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Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, practice and technology.

Research & Writing

The Subjunctive
Neil Guthrie

Did your studies in French get you as far as the subjunctive mood and all its weird variations (que je sois, que je fusse, que j’eusse été)? Things are a little less complicated in English, but still not straightforward. …

Practice

Use Your Downtime Well
Sandra Bekhor

It’s June, already! It’s been a long winter. Yet, somehow it feels like summer has . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Received Law in Canada
Susannah Tredwell

Periodically the question arises: how does one determine which English acts are still in force in Canada? The short answer is that there is no comprehensive list of what English statutes are still in force in Canadian jurisdictions. ..

Technology

Back Up Your Text Messages to Gmail With SMS Backup+
Emma Durand-Wood

Some days, it feels like text messages are the . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Number
Neil Guthrie

This is the grammatical term for the distinction between the singular and the plural. Unsurprisingly, a singular noun takes a singular verb (takes being an example of that), while plural nouns take plural verbs (that was another example, in case you missed it). ..

Technology

Need Free Photos? Try Unsplash
Emma Durand-Wood

Need an image for a poster, website, or social media post but . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Finding Federal Regulations
Ken Fox

The federal Justice Department’s Consolidated Regulations are organized by regulation title. So how do you find all of the regulations passed under a given statute? Well, there are a couple of ways, the simplest of which is to go to the act itself in the Consolidated Acts, and select the first letter of the title in the A-Z menu. …

Practice

Mindsets . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Confusing Pairs, Part 5
Neil Guthrie

More in this series. Dependant, dependent. The first is a noun, most commonly used to mean ‘a person who depends on another for support or position’ (He is a single man with no dependants). Dependent is the adjectival form of the noun (Each dependent child will receive …

Technology

Use Canva for Easy, Eye-Catching (And Free) Infographics
Emma Durand-Wood

You stare . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Noting Up US Case Law in Canada
Susannah Tredwell

It is straightforward to find out out how a Canadian case has been subsequently treated by Canadian courts; all you need to do is note it up on Quicklaw, WestlawNext Canada, or CanLII. However sometimes you need to find out if a US case has been mentioned in the Canadian case law and this is slightly more challenging . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Some Contractual Terms
Neil Guthrie

I generally stay away from drafting issues, but thought I’d mix things up a bit. Depositary and depository: Depositary in US contracts has always seemed wrong to me. Shouldn’t it be depository? No, in fact. The two words, while ‘often confounded’ (as the Oxford English Dictionary Online puts it), mean different things. …

Technology

New Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Online Resource
Alan Kilpatrick . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Law Reviews, Journals, and Newsletters on CanLII
Law Society of Saskatchewan Library

Over the past few months, CanLII has been rapidly growing its collection of secondary sources, which now includes law reviews, journals, and newsletters. For more information on what’s available …

Practice

Does Your Law Firm Need a New Website?
Sandra Bekhor

Web design is a fast-moving field. Do these changes make you wonder if it’s

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Oh, With the Verbing!
Neil Guthrie

Professor Frink says this on The Simpsons, but don’t you do it. In simple terms, a verb is an action word. Sometimes there doesn’t seem to be a good verb available to express a particular action, so it may make sense to adapt a noun or some other word. This is often fine, but often not. Herewith, some of the . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Coming Into Force of Statute Revisions
Susannah Tredwell

One of the (many) confusing things about historical legislative research is the fact that revised statutes don’t necessarily come into force in the year of their citation. For example R.S.C. 1985, which consolidates the text of the statutes in force on December 31, 1984, came into force almost four years later on December 12, 1988. Any changes made after

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Is That In– or Un–?
Neil Guthrie

The question of –able or –ible a few weeks ago got me thinking of other spelling conundrums. Is a course of action inadvisable or unadvisable? Either, actually – but usage is changing and now seems to favour inadvisable. Is there a rule for determining this? …

Technology

Need American Case Law? Try Google Scholar
Ken Fox

Surprising as

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Ask Yourself These Four Questions About Any Digital Collection
Ken Fox

Whenever you set out to use any electronic research source, be it a public web search or a specialized database, there are a few questions you should always ask – four to be exact. …

Practice

Last Night I Dreamed I Was at One of My Old Jobs. I Woke Up to Heaven.
Ian Hu

There

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