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News from Dom Bautista and Amici Curiae

Amici Curiae is excited to announce it is launching a new legal forms workshop in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library. This new workshop will ultimately be at the centrally located Oakridge Branch and will offer assistance with legal forms, including in the areas of:

  • BC Court of Appeals (civil and family law matters);
  • Supreme Court of BC Civil and family law matters;
  • Provincial Court of BC affidavits;
  • BC Human Rights Tribunal applications; and
  • employment, tenancy and foreclosure matters.

Our free service is available to the public, including battered women, transgender persons, and Indigenous people.

We will be hosting an information session and we invite you to come hear more about the services we will be offering at this new workshop:

Date: Monday, September 18, 2017

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library 350 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
Boardroom: Alma VanDusen room (lower level)

Please RSVP by e-mail to Yvonne Choi at

The UN is looking for new talent: Young Professionals Programme in INFONET (information management, public information)

The United Nations invites eligible candidates to apply for the Young Professionals Programme in information management (INFONET).  The United Nations is seeking applicants with degrees in library and information science, archival science, and related professions in the field of information management. The application deadline is 22 August 2017.

Detailed information about the format and process of the examination, as well as the list of countries that are participating in the examination this year, can be found here:

Direct link to the job opening:

June Coffee Morning at McCarthy Tétrault

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle at the new McCarthy Tétrault office and library space, Wednesday, June 21st, 2017!

When: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 from 7:30am – 9:00am
Where: McCarthy Tetrault at 745 Thurlow Street, Suite 2400

Mingling will be on the Reception Floor, with tours down to the library space at 8:00am and 8:30am.

Please send your RSVP email to Susan Caird,, by Thursday, June 15th, 2017.

Hope to see you there!

VALL’s Programs Committee is looking for their 3rd member!

We are looking for a VALL member to join the Programs Committee on the 2016/17 Executive. This role entails a one year commitment (and the option to stay on), with no experience necessary.  You can read a brief job description on the VALL website, or feel free to contact me or any of the current Executive members with questions about the role. 

The 2016/17 Executive  is an enthusiastic and dynamic group.  Please let me know if you would like to join them!

Larisa Titova
Past President

Joanne Lecky

It is with profound sadness that I write to let you know that Joanne Lecky, our friend and colleague, passed away on Thursday, July 2nd, following a year-long battle with cancer.

Joanne began her library career at ICBC, before moving to the law firm world. Her first legal library position was at Bull Housser Tupper as a Reference Librarian for 4 ½ years, followed by the position of Manager of Library & Information Services at Singleton Urquhart. In 2008, she moved to McCarthy Tétrault, first as the Director, Library Systems & Training and then as the Director, e-Library Technology. In these roles, she honed her legal and business reference skills, her project management skills as well as her leadership skills.

During her time at McCarthy’s,  Joanne progressed from managing a small, regional library to directing a cross-functional, integrated national team, streamlining and centralizing Library training, technology, and technical services to develop new workflow processes and provide highly functional, vital library services to the firm.

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