H. Billington appointed Maria Pallante as the 12th Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. Billington noted the role of copyright and “the particular challenges of protecting authors’ intellectual property interests in the online environment and achieving meaningful exceptions and limitations that serve the public interest in the 21st century.” Pallante’s position includes managing a workforce of 500 people, and handling a series of extraordinary challenges regarding technology, staffing and budgets. See press release. . . . [more]

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Women’s Law Association of Ontario – 2011 Annual Dinner

May 31st update: the registration deadline has been extended to June 2nd.

The Women’s Law Association of Ontario 2011 Annual Dinner will be Tuesday, June 7th. Deadline for registering is today. Some of the details from the WLAO website:

The Women’s Law Association of Ontario is very proud to announce that the

2011 President’s Award will be presented to

Laurie Pawlitza
Treasurer, The Law Society of Upper Canada
Partner, Torkin Manes Barristers and Solicitors

In recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the legal profession and, in particular, for her significant role in promoting the interests of women lawyers

. . . [more]
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Election Today: Vote

May we suggest that you be sure to vote today. It looks from advanced polls as though the turnout might be larger than anticipated, which would make a pleasing surprise.

And if our gentle encouragement isn’t enough, perhaps the fact that Google’s Doodle of the day features the election will move you to action.

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New Parliament Website

Check out the renovated website for the Parliament of Canada. The design is clean, simple, and easy to use. And, of course, the redesign extends to the important LEGISinfo site as well. There you’ll find current bills front and centre (able to be ordered by latest activity date or bill number, and filtered by a set of facets to the right), each displaying a handy progress chart indicating how far along in the legislative process each bill is:

Now all they need to do is recapture the URL from the domain squatter who’s got it now. . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Publishing, Miscellaneous

Genevieve Lay

We’re pleased to announce that Slaw has a new member. Geneviève Lay will be joining us. Geneviève is a new lawyer at Ogilvy Renault in Montreal, practicing in the areas of employment and labour law. Prior to joining Ogilvy, she clerked for the Honourable Marc de Wever and the Honourable Marie St-Pierre of the Quebec Superior Court. She was also director of community services for the McGill Legal Information Clinic. She is also co-editor and contributor to the Quebec Labour Law blog.

Welcome on board, Geneviève. . . . [more]

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New CanLII President Is Colin Lachance

CanLII has announced the appointment of Colin Lachance as the new president of the organization.

From the news release:

Mr. Lachance obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta, and was admitted in to the Law Society of Alberta in 1998. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Prior to joining CanLII, Mr. Lachance enjoyed a successful career at the virtual intersection of technology, law and public policy. Most recently he was the Director of Federal Government Affairs with a major Canadian telecommunications company. Mr. Lachance has also held the positions of Director

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Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information