New Service – Current Awareness

In library jargon, current awareness is the process of keeping clients up to date on new issues in their area of interest. In the legal profession, that function is served by publishers of newsletters, bulletins, and newspapers.

Through our subscriptions, we can provide you with topical commentary in many areas of law. Rather than list them all, I’ll start off with a general one: LawSource Case Notes.  This issue’s contents include digests on Civil Practice and Procedure, Construction Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Family Law, Immigration and Citizenship, Insurance, Pensions, Public Law, Real Property, Remedies, and Tax.

If you would like to receive LawSource Case Notes, please email us at library@lawsociety.mb.ca so we can set up a distribution list.

Here’s your first issue for review: LawSource Case Notes 2018-22

Using the McGill Guide with HeinOnline

The  Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, otherwise known as the McGill Guide, is the standard reference guide for citing legal works, whether they be decisions, legislation, journals, books or urls.

 

 

HeinOnline.org is a database of legal information, including journals and legislation. Now the two come together, with HeinOnline offering citations set to the McGill Guide standard. No more excuses for poor formatting of secondary sources.

HeinOnline is available free of  charge to members of the Law Society of Manitoba, behind the Members Portal. If you need help accessing or using it, please contact us. We’re happy to walk you through the process.

Check out HeinOnline’s post for full details.

But Wait, There’s More (on CanLII)!

You asked, they listened! Last month, CanLII announced that several law reviews would be added to the platform.  Then, a few weeks ago, a couple of newsletters were added.  Today, they announced even more commentary:

Last month we were delighted to announce that law journal articles and newsletters are now available in CanLII’s Commentary section, and now we get to tell you that we have added more books and reports.

Providing authoritative legal resources for the profession and the public while using CanLII’s intuitive search platform is fantastic. Kudos to CanLII and the Federation of  Law Societies of Canada for the successful completion of this project.

Check the CanLII blog for the full announcement.

Ottawa Law Review (Revue de droit d’Ottawa) – Vol. 48 No. 1 Contents

The latest — and last! — physical copy of the Ottawa Law Review is now available in the library. Going forward we will no longer be carrying physical copies but, all issues of Ottawa L Rev are available for free via CanLII.

The contents of Vol. 48 No. 1 are:

  • Omnibus Bills: Constitutional Constraints and Legislative Liberations by Adam M. Dodek
  • Proportionality as a Moral Process: Reconceiving Judicial Discretion and Mandatory Minimum Penalties by Lauren Witten
  • Revisiting the Open Court Principle in an Era of Online Publication: Questioning Presumptive Public Access to parties’ and Witnesses’ Personal Information by Jacquelyn Burkell and Jane Bailey

Please note the above list is only the English written articles in OLR; the rest of the articles in this issue are in French.

Other law journals that are available on CanLII that may be of interest include: Alberta Law Review, Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies, and Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform. Check CanLIIDocs for the full list of secondary sources.

Contents Update – Estates, Trusts, & Pensions Journal (Feb 2018)

Vol. 37, No. 1 of the Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal has just arrived.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

From the Law Reports

  • Release of Lawyer’s Will File by Kimberly Kuntz and Louise Hamill

Articles

  • Disputes over Parental Care when the Dutiful Child wants to be Paid by Ruth M. Corbin and Barry S. Corbin
  • Testamentary Freedom and Public Policy in Canada by Ed Esposto
  • Conflict of Laws and the Right of a Minor or Minor’s Guardian to Payment/Transfer of a Movable Gift by Will by K. Thomas Grozinger
  • Pension Fund Investment and Climate Change: A Legal Imperative by Krupa Kotecha

Practice Note

  • More on 104(24): when are amounts “payable” “to” a beneficiary? by Joel Nitikman

If you would like to receive a copy of any of these articles, please contact the us at greatlibrary@gov.mb.ca.