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Several Counterfeit Canadian Dollar Bank Drafts Negotiated by ON, AB and QC Lawyers

The Royal Bank has advised us that several counterfeit Canadian dollar bank drafts have been negotiated by lawyers (4 in Ontario, 3 in Alberta and 1 in Quebec). These drafts are drawn on RBC transit 05142 003 and are payable to individual lawyers. The subject line on all 8 drafts indicates “Rowland Webster”. They are dated April 12 and 13, 2012, and are in the amount of $325,850. They indicate Royal Bank of Canada, Mississauga ON on the top left corner of the draft. RBC’s investigation indicated that these drafts were given to the lawyer as payment on a debt . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Practice of Law

The College of Law Practice Management InnovAction Awards: Innovators Wanted

The College of Law Practice Management has just launched the 2012 InnovAction Awards.

The COLPM is looking for lawyers, law firms, and other deliverers of legal services who are engaged in some extraordinary innovative efforts.

Would your firm qualify or do you know of another firm or person that would deserve this prestigious award and the recognition it brings? Here are the Judging Criteria:

  • Disruption: does this entry change an important element of the legal services process for the better, and marketplace expectations along with it?
  • Value: is the client and/or legal industry better off because of
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The End of Print Deposits

From Gov’t of Canada Publications: “… the decision has been made to completely transition all publications published by the Publishing Program and publications provided by departments to the Depository Services Program from traditional print to exclusively electronic publication in two years. “ My first question is, does this include primary materials such as bills, gazettes and acts?

While we may have been expecting this transition to occur in the future, the question was always when does that future become the present? For now, that time looks like it is 2014, the question being is this the right time to make . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Education & Training: Law Schools, Legal Information: Information Management, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing

Two Days in Ithaca in October – Law via the Internet Conference

The unique and indefatigable Tom Bruce is the Director of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell – no need for a geographical adjective when you were the first on the block.

Yes, LII was the first – and it’s coming up to its Twentieth Anniversary – or at least an excuse for a party in Finger Lakes.

Tom explains:

The LVI conference started out as a rather clubby event for a smallish group of open-access publishers largely based in the academic world. More recently, we’ve been joined by some academic researchers in legal informatics and by a few government

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Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Publishing, Technology: Internet

The Charter Project – Get Involved!



As millions today around the world are protesting for basic freedoms, on April 17, 2012, Canadians will mark 30 years with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a document which seeks to guarantee fundamental human rights, from speech, to religion, to association.

At the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, the Class of 2012 knew that their graduation coincided with the Charter’s 30th anniversary and decided . . . [more]

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A Shameless Plug for CALLACBD 2012

Those of you on CALL-L will already know this, but the website for the annual conference was launched yesterday. It’s hard to imagine, but we’re already less than 90 days away from the start of the conference!

The Conference Planning Committee and the many volunteers for the subcommittees have been busy, but now the energy is really building! The program is set, social venues booked and we’ve submitted our request for decent weather.With the kind of weather we’ve been having in Toronto this winter, I have no idea what to expect in May.

Special thanks has to go out to . . . [more]

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Clio Raises $6 Million in Funding

Who are these guys and why are they so happy? You’re looking at Clio co-founders Rian Gauvreau on the left and Jack Newton (Slaw blogger) on the right; and they’ll be smiling right now because they’ve just announced at Legal Tech that Clio has raised six million dollars in its Series B round of financing. From the Clio press release:

Clio will use this new funding to extend its product leadership position, aggressively developing new functionalities and supporting its growing customer base. In addition, the company aims to expand its footprint beyond the U.S. (which currently represents 95% of

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

New Slaw Columnists

We are pleased indeed to announce that a number of new columnists are joining Slaw.

Paula Black is a legal business development and branding consultant and coach based in Miami, Florida, and has recently been recognized by Managing Partner Magazine as a leading legal marketing expert. She is also the author of three “Little Black Books” on legal marketing and a blog, In Black and White.

Catherine Sanders Reach  has recently become the Director, Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association. Before that she was the Director at the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw, Announcements

Colin Lachance, Joan Rataic-Lang

We’re very pleased indeed to announce that Colin Lachance and Joan Rataic-Lang have joined our roster of columnists.

Colin Lachance is the newly appointed President and CEO of CanLII. A lawyer by training, his career before CanLII was largely focused on communications law and policy. Following a few years in the marketing and government relations ends of the telecommunications industry, Colin started part-time studies towards an LL.M. at the University of Ottawa. As he puts it, to his “surprise and delight,” grad school opened him up to very different possibilities and ultimately a career change that brought him to CanLII. . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw, Announcements

Tamir Israel Joins Slaw

I’m pleased to announce that Tamir Israel has joined Slaw as a regular blogger.

Tamir is staff lawyer with the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, where he conducts research and advocacy on various digital rights-related topics. The issues that concern him at CIPPIC include online privacy and anonymity, net neutrality, intellectual property, intermediary liability, spam, e-commerce, and consumer protection generally. Tamir also lectures on Internet regulation matters at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

Please welcome Tamir to the company of Slawyers. . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw, Announcements

Reminder Re IT.CAN Conference

The 15th Annual Canadian Information Technology Law Association (IT.CAN) Conference is coming up fast. The program for October 27 & 28 is jam-packed with all your favourite topics and a bunch of hot new issues (such as compliance with the new anti-spam legislation). For a full view of the program, see the conference brochure. You can register online. If you have any questions about the program please contact Lisa Ptack, IT.CAN Executive Director at

This program is accredited by provincial Law Societies for CLE credit. . . . [more]

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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