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University of Windsor Leddy Library Creates Story Map on Missing Children of Indian Residential Schools

I am always on the lookout for innovative ways that libraries have found to create great stories about complex legal or historical issues that have many moving parts.

This one is quite remarkable: the Leddy Library at the University of Windsor has created a site that tells the story of the Missing Children of Indian Residential Schools using maps.

This intereactive visual representation of the residential school locations across Canada uses data from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report to document the experience:

“The recent discoveries of more than 1,700 unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools in

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Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Technology: Internet

Nominate Your Favourite New Read

CALL/ACBD is accepting nominations for the 2022 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries has long had an annual award for excellent legal publishing. Some years ago, we renamed the award we present after Queens University Professor Hugh Lawford (1933-2009) to recognize his contributions to legal publishing in Canada. As a group of legal information specialists, our work depends on being able to access and share high-quality legal knowledge.

We value innovation and this award is open to legal content in all information formats. Slaw.ca was recognized with this award in 2009.

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Posted in: Education & Training, Legal Information, Legal Information: Publishing

Jonathon Rudin’s “Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System” – an Easy Read as Well as an Essential Reference

Given recent events, examining the impact of criminal law on Indigenous people should be on the agenda of every criminal lawyer in Canada. Lawyers and judges need to understand that cases involving Indigenous accused persons and victims require specific knowledge and skills. Jonathon Rudin’s “Practitioner’s Handbook on Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System” provides both the means to understand the case law and valuable insights into representing indigenous clients.

This book should be considered to be an “essential” reference work. Mention of this book has previously been made on Slaw. The first time was when it was announced that . . . [more]

Posted in: Book Reviews, Reading: Recommended

Book Review: Leading Legal Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law

Leading Legal Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law
Giuseppina D’Agostino, Aviv Gaon and Carole Piovesan
2021 Thompson Reuters
ISBN 978-0-7798-9871-8

In an age where so many clients that I assisted were implementing machine learning systems and other artificial intelligence (AI) systems this book, Leading Legal Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law, is a welcome resource.

The book is a collection of essays that explore different facets of artificial intelligence and thereby, together, build up a more robust understanding for the reader on many of the practical and policy challenges that . . . [more]

Posted in: Book Reviews, Legal Information

What Does a User Centred Design Court Form Look Like?

In the article “What does a user-centered eviction court summons look like?”, Margaret Hagan answers this question. Her analysis can be applied to most court forms. The key design principles outlined are as follows:

  1. Have a clear visual hierarchy. Put the first and second most important information in large boxes, with icons, indented lists, and images.
  2. Make it easily readable. Use small blocks of text and short sentences. Follow plain language. Use lists where possible. Bold each paragraph’s take away.
  3. Use symbols and images when possible. Be sure to have a court logo or seal to impart that
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Posted in: Legal Information

Book Review: Managing Privacy in a Connected World

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law.

Managing Privacy in a Connected World. By Éloïse Gratton & Elisa Hendry. Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2020. 488p. Includes bibliographic references and index. ISBN 9780433503651 (softcover) $190.00. 

Reviewed by Stef Alexandru
Librarian
Lawson Lundell LLP
In CLLR 46:2

Managing Privacy in a Connected World expertly ties together privacy and emerging practice . . . [more]

Posted in: Book Reviews

Book Review: Wounded Feelings: Litigating Emotions in Quebec, 1870–1950

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law.

Wounded Feelings: Litigating Emotions in Quebec, 1870–1950. By Eric H. Reiter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019. xiii, 482 p. Includes illustrations, bibliographic reference, and index. ISBN 9781487506551 (hardcover) $55.00; ISBN 9781487526986 (softcover) $44.95. 

Reviewed by Mary Hemmings
Law Librarian and Instructor
Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University
In CLLR 46:2 . . . [more]

Posted in: Book Reviews

Book Review: The Canadian Law of Obligations: Access to Justice

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law.

The Canadian Law of Obligations: Access to Justice. Edited by Hilary Young. Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2020. xxx, 255 p. Includes illustrations, bibliographic references, and index. ISBN 9780433505754 (softcover) $130.00. 

Reviewed by Emily Nickerson
Law & Business Librarian
Diana M. Priestly Law Library, University of Victoria
In CLLR 46:2

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Book Review: A Great Revolutionary Wave: Women and the Vote in British Columbia

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law.

A Great Revolutionary Wave: Women and the Vote in British Columbia. By Lara Campbell. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020. 310 p. Includes photographs, illustrations, table of contents, bibliographic references, and index. ISBN 9780774863223 (hardcover) $27.95; ISBN 9780774863254 (eBook) $27.95. 

Reviewed by Dominique Garingan
Library Manager, Calgary
Parlee McLaws LLP
In CLLR . . . [more]

Posted in: Book Reviews

Book Review: Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v Wade to the Present

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law.

Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v Wade to the Present. By Mary Ziegler. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020. xvii, 312 p. Includes timeline, notes, bibliographic references, and index. ISBN 9781108735599 (softcover) $33.95.

Reviewed by Margo Jeske
Emerita Law Librarian (Retired)
University of Ottawa
In CLLR 46:2

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Book Review: The Legal Responsibilities of Healthcare Facilities in Canada

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law.

The Legal Responsibilities of Healthcare Facilities in Canada. By Nicholas Léger-Riopel. Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2020. 128 p. Includes table of contents and bibliographical references. ISBN 978-0-433-49172-9 (softcover) $115.00.

Reviewed by Alisa Lazear
Manager, Community and Content
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
In CLLR 46:1

The Legal Responsibility of Healthcare Facilities . . . [more]

Posted in: Book Reviews

CanLII Wins the 2021 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries / Association canadienne des bibliotheques de droit (CALL/ACBD) is pleased to announce thatThe CanLII Manual to British Columbia Civil Litigation, by Brent Anderson et al, John Fiddick and Cameron Wardell (eds.) is the winner of the 2021 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing!

This resource is a volunteer-written, open access publication that supports legal professionals and self-represented litigants with their civil justice research. It consists of nine “pathfinders” dealing with specific areas of the law, a guide to civil procedure at the BC Supreme Court, and annotated rules of court . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing