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Archive for December, 2009

International Copyright Meetings


The nineteenth session will take place in Geneva from December 14 to 18, 2009. The Committee is currently discussing special provisions for education, libraries and persons with disabilities, as well as the protection of audiovisual performances and broadcasting organizations. Meeting documents are at: . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

White House Product Placement

You couldn’t buy this kind of advertisement — at least, I hope you couldn’t. Check out the pic on the front page of the newly revamped U.S. Open Government Initiative | The White House. Just in case they change it, and the earnest young man at the keyboard is no longer there when you go to look, I’ve put a screenshot below.

Apple is becoming so mainstream I may have to switch to Linux to keep my smug sense of computer specialness.

Oh, and while you’re on the White House site, look around. It’s a little different from what . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Miscellaneous, Technology

Online Bibliographic Source for Conflict Resolution Research

I am currently taking a three day Advanced Civil Mediation course, taught by Gordon Sloan and hosted by CLEBC.

Reviewing the course materials led me to this wonderful online resource: Conflict Resolution in Peacebuilding: A Selected Bibliography, edited by Catherine Morris of Victoria, BC.

This searchable bibliography with more than thirty topic areas is intended as a starting place for research on conflict resolution or dispute processing. It is regularly updated and includes references to books, articles, definitions of alternative dispute resolution, links to support for trainers and links to other research resources including book reviews and annotations. . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Google Goes Real Time… Really

Today Google has released its real-time search function. It will index much of the internet’s real-time content — such as tweets on Twitter or postings on Facebook or entries on blogs that have pubsubhubbub enabled RSS — and offer up these results for searchers in a dynamic fashion. So, for example, a search for [copenhagen climate summit] yields at fourth position on my screen an item titled “latest results for copenhagen climate summit” that displays dynamically the very latest updates on that topic from Twitter et al. The image below will give you a better sense, perhaps; click on . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Nominations Open for the 2009 CLawbies

It’s that time of year again! The 2009 Canadian Law Blog Awards (CLawBies) is now open for nominations. Categories will resemble last year’s when the nominations were first opened up to the adoring Canadian law blog audience. From the blog:

How to Nominate in 2009:

Between now and Monday December 28th, publicly nominate a Canadian authored legal blog using ANY of the following methods:

  1. Tweet your endorsement on along with the hashtag text: #clawbies2009. We’ll be monitoring!
  2. Email your favourite blog, along with a sample post or two, or any other notable highlights to Steve Matthews at
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Posted in: Technology, Technology: Internet

Crime Traveller – Gearing Up for the Games

Another (hopefully) welcome diversion for all those toiling in the legal field. Head over to Precedent Magazine to read my latest story. Gearing up for the Games covers my efforts to design the perfect Vancouver 2010 get-away for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games without re-mortgaging my home. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

This Week’s Biotech Highlights

The Cross-Border Biotech Blog had a very blawg-y week this week with three posts on legal issues affecting the biotech world, thanks in part to my lovely and talented legal writer/spouse/editor/CMO Audrey Fried-Grushcow.

I kicked things off with a post on three need-to-know Canadian patent decisions that impact pharma, biotech and generics companies, pulling together three Ogilvy Renault bulletins into one executive-summary-level overview of key recent developments.

Audrey picked up the legal theme with a post noting oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court for a case under the False Claims Act (FCA) in which amici curiae PhRMA and . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

Not That There Is Anything Wrong With That

Simon Fodden’s recent tweet about Wikipedia deserves some greater scrutiny. The linked paper discusses how and when Wikipedia should be used in court, some of the controversies attached to it, and even citation guidelines.

The most recent controversy around Wikipedia, and there are plenty to come I’m sure, surrounds Ron Livingston, an actor in Office Space who starred briefly in Sex in the City. Well it’s Livingston’s sex, or rather his sexual orientation, that is at the center of a current dispute with Wikipedia.

Livingston married Rosmarie DeWitt last month, and yet his Wikipedia entry has been repeatedly . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Google Roundup

Google is always releasing new features or apps. Here’s a rundown of some released recently that may have relevance for lawyers…

Personalized Search for everyone… Permalink Similar

Google’s website/wiki building application now provides users with a range of templates that take most of the fuss out of formatting a website — at least, if you have a fairly specific purpose in mind. The basic “web page” template, though, offers users a lot of easy-to-customize features. Lawyers may find the intranet template useful. The barrier to publishing on the web keeps dropping; now there’s no excuse.

New site . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Slaw Retweets: 30/11-06/12/09

Herewith a second week’s-worth of material found on Twitter that might be of some interest to our readers. The URL will take you to the web page that the tweet mentions.

Please join in this retweeting exercise. Simply attach the hashtag #slawca to any tweet of yours or any retweet you make; and I’ll consider your contributions for inclusion in that week’s post.

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Posted in: Slaw Retweets

The Need for Certification

Even now, Litigation Support is a rather nebulous field. I know people with IT, law clerk, lawyer, training and records management backgrounds in jobs with the title of “litigation support” or “eDiscovery” something-or-other; but their fundamental core skills are obviously very different. This, along with a lack of key job descriptions, has caused some problems for the still young eDiscovery industry. How can you find the right person for the job when “Proficient in Concordance” can mean anything from knowing how to enter data to being able to write CPLs (Concordance’s proprietary programming language)? Is a Litigation Support Specialist someone . . . [more]

Posted in: e-Discovery

New Issue of LawPRO Magazine Covers Social Media

While some lawyers are very tuned into social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, many have yet to realize the communications potential of these tools. The newest issue of LawPRO Magazine aims to change this.

Here’s a sample of the topics covered:

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