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Legal Research Training Tools – Your Comments Please

The Project

The Priestly Law Library at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC recently received funding from the BC Law Foundation to further develop a legal research website and a legal research software tool (a downloadable program that runs locally on Windows). The project is at a point where we are interested in receiving comments from the readers of Slaw.


Approximately 3 years ago one of the Law Foundations major funding initiatives supported a project called “Online Learning for Lawyers and Law Students”. The CLE Society of BC, the University . . . [more]

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Introducing the 2006 CLawBies – Canada Law Blog Awards

In the spirit of the Blawggies and the Blawg Review Awards, our own Steve Matthews has instituted the CLawBies (the Canada Law Blog Awards).

There are eleven CLawby categories:

1) Best Canadian Law Blog (or Blogger) Award
2) Best Practitioner Support Blog
3) Legal Culture Award
4) Non-Legal Audience Award
5) Friend of the North Awards
6) EuroCan Connection Awards
7) Practice Management Award
8) Law Librarian Blog Award
9) Best Legal Technology Blog
10) Best New Law Blog Award
11) Law Professor Blog Award

How many SLAWyers can you find in his list?

Great job on this, . . . [more]

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More Information on Indlii

Today’s Hindu has a useful piece on what is going to be covered in the new Indian Legal Information Institute:

The India Legal Information Institute’s new website providing free of cost all legal information, including judgments of the Supreme Court, High Courts, tribunals and even district courts, “has now become fully operational.”

The institute was committed to

collecting legal information about India from all available sources;

publishing it on the Internet with free and full public access;

granting the public rights to use legal resources without any restriction;

creating awareness of the availability of free legal resources;

removing hurdles to

. . . [more]

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A Great Coming Into Force

At the stroke of midnight, while most of us were either whooping it up or bedding down, our doughty law was labouring on our behalf to bring new laws, regs, and sections thereof into force and effect. Herewith a very small sampling of law that specifically incorporates today’s date:

  • Canada: The amount paid to a pensioner under the Guaranteed Income Supplement each month is increased by between $14.50 and $18. [Old Age Security Act]
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: The minimum wage rose a quarter to $7.00. [Labour Standards Regulations]
  • Nova Scotia: There are new regluations concerning seat
  • . . . [more]

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Prediction Re UK and Law

From today’s Guardian Unlimited:

What are the big questions that will shape the coming year? We asked figures from science, politics, business and the arts for the issue that will dominate their field in 2007

Interviews by Alexandra Topping and Michael Savage

Anthony JuliusWikipedia: “Dr. Anthony Julius (born 1956) is a prominent British lawyer and academic, best known for his actions on behalf of Diana, Princess of Wales and Deborah Lipstadt. He is currently a senior consultant for London law firm, Mishcon de Reya.”, lawyer and academic

Is the UK still governed by the rule of

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I Got Tagged!

Simon Fodden tagged me in the “5 things you didn’t know about me” game… on Slaw!! I thought this was illegal: Slaw is my safe harbour!! I feel like I am 5 years old and love it!! Thank you so much Simon, this is my best Christmas gift!

1) I once was a hippie: spending my summers in BC, between Hornby Island and the Okanagan Valley, breathing the West green air while feeling the breeze in my long hair and beard (that I still have, in a shorter version though…);

2) I almost became an artist: I wanted to study . . . [more]

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U.S.-India Working Group on Trade in Legal Services

There’s a small piece in the Globe and Mail today on the fact that the United States and India, which founded a Trade Policy Forum nearly two years ago, have agreed that they will constitute a working group of legal experts from each country to “facilitate trade in legal services.” Daily India has this quote from U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia:

“Legal services are integral to today’s complex, global economy. Indian Commerce Secretary Gopal Pillai and I agreed that establishing a Legal Services Working Group is a priority in our bilateral dialogue,’ said Bhatia.’We are pleased that we have been

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Take a look at NewsTrust (, the month old news “filter” that reproduces and ranks those stories that get the votes of members. NewsTrust is non-profit and runs no ads, depending, as far as I can see, on the founder’s funds and the kindness of strangers. You must join to rank and review news stories, but beyond that requirement it’s strictly vox pop when it comes to what’s good, trustworthy, accurate etc. in the news. Which is not to say that’s a bad thing: some intelligence in the gang approach.

There’s a piece about it in the San . . . [more]

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World’s Oldest Legal Newspaper Ceases Print Publication

While Slaw readers are a diverse bunch, with eclectic interests, I’m not sure how many stumbled on Post-och Inrikes Tidningar’s recent notice to readers, captioned Important MessageOr on Reuters’ Indian feed.:

Viktigt meddelande

Bäste läsare och annonsör. Sveriges Riksdag har beslutat att Post- och Inrikes Tidningar från den 1 januari 2007 skall upphöra som papperstidning och endast finnas tillgänglig som gratistidning i elektronisk form på Internet via Bolagsverket.

Originally founded in 1645 by Queen Christina and Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna as an outlook for the government to voice its official view, it is the oldest current newspaper in the . . . [more]

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Five Things Etc.

Steve Matthews tagged me in the “5 things you didn’t know about me” game, so I feel obliged…

  • I once performed with my folk trio on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour on ABC-TV (an early early version of American Idol?) and lost to a man who tap-danced with a table in his teeth.
  • As a child I lived for a while in South Dakota — and am likely the only person you’ve ever “met” who has done that. (No, Fargo is in the other Dakota.)
  • I am an enthusiastic rough carpenter and love hammering a nail almost more than I like . . . [more]
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