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Archive for September, 2005

Websites – the Definitive Source?

A recent Ontario Reports paper part contained a new Superior Court of Justice Practice Direction – correction – contained a summary of the Practice Direction, and advised readers to consult for further details.

I guess it’s fair to assume that all Ontario lawyers now access websites regularly. It is certainly helpful to know there is one website containing such valuable information. Lawyers in other areas of practice, such as corporate finance, are quite used to accessing websites for day to day valuable information, so the use of websites to convey legal information is not new. The only issue, I . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The New (?) Economics of Canadian Legal Research

Simon Chester’s post last month about outsourcing legal research referred to a recent U.S. article. Last week, one of my partners forwarded an email he had received from an Indian-based “professional legal organization” offering legal research and writing services.

The prices quoted (US $10 – 15/hour for legal services and US $199 for legal research services on a case – work completed in 72 hours) are much lower than the rates quoted in the earlier article. At these prices, it’s hard to avoid the temptation to “try them out”.

In the wake of Katrina, a number of state jurisdictions are . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Comparative Law

Fascinating developments in the USSC on the extent to which foreign law is relevant and welcome.

This week’s New Yorker has a feature on Justice Kennedy: see “How Anthony Kennedy’s passion for foreign law could change the Supreme Court”

  • The basic debate between the isolationist wing of the court (Nino Scalia) and Kennedy, Breyer and Ginsburg is sketched out well in

  • A good scholarly analysis is found in Professor Anderson’s paper at

  • and the fuller analysis from SSRN at

  • .

    Given that section 1 of the Canadian Charter compels the examination of foreign law, and that . . . [more]

    Posted in: Miscellaneous

    Law Librarian Linkblogs

    [Cross posted @ CS-SIS Blawgs]

    For those interested, both Connie Crosby and myself have created Linkblogs to exchange our ‘online reading lists’ via the RSS Feeds:

    The concept of linkblogs, briefly, is to post timely articles or links regularly without any commentary (read: little effort). By banding together, we can cast a wider net, and share our common surfing interests. And hopefully spend less time finding, and more time reading.

    If you’re interested in taking part, it’s also a quick & easy way to get started in personal blogging. . . . [more]

    Posted in: Miscellaneous


    You go to law school, you teach for a whole bunch of years, you read a bit of this and that in law and still you’d no idea that:

    163. (1) Every one commits an offence who
    (b) makes, prints, publishes, distributes, sells or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation a crime comic.

    So says part of the Corrupting Morals section of the Criminal Code. And goodness me, it’s right up there with “obscene phonograph recordings,” “indecent shows” and advertising “instructions…for restoring sexual virility.”

    It’s peculiar that though I’ve read half the crime . . . [more]

    Posted in: Miscellaneous

    “My Name Is Connie, and I Will Be Your Librarian for the Next 10 Months…”

    Articling students arrived en masse today in Toronto Bay Street firms. Upon arrival, they were immediately sequestered into training and orientation sessions to bring them up to speed with technology, practices and procedures in the firms. Every firm library staff have their own methods and madness for easing students into their new research roles.

    Probably for the first time ever we are seeing an extremely tech-savvy group of students. They blog, they use chat rooms, and they don’t really need to be shown how to use e-mail (but it will be shown to them anyway, no doubt!). It will be . . . [more]

    Posted in: Miscellaneous

    Australian Court Rules Kazaa Filing Sharing a Violation

    I see that the Australian court has ruled that Kazaa file-sharing is a violation of Australian copyright law. See the New York Times story on the ruling.

    The decision appears to be available on AustLII – see:

    Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd v Sharman License Holdings Ltd, [2005] FCA 1242 (5 September 2005). . . . [more]

    Posted in: Miscellaneous

    No Comment? - Blogger Faces Lawsuit Over Comments Posted by Readers:Blogger Faces Lawsuit Over Comments Posted by ReadersBY DAVID KESMODEL, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINEAugust 31, 2005In a legal case being watched closely by bloggers, an Internet company has sued the owner of a Web log for comments posted to his site by sued Aaron Wall, who maintains a blog on search engine optimization – tactics companies use to get themselves to appear higher in searches at Google, Yahoo and elsewhere – alleging defamation and publication of trade secrets. The suit, filed in a Nevada state court earlier this month, also listed as defendants several unnamed users of the blog.At issue are statements posted in the comments section of Mr. Wall's blog,
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    This Week’s Links: 050902

    Something Connie Crosby said in a comment today made me think that it might be interesting to see all of the week’s references to other websites, whether in posts or comments. I’ve simply set them up as links with suggestive titles, where the original link text didn’t make sense out of context.

    I may find a better way to house them and let us look back whenever we want to the range of references over time. For the nonce:

    1. AALL Law Lib Assist
    2. ABA hurricane press release
    3. Out of the Jungle: finding homes for displaced law students
    4. Supreme Court of
    . . . [more]
    Posted in: Miscellaneous

    Hurricane Relief in the Legal Community

    Organization is now starting from various groups to help in the clean-up of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

    The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has put together a blog in which members and friends can seek and provide assistance. See: AALL Law Lib Assist.

    Earlier today AALL President Claire Germain sent a message to members, including this statement:

    We need everyone’s help in brainstorming on how best we as an association can help and partner with others. We are waiting to let our colleagues tell us what they need most once they are able to return to their institutions

    . . . [more]
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