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Presentation slides for June Seminar – Canada’s First Online Tribunal with Shannon Salter

Guest speaker Shannon Salter very kindly shared her presentation slides from the June seminar "Canada’s First Online Tribunal".

Please note: Shannon points out their jurisdiction will eventually go up to $25,000, but for now they are starting with claims $5,000 and under. 

See the below link for the PDF version. 

June Seminar – Canada’s First Online Tribunal with Shannon Salter

Please join VALL for our final June seminar, “Canada’s First Online Tribunal” with guest speaker Shannon Salter.

As well as being the chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Shannon Salter is an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching administrative law and legal ethics.  She earned her BA and LLB from UBC, and her LLM from the University of Toronto.  Ms. Salter was a BC Supreme Court judicial law clerk before practicing civil litigation and serving as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal.  Ms. Salter is a commissioner of the Financial Institutions Commission, vice president of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals, and a board member of CanLII.  She also co-authored the BC Administrative Decision Maker’s Manual.

The CRT is moving towards resolving strata property and small claims at the convenience of the public with the implementation of a brand new online system. Come learn more about this innovative access to justice project, which leverages technology to help parties resolve their disputes by agreement.

Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts

Message from Yolanda Koscielski, Librarian for Criminology, Psychology & Philosophy at W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

Dear Colleagues,

I've recently created a guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts (link:

This guide is designed to help SFU researchers looking for court records such as trial transcripts, affidavits, exhibits, and other documents associated with a case but *other than the main case law/judgment*. This is a research question I frequently receive.

I'm hoping the guide might be of use to others as well, including the public. Accordingly, if you have any have any suggestions for additional content, or notice a point that needs correcting (!), I'd be grateful to hear it. You can email me directly:

2017 Gov Info Day at the SFU Harbour Center Campus

A message from Carla Graebner, Librarian for Research Data Services and Government Information at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

GovInfo Day is Friday, April 28th and will be held at SFU Vancouver (room 7000) from 8:45 - 4:30. This year's program (agenda attached) consists of speakers from Library and Archives Canada, Environment Canada, BC STATs and SFU.

New for this year, we are hosting the PechaKucha/Cool Tools session. If you're interested in participating in this segment and have a tip, tool or resource (related to government or legal information or data) you want to show case in in 3-5 minutes, please indicate so in your registration.

I'll also be organizing a no-host social event after sessions conclude. You'll be asked to indicate your interest when you register.

Thanks to the support of SFU Library, GovInfo Day remains free but registration is required since space is limited. If, after registering, you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

Seminar American Court Structures, Case Law and Commentary

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Please e-mail Brenda Alm ( for registration availability 

Please join VALL for our March lunchtime seminar, "American Court Structures, Case Law and Commentary" with guest speaker Sarah Richmond.

Sarah Richmond is the Library Manager/ Research Lawyer at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP. She is also currently president of VALL and co-chair of the BCLMA’s KM subsection. Prior to her position at AHBL, Sarah completed her MLIS at Western University in London, articled at a mid-size law firm in Ottawa, and completed her LL.B. at the University of Windsor. She was called to the BC Bar in December 2013 after transferring from Ontario. As part of her role as Library Manager/Research Lawyer at AHBL, Sarah enjoys training the articling and summer students on legal research resources.

This seminar will begin with an introduction to US court structures, judicial selection methods and an overview of stare decisis. The practice of Canadian citation (by lawyers and by judges) of American authorities will be discussed. The seminar will also cover case law research using print secondary source materials, paid/ electronic subscription resources, free internet-based resources, US court documents and will look at US legal citation.

Thursday December 1 Seminar - Please join VALL for our December Seminar - Access to Justice: How law librarians can give back



Please join VALL for our December seminar, “Access to Justice: How law librarians can give back” with guest speaker Dom Bautista. Dom will cover how law librarians can use their expertise to help self-represented litigants as a part of Amici Curiae. For more information about our speaker, please visit Dom's Twitter page @LCCDomBautista.

Tuesday October 25 Seminar - Steve Carey on the new Societies Act

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Please join VALL for our October seminar “The new Societies Act”.

The new Societies Act, the governance law for BC non-profits, will come into force on November 28, 2016. Steve Carey, Associate at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, will speak about the reason for the legislative changes, the legal community’s involvement in the process of creating the new Act and regulations, the transitional provisions and the key changes of which to be aware.

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Time: Registration @ 11:45, lunch @ 12 noon, seminar to conclude by 1:15.

Place: ***UPDATED ADDRESS***Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street

Cost: $50 VALL members, $60 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

Registration: Register by mail or online. Follow the steps on the registration form, linked here.

After Summer Social at the Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe

Take a break after a busy summer and join us for the VALL social!

The get together will be a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxed and friendly setting.

We are meeting at the Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe at 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver  on Tuesday September 20, at 4:30 pm to 6:30.  No need to RSVP.

We are looking forward to meeting new members and catching up with VALL veterans - see you there!

A chat over the professional fence: embeddedness & evidence as common concepts in law and medical libraries

***Only 5 spaces left! Get yours while you can*** 

Please join VALL for our June seminar “A chat over the professional fence: embeddedness & evidence as common concepts in law and medical libraries” where guest speakers Sarah Sutherland and Dean Giustini will initiate a discussion about how special librarians in law and medicine can adapt novel models of practice, and seize opportunities to work closely with client communities. An early view of what strategies have worked to change the dynamic of how information is integrated into the library's mission will be started.

Abstract: law librarians and medical librarians work within dynamic information environments that require good communication skills, a reliance on precedence and evidence and working closely with constituents. Models of embeddedness are seen throughout librarianship but law and medical librarians, as information specialists working closely with their clienteles, can share innovative practices and approaches in providing information services. This session will focus on medical and law environments and their commonalities/differences; professional clienteles, fast timelines, complex technical information structures, pressures to provide information to the public, and high stakes evidence. There are great opportunities to share strategies across sectors.

Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

REMINDER: Coffee Morning @ Bull Housser


VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at the new office location of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP. The drop in social will take place between 7:30 and 9:00am. The street address is 1800 510 West Georgia Street and attendees should take the elevator to reception on the 18th floor.

Please email to RSVP if you are planning to attend.  

A morning coffee get-together is a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxed and friendly setting. We are looking forward to meeting new members and catching up with VALL veterans - see you there!

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