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Archive for June, 2006

The Friday Fillip

Finally: after a week of furious posting at Slaw (probably a record number of entries for a week) not a few of which entries were clearly affected by the anti-gravity effect of the nearby summer (five days off, at 7:26 a.m. EST), this is the thing itself, which may not be as dramatic as the Norwegian meteor or as funny as the American emigrés or as edifying as Google’s Shakespeare, but has a charm all of its own, I think.

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The Historic Tale Construction Kit lets you build your own Bayeaux . . . [more]

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Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air…

This is definitely not the Friday Fillip. It is, however, a reminder that today is Bloomsday, the day when we celebrate the fact that Leopold Bloom meandered through Dublin on June 16, 1904, James Joyce at his heels recording it all for posterity in Ulysses.

We’re lucky in Canada that works published during Joyce’s lifetime, as was Ulysses, are now in the public . . . [more]

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Canada’s Immigration Issues

I’m leaving for vacation in about 20 minutes and I don’t want to say I’ve mentally checked out buuuuuutttt…… I may pop up with a post or two over the next couple of weeks or I may save my collected info for a return but before I leave I wanted to make a post detailing some of Canada’s recent Immigration issues (apologies to anyone who may have already seen this).

The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop illegal immigration. The actions of President . . . [more]

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Did You Miss It? Meteorite Hits Norway

How could we have missed this? A meteorite hit Norway last Wednesday. According to this Norwegian news report, it had the force of an atomic bomb. A discussion has ensued in The Volokh Conspiracy blog as to what exactly this type of impact could mean. Yesterday a clarification in the newspaper was made, explaining that the force of the impact was exaggerated; however:

The original reactions to the witness reports of the meteor, also reported on, are attributed to popular astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard, and were slightly guarded and very excited. Røed Ødegaard wrote the original

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Legal Blogs

Thanks to Jon Smithen. Very nice list (though slawless) of legal blogs at

Also on the same blog is which lists all US Cases citing blogs. Sentencing Law and Policy http :// has been cited 21 times in 17 cases. . . . [more]

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Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics and the Law Firm Revenue Myths

One learns quickly to be sceptical, if not cynical, about the revenue and profitability figures floated by the legal press and picked up in the main stream media.

I was told years ago by the managing partner of Altman Weil Pensa that the audited financials of the top American firms bore scant resemblance to the AmLaw 100 figures.

Now The Lawyer has come out and admitted that yes, figures might be fudged or even at times overstated.

The article ends with some practical advice for managing partners wishing to number-fudge:

Top tips for making your figures look better or . . . [more]

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Roberts’ Court Inches Away From the Legacy of Its Predecessors

In a 5-4 split decision today, the Court affirmed the Michigan State Court of Appeals in refusing to exclude evidence gathered in legally questionable circumstancesFor main stream media reaction see the Trib, the Monitor, and excerpts from the opinions on Forbes and the Post.

The Detroit police executing a search warrant for narcotics and weapons entered Booker Hudson’s home in violation of the Fourth Amendment’s “knock-and-announce” rule. The trial court granted Hudson’s motion to suppress the evidence seized, but the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed on interlocutory appeal. Hudson was convicted of drug possession. Affirming, the State Court

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The New York Times Working to Be More Search Engine Friendly

Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman at Search Engine Watch write …

“Online newspapers have often ignored search engines, or viewed them with mistrust, relying on the power of their brands to drive traffic. That attitude is changing dramatically at the New York Times, and with powerful effect … “

Read the whole article at Search Engine Watch.

I’ve encouraged the lawyers at my firm to read this article. I think it’s a well-written, easy to follow (for non-geeks) article that explains concepts that I prefer them to understand. The authors explain how most newspaper websites work and why you . . . [more]

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B.C. Legal Aid Taxonomy

Thomas Quine, Manager of Electronic Access at the Legal Services Society of British Columbia wrote to send me a copy of a taxonomy and the working document surrounding it developed by the Public Legal Education and Information Working Group, of which the Legal Services Society is one of eleven members.
The eleven organizations that make up the PLEI Working Group are the British Columbia Courthouse Library Society, the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, The Law Centre, Law Courts Education Society, The Law Foundation of BC, Legal Services Society, Ministry of Attorney General, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor . . . [more]

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Digital Paper

This to Slaw from Sharon Wang, a new reference librarian at Osgoode Hall Law School:

How many of us read the printed newspapers everyday and how many read the electronic ones only? Although I prefer to read the E versions, I do not have choices when I’m away from my computer. The good news is we may soon be able to read newspapers through “cheap digital screens that can be rolled up and stuffed into a back pocket”. According to the Epoch Times, this new form of electronic newspaper is just around the corner. Developed by Sony Corp. and

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Terror in the SCC – Day 2

The court adjourned early yesterday. Apparently the court gave Crown counsel a tough time.

Some additional observations from questioning and comments:

Justice Louis LeBel said that “Public safety may be important, but it’s not the whole of the law. If we don’t have the rest we’ll be living in North Korea.” “The bar for procedural fairness must be even higher when deportation to face torture is at stake”.

Justice Morris Fish stated that the true task of the law is to balance the competing interests of the state and the individual, not to give absolute priority to one or the . . . [more]

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Vincent Gautrais

Chers Slawyers, je suis très heureux d’annoncer que nous avons un nouveau membre, Vincent Gautrais. Il est professeur à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal et titulaire de la Chaire en droit des affaires et de la sécurité électronique. Il a son propre blogue juridique pour objet de montrer les activités qui sont effectuées autour de cette Chaire.

I’m happy to announce that Slaw has a new core contributor. Vincent Gautrais is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Montréal and holds the Chair in Business Law and Electronic Security. He has his own . . . [more]

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