I am a bit surprised that no one has posted the news on Slaw that Ted Tjaden received the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship at the Canadian Law Libraries Association annual meeting on Monday. A description of the award can be found on the CALL website.

I assume that in due course the Association will be posting some sort of testimonial to Ted on their website along with pictures of the award presentation, but I‘m quite certain that Slaw readers will want to send their congratulations to Ted as well. We are certainly proud to have Ted as one of Irwin Law’s authors and look forward to the third edition of his Legal Research and Writing text which will be published later this month.

I might also mention that CALL presented a new award to Helen Rentis in recognition of Helen’s long service to the legal information community. Helen will be known to many Slaw readers. She has been a force in Canadian legal publishing for many years, first as a sales rep for Butterworths and, for the last fifteen or so years, as an independent sales agent for legal publishers around the world including Irwin Law. Publishers and customers alike have benefitted from her incredible knowledge, her amazing attention to detail, and her unfailing good spirits. We are certainly proud to have Helen selling Irwin Law’s products but more importantly I am honoured to call her my friend. Well done Helen.


  1. Well done Ted – richly deserved.

    And it’s always good to have reliable legal publishers like Jeff keeping us up to date on information that matters.

  2. Gary P. Rodrigues

    The awards given by CALL at its annual meeting acknowledge the contributions of members of all of the law librarian community and are notable for their inclusiveness, both of legal researchers and law librarians and of the legal publishing community. The awards to Ted and Helen reflect this inclusiveness at the same time as they recognize their notable contributions to the law librarian profession. CALL is to be congratulated for its vision in recognizing the achievements of members of its community.

    Ted is of course a well regarded author and Slaw stalwart who is always willing to enlighten the profession with his keen observations on new developments in legal research and helpful advice as to how to use research tools more effectively. The recognition is well deserved.

    The decision by CALL to acknowledge the contribution of Helen Rentis is even more gratifying. Helen is in the grand tradition of Canadian legal sales reps who really know their products and their customers and do everything possible to connect the two. Throughout my career, whenever I needed a publication not readily available from the current list of a major publisher, I would turn to Helen for help. Invariably she would either have the answer at her fingertips, or more importantly, know how to quickly find the answer to virtually any request that I made. Furthermore, she would offer her assistance with the characteristic grace and charm that is her signature. Bravo Helen for this much deserved recognition by the community that you have served so well!

  3. Nancie McKinnon

    I’d like to extend my congratulations to Helen. Having worked with Helen for many years at Butterworths, I saw first hand her expertise and commitment to her customers. This award could not have been given to a more deserving person.

  4. It is so good to hear of the award for Helen Rentis. She deserves it for excellence of service to the law library community over many years, and for the friendship she offers to everyone she meets. Good for CALL. Jack Heath, Deputy Mayor, Markham, Ontario.