Seminar American Court Structures, Case Law and Commentary

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Please e-mail Brenda Alm ( for registration availability 

Please join VALL for our March lunchtime seminar, "American Court Structures, Case Law and Commentary" with guest speaker Sarah Richmond.

Sarah Richmond is the Library Manager/ Research Lawyer at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP. She is also currently president of VALL and co-chair of the BCLMA’s KM subsection. Prior to her position at AHBL, Sarah completed her MLIS at Western University in London, articled at a mid-size law firm in Ottawa, and completed her LL.B. at the University of Windsor. She was called to the BC Bar in December 2013 after transferring from Ontario. As part of her role as Library Manager/Research Lawyer at AHBL, Sarah enjoys training the articling and summer students on legal research resources.

This seminar will begin with an introduction to US court structures, judicial selection methods and an overview of stare decisis. The practice of Canadian citation (by lawyers and by judges) of American authorities will be discussed. The seminar will also cover case law research using print secondary source materials, paid/ electronic subscription resources, free internet-based resources, US court documents and will look at US legal citation.

Job posting: Bodleian Law Librarian (Oxford, UK)

Bodleian Law Librarian

Bodleian Libraries, Bodleian Law Library, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford

Grade 9: £45,562 - £52,793 with a discretionary range to £57,674 p.a.

We are seeking a qualified and experienced Law Librarian to lead and manage the Bodleian Law Library as a world-leading library service for law research, teaching and scholarship. The current incumbent is retiring after 13 years in the role and at the conclusion of a major refurbishment project, and this post offers an exciting opportunity to develop world-class law collections and services during a time of significant change in the information landscape.

You will be experienced in building effective working relationships and managing staff, will have excellent knowledge of legal resources and legal publishers, and an informed commitment to the aims of library support in a major academic institution. You will deputise for the Head of the Bodleian Social Sciences Libraries, will oversee the Bodleian’s Official Papers Section which is housed in the Law Library, and will actively contribute to the law library profession at a national and international level.

You will have a good undergraduate degree and a higher degree in librarianship or information science. Experience of fund-raising and working with development officers and donors will be an advantage.

This post is part of a pilot scheme testing a new Supporting Evidence Form in place of the more usual ‘supporting statement’. Please ensure that you carefully read the ‘How to Apply’ section provided in the Job Description, which you can download below along with the required Supporting Evidence form. CVs will not form part of the selection process.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact the Head of the Bodleian Social Sciences Libraries, Louise Clarke (tel: 01865 278709; email: For enquiries on the application process please contact

This post requires Disclosure Scotland and financial background checks.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Friday 24 March 2017 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday 2 May 2017.

Job posting: Website Manager, Courthouse Libraries BC (Vancouver)

Position: Website Manager (permanent, full-time)

Organization: Courthouse Libraries BC, Vancouver

Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC) is currently searching for a Website Manager. We are looking for a team member who engages and collaborates with enthusiasm, is innovative and understands the value of sharing knowledge. We pride ourselves on these values.

The Website Manager reports to the Director, Knowledge Management.  The primary focus of the Website Manager is to ensure our website continues to meet the changing needs of our end users and partner with cross-functional teams to develop our online community platform.

CLBC connects the legal community and the public in British Columbia with legal information and strives to equip our users with the skills needed to use legal information. Our website is one of the  primary ways we create that access.

CALL webinar: US Legislation for Canadian Legal Researchers (Part One)

March 2, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Summary: This webinar will cover the legislative branch of government in the US -  its structure, its law-making powers, and its legal publications.  Emphasizing the differences between Canadian and US legislative publications, this session will focus primarily on free websites which provide access to federal legislative work.

Bio: Professor Penny A. Hazelton

Penny Hazelton has been working as a law librarian for over 44 years at the University of Washington, the US Supreme Court Library, and the University of Maine.  She has enjoyed teaching legal research to law students, lawyers, judges, prisoners, librarians, and members of the public.  She is the editor of Specialized Legal Research and co-author of the Washington Legal Researcher’s Deskbook.

*Please note that this is part one of a 2 part series. Part 2 will be available on June 22, 2017.

Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80 
Student Members: $25 + HST = $28.25

To register click here.  

Amici Curiae Volunteer Intake Package

On December 1, 2016, Dom Bautista, the Executive Director of the Law Courts Centre, spoke to VALL members about “How Law Librarians Can Give Back”. Dom presented the group with the opportunity to volunteer their time as law librarians through the Amici Curiae workshop series, helping self-represented litigants fill out legal forms. This opportunity is a great way for law librarians to help increase access to justice.

The Amici Curiae Volunteer Intake Package for law librarians is now available (see attached, below). This package will also be circulated by email to VALL members.

Any questions about the volunteer program can be directed to Yvonne Choi, Executive Assistant at

CALL Webinar: Libraries and Access to Justice


Tuesday, January 31, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am

The Justice system has been described as in crisis. Following the release of the Action Committee on Access to Family and Civil Matters’ report in 2013 a number of initiatives across the country have been launched to address the issue. With the increase in self- represented litigants this is an issue that affects all law librarians from those who serve the public and firm librarians. Johanne Blenkin, CEO of CLBC will talk about the role of law libraries in access to justice, opportunities for law librarians and also about the LawMatters program for public libraries  that CLBC operates. Sarah McCoubrey, Access to Justice Strategist at CALIBRATE, will speak about the Ontario initiatives on A2J and collaboration with Ontario public libraries.

Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20 
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80
Student Members: $25 + HST = $28.25

To Register, Click Here  

February Brown Bag Session – DBTextworks with Jonathan Jacobsen

Please join VALL for our February Brown Bag session, where Jonathan Jacobsen of Andornot Consulting will lead a round-table discussion on DBTextworks. Past, present and future users of DBTextworks are all welcome.

RSVP early and don't forget to bring your lunch!

Date: Tuesday February 21st, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Place: Norton Rose Fulbright. 510 West Georgia Street, 18th Floor. Reception located on the 18th floor.     
Cost: N/A
Registration: Please send your RSVP email to Brenda Alm,, by February17th, 2017.

January Coffee Morning at Whitelaw Twining

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries Tuesday, January 31st, 2017. These casual socials are a great way to catch up with friends and to get to know fellow VALL members.

When: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 from 7:30am – 9:00am
Where: Whitelaw Twining at 200 Granville Street, located on the 24th Floor.

Please send your RSVP email to Brenda Alm,, by January 30th, 2017.

Hope to see you there!<

Post-Seminar Survey - Dom Bautista "Access to Justice"

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!

December Seminar Speaker's Notes

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.

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