New Library Resources

The Library has recently added the following new Continuing Professional Development resources to our collection.

  • Companies Online – A Live System Demonstration
  • Drafting Wills 101
  • Estate Administration 101
  • 2018 Hot Topics in Real Estate
  • Evidence “Rules” Every Family Law Lawyers Needs to Know
  • All About Bail Applications
  • The Bills of Exchange Act
  • 2019 Hot Topics in Real Estate

Click here to browse our entire collection of CPD material

Westlaw Training in the Library

Westlaw Training Seminar
The Great Library
331 – 408 York Avenue

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: WestlawNext Canada / CriminalSource

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: WestlawNext Canada / Estates&TrustsSource / FamilySource

Learn the basics of WestlawNext Canada and explore more of the tools and resources to help you maximize your workflow productivity.

Including:

  • Exploring the WestlawNext Canada Finding Tools to retrieve primary and secondary sources efficiently.
  • Reviewing Boolean search techniques and Advanced Search Templates to target meaningful results

Counts towards one hour of CPD.

Email library@lawsociety.mb.ca to sign up.

Book Display – Isaac Pitblado Lecture Series

The Isaac Pitblado lectures are an annual series of lectures in honour of the life and work of Isaac Pitblado, an important figure in Manitoba’s legal profession.

Presented here are a selection of lectures ranging from the beginnings in 1960 up until the present day. It gives an idea of the wide range of topics covered in lectures; from estate planning and income tax law, through the changes of technology and legislation, up to current topics such as access to justice and the future of the legal profession.

The next Isaac Pitblado Lecture is taking place on November 8 at the Fort Garry Place Conference Centre, entitled “Capacity to Decide: Planning for Death and Dying”

Research Tip: Thousands of Canadian Legal Articles Free!

[Reposted with permission from Legal Sourcery, by Ken Fox]

No, I am not talking about HeinOnline. The Law Society of Ontario’s AccessCLE site hosts, at the time of writing, 9,543 CPD articles dating from 2004 to 2019.

Here is an overview of the browsable collection.

With this many articles available at a single source, best bet might be to use search rather than browse – and my preference would be to bypass the single-line command search and go straight to the Advanced Search.

Advanced Search allows you to select searching fields (Title, Author, Full-text, etc) using drop-down menus, and to search multiple fields at once. If I am looking for articles on resulting trusts, I might use the drop-downs to select Article Title, then place my terms in separate boxes. So I am searching for articles that include both words – “resulting” and “trusts” – in the title.

The far right searching column (not appearing in the screen capture here) allows you to select the AND or the OR operator. In this case, I am searching for terms that are complementary, so I use AND. If I were searching for terms that were synonyms or antonyms (e.g. “resulting trusts” and “constructive trusts”) – then I might use OR.

My search has retrieved four hits. Don’t be dissuaded by the low “Relevance” ratings. Clearly these are four articles that feature Resulting Trusts as a principal topic. The latest article is from 2017 and the oldest one is from 2007. And, of course, the PDF buttons in the View column on the far right enable you to view the full-text article.

Not all documents in this database are actually “articles.” Some are PowerPoint presentations or checklists. But after briefly perusing the results of this search and a few others – it looks to me like AccessCLE contains a great wealth of predominantly full-text, substantial legal articles.