Announcements for Laprise and Silverstein prizes (Thomson Reuters)

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).

Can law librarians have a role in increasing access to justice?

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?

Tuesday October 25 Seminar - Steve Carey on the new Societies Act

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: Law Courts Inn, 840 Howe 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.

Please register and pay by Monday, October 17th, 2016. No refunds are available after Monday, October 17th, 2016. Registration is not permitted at the door.  Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated for late registrations.

Tuesday October 25 Seminar - Steve Carey on the new Societies Act

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: Law Courts Inn, 840 Howe 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!

Job Posting: Law Librarian, Harper Grey LLP

Harper Grey LLP is seeking a Law Librarian to lead our information services department.

One of the top regional law firms in western Canada, Harper Grey LLP has a distinguished history that goes back more than 100 years. With core strengths in business law, civil litigation, health care and insurance law, we have grown various niche practices to offer our clients a wide range of legal services. We pride ourselves on helping clients navigate complex legal issues with clients’ business goals as the cornerstone of every project. We offer our clients the services of over 60 lawyers and 100 support staff. Many of our lawyers are considered among the top practitioners in their areas of focus and since 2012 our firm was ranked as a Top 10 Regional Firm in British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. We are committed to growing our talent pool with the best and the brightest to deliver the high caliber services our clients have come to expect.

2015-2016 VALL Membership Survey

If you have not already done so, the Programs Committee invites you to complete the 2015-2016 Membership Survey.

The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete, and your input helps determine future programming and other events.

Many thanks for contributing your thoughts and recommendations.  

2015-2016 VALL Membership Survey

We would like to present the 2015-2016 VALL membership survey. Your constructive feedback is important to us, and will help ensure that future programming meets your needs and expectations. We recognize you are all busy, but assure you it is quite short and your responses will remain anonymous.

Many thanks on behalf of the Programs Committee and all of us on the VALL executive!

UBC iSchool (SLAIS) Co-op Students Available for Fall or Winter Work Terms

Students from the UBC iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) are still available for Fall co-op work terms (September-December). We’re also starting to post positions for the Winter term (January-April), and some of our students are available for full-time or part-time 8 month work terms spanning September-April.

Educated in one of Canada’s leading schools for information professionals, UBC iSchool students are equipped with the latest knowledge for obtaining and managing information in an increasingly complex world. Students learning the latest in library, information management, and archival fields can be an ideal fit for that special project or short-term vacancy you’ve been looking to fill.

Types of Work UBC iSchool Students Perform:

  • Archives & Preservation of Information
  • Records Management
  • Library & Information Services
  • Data Discovery & Wrangling
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Policy
  • Information Analysis & Retrieval
  • Research

To assist you throughout the hiring process, the UBC Arts Co-op Program can help with drafting job descriptions, determining salary, coordinating interview scheduling, making offers, and monitoring student success during the co-op term.

CALL Webinar: The Lean Law Library

The Lean Law Library: How to Apply Process Improvement Concepts to your Organization
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am

Summary

Law libraries are under pressure to be better, faster, and cheaper. How can we achieve BFC while maintaining high quality services to our appreciative clients? This session will reveal how using the lens of Lean Six Sigma to review law library operations can build BFC opportunities that will also delight law library customers and stakeholders.

Lean Six Sigma is trending to become the ‘new’ solution to pressures on the legal market place. Law librarians who can use Lean Six Sigma concepts will be able to cross pollinate library with management, increasing the relevance of the library as integral to the organization as a whole, not simply as a room or a team who are important to legal researchers.

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