CanLII will be doing a presentation in Vancouver to demonstrate some of the new features on the site.Â In particularÂ they will show SATAL, the new point-in-time searching capability for statutes and the availability of the BC statutes on the site.
The presentation will take place on Monday April 20 at 5:30pm at the Law Society of British Columbia.Â For more information, see http://www.canlii.org/en/blog/index.php?/archives/32-CanLII-invites-you-to-a-user-meeting-in-Vancouver.html
VALL Lunch on April 16, 2009: Who's Lying and Who's Telling the Truth: How does a Judge Determine CredibilitySubmitted by Graeme Dempsey on April 2, 2009 - 1:03pm.
Please join us as we welcome Madam Justice Susan A. Griffin, previously senior litigation partner with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. Madam Justice Griffin was appointed judge of the British Columbia Supreme Court on February 19, 2008. She joined FMC's Vancouver office in 1999, and served as Co-Chair of the firm's National Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group until her appointment to the bench. During that time, she developed a strong reputation as a skilled and highly professional advocate. Throughout her career, she has appeared before all levels of courts, and in a wide variety of practice areas. In addition to her courtroom experience, Madam Justice Griffin acted as counsel to a judicial commission, annually edited a leading manual for civil practitioners, taught every year at a respected advocacy workshop and has appeared as guest lecturer in courses designed for the education of the judges.
The deadline for registration and payment isÂ Thursday April 9, 2009. (Note the change in date due to the Easter holiday weekend)
The VALL Executive have decided to create a new category of member: that of Lifetime Member. LifetimeÂ membership isÂ complimentary andÂ is open to VALL Members who have retired from the profession.
AÂ lifetime member is entitled to:
- a password that allows access to the online VALL Directory and VALL Review
- receive luncheon and workshop notices by e-mail
- be the guest of VALL at theÂ December luncheon in the year they receive the Lifetime Membership.
Please contact the Membership Secretary if you are interested in becoming a lifetime member.
Benefits of the new system include:
- Versions of statutes and regulations reflect real changes;
- Legislative updates are carried out on a weekly basis;
- UsersÂ can search a legislative text as it was legally binding on a particular date in the past. Historical coverage is approximately five years;
- UsersÂ can compare two different versions of a particular document;
- UsersÂ can noteup statutesâ€™ sections;
- RSS feeds are available to informÂ users about legislative changes of a particular statute or database.
The latest issue of PLL Perspectives (the newsletter of AALL's Private Law Libraries SIS)Â includes the followingÂ articles:
- Savings Costs May Save Jobs: Take it Seriously â€” lots of suggestions as how to cut library costs. U.S.-centric (naturally) but still useful
- PLL Webinar: Law Library Budgeting During Hard Economic Times
- Cost-Effective Research in U.S. Bankruptcy Law
The second edition of the printable PDF version of the VALL Membership Directory 2008-2009, current to February 24, 2009, is now available. Members can access the directory under Member Resources. Please note that you will need to sign in to the website in order to access the file.
If you find any errors or omissions, please notify the Membership Secretary soÂ our database can be updated.Â Also, please take this opportunity to make sure your own profile is displaying your current information on this website.
Christina is an experienced business and legal researcher who specializes in conducting background searches on companies and individuals, legal research, and technology subjects. She is an expert at using commercial databases, particularly LexisNexis, Quicklaw, FPInfomart and Factiva.
Prior to joining InfoAction, Christina worked at the BC Securities Commission where she conducted background research for investigations, litigation and policy development, and designed web-based information and educational materials for the securities industry.
Christina teaches a module on using commercial databases for Internet for Investigations, a course in BCIT's Forensic Investigations program. She is a regular speaker at UBC's School of Library and Information Studies and at library conferences.
Date: Thursday,Â March 19, 2008
Time: Registration - 11:45 Lunch -12:00 noon
Place: Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, 5th floor
Deadline for Registration: Friday,Â March 13, 2009 (Registration is not permitted at the door)
AALLnet has put together a wiki on "Tools for Success in Today's Economy" at http://aallnet.pbwiki.com/. The wiki includes a number of resources in the following areas:
- Career Tools (e.g. salary negotiation, networking, finding a job)
- Financial Tools (e.g. budgeting, negotiation)
- Management Tools (e.g. conflict resolution, hiring staff)
- Public Relations Tools
From Louise Hamel of the Ontario Judges' library:
The Court of Appeal for Ontario launced today an RSS feed for when:
Decisions are added to the decisions page
Case lists are available
Leave to appeal notifications are posted
Non-publication orders and in-camera hearings are announced
Additional feeds are under development and in the future you will be able to subscribe to separate feeds for each service. You can check out this new service at http://www.ontariocourts.on.ca/coa/en/rss/index.htm. It is now a menu option for the side panel.
Via Lance Nordstrom of WorkSafeBC Library Services.Â If text formatting is unreadable,Â please see attachment.Â If this item is deleted, please advise Ana Rosa Blue at firstname.lastname@example.org.Â Thank you.
For anyone who may have an interest in workersâ€™ compensation issues, particularly those in British Columbia, you may be interested in a new book from Butterworths, Workersâ€™ Compensation in British Columbia, with an expected publication date of March 2009. Written by two lawyers who formerly worked in the Appeals Division of WorkSafeBC and now vice chairs at the Workersâ€™ Compensation Appeals Tribunal, this volume provides a comprehensive overview of the law, policy and practice of the workersâ€™ compensation system in British Columbia.