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Free ICC eBooks

The International Chamber of Commerce has announced that it is offering free copies of the ICC Anti-corruption Clause and the ICC Force Majeure/ICC Hardship Clause to download.

The aim of the ICC Anti-corruption Clause "is to preserve trust between parties, to deter corruption in the negotiation and performance of a contract, and to preserve the sanctity of contracts."

The ICC Force Majeure/ICC Hardship Clause "has been designed to facilitate the drafting process both for companies and for their lawyers and help them to take unforeseeable circumstances into account."

Altman Weil 2012 Law Firms in Transition Survey available

Altman Weil has made its 2012 Law Firms in Transition Survey available online. Although Altman Weil surveyed only U.S. law firms, the report still makes for an interesting read. Predictions include that law firms will be increasingly using contract lawyers and that there will be a decrease in the number of support staff per lawyer.

(Hat tip to Steven Lastres.)

Free seminar on Competitive Intelligence

The Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) and the Practising Law Institute (PLI) have made available an archived version of their online seminar What is CI?: An Introduction to Competitive Intelligence in the Law Firm Environment (held on April 25th). To access the seminar, go to: The program is free, but you will need to register with PLI to order to view it.

CALL presentations

For those of you who were not able to attend the 2012 CALL conference in Toronto, the following presentations are available online: 

ebook on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law

In partnership with Lancaster House, CanLII has just added its first text, an ebook on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law by Peter Neumann and Jeffrey Sack. The eBook can be found at The first update will appear in July and subsequent updates will be published two to four times annually thereafter.

For further details on this intiative, please see CanLII's press release.

Data Protection Laws of the World

The law firm DLA Piper has published a free eBook, "Data Protection Laws of the World". The book "offers a high-level snapshot of selected features of national laws as they currently stand in 58 jurisdictions across the world" from Argentina to the United States.

Job posting: Law Library Technician, Alberta Law Libraries (Edmonton)

Job Title:   Library Technician 
Job ID:  1010387
Location:  Edmonton 

Full/Part Time:   Part-Time 
Regular/Temporary:  Temporary 

Open competition

Closing Date 
April 6, 2012

Law Library Technician
Information and Creative Technical Services 3

Alberta Justice and Attorney General

Are you a dynamic, innovative person with a passion for delivering the best client experience? If so, Alberta Law Libraries has an opening for a Law Library Technician wage position in Edmonton.

CANSIM now available for free

Statistics Canada has announced that CANSIM is now available free of charge under the Statistics Canada Open Licence Agreement.

CANSIM is Statistics Canada's key socioeconomic database. It includes data on a wide range of areas such as "Business, consumer and property services", "Crime and justice" and "Prices and price indexes".

CALL 2012 program announced


The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL)  has announced details of their 2012 conference: The theme this year is Towering Opportunities / Possibilités Immenses. The program "is designed to help you and your organization as we struggle with the towering bits & bytes of information and other challenges in today's economic environment."

The program can be found here: VALL member Sarah Sutherland is speaking on "Library Systems Migrations: If Your Staff Want to Retire, You're Doing it Wrong" on Tuesday, May 8. The Private Law Libraries SIG is sponsoring two sessions: "Knowledge Management in Law Libraries: The Role for Legal Information Professionals" (on Monday, May 7 at 2:00) and "Legal Research and Writing Best Practices for Educating Law Students and Lawyers" (on Tuesday, May 8 at 3:30).

Information about the Pre-Conference Workshop, Advocacy 101, is available on their website as well as inforrmation on transportation, accommodations and some FAQs to help with planning.

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