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Seminar American Court Structures, Case Law and Commentary

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Please e-mail Brenda Alm (balm@wt.ca) 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

****DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29****

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO REGISTER!

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

         ********Spaces Still Available********

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

***REMINDER***

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 emily.klomps-spanjers@mcmillan.ca 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!

Fast Track Update on Tools for Client Monitoring & Current Awareness

NOTE: Registration has been extended to March 25th!

VALL is pleased to present the March seminar "Fast Track Update on Tools for Client Monitoring & Current Awareness." This seminar will be fast track style with a variety of speakers from different areas to capture different perspectives on the subject of client monitoring & current awareness. This seminar will cover topics such as business-intelligence alerts, legislation and case-law monitoring, news sources & blogs, and creating dynamic intranet pages (among others).

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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

Place: Blakes 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2600, Three Bentall Centre, Vancouver

Cost: $35 VALL members, $55 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

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

Please register and pay by Friday, March 25, 2016. No refunds are available after Friday, March 25, 2016. Registration is not permitted at the door. Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated for late registrations.

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 emily.klomps-spanjers@mcmillan.ca 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!

 

March Seminar

A seminar is currently in the planning stages. Further details coming soon!

November Seminar - The Art of Speaking for Success

Please join VALL for our November seminar “The Art of Speaking for Success” where guest speaker Dorothea Hendriks will cover the topic of effective communication and delivery of our message to management, peers, lawyers, in training, and with vendors.

In this workshop we look at:

  • Engaging your listener without handcuffs
  • Basic body language dos and don’ts
  • Art of asking questions
  • Communication styles
  • Attitude and action

Dorothea Hendriks provides professionals with the tools they need to increase their confidence levels, express ideas with greater clarity and impact others with their message.  

An educator and former instructor at Vancouver Community College, she has presented to over 5,000 people, delivering workshops, keynotes and coaching sessions focused on speaking and presentation skills.

Dorothea is the owner of Art of Speaking for Success and Presentation Skills Inc. and passionate about helping people experience the benefits of becoming more effective communicators.

This seminar will also be the last of 2015 so we encourage you to come see some old friends and new colleagues before the rush of Christmas descends.

Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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