The Programs Committee would like to thank all of our members who attended the latest VALL seminar on December 1st, 2016!
We hope that those of you would please take a moment to complete this brief post-seminar survey. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete and all responses remain anonymous.
We value your insights and recommendations and will use them in shaping future programming.
Many thanks from the VALL Programs Committee!
On Thursday, December 1st, Dom Bautista presented “Access to Justice: How law librarians can give back”. Dom covered how law librarians could use their expertise to help self-represented litigants as a part of the Amici Curiae pro-bono volunteer program.
Dom has agreed to share his speakers notes with VALL Members.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
10:00 - 11:30am
This session will provide an overview of UN documentation. Participants will learn about the main UN organs and the different types of documents they produce; learn about document symbols and how they are structured. The different databases, tools, and publications useful to UN research will be highlighted.
Susan Goard has worked at the Dag Hammarskjold Library at the United Nations headquarters in New York since 2013 where she is the law librarian and training coordinator. Prior to working at the DHL, she worked at the library of the Supreme Court of Canada, and library of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada).
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80
Student Rate: $25 + HST = $28.25
To Register, CLICK HERE
Thursday December 1 Seminar - Please join VALL for our December Seminar - Access to Justice: How law librarians can give backSubmitted by Brenda Alm on November 14, 2016 - 9:03am.
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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.
CLBC is adapting services, collection resources, products and overall methods to meet the evolving needs of lawyers throughout BC. To that end, we're running a survey of BC lawyers and hope you can help us get the word out to your lawyers by sending on the information below.
To all BC Lawyers: We’ll listen to your ideas, comments or gripes about practice needs, the changes sweeping the profession or Courthouse Libraries BC's services. A few minutes with this survey will help us shape the Courthouse Libraries BC of tomorrow and identify new products, services and approaches to address your needs.
Information you share will be anonymous, and we will report out on the big picture findings of the survey after it closes (November 25, 2016). Those who complete the survey will be given the chance to enter a draw for one of five $100 gift cards to Chapters/Indigo.
Be part of the conversation. Please take our survey today.
For more information, you can read a message from our CEO, Johanne Blenkin.
Vancouver-area law librarians interested in meeting up with their SLA colleagues and learning about data-driving storytelling are invited to join SLA WCC on November 22nd for our year end event.
Whether you’re making the case for expanded resources or demonstrating the value of your work, data-driven storytelling is a key tool in the arsenal of the modern information professional.
Our keynote speaker is renowned technologist Alexandra Samuel. As a member of the Wall Street Journal’s experts panel and author of Work Smarter with Social Media (Harvard Business Review Press), Alexandra is uniquely positioned to help information professionals leverage the data around them. Find her sharing thoughts on this topic and more on Twitter @awsamuel.
Where: BCIT Downtown Vancouver, The Atrium (room 825), 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver
When: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Program: Check-in, catered snacks, cash bar, and networking from 6 PM. Keynote address from 6:30 PM.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and your name will be added to the guest list at the door. Should you wish to sponsor a ticket for a student, you may purchase that option along with (or instead of) a ticket for yourself and event organizers will contact you with further details.
All are welcome!
Our thanks to Andornot Consulting for sponsoring this event.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am
Whether you’re new to mentoring or just looking to brush up your style, our expert panel of mentors and mentees will help you ensure that you have the skills to approach a mentoring relationship with confidence. Learn how to set expectations, give and receive constructive feedback, and build your professional network. After exploring the mentoring relationship from a variety of perspectives, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. This webinar is free to CALL Student Members and CALL Unwaged Members.
Tanya Davis has been the Provincial Law Librarian at the Law Society of New Brunswick Library since September 2006. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011 and is a member of Beta Phi Mu - International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. She has been a member of CALL/ACBD since 2003 and was the 2009 recipient of the CALL Education Reserve Fund Grant. Tanya was Co-Chair of the Program Committee of the CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference held in Moncton, NB and has been a member of the Membership Development Committee since 2010. She is a member of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), the Association of Professional Librarians of New Brunswick (APLNB) and has contributed to the APLNB quarterly publication.
Announcement from the Canadian Association of Law Libraries:
On behalf of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL), and as announced at the 2016 annual conference in Vancouver, Thomson Reuters is funding two new prizes launched in memory of members the Association lost in 2015. The prizes remember the significant contributions of Gisèle Laprise and Michael Silverstein. The Gisele Laprise Prize will recognize an outstanding contribution to the understanding of civil and common law systems in Canada and the Michael Silverstein Prize will recognize an outstanding contribution to the understanding of primary law and legal taxonomy.
Applications/nominations for both of these awards will open in early December 2016 and close in February 2017. Further information about the prizes is available on CALL's Scholarships and Awards website. Please remember to include examples of the nominee’s writings for consideration by the panel. The winners will be announced at the annual CALL conference in Ottawa (May 2017).
Post by Dom Bautista, Executive Director of the Law Courts Center
Can law librarians have a role in increasing access to justice?
Yes they can!
Amici Curiae can certainly use the expertise of librarians, starting with completing the legal basis section of the Notice of Civil Claim (Form 1) and Notice of Family Claim (Form F1) for self-represented litigants.
Amici Curiae clinics, which is now in its 5th year of operation, provide assistance to self-represented litigants by drafting their court forms. Amici Curiae volunteers are comprised mostly of paralegals and legal assistants. Their work is supervised by duty counsel. No legal advice is given in its clinics.
Amici Curiae operates 6 clinics (details: http://lawcourtscenter.camp7.org/page-1770376):
- BC Court of Appeal;
- Supreme Court of BC;
- BC Human Rights Tribunal;
- Temporary Foreign Workers Uncontested Divorce Application;
- Battered Women’s Support Services; and
- Atira Women’s Resource Society at the (Downtown Eastside).
Amici Curiae recently welcomed firm accountants into the fold to help self-represented litigants, notably women and transgender women, prepare their F8 Financial Statement affidavits.
Can law librarians have a role in increasing access to justice?
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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.