Fast Track Update on Tools for Client Monitoring & Current Awareness

NOTE: Registration has been extended to March 25th!

VALL is pleased to present the March seminar "Fast Track Update on Tools for Client Monitoring & Current Awareness." This seminar will be fast track style with a variety of speakers from different areas to capture different perspectives on the subject of client monitoring & current awareness. This seminar will cover topics such as business-intelligence alerts, legislation and case-law monitoring, news sources & blogs, and creating dynamic intranet pages (among others).

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Time: Registration @ 11:45, lunch @ 12 noon, seminar to conclude by 1:15.

Place: Blakes 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2600, Three Bentall Centre, Vancouver

Cost: $35 VALL members, $55 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 Friday, March 25, 2016. No refunds are available after Friday, March 25, 2016. Registration is not permitted at the door. Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated for late registrations.

Public Speaking Workshop, March 10, 2016

Public Speaking Workshop for Legal Support Staff
When:  Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:  Law Courts Center, #150 - 840 Howe St., Vancouver
Spaces left:  13
Cost:  $10.00 
Facilitator: Dom Bautista

This pilot clinic is designed as a drop in activity and priced to encourage people to just try it out. Attendance is limited to 14.

For more information contact: 604.685.2727

Webinar: Top 25 Free Technologies for Law Librarians

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar Series 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
1:00pm - 2:30pm EST 
Libraries are continually faced with the challenge of making the most of their budgets while progressively increasing efficiency and library services. Join Ellyssa Kroski and Avery Le to discover how you can implement free technologies in your library today. Ellyssa will present 15 Free Technologies for Law Libraries discussing how the New York Law Institute is leveraging many different types of free social software and open source applications to improve internal operations, market library services, and encourage staff collaboration. Find out what types of free applications are available for electronic resources management (ERM), private intranets, reference statistics tracking, email management and more in this informative talk! Avery will discuss her Top 10 Free Computer Tools that facilitate tasks such as converting files, editing photos, cropping videos, embedding materials into PowerPoint presentations, adjusting computer settings, creating interactive charts and more.

Coffee Morning @ Bull Housser

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at the new office location of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP. The drop in social will take place between 7:30 and 9:00am. The street address is 1800 510 West Georgia Street and attendees should take the elevator to reception on the 18th floor.

Please email to RSVP if you are planning to attend.  

A morning coffee get-together is a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxed and friendly setting. We are looking forward to meeting new members and catching up with VALL veterans - see you there!


March Seminar

A seminar is currently in the planning stages. Further details coming soon!

BCLMA Conference 2016 is next week

The British Columbia Legal Management Association is holding its bi-annual conference next week in Richmond, BC. The theme is Synergy, through Technology & Teamwork.
The conference kicks off on Wednesday, March 2nd, at 6:00 p.m. and runs all day Thursday, March 3rd. Location: River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.
Over 100 delegates have registered this year, and there is a great program with lots of networking opportunities. 
Early-bird registration was $400 for BCLMA members and is now $500 for members and $595 for non-members. 
The conference website is at
BCLMA's Knowledge Management subsection includes VALL members. Reasons to consider joining include opportunities to meet and learn with non-library professionals from other law firms. The KM subsection is co-chaired by VALL members Carolyn Petrie and Sarah Richmond.

Reminder: Peter Bark Bursary Applications due March 1, 2016

Hello VALL Members,

This is a reminder that the Peter Bark Bursary deadline is March 1, 2016. The Bursary will assist the successful applicant(s) in attending professional development meetings, such as the Canadian Association of Law Libraries conference, which will be held in Vancouver in May 2016 (the conference program is now available here).

If you are interested in attending the 2016 CALL conference, or you would like to participate in another professional development conference or continuing education program or course, consider applying for the Peter Bark Bursary.

For further information, please see the Peter Bark Bursary page under Member Resources on the VALL website.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Richmond at or 604-628-2719.

New York Public Library's digital photograph collection

Wonderful resource: digitized, high-resolution, public domain images from the NYPL, with a great search engine. Warning: may result in lost hours of browsing.

Go to the archive site here and as an example, see this image of the Law Library of The Lawyers Club, Equitable Building, New York 

Webinar: Substantive Law - Family Law

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar Series

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

10:00am - 11:30am 

This session will provide a summary on family law issues including:
a) Parenting;
b) Support obligations, including child and spousal support;
c) Property division;
d) Rights of unmarried spouses; and,
e) Divorce
Mimi Marrello practices in the Family Law Service Group at Mann Lawyers and teaches the Introduction to Family Law course at the University of Ottawa. Since becoming a lawyer, she has focused her practice on family law. She is a past board member of Family Services Ottawa/Services à la famille d'Ottawa, and is currently the Co-Chair of the Annual Family Law Institute Conference held in Ottawa each year. She obtained a law degree in 1999 and was then called to Bar in Ontario in 2001.

Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20 
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80
Student Rate: $25 + HST = $28.25
To Register, Click Here 
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