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Slathered, Yes… but Slandered?

Subway is suing Quiznos, more or less, because Quiznos ran a contest in which it asked people to make a video showing that Quiznos’ sandwiches were superior to Subway’s. The resulting entries were posted on the web, of course, and, Subway alleges, made false claims and defamed their product. (The winning video is available in the story in the New York Times — and in my view it’s fairly wretched and wouldn’t have won the $10,000 prize in any contest I ran.) Apparently, the novel issue stems from the fact that Quiznos didn’t make the ads but only instigated . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Substantive Law

UK and Scottish Law Commissions Propose Repeal of Hundreds of Old Statutes

The Law Commissions of the UK and Scotland yesterday published their 18th in a series of proposed statute law repeals. A draft Bill containing the proposed repeals will be introduced soon into the House of Lords.

“In reforming the law, the Law Commission does not just propose new laws. It also proposes the repeal of laws that have become obsolete. The purpose of our statute law repeals work is to modernise and simplify the statute book, reduce its size and save the time of lawyers and others who use it. This in turn helps to avoid unnecessary costs. It

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Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Substantive Law: Foreign Law

MIT Lecture Browser

Elizabeth Ellis asked a few posts ago about voice recognition software — whether it was ready for prime time, and what people’s experiences with it were. I’ll be interested, too, in the comments her post gets, because the digital / speech divide is an important one, and one that’s increasingly being bridged by technology.

One example of that bridging is the MIT Lecture Browser. MIT’s famous open access courseware includes a lot of filmed lectures. But one of the problems with such digitized knowledge, as it were, is finding your way into and around it. The Lecture Browser, which . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

New Technology at Demo 08

Demo 08, a show for new tech products, is going on right now, and some of the stuff on display looks pretty interesting. Here’s a taste of 10 new items to look out for. Here are a few of my personal favourites.

The Pulse Smartpen allows you to take notes (on a special notebook) while it records what’s going on. You can simply tap your notes to replay what was recorded at the moment you wrote that part. Of course, you can upload both your notes and the recording to your computer as well.

Another technology, this one a . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Voice Recognition Tools and Lawyers

I recently talked to a lawyer at a large Toronto law firm who was happily using voice recognition software to draft initial versions of long documents and to give voice commands to his computer.

Voice recognition technology has been around for a long time – my perception was that it wasn’t ready for prime time. Curious to see the vendor’s view of the software, I paid a quick visit to the website for Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Has this technology really advanced to the point that it’s ready for wider adoption? . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law, Technology

Publishing 2.0

One of the new (‘to me’) blogs I’ve been reading over the past couple months is Scott Karp’s Publishing 2.0.

The purpose of this post is no more than to say that I think Scott’s blog is really great, and one that I have no hesitation in recommending to the Slaw community. Scott’s got a great vision on a number of topics that are relevant to law librarians, legal publishers and 2.0 lawyers alike. From modern journalism (and citizen participation), to blogs, social networks and monetization strategies for web media, the topic list is fantastic.

We all have a . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

20th Anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada Morgenthaler Decision on Abortion

I wanted to make sure we acknowledge Michel-Adrien Sheppard’s excellent post 20th Anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada Morgenthaler Decision on Abortion at the Library Boy blog. He includes links to and summaries of related commentary from a range of viewpoints. . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

More Legal Education

Further to Simon’s post, a study of the Legal Writing professorate in the US, and some speculation on how gender discrimination influences its status.

Liemer, Susan and Temple, Hollee, “Did Your Legal Writing Professor Go to Harvard?: The Credentials of Legal Writing Faculty at Hiring Time” . Brandeis Law Journal, Forthcoming Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1033477

Interestingly, though the survey discusses the fact that teachers of legal writing have, in aggregate, much more professional experience than their ‘doctrinal’ tenure-track colleagues, the study does not pick up on the professional-academic schism. The article contains many useful references to the literature on . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Louis Mirando New Osgoode Chief Law Librarian

The announcement that Louis Mirando has been appointed as Osgoode’s new Chief Law Librarian was made today by Dean Patrick Monahan:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Louis Mirando as
Osgoode’s Chief Law Librarian, effective March 1.

Mr. Mirando, who has a Master of Library Science degree from the University
of Toronto and has also done post-graduate studies at the University of
Cologne in Germany and at U of T, has provided outstanding leadership as
Director, Library Services at Torys LLP in Toronto for the past 15 years.
Prior to that, he held a variety of

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Posted in: Education & Training, Legal Information

CBA Young Professionals International Program – 2008-2009 Call for Applications

The Canadian Bar Association Young Professionals International Internship Program is now taking applications for the 2008-2009 placements. The CBA administrates this program, which is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

Through this program, young lawyers are placed in eight-month internships (they are overseas for between six and seven of the eight months) to work with human rights legal organizations on issues such as women’s rights, labour rights, constitutional rights, children’s rights and indigenous people’s rights, in Latin America and the Caribbean, Southern and Central Africa and

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Posted in: Education & Training, Education & Training: CLE/PD, Practice of Law

Help Re the Royal Proclamation of 7 October 1763

I seem to be moving in the unlit corners of the law lately. See my interest in the Champerty Act and legislation that’s still in force but not included in the normal indices of acts: 1275 and the Business of Law. This time I’m rooting around in 1763, modernizing rapidly it would seem, but stumped again at finding what I need online. Hence this request for help.

I want a digital copy of the official version of the Royal Proclamation of 7 October 1763, a fundamental document in Canada’s constitutional law concerning the rights of Aboriginal peoples. I . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law