Legal Research 2012

Course Date: April 20, 2012

Welcome and Introduction

Paul Dawson — Dolden Wallace Folick LLP, Vancouver
Lisa A. Peters — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver

More Than Just Books: The BC Courthouse Library Society

  • not all legal research can be done online
  • what the Courthouse Library can help with

Johanne A.C. Blenkin — Executive Director, Courthouse Libraries BC, Vancouver 

Electronic Research of Canadian Law: New Developments and Best Practices

  • is CanLII all you need?
  • Quicklaw and Westlaw Canada—where they fit in
  • secondary sources online: a growing resource
  • the new and the neat!

Catherine P. Best — Boughton Law Corporation, Vancouver

Networking Break

The Canadian Lawyer's Guide to Conducting US Legal Research

  • understanding the US court system
  • navigating the US Code
  • using secondary sources of US Law

Carmen Cheung — Litigation Director (Acting), BC Civil Liberties Association, Vancouver  
Raji Mangat — Associate Counsel, BC Civil Liberties Association, Vancouver

Lunch (on your own)

Efficient and Effective Research Practice

  • researching under time constraints and budget constraints
  • how to work effectively with instructing lawyers and clients

Margaret “Peggy” Stanier — Stevens Virgin, Vancouver

Tactics For Effective Written and Oral Advocacy

  • how to translate your research product into an effective advocacy tool
    • common mistakes and oversights
    • effective tactics for oral and written submissions
    • how much of my research product do I need to include?

Timothy R.B. Outerbridge — Court of Appeal for BC, Vancouver

Researching Legislation

  • keeping current: how to know you are dealing with the most current legislation and regulations
  • working backwards: tracing provisions in time
  • listening in: looking at judicial consideration of your provision
  • mixing it up: using both print and online sources together to efficiently find what you need
  • practical tips and pointers to make legislation manageable

Meghan Maddigan — Courthouse Libraries BC, Vancouver

Networking Break

Non-Traditional Research Tools

  • looking at blogs, social media, and more
  • using non-traditional tools and non-traditional approaches

Paul Dawson — Dolden Wallace Folick LLP, Vancouver
Susan E. MacFarlane, PhD — Barrister & Solicitor, Burnaby

Research Strategies and Tactics

  • developing a research strategy at the outset
  • decision making in the research process
  • when do you stop the research?

Do-Ellen S. Hansen — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
Gregory S. Pun — Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Vancouver
Ellen M. Vandergrift — OnPoint Legal Research LC, Vancouver

Concluding Remarks

Paul Dawson — Dolden Wallace Folick LLP, Vancouver
Lisa A. Peters — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver