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Archive for September, 2007

Let’s Buy the Magna Carta

Ross Perot is putting his copy of the Magna Carta up for sale. Although it’s not one of the originals from 1215, this 1297 copy is still expected to bring $30 million when auctioned off in December.

Only two of the 17 copies are held outside England — one by Perot and the other, also a 1297 copy, by the people of Australia. This is a great opportunity for Canada to acknowledge this seminal event in its legal heritage by buying the Perot copy. It would take flair and a decent slice of some otherwise grey budget: is the government . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Information Management, Substantive Law

CLB to Leave Lexis – Tectonic Shift in Canadian Legal Online

I reproduce the text of a major announcement this morning

To: All Canada Law Book Customers
From: Stuart Morrison
Date: September 26, 2007
Re: LexisNexis QuickLaw / Canada Law Book

Canada Law Book’s databases, including the Dominion Law Reports, Canadian Criminal Cases and Labour Arbitration Cases will no longer be available on LexisNexis QuickLaw after the current publishing licence agreement expires on March 31, 2008. To continue to have access to these and the other Canada Law Book databases from April 1, 2008 please register online at

Canada Law Book has a long publishing history within the Canadian legal

. . . [more]
Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing, Technology

Canadian Firm Opens New Office in Second Life

According to today’s Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail Davis & Co has just opened its latest office:

In a cobbled street in Zurich across from a newsstand and conveniently located near a rapid transit line, although most visitors would likely teleport in rather than take transit.

Up the slate-looking steps, the door opens onto a large lobby with a large round reception desk and the requisite office ferns. A notecard on the desk welcomes the visitor: “Davis LLP is an international full-service law firm”.

The lawyers involved include Dani Lemon, colleagues Sarah Dale-Harris, known as BarristerSolicitor Underwood . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Practice of Law, Technology

EASElaw – a New Career Services Resource

Ontario Law Schools are being introduced to EASElaw, a Career Services software product of It looks like in addition to EASElaw there is EASEmba (is EASEmd on the horizon?). EASE stands for Electronic Applications for Students and Employers.

The product is being pitched to current law students as an information management tool; just this week Queen’s Law launched EASElaw (the Q’s log in screen is here: nice crest) in order to bring some order to the On Campus Interview (OCI) process.

Students have been asked to register with EASElaw in order to access their customized schedule of . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training

More Uses of Social Networking Software

About a month ago, Agnes Caruso posted some thoughts about potential uses of facebook at work. A few days ago, I came across a story with another novel use: public health. The Globe and Mail reported that Toronto Public Health officials used Facebook to locate a woman who had been bitten by a rabid bat. Apparently the phone book, the police, and the media had failed. Even Google, whose “mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” couldn’t find her. But Facebook came through.

In an amusing twist, the article notes: “Employees of the . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Turn Partial RSS Feeds Into Full Feeds

This morning, Simon complained about the NY Times having changed the Freakonomics blog feed to send only excerpts to your RSS reader. I was irked by that myself a few weeks ago, but have since solved the problem.

The solution is available here. You can simply enter the address of the partial feed, and it will pump out a url for a full feed of the same blog. Just cut and paste the new feed into your RSS reader. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Friedmann to Integreon

Regular Slaw readers will recall that whenever we’ve talked about the outsourcing phenomenon, we’ve directed people to an extraordinary blog by our friend Ron Friedmann in DC.

Today Integreon, the global BPO operation, has announced Ron’s appointment as Senior V-P.

Integreon is already asking North American law students whether they want to work abroad as an intern.

Offshore internships for US, South American, European and Chinese law school and business school graduates

The Integreon Offshore Internship provides exposure for recent graduates of US, South American, European and Chinese law schools and business schools to business intelligence, research and

. . . [more]
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Practice of Law, Technology

Doing Battle With Your ISP

It started with the new laptop – the one with the network analyst who started telling me every time I lost my internet connection. I knew I had an issue with “dropped connections” but I did my best to ignore the issue. Once I started to count the number of pop-ups from the network analyst, however, it became clear it was time for action.

The first few calls to tech support were not helpful. They assured me that, at the moment we were speaking, I had a good connection – so it became a battle to see if I could . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Bar Exams and Law School Courses

Freakonomics Blog (which I read less and less now that the RSS feed serves up only excerpts, thanks to the NY Times) points me to a paper accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Legal Education. Douglas Rush and Hisako Matsuo examine ((

Does Law School Curriculum Affect Bar Examination Passage? An Empirical Analysis of the Factors Which Were Related to Bar Examination Passage between 2001 and 2006 at a Midwestern Law School , full paper available in PDF

))whether success or failure on the Missouri bar exam is correlated to the courses taken by a . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training

New Blog From HeinOnline

The folks at William S. Hein have launched a new blog talking about their popular web-based service HeinOnline. The blog is called, appropriately enough, HeinOnline Weblog, and can be found at

Hein have been very good at sending out updates to customers via email; however, for new subscribers or non-subscribers, there is no access to previous messages. Now they seem to be posting these notes to this blog for everyone, which will be helpful. Also, subscribers won’t have to save up past messages. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Playing the Law School Ranking Game

Maclean’s has released its first ranking of Canadian law schools. The magazine’s choices for the top law faculties I’ll leave till later in this post, because there are rather more interesting things going on here.

Let’s first look at the methodology. The schools are ranked equally on faculty quality (50%) and graduate quality (50%), the latter broken down into elite firm hiring (25%), national reach (15%) and Supreme Court clerkships (10%). Here’s the ranking’s director, Professor Brian Leiter of the University of Texas at Austin Faculty of Law, speaking about the breakdowns: . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training