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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

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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


Lost amid the rumpus (yes, I used the synonym function for that one) of #elxn41 was an announcement that happened shortly before the election call; from Policy Monitor Canada: Canada Launches Open Government Data Portal. From the Open Data site:

The Open Data Pilot is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to open government, which is being pursued along three streams: open data, open information and open dialogue, and aims to drive innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians.

While the content remains somewhat sparse as of yet, I applaud the thinking behind making data more widely available. I . . . [more]

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Canadian Centre for Court Technology New CEO

As ex-Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Court Technology / Centre canadien de technologie judiciaire, I’m pleased to officially announce the nomination of Patrick Cormier as the new CEO of the CCCT-CCTJ.

Aside from being a close friend and confrère, Patrick Cormier is a social media, technology and information management expert. He is also the president of Government 2.0 Think Tank Inc., which provides advice to government Departments and Agencies on how to best advance their information management and web 2.0 agenda. Prior to founding Government 2.0 Think Tank Inc., Mr. Cormier was a military lawyer . . . [more]

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CBA Paper on Solicitor-Client Privilege

The Canadian Bar Association has released a discussion paper by Ottawa law prof Adam Dodek, “Solicitor-Client Privilege in Canada, Challenges for the 21st Century” [PDF]. Although, as Professor Dodek says, the privilege has evolved into a “quasi-constitutional right,” its future is far from clear or, indeed, secure. From the conclusion to the 50-page paper:

As the CBA’s interventions with governments demonstrate, legislative intrusions on the Privilege are frequent, possibly more so. We live in an increasingly globalized legal world and Canadian law on the Privilege differs in significant respects from other jurisdictions which are important both in terms

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