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Kim Nayyer

I’m delighted to announce that Kim Nayyer is joining Slaw as a core contributor. Kim is an associate at Miller Thomson LLP and is their National Research Lawyer. Her bio gives you an indication of the depth of her experience:

She has taught legal research for the Bar Admission Course in Alberta as well as to first-year law students at the University of Alberta.

In addition to other presentations on legal research, Kim worked with the Edmonton Law Librarians Association to initiate an educational program for legal research and analysis for articling students in Edmonton. The program was well-received and

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Webby Awards

Slaw-ers, In case you were not aware, our friends at Jurist are neck and neck in voting with Court TV for a 2006 Webby Award in the Law category. (Let’s push to get Slaw nominated next year). If you wish to vote you can either visit Jurist and click on the Webby banner near the top of the page or go directly to the Webby Awards.

To lend a little partisanship, Jurist is the only law school/law-student powered entry in this particular horserace.

Just doing my part for Web-democracy… which is supposed to be a good thing… right? And . . . [more]

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Legal Research in a Digital World

I just finished writing a paper for the Computer Aided Legal Instruction Conference (CALI) in June, called “Research in a Digital World -or- Personal Knowledge Management for Legal Researchers“. From the executive summary:

The increasing volume of digital information with which researchers work is making the task of finding, capturing, organizing and eventually collaborating with digital data more difficult. Electronic information in multiple formats sitting in multiple silos of data present a challenge to researchers who have difficulty finding a specific piece of information in a timely fashion.

The two major benefits that come from effective

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Canada’s Sorry Site

Check out the newly designed official introductory page on the site for Canada.

De gustibus non disputandum
and all, but… to me it resembles a dog’s breakfast: far too many things going on in far too many guises. And to turn the site to partisan purposes, with the Conservative blue and Conservative slogans, is in poor taste I think. All in all, right for WalMart, maybe, but not for our front door. Oh, and the “pick-your-language” splash page that used to have a close-up of a wavy flag, now has jet fighters.

If you’ve forgotten what the old site looked . . . [more]

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South African Law on the Web

It seems that whenever I link to AustLII I discover something new, which always surprises me, although it shouldn’t by now. Today’s surprise was to link to the SAFLII site (Southern African Legal Information Institute) and to see just how much has been placed on the Web since I last looked, quite a while ago. As well as legislation and cases from the major courts, there is also a plethora of information from the various provinces, material from law journals and the South African Law Reform Commission and government information. Decisions from the Supreme Court of Namibia frm 2005 are . . . [more]

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Librarian on the Verge of KM

As many of us are on the ‘verge’ of the CALL conference later this week, and in particular, the KM pre-conference session, let me point to one of Connie’s recent Tao of Law Librarianship articles on LLRX.

In her latest installment, titled Librarian on the Verge of KM, Connie talks about the role of the Librarian in KM efforts, and how many Librarians now have an opportunity to expand their firm presence. As expected, I’d have to agree. And to go a bit further, I’d say that with a supportive firm culture and strong firm relationships, you may . . . [more]

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Living the Future

Living the Future is a conference for collaborative thinking about the future. The participants are those directly involved in planning, challenging, and living the future. The 6th conference was held in April at the University of Arizona. The conference proceedings can be found at: . . . [more]

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Smelling Copyright

I’d been unaware of the new web-based publication, Law in Firm which was released last week by the Village-Justice portal, and an article by Pierre Breese on the protection of scents by copyright, spring from a January appellate court decision involving Oreal and Bellure. Perfumes are creative works, and their authors are entitled to protectionLest you think that scents are trivial Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago claims that women’s bowling scores can be increased 27% by the smell of jasmine..

This follows an earlier Dutch decision in Lancome v. KecofaLancôme . . . [more]

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Last Week’s Theme Week

This is simply a quick note to say that Slaw’s first Theme Week must be counted a success. Guest posters Michael Geist and David Vaver gave us generously of their talent; all posts were interesting and helpful; and the comments came not just from regular readers but also from a few we haven’t heard from before. In the next little while I’m going to be gathering up the copyright material into a handy package and I’ll put a link to it in the sidebar when I’m done. Thanks again to all who contributed. . . . [more]

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The New Wave of Summer Students

Is about to arrive and law librarians and research lawyers will soon be delivering advice by the bucketful of how private practice differs from law school. Compare the view from the academy with the view from outside, the Top 10 Things Law Librarians Want New Associates to Know.

But these are American views: what practical bits of research advice – both positive and negative – do you want to pass on to the summer bunnies via Slaw? . . . [more]

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The timing is exactly right: I discovered the brand new TaxHeat on the next to the last day of the tax year.

TaxHeat is a weblog about researching primarily Canadian tax topics and issues.

Targeted at librarians who engage in quick and in-depth tax, legal, or business research, TaxHeat has two purposes:

  • to inform readers of new developments concerning tax issues, legislation, and research, and
  • to teach readers new tax research skills and sources.

Agnese Caruso, whose blog this is, works as a librarian in a corporate tax library in Toronto.

The feed for TaxHeat is . . . [more]

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