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Blog Action Day Against Poverty

Today is Blog Action Day 2008, an international call to action for bloggers to raise awareness on issues of poverty:

“Poverty is not only a pressing issue, it is a complex one. It’s easy to think that there isn’t much an individual can do. Fortunately this isn’t the case at all. With activities ranging from advocacy and professional contribution to charity and financing, there is in fact many ways that we can act.”

The idea is that bloggers sign up to blog about poverty reduction today.

This year’s Blog Action Day has dozens of organizational sponsors and supporters, including . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Libraries vs. IT Departments

Over the years inside some organizations, libraries and IT departments have had difficulty working with one another. Episode 33 of the TechTherapy podcast from the Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the differences and similarities between Libraries and IT departments and, without pointing any finger of blame, discusses why this rift exists. The discussion focuses on academic departments, but a lot of this applies to other types of organizations. (Length of this episode is 13 min, 37 sec.)

Hosts Scott Carlson and Warren Arbogast come up with these differences: . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology

IP Osgoode

Osgoode Hall Law School will officially announce today the launch of a new program in intellectual property law and technology, IP Osgoode, aimed at promoting interdisciplinary research and commentary in the field. The website features a student-run blog, IPilogue, and what will clearly be a growing body of resources for those interested in IP.

Professor Pina D’Agostino is the Director of the new program; she is joined by Osgoode Professors Carys Craig, Ikechi Mgbeoji, and IP Osgoode, Assistant Director, Rex Shoyama. An impressive Advisory Board has been assembled, which includes the Honourable Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein, the Honourable . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training, Education & Training: Law Schools, Substantive Law

Legal Minds Gather in Toronto for Inaugural E-Discovery Conference

Litigation counsel and their clients have long been put on notice that electronically stored information may become the subject of requests for production. The scope of the duty to preserve, and the breadth of the type of electronically-stored information subject to the preservation obligation are not always readily apparent. In fact, when coupled with the reality that huge volumes of material maybe involved, e-discovery has the potential to increase litigation costs to staggering levels.

Electronically stored information has and will continue to change the way people do business and store business related information. For lawyers, it has changed how they . . . [more]

Posted in: e-Discovery

Entrepreneurs Should Be Investor Ready – for Themselves

Lawyers often talk about how entrepreneurs should make their companies “investor ready”. This uses the term “investor” in the widest sense, meaning everything from a bank loan, to a VC investment, to the sale of the business to Google that allows the owner to retire early in luxury. By “ready” we mean being able to easily survive investor diligence without risk of losing the deal or diminishing the value – by having taken all the right steps and having the right documentation for such things as an up to date corporate minute book, trade-marks for brands, documenting IP ownership, proper . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Justitia Think Tank

The Law Society of Upper Canada today announced [PDF] the formation of the Justitia Think Tank as part of its effort to “retain and advance women” in the legal profession. Forty Ontario law firms have agreed to participate for three years (2009-2011) and to:

  • maintain statistical data on the gender of lawyers in the firm,
  • “review their existing written policies on maternity, paternal and adoption leave and flexible work arrangements”,
  • share information on networking and business development opportunities for women, and
  • eventually (2011) “develop strategies to enhance women’s participation in the leadership of the firm.”

The think tank is an . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

Law21 Is New and Improved

…Not that there was a lot that could have been done to improve the already stellar blog by Jordan Furlong. Still, Law21 has a bright new look and a lot of improved functionality. Check out the nifty AJAXed menus in the sidebar — heck, take the whole thing for a test drive. You’ll see that Jordan’s moving his blog closer to functioning as a nexus for thought on innovation and change in the practice of law, which is no bad thing. Congratulations, Jordan, on this upgrade. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Open Access Day

Today’s important for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s election day here in Canada. Second, because it’s the first global Open Access Day, a day to spread the word about the benefits of open access to online information and knowledge. Law is one of the areas where free and open access to data is of the highest importance to the health of a society, and fortunately for us here in Canada we have CanLII, which steadily improves in coverage and utility. Now we need law faculties to decide to make their scholarship freely available to all, in . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training, Legal Information

Slaw RSS Feed by Author

One of the recent suggestions we received here at Slaw, was whether we could create separate RSS feeds for of each the individual authors?

Well, it sounded like a great suggestion… At least until Simon F. pointed out that it already exists! And very elegantly placed, I might add, on the Slaw Archives by Author page.

Am I highlighting the obvious? Probably. But if it was a feature you were clamouring for, or, if you can share a little chuckle at Steve’s lack of observation skills… either way, I’m there for you! :)

Happy thanksgiving! . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw

Happy Thanksgiving

Frobisher, 1577
It’s Thanksgiving Day in Canada, so we’ll be feasting with family or just taking it easy. We’ll get back to regular posting tomorrow, but in the meanwhile, a bit of Canadian bragging: The first thanksgiving celebration by Europeans in North America took place in what is now Canada. The intrepid but not very lucky Martin Frobisher sailed from England for the Eastern Arctic and arrived in 1578 with 300 Cornish miners looking for gold. It’s said that they held a formal thanksgiving ceremony, which I can well understand, given that they survived the passage. Sadly, they returned at . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Was “Slacker Uprising” a Thumb to Copyright Industry?

Elections are on everybody’s minds these days.

We have our Canadian Federal elections coming up in two days. But it was the American elections that Michael Moore had in mind when he made his new movie, Slacker Uprising.

The $2 million film covers the 2004 American election, where Moore visits 62 cities over 42 days in an attempt to get George W. Bush out of office.

But what made the film unique was that Moore chose to release the film online – for free. He claims this is the first time this has been legally been done for a . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law