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Lexbox Lunch & Learn: Legal Research Workspace

Pierre-Paul Lemyre at Lexum is pleased to host a lunch & learn for VALL members to talk to us about Lexbox.

Lexbox is an online workspace for legal researchers that makes it very easy to create personalized databases of online legal information and keep track of them over time. Lexbox provides advanced legal research features such as saving frequent queries for reuse, updates and/or citation alerts, and collaborative features.  Lexbox supports a variety of legal information systems including CanLII, BC Laws and many courts and tribunals websites.

Pierre-Paul Lemyre is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience in the legal technology sector. He is one of the founding partners of Lexum Inc., which is the primary provider of online legal information in Canada. As Director of Business Development, Pierre-Paul oversees all commercial activities of Lexum and is largely responsible for providing the strategic vision in this regard.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

June Seminar - Mentor/Mentee Relationships in Law Libraries (Note: Change of Venue)

Guest speakers Debbie Millward & Shannon Cheng will be doing a seminar on the topic of mentoring in a law library. With a focus on the what, why, and who of being a mentor/mentee, this seminar will cover what newer members looking for advice might ask, how experienced members can give back to the profession, or ideas for mid-career members contemplating a job change.

Debbie Millward joined Lawson Lundell in 2014 as manager of information resources, after a contract position as library manager at McMillan. Her experience prior to law libraries was at the Vancouver Sun and The Province, where she managed the news research library. Debbie’s background as a mentor comes from over 20 years as a practicum host, from teaching library students at UBC and Langara, and serving on committees and the executives of SLA and VALL. Most recently, she was a BCLA mentor for SLAIS student Shannon Cheng.

Shannon Cheng began her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in September 2014. With a background in sociology and insurance, she wanted to learn more about libraries and information as a professional field. As a mentee to Debbie, Shannon gained greater insight into the field, while developing a lasting professional relationship.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

April Brown Bag Session – Hosting Library Practicum Students

Please join VALL for our upcoming Brown Bag session where we will discuss the topic of hosting library practicum students. Law libraries are often asked to host practicum students from Library Technician or MLIS programs. Whether your library regularly hosts practicum students or if your new to the process, come out and learn from the experience of other VALL members.

VALL Executive Member Bronwyn Guiton has agreed to start off the discussion by speaking about her article “Practical Approaches for Enhancing the Student Practicum in Law Libraries” which was featured in Volume 39 (3) of last year’s CALL/ACBD Canadian Law Library Review. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP quickly.  

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Harper Grey LLP. 650 W Georgia St #3200, Vancouver
Cost: N/A (Please bring your own lunch).
Registration: Please RSVP to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca.

March Seminar - Substantive law seminar on the topic of Aboriginal law

Please join VALL for our March seminar where guest speakers Tina Dion & Rosalind Campbell will be doing a substantive law seminar on the topic of Aboriginal law. This seminar will cover recent changes in aboriginal law with a focus on resources development, treaties, consultation, and accommodation.

Tina Dion is a sole practitioner in the areas of Aboriginal, environmental and administrative law, and civil litigation. In addition to assisting the Tsawwassen Government with merging into the Provincial Court system and establishing its Judicial Council, she has taught the First Nations Self-Government course as an adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law since 2002.

Rosalind Campbell joined McDonald & Duncan in 2011. Her experience prior to law practice includes many years as a legal assistant and administering the Property Taxation Department for the Musqueam First Nation. Her experience with First Nations includes governance, economic development and property taxation. She is Coast Salish and an active member of the Musqueam First Nation.

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