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I’ve finally made the time for training on Summation, software used by our Litigation Support group. It’s extremely useful for document management of large litigation files, but I’ve had all of my facta and briefs of argument, leave to appeal applications, etc. into Summation and the search abilities are great. I can search fields of my choosing, by boolean or otherwise. For my precedent facta and briefs, I’ve chosen Author, Document Type (brief, facta,etc), Court Level, Plaintiff, Defendant, Issues and Category. I can’t wait to showcase it to one of the litigation practice groups.

I don’t know if anyone else . . . [more]

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Passing Strange

Two links that will assure our listeners that truth is curiouser and that the law continues to move in wonderfully strange ways:

The first is an ICANN arbitration brought by Morgan Stanley (“Complainant”), represented by Baila H. CeledoniaA name that is almost worthy of the Huntingdonshire Cabpersons, of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-6799. But the respondent is Meow, Baroness Penelope Cat of Nash DCB, Ashbed Barn, Boraston Track, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8LQ, GB.

It’s a dispute over a domain name, in which the panel comments:

Registration and Use . . . [more]

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Law Resources to the Middle East

An interesting announcement about western law (and other) resources becoming more available in the Middle East:

Edutech Middle East, a leading learning solutions provider worldwide, and The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress), a leading publisher of peer-reviewed electronic journals in economics, business, political science, law, and science, announced a partnership to market and promote the roster of bepress electronic journals to academic, government, and corporate libraries in the GCC and Levant regions.
[...] as well as subject-matter repository materials from the bepress Legal Repository…

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Sr. Justicia Cardazanahorias and the Case of the Twelve Red-Bearded Dwarfs

One of our keener readers is the anonymous English magistrate blogger, who proclaims himself entranced by the posting on the new Ontario civil procedure forms, in a post captioned Leading Edge Law From The Land of The Lumberjack and The Beaver Hunter.

He comments:

Slaw is a Canadian legal website, with a technical and IT slant.

Much of it is of strictly Canadian, but I couldn’t resist Changes to the Ontario rules of civil procedure forms which, in its way, is as immortal as Beachcomber’s “List of Huntingdonshire Cabmen”, albeit without the latter’s quality of barely-suppressed excitement.

Readers . . . [more]

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Advanced Dork

slang (chiefly U.S.)

2. A foolish or stupid person; also as a general term of contempt.

(Can. also, seemingly)
1974 P. GZOWSKI Bk. about this Country 13/1 Meeting some of the famous people of the country (some of whom, confidentially are dorks).

advanced dork
neologism (chiefly geek)

1. A Firefox plugin that presents the user with a contextual menu whenever a highlighted term is right-clicked, which menu allows the user to search Google using any of the previously chosen advanced operators, of which there are 15.

2006 S. FODDEN Passing thought 17/7 IANAD [I am not . . . [more]

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Supreme Court Law Review Missing

Here’s a thing: LexisNexis/Butterworths (Canada), which publish The Supreme Court Law Review, not too shabby a journal, have absolutely no information whatever about it on their website(s). Zero. Nada. Zilch.

After half an hour of frustration I went retro and phoned LexisNexis. Their customer rep spent another fifteen minutes searching — by now I was pruriently curious — asked her nearby website expert, and reported that there was nothing about it on the site. Rien du tout.

I’d be happy to be proven wrong. . . . [more]

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ACVM Et XBLR : Le Droit Des Valeurs Mobilières À La Fine Pointe

Le droit des valeurs mobilières est sans aucun doute, au Canada, le domaine du droit qui a exercé le virage technologique avec le plus de promptitude et de justesse. C’est sans aucun doute le domaine du droit qui le premier a cerné et compris ce que veulent dire « neutralité technologique » et « équivalence fonctionnelle », des concepts qui bien que repris par la plupart des lois canadiennes sur le commerce électronique, et notamment dans le Code civil du Québec aux articles 2837 et suivants, sont méconnus ou, pire, incompris; une incompréhension qui se traduit d’ailleurs dans plusieurs . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillilp

I just know that among all you Slawyers there are hidden artistic talents waiting for the merest opportunity to spring forth and suprise the world. In order to prevent any such springing, I offer you Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas. I mean, five minutes with a Pollock and the whole artistic endeavour seems a trifle overblown. And, believe me, this is something your six-year-old niece could do.

Go to the site and you’re presented with the archtypical blank canvas. Some of you might choose to leave it at that. Others, however, will wiggle the mouse, as we say. Ta . . . [more]

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Michel-Adrien Sheppard

I’m pleased to announce that Michel-Adrien Sheppard has joined Slaw as a core contributor. As Slawyers will doubtless know, Michel-Adrien is the Reference Librarian at the Supreme Court of Canada, and, perhaps even more important, Library Boy the blogger, at

Welcome, Michel-Adrien, to Slaw, made even more significant by your participation. . . . [more]

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Canadian Library Association – Copyright Update

I was trolling the Canadian Library Association/association canadienne des bibliothèques website to see what is new (note their new bilingual name!). I found a couple of interesting items on copyright: a letter to the Ministers about Copyright Legislation, and a Resolution by the Association regarding an Access Copyright iniative, “Captain Copyright“. . . . [more]

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