Tenant Screws Landlord, and So Does the System

slaw - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:00

A recent decision from the Divisional Court provides an outrageous, and perfect example of how the legal system in the Province allows residential tenants to live rent free for over a year, and in this case, close to a year and a half.

The landlord originally applied to the Landlord and Tenant Board (the “Board”) for an order terminating the tenancy and evicting the tenant on the grounds that she had failed to pay her rent.

The first hearing was scheduled for April 8, 2013. That hearing was adjourned at the tenant’s request and was rescheduled to June 7, 2013.

When June 7th rolled around the tenant sought, and obtained, another adjournment and the hearing was rescheduled to August 14, 2013.

Both of the adjournments were sought by the tenant under the guise of obtaining more time to do certain things to assist her case (obtain documents etc.). As the Divisional Court noted, she never ended up doing any of these things.

On August 14, 2013, the tenant sought a third adjournment. The Board finally put its foot down and decided that four months of delay had been enough. The Board refused to grant another adjournment.

The Board ordered the tenant out by August 26, 2013, unless she were to void the order by paying the amount of $2,126.78 (the back rent that was owed) to the Board in Trust or to the landlord directly.

Finally, some justice for the landlord…

Not. So. Fast.

The tenant didn’t leave and she didn’t pony up the rent. Instead she appealed to the Divisional Court and the Board’s eviction order was stayed in the interim.

The Divisional Court heard the appeal almost a year later, on June 10, 2014. The tenant raised two grounds of appeal. First, she alleged that she did not receive a fair hearing before the Board. Second, she alleged that she had made partial payment of rent and that accordingly the amount that she was ordered to pay, $2,126.78, was too high.

The Divisional Court found the appeal to have no merit on either ground. Sensing defeat, the tenant tried a new angle and raised, for the first time, allegations that the landlord improperly entered her unit and distrained her property in 2008! The Divisional Court refused to entertain that argument.

The Divisional Court dismissed the appeal and the stay of the Board’s order was lifted. Justice at last for the landlord, but not before one final kick in the pants.

The landlord sought its partial indemnity costs of the appeal of just under $17,000. Meaning that the landlord’s actual legal costs must have been north of $25,000. The landlord, as a corporation, was legally required to be represented by counsel. The tenant on the other hand acted for herself throughout.

The Divisional Court stated that the appeal raised “relatively simple issues” and noted that the tenant is “of very modest means”. It also noted that the “amount of rent arrears in issue was merely $2,100”. The Divisional Court ruled that the legal fees sought were both excessive and disproportionate to the issues raised and awarded the landlord a measly $2,500 in costs.

Now, who’s interested in purchasing a rental property in Ontario?

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Vogel and Schrecklinger: Retrospective Digitisation of Legal Sources in Germany

Legal Informatics Blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:11

Ivo Vogel and Elisabeth Schrecklinger, both of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, have published Retrospective Digitisation of Legal Sources in Germany, Legal Information Management, 14, 105-109 (2014).

Here is the abstract:

This article … deals with the efforts of German libraries to digitise historical legal sources and make them publicly available. Although the main focus is on two selected libraries, a general overview is included. Commercial products are not considered since their contents are likely to become increasingly less relevant due to German law libraries’ own initiatives. More attention is paid to problems that have been identified during the implementation of digitisation projects such as the recording of full texts is highlighted. The retrieval of digitised legal materials and, eventually, the digitisation of historical legal gazettes or parliamentary literature is also discussed. This contribution focuses exclusively on the retrospective digitisation of historical legal materials.

Filed under: Applications, Articles and papers, Technology developments Tagged: Digitization of legal documents, Digitization of legal information, Elisabeth Schrecklinger, Ivo Vogel, Legal Information Management
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Of Lotus Land and Outdated Bicycle Laws

slaw - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:45

Here out west you’ll find a “Beads and Granola” culture (thank you, Douglas Coupland), where our mild work ethic, sea-to-sky nature and hospitable year-round climate lures would-be lotus eaters from across the vast confederation. British Columbia’s fresh air and crisp scenery encourages outdoor activities of all kinds. Even our roadways are a balmy, unblemished asphalt invitation for physical enjoyment through bicycling.

So it’s somewhat surprising that despite a progressive vibe, BC’s cycling laws are among the least friendly in the country.

Even as BC’s capitol city boasts astonishing commuter stats—at 5.9% Victoria has basically three times more bike commuters than other Canadian cities outside of BC—the Motor Vehicle Act, RSB 1996 c. 318 is a misfit for BC’s cycling culture. While other jurisdictions have enacted legislation to protect cyclists as “vulnerable road users”, BC’s laws are largely dismissive of bicycles. Anyone who’s ever been surprised by the kiss of turbulence from a speeding cube van on their bike would probably agree that it’s Texas, not Lotus Land, that got it close to right. The Lone Star State mandates a three-foot minimum buffer distance for cars, and a six-foot distance for trucks, for passing bicycles. In BC, your best bet is doubling up your yoga mat and hoping you hit the curb right.

BC’s method has basically been to shoe-horn bicycles into the overall motor-vehicle scheme, forcing them to observe laws (such as restrictions on passing on the right) designed for much heavier and more dangerous vehicles, while adding a few further “shalls” and “shall nots” at s. 183. The British Columbia Cycling Coalition has long criticized BC’s poor legislative vision when it comes to bikes, and in some cases pointed out some discriminatory aspects. But special interest groups are far from alone in recognizing BC’s deficiencies.

In a 2012 decision, The Hon. Mrs. Justice McKinnon determined Mr. Ormiston, a 16 year-old plaintiff, to be 30% at fault for his own injuries, while the John Doe driver of a mystery van was attributed 70% blame. John Doe had stopped midway down a hill along a featureless stretch of rural road. He pulled to the right shoulder just as the plaintiff cyclist was speeding up to attempt a pass. The teenager missed the van, but left the road after hitting a barrier. He took a fall off a steep embankment and was seriously injured.

The case engaged BC’s prohibition against passing on the right under s. 158 of the MVA. In reference to the law, which applies equally to all road users, Judge McKinnon observed:

[30] It seems very odd to me to lump cyclists with motorists. Anyone with a passing knowledge of cycling and driving can appreciate that in certain situations a cyclist could safely perform manoeuvres that are prohibited under the Motor Vehicle Act. This situation strikes me as a case in point.

[31] The defence says Mr. Ormiston ought to have stopped and waited for the vehicle to do whatever it was going to do? What if the driver was stopped for five minutes while he/she watched eagles? Is Mr. Ormiston obliged to wait in that situation? If he can’t pass on the right then presumably he has to negotiate a pass on the left which would expose him to oncoming traffic, a much more dangerous move on this winding road than passing on the right.

[32] The simple act of dismounting from his bicycle and walking it past the vehicle would transform Mr. Ormiston from a “motorist” to a pedestrian, permitting different conclusions in respect to the duty owed by the driver.

You get the impression that the law doesn’t really make sense.

Last week, the BC Court of Appeal reversed the decision and released Ormiston v. ICBC, 2014 BCCA 276. In a 2 to 1 majority decision the appellate court overturned the trial judge’s finding of liability. In the process, the Court of Appeal pretty much snubbed not only Mr. Ormiston’s, but any others hope about the “passing on the right” restrictions under s. 158 of the MVA. Unless the legislation changes, cyclists are stuck.

[23] Under the Motor Vehicle Act a cyclist is required to ride as near as practicable to the right side of the highway (s. 183(2)(c)). […]

[24] The contention is that because cyclists must sometimes ride on the shoulder while vehicles cannot travel on that part of a highway, the shoulder must, where practicable, be a lane for cyclists within the meaning of s. 158(1)(b) such that, when riding on the shoulder, they are able to take advantage of the exception it provides and pass vehicles on a roadway on their right. […]

[25] While I doubt the legislative intention was to create by this somewhat convoluted statutory route what would be thousands of miles of unmarked and ill-defined bicycle lanes across the province, I do not consider s. 158 (1)(b) constitutes an applicable exception to the prohibition against passing on the right in any event. […] A roadway does not include the shoulder. […] It does not permit cyclists to pass vehicles on the right by riding on the shoulder. […]

[26] Ormiston did a foolish thing. Rather than wait until the driver’s intentions were clear, he decided to do what the Motor Vehicle Act prohibits – pass on the right. He decided to take a chance and he was injured. Had he waited, even a few seconds, there would of course have been no accident because the vehicle drove on after it had moved to the right of its lane.

[27] I conclude Dixon Ormiston was the sole author of his misfortune.

BC’s bicycle laws, as written, offer a rather difficult, if not overtly dangerous, challenge for cyclists. It should be less of an imposition to ask that a motorist check mirrors and blind spots before lurching to the shoulder from a stop in the middle of a highway than it is to extend options to vulnerable road users like in the Ormiston case.

On a side note, it’s morbidly interesting to consider how this could have unfolded if the van, which evidence suggested might have stopped to observe eagles, had been struck by a faster moving vulnerable road user, like a motorcyclist. I’m drawing a comparison with the recent criminal negligence case where one Ms. Czornobaj stopped along a provincial highway in Quebec to protect some ducklings. A motorcycle struck her parked vehicle resulting in the tragic fatalities of its passenger and rider. Ms. Czornobaj was convicted. If you agree that the carelessness (if certainly not the outcome) in these two fact patterns represent differences in degree, rather than kind, then it is hard to understand how one law can attach liability for criminal negligence, while another can be so cavalier.

Perhaps it is an oversimplification to compare these cases on their facts. But I don’t think it’s entirely too far fetched to make a point. In any event, the sad fact is that BC’s current laws do not reflect the best cycling practices, and they impose few provisions to protect cyclists—save for helmet laws which were introduced in the mid-1990s and impose penalties on cyclists rather than the operators of the machines which pose the clearer risks.

Some of the changes proposed by The British Columbia Cycling Coalition include:

  • changing the name of the Motor Vehicle Act, since it applies to all modes of transport, not just motor vehicles,
  • minimum passing distances,
  • definitions of bicycle lanes and separated cycling facilities,
  • legalization of bicycle specific signals,
  • removal or update of the “as near to the right” clause.
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My Twitter Digest for 07/13/2014

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QuickWire: Desire2Learn Rebrands and Adds Partners

The Chronicle Wired Campus - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:01

The education-technology company Desire2Learn said on Monday that it was renaming its learning-management system, which will now be called Brightspace, and adding assorted features, including game-based learning. The company also said it was teaming up with IBM to improve Desire2Learn’s predictive analytics and with Microsoft to add a Windows 8 mobile app for e-books to Desire2Learn’s offerings.

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Simultaneously Acting for Members of Same Family Is More Risky

slaw - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:09

Many lawyers assume that simultaneously acting for members of the same family and their business or corporate entities is relatively safe from fraud and conflicts issues. After all, the parties all know each other and everyone is on good terms.

Unfortunately, this is just not the case. An analysis of LAWPRO claims files tell us that there is actually a greater likelihood of a fraud or conflicts of interest issue when clients are related to or know each other.

Understanding when and why malpractice claims arise when work is done for related clients can help you avoid a claim.

When do these types of claims arise?

In the estate and real estate contexts, problems often result when there are dealings with a property that is owned by a parent and child, or by siblings. On a will matter, allegations of undue influence or lack of ILA are often made when one family member appears to receive more than others under the will, or where it is unclear whether there was a gift or pre-taking when property is received before death.

In a real estate transaction, problems can arise after a mortgage is placed on a property and it is alleged that one sibling has received preferential treatment. Mortgage transactions involving spouses commonly lead to claims where one spouse is giving security but not receiving the benefit of the mortgage advance. Typically the lawyer is acting for both spouses and the mortgagee; when the mortgage goes into default a non est factum or undue influence defence is thrown up, and the mortgagee adds the lawyer into the action. It is vital in this scenario that the spouses be separately represented.

On the real estate fraud front, we have seen several high profile cases in Ontario in which a family member was the first true victim of the fraud, often because a power of attorney was fabricated or used incorrectly by another family member. Spousal impersonation has also been a problem for many years. Further complications arise because it can be challenging to establish the good faith of the alleged victim once a family member, now outside the jurisdiction, obtained significant proceeds from a real estate fraud.

In the business or corporate context, claims often arise when lawyers do work for both a corporation and its individual shareholders, or formultiplemembers of a partnership. As long as everyone involved is getting along, headed in the same direction and making money, all is fine. But circumstances change, often in unexpected ways. There can be unanticipated costs or even financial losses, marriages breakup, people lose interest and decide they want to cash-out or sell their interest, and so on. When changes such as these occur, clients who once all wanted the same thing now want very different things. As a result, duties of confidentiality and loyalty can become very complicated, and even irreconcilable.

Defending conflicts of interest claims is complicated and tends to be more costly than other the types of claims LAWPRO handles. LAWPRO is also seeingmore “fail to warn” claims. These occur when a lawyer doing work for multiple people and/or entities makes a seemingly innocuous comment to one of the clients. Due to changed or unexpected circumstances, that comment ends up giving that one client an advantage, and the clients that didn’t get the benefit of that comment allege a “fail to warn.”When you are acting formultiple people or entities, take care tomake sure all communications and advice reach all clients. Indeed, when it comes to avoiding conflicts, the best defense is a good offence. Be extra vigilant in looking for potential conflicts when you are doing work for related individuals or entities, both at the start of the matter and as it proceeds.

Don’t let your guard down

When handling a file for clients who are family members or know each other, lawyers seem to let their guard down and miss or do not followup on things that are slightly out of the ordinary. The situation can become even worse when the lawyer has become an acquaintance or close friend with one or more of the clients.

In this situation, it also seems lawyers are more likely to take shortcuts at various stages in a matter, including:

  • not following formal file opening process, and, in particular, not doing a proper and full conflicts of interest check;
  • not opening a file and doing “off-thebooks” work;
  • not documenting the file or keeping time dockets;
  • skipping appropriate or necessary searches;
  • not following up or completing tasks to be done by client or lawyer; or
  • not sending interim or final accounts and reporting letters

When shortcuts are taken, things will be missed, mistakes will be made, and malpractice claims will result. For the reasons stated above, when clients know each other it is even more critical that you jump through all the procedural and legal hoops.

Most lawyers are surprised that they are more likely to get a claim where clients are related or know each other. Please be aware of your greater exposure in this circumstance, and don’t let your guard down.

This article is from the Winter 2008 “Personality & Practice” edition of LAWPRO Magazine. All past LAWPRO Magazine articles can be found at www.lawpro.ca/magazinearchives

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Learning to SPARQL

slaw - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:30

One of the more opaque aspects of learning about linked data can be understanding and using SPARQL to query RDF triple stores. In a recent post to the LODLAM Google group (which originated on the CODE4LIB list) Arwen Hutt (Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego) asked a question about any SPARQL workshops that might be available. He received references to a number of good resources that I thought I’d highlight for anyone interested in learning to SPARQL.

UK Library and IT consultant Owen Stephens suggests his presentation from November, 2013, called, “Selecting with SPARQL: Searching Linked Data with SPARQL Using the British National Library Data.” If you read the opening sentence to this post and didn’t understand a thing I was talking about, Owen‘s presentation is a great place to start.

Andrew Gordon (New York Academy of Medicine) points to this “slow building step-by-step” tutorial created by by W3C SPARQL Working Group co-chair Lee Feigenbaum and W3C team member Eric Prud’hommeaux: “SPARQL by Example: A Tutorial.”

And Debra Shapiro from the iSchool at UW-Madison mentions an American Library Association webinar delivered in February by Bob Ducharme (Top Quadrant) called, “SKOS, SPARQL and Vocabulary Managment” which he bills as a “tour not a tutorial.” This 45 minute presentation is also a good introduction to the subject and includes a review of triples, RDF, URIs. linked data, controlled vocabularies and other semantic web principles.

Some great resources to get you started and help you learn to SPARQL!

If you’re interested in pursing this topic at a more in depth level have a look at Dean Allemang and Jim Hendler‘s book, “Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist.”

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A Social Lab for BC Family Justice System?

slaw - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 06:00

My February post suggested that a “Social Lab” may be a way to tackle the “implementation gap” in justice reform. On June 1 and 2, an important step was taken towards using this approach in British Columbia as a strategy to improve the family justice system for children and families. The BC Law Foundation / Legal Services Society Research Fund funded a two-day workshop in Vancouver facilitated by Adam Kahane and Monica Pohlmann of Reos Partners. This post highlights the key learnings coming out of those two days.

What is a Social Lab?

The workshop provided both a deeper exploration of the nature of a Social Lab (what it is and how it could work) AND gave participants an opportunity to experience the Social Lab process through a variety of group exercises and dialogue sessions.

A “Social Lab” is a “multi-stakeholder platform through which a diverse team of stakeholders works together to address a complex challenge.”

We learned that a Social Lab has three key elements:

  • It is systemic - it addresses structural causes not just symptoms or effects. It recognizes that we cannot deal with complex problems in a fragmented way. We need to look at the “system” as a whole.
  • It is participatory – it involves a diverse group of participants from across the system and is not composed only of experts or authorities
  • It is experimental – it nurtures iterative prototyping through a portfolio of promising solutions.

In addition, a Social Lab:

  • does not result in a report telling other people what to do. Instead, it focuses on solving the problematic situation
  • is an ongoing, coordinated platform that delivers results over time on multiple initiatives and is not only a one-off project
  • focuses on robust evaluation but uses a unique method of evaluation that is supportive of innovation.

While a Social Lab approach is new for the justice system, it has been used effectively around the world in other contexts including:

A current Canadian Social Lab is strengthening early childhood development in Calgary.

The workshop involved 20 participants and, in the spirit of the Social Lab, was as diverse as could be arranged in the early stages of this initiative. In addition to family lawyers, mediators, Judicial counsel, Legal Aid, Ministry of Justice representatives and the Law Foundation, the participants included:

  • An experienced family psychologist
  • A First Nations educator and conflict resolution practitioner
  • A medical doctor practicing in the Downtown East Side
  • The leader of a large social services agency
  • A young man (originally a refugee to Canada) who works with refugee and immigrant youth
  • A social services agency representative who has worked extensively with immigrant women and single moms
  • A credit counselling expert
  • A management consultant

While not discussed specifically, many of the participants had personally experienced the family justice system in their own journeys through separation and divorce.

How is a Social Lab different than what we have done before?

Based on the literature and the workshop experience, a Social Lab would be different in three primary ways (following the key characteristics noted above):

  • Systemic approach: One important insight influencing the discussions at the workshop was that the problem is not primarily a legal problem with a social aspect, but a social problem with a legal aspect. It follows that one must carefully define the system and look more broadly than just the “legal” system. As pointed out by the National Action Committee report,the “system” intersects with other sectors in critical ways. Further, we need to look more deeply at the underlying root causes of the problems including the deeply rooted barriers to change. Workshop participants examined family justice-related events → patterns →structures → mental models in order to unearth the often unspoken assumptions we hold about the system and discussed how they might inhibit meaningful change.
  • Participatory focus: previous reform attempts have involved primarily the “usual suspects” – those who are influential and knowledgeable within the current justice sector. Justice insiders tend to think that they know best and do not normally seek to engage others outside the justice system to identify and implement solutions to these complex problems. However, these “others” are often better able to see things from the perspective of those fundamentally affected by the system and they bring other-sector experience and wisdom to the discussion. One of the major take-aways from the workshop was the recognition that the input of the nonjustice participants was incredibly insightful, helpful and challenging. They have much to say and much to offer and we need to listen. It was humbling and surprising for those of us working within the system to realize that we were surprised by this revelation! We learned that the group assembled to be the “convened group” for a future Social Lab for BC family justice would need to be larger (40 approximately) and much more diverse. We worked on a very long but exciting list of potential participants.
  • Experimentation/innovation: The traditional approach is to identify problems and then design, implement and evaluate “pilots” or “projects” which are intended to test one proposed solution. In his book, The Social Lab Revolution, Zaid Hassan is highly critical of this ‘business as usual” project planning approach in part because it causes one to be married to the proposed solution. He recommends a more Silicon Valley approach of rapid prototyping of many solutions all at once. Prototyping is different than using pilots and projects because it requires a trial and error approach during which the proposed solution is tweaked based on feedback throughout and solutions that are not working are discontinued and energy focused on those that appear promising. This requires a willingness to embrace failure as a learning opportunity – definitely not something the legal community is used to. During the workshop, participants pretended they were the Social Lab group coming up with a variety of initiatives to try out. To our surprise, building on the group’s previous analysis, we were able to come up with six or seven interesting ‘high leverage initiatives’ that held promise for quick action (in furtherance of the NAC’s admonition to put words into action!).

As one participant noted, a Social Lab is different because it involves “scalable initiatives, not just talk”.

What would a BC Family Justice Social Lab look like?

It could be a diverse convened group of about 40 people committed to a 3 – 5 year period, supported by a “secretariat” to organize and support the platform, overseeing an action-oriented portfolio of creative initiatives to solve this problematic situation (close the implementation gap).

By the end of the workshop, the group was ready to move forward, identifying the following next steps:

  1. Establish a Steering Committee (a number of participants volunteered)
  2. Get some initiatives up and running soon
  3. Find initial funding (infrastructure and initiative)
  4. Engage a small staff support to start
  5. Develop the diverse convened group
  6. Develop connections with other reform initiatives

There was definitely a powerful momentum and energy coming out of the workshop. The consensus was that a Social Lab approach certainly has the potential to be a promising way forward.

We are working to build on that momentum. Stay tuned.

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Monday’s Mix

slaw - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 06:00

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from sixty recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Excess Copyright  2. Canadian Appeals Monitor  3. Law of Work  4. Slater Vecchio Connected  5. Clicklaw Blog

Excess Copyright
Leuthold Loses Longshot Appeals In Her Litigation Against CBC

The Federal Court of Appeal on June 27, 2014 has given its judgments in Catherine Leuthold’s two uphill appeals in a case about which I have written earlier at length. Spoiler alert. Not surprisingly, she also lost on the appeals. However, the reasoning of the Federal Court of Appeal is more interesting and more far reaching than might have been expected, given the very peculiar circumstances of this case….

Canadian Appeals Monitor
Nine Years Too Late, Wal-Mart’s First Unionized Employees Win at the Highest Court

The saga of North America’s first unionized Wal-Mart has taken a significant turn in favour of its former employees, nine years after they lost their jobs when the store in Jonquière, Quebec was permanently shut. Much ink has been spilled telling the story of the Jonquière store, its successful unionization in 2004, and its closure in 2005, which was announced on the very day that an arbitrator had been appointed in relation to the what was to have been the store’s first collective agreement. …

Law of Work
University of Windsor’s Latest Tactics Raise Intriguing Legal Questions

As I noted last week, the University of Windsor threatened to impose new terms and conditions of employment on its unionized faculty if a deal wasn’t reached by 12.01 a.m. on July 8. That date has now passed, but the employer has apparently decided to wait. I was curious to see if the employer would carry through with that threat. It might still. But as more facts trickle out, this situation becomes more intriguing to us labour law geeks. I’m sure that the University has top notch labour lawyers advising them. But let’s ponder, as we do on this blog, whether the University might have crossed a legal line….

Slater Vecchio Connected
New Guidelines for Youth Concussion

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation released important new guidelines to help caregivers, health care workers, and sports officials diagnose and manage concussions in youth. Dr. Roger Zemek of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario led a team of 30 medical experts to put the guidelines together. He says they are the first comprehensive pediatric guidelines available. The report took two years to create, with researchers following 2,000 patients and reviewing more than 4,000 academic papers….

Clicklaw Blog
Employment Dispute? Share Your Experience

The Government of BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal Branch is creating an online dispute resolution website and they’re looking for help from the public. They’d like to talk to people who have had a recent dispute with their employer or employee so they can learn more about the kinds of experiences people have had in these kinds of situations. They’ll use this information to inform the design of their online dispute resolution website to make sure it meets the needs of people in BC….


*Randomness here is created by Random.org and its list randomizing function.

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Open Data Control Legal Hackathon, 12-13 July 2014: Video, links, and resources

Legal Informatics Blog - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 02:31

Open Data Control: Convergence: Legal Hackathon for Data Control, was held 12-13 July 2014, in Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and online.

The event was hosted by Open Notice, and was collocated with OKFestival 2014.

The Website for the event is at: http://opennotice.legalhackathon.org/

Videos from the event are available at: http://opennotice.legalhackathon.org/

The Twitter hashtags for the event appear to be #convergathon and #convergeathon

The Twitter account for the event is @convergathon

The schedule and speaker list for the event are at: http://datacontrolhack2014.sched.org/

Click here for the etherpad for the event.

Click here for the Hacker League site for the event, which lists projects, participants, themes, rules, and other resources.

Here is a description of the event, from the event’s Website:

Open Notice is hosting a Data Control Convergence Event in Berlin, mixing different communities and efforts engaged in taking control of personal data. [...]

Speakers/Attendees Include

We aim to bring up some of the ‘elephants in the room ‘ when it comes to data control, notice and consent, and data sharing. To discuss what is emerging next in Big Data, data control and privacy.

And to think big in terms of global data control and enforcement. [...]

Here is a description of the legal hacking activities at the event, from the Hacker League page for the event:

Using the law for control over and access to my data, opening laws (e.g. crowdsourcing), international data transfers and Safe Harbour. Policy education around big data and data mining systems, or helping people apprehend the meaning of policies or legal systems in their understanding of how a system or data revealed might affect them.

This event is part of a series of events called Data Control and Privacy: Convergence Series.

For more details, please see the event’s Website.

Filed under: Applications, Conference resources, Hackathons, Hacking, Technology developments, Technology tools, Videos Tagged: #convergathon, #convergeathon, Data Control and Privacy: Convergence Series, Data privacy information systems, Data privacy law information systems, Dazza Greenwood, Doc Searls, Eve Maler, Legal hackathons, Lionel Wolberger, Mary Hodder, OK Festival, OK Festival 2014, Open Notice, Privacy law information systems
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Reiling: The eKantonrechter: Direct digital court access for citizens

Legal Informatics Blog - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 02:19

Senior Judge Dory Reiling, Ph.D., of the Amsterdam District Court has posted The eKantonrechter: Direct digital court access for citizens, at Technology for Justice.

Here are excerpts from the post:

The Netherlands judiciary recently completed a digital procedure for everyday disputes. This blog explains how eKantonrechter was developed and implemented. [...]

This time, the procedure was designed to start with a digital form. The parties, after agreeing to put their dispute before the court, each fill out a part of it. Because the procedure is consensual and not adversarial, the rules are less complex. The procedure itself is conducted entirely over the internet, except for the hearing which is face to face in court. [...]

We tested the different methods, on paper, with a test panel provided by the Dutch Consumers Union. We had devised fictional disputes, cases our panelists could use to fill out our forms: a contract case about a fading couch, another one about a labor dispute, and a tort case involving physical damage. This enabled us to check whether different types of disputes can be described adequately. With lots of feedback from the panel, we designed a digital form combining structured and unstructured questions. The panel came back, tested this form, and told us they needed more context and help in answering the questions. We then added explanations and help information. For those who feel they cannot fill out the forms themselves, we added a link to the legal aid kiosk, the Juridisch Loket. The panel then came back to test the final product. They told us they could use the form easily. The eKanton procedure for citizens went live at the end of May 2014. [...]

For more details, please see the complete post.

HT Dory Reiling

Filed under: Applications, Projects, Technology developments, Technology tools Tagged: Consumer law information systems, Court information systems, Digital courts, Dory Reiling, ecourts, eKantonrechter, Electronic courts, Judicial information systems, Online court proceedings, Online dispute resolution, Technology for Justice
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My Twitter Digest for 07/12/2014

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The Laws of 2014 FIFA World Cup

slaw - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:13

Today is the finals for the 2014 World Cup between Argentina and Germany.

Although I don’t follow sports much, you cannot but help notice the sea of multicoloured jerseys around you. So I did what any disinterested lawyer would do, and I started taking a look at the laws around the FIFA competition.

Of course FIFA has its own Laws of the Game, a 140 page document which details how the matches will be taking place. I’ll be carrying this handy document to the finals to look closely for any contraventions of the rules, though it’s unlikely any of my objections would be sustained.

In case any of my lawyer colleagues watching the game with me are so inclined to dispute my interpretation of the rules, I will also be accompanied by the Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and the Notes on the Laws of the Game.

Fortunately the Notes stipulate that although the official languages that the Laws are published in include English, French, German and Spanish, if there are any divergence in the wording it is the English text that is authoritative. I can only imagine how much more complicated this match could get if we had to pull out Google Translate or international dictionaries.

Other controversies surrounding the World Cup focus on the host country, Brazil, who notably lost on July 8, 2014 to Germany.

In order to host the World Cup in Brazil, the country had to agree to a set of conditions. The Brazilian Congress enacted the Lei Geral da Copa (Law 12.663/2012) “World Cup Law.” This law has been challenged as violating the Brazilian constitution. Article 23 indicates that the state assumes civil liability for any losses or damages from FIFA or its representatives which may occur as a result of security incidents or accidents, unless there was an explicit act or omission by FIFA or those damaged.

However, Brazil’s constitution only allows the state to assume civil liability where its actions are in the furtherance of a public service, or through an agent acting on behalf of the state. FIFA does not qualify for either of these exemptions.

The World Cup Law is also being challenged for providing monetary bonuses to previous Brazilian team players, and for providing FIFA certain tax exemptions during the World Cup. Both actions would arguably benefit one group of people over another, which would violate the country’s equity provisions.

Poonam Majithia explains the response to this constitutional challenge on Law in Sport,

The AGU (Advocacia Geral da Uniao), the state’s legal representation, filed a defence to the complaint on 27 August 2013. In it, they defend the payments to players by arguing that it complies with Article 217 of the constitution, namely that such payments promote and encourage the development of sport. However, even though Gurgel recognises that such payments are allowed, he argues that the private nature of these payments means that there is no evidence to support the idea that they will benefit the development of sport in Brazil.

In relation to Article 23, the defence argues that the duty for the state to indemnify for damage or losses would only be unconstitutional if the source of the actions or omissions that caused such loss or damage was unknown as the constitution is intended to prevent the state from an uncertain burden. As the Law names FIFA as the party on behalf of which the state will indemnify, i.e it will only indemnify where FIFA would otherwise be liable, this eliminates the uncertainty. However, FIFA is still a private entity and the defence does not deal with the notion that the state should only indemnify for the performance of public services.

In relation to the costs and tax exemptions, the AGU insists that, as they were approved in Congress, they are constitutional and legally compliant. Moreover, when questioned, FIFA’s representatives also insisted that they spent a considerable amount of time ensuring that the Law’s provisions were constitutional. This may be the case, but the measures taken could not have expected this unprecedented backlash against the World Cup which has led to a level of scrutiny of the Law beyond what was previously envisaged.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazil’s World Cup Law has also been criticized for the relaxation of rules around volunteers and conflicts with domestic labour laws, restrictions on tourist visas conflicting with Brazilian visa policies, and controls in place for ticket sales violating state guarantees for gratuities and discounts.

The President of Brazil apparently had to use his veto on these issues. Too bad he couldn’t have used that in the game against Germany.

Patricie Barricelli lays out even further issues around the World Cup Law on the Lexis Nexis International Law Blog,

These contentious FIFA requirements include: mandating the sale of alcoholic beverages in stadiums (because of beverage sponsors); allowing sales (i.e. game ticket) conditioned on the acquisition of other products or services such as hotel packages and travel; suspension of the right of return legal guarantee for online sales as such may be applied to FIFA’s products; and permission for FIFA partners (i.e. sponsors) to offer products or services, such as credit cards, without necessarily meeting normal consumer regulatory requirements.

Mariana Marcaletti of the Washington Post describes some of the legal developments in the aftermath of the World Cup Law, including a Bill called the Budweiser law, removing alcohol bans. Marcaletti also notes that Mexican lawmakers are taking advantage of the distracted population to pass some contentious energy reform laws. Oil and gas though are hardly the greatest concern for most legal observers.

Racism is always the potential underside of rabid nationalism, and it’s no surprise that it has reared its head during the World Cup. Angelina Theodorou of Pew Research outlines the anti-hate campaigns that FIFA and Brazil have undertaken, as well as specific Brazilian laws which focus on hate speech. She points out that both the U.K. and Spain have specific legislation for chanting hate speech during a soccer match. Those hooligans.

The upside of all of this FIFA attention is the prospect for legislative reform in other countries. Ian Black of The Guardian talks about calls for reform and human rights movements mobilizing in advance of 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Whether a country can be transformed over 8 years to address abuses directed towards the 2.1 million non-Qataris who make more than 85% of the country’s total population is the real match I’d like to watch.

As I head over to the World Cup finals, I have already realized that although sparing references to the Laws of the Game will probably be tolerated, bringing up the Brazilian constitution, international hate speech laws, or labour laws in Qatar, will all probably earn me a red card from my colleagues.

Perhaps a discussion of which World Cup country is your law school most similar to will help the time go by instead.

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Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

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Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec.

Droits et libertés : La réhabilitation en vertu de la Loi sur les jeunes contrevenants constitue un pardon au sens de l’article 18.2 de la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne; la portée de la protection offerte par cet article est la même, que le pardon ait été obtenu en vertu de la Loi sur le casier judiciaire ou de la Loi sur les jeunes contrevenants.

Intitulé : Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse c. Montréal (Communauté urbaine de) (Ville de Montréal), 2014 QCTDP 7
Juridiction : Tribunal des droits de la personne (T.D.P.Q.), Montréal, 500-53-000119-998
Décision de : Juge Jean-Paul Braun, Mme Judy Gold et Me Mélanie Samson, assesseures
Date : 23 avril 2014


DROITS ET LIBERTÉS — droit à l’égalité — actes discriminatoires — emploi — refus d’embauche — refus de stage — policier — service de police — infraction pénale ou criminelle — article 18.2 de la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne — critères à considérer — interprétation de «pardon» — interprétation de «emploi» — interprétation large et libérale — déclaration de culpabilité — faits ayant entraîné les accusations — distinction — portée de la protection — bonnes moeurs — fardeau de la preuve — obligation de l’employeur — enquête — rejet de la candidature.

DROITS ET LIBERTÉS — droit à l’égalité — motifs de discrimination — infraction pénale ou criminelle — refus d’embauche — refus de stage — voies de fait — port d’arme — antécédents judiciaires — jeune contrevenant.

TRAVAIL — responsabilité et obligations — employeur — discrimination — infraction pénale ou criminelle — voies de fait — port d’arme — policier — refus d’embauche — refus de stage — antécédents judiciaires — jeune contrevenant — article 18.2 de la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne — critères à considérer — interprétation de «pardon» — interprétation de «emploi» — interprétation large et libérale — portée de la protection — bonnes moeurs — rejet de la candidature — demande rejetée.

INTERPRÉTATION DES LOIS — interprétation large et libérale — article 18.2 de la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne — discrimination — refus d’embauche — refus d’emploi.

Demande introductive d’instance de la Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) en vertu de l’article 18.2 de la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne à l’encontre d’un refus d’embauche et réclamant des dommages-intérêts. Rejetée.

Le plaignant a des antécédents judiciaires juvéniles. Il a été condamné pour voies de fait et port d’armes. Il a postulé un emploi de cadet policier au Service de police de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal (SPCUM). Il a fait une fausse déclaration en répondant qu’il n’avait pas été déclaré coupable d’une infraction prévue au Code criminel (C.Cr.). Sa candidature a été rejetée, l’employeur l’ayant informé qu’il avait choisi des candidats dont le profil correspondait le mieux aux attentes du SPCUM. Sa demande de stage ultérieure a également été rejetée en raison de son passé judiciaire et parce qu’il n’a pas été considéré comme ayant de bonnes moeurs. Après avoir fait détruire les dossiers juvéniles détenus par la SPCUM, le plaignant a de nouveau postulé le poste de cadet policier et a demandé un stage. Ces deux demandes ont été rejetées parce qu’il n’a pas été considéré comme ayant de bonnes moeurs au sens du Règlement sur les normes d’embauche des agents et cadets de la Sûreté du Québec et des corps de police municipaux. La CDPDJ a déposé une demande devant le Tribunal des droits de la personne en faveur du plaignant. Elle allègue que la Ville de Montréal a porté atteinte au droit de ce dernier d’être traité en toute égalité sans distinction ou exclusion fondée sur les antécédents judiciaires en lui refusant un stage en milieu de travail et un emploi de cadet policier, le tout, en violation de l’article 18.2 de la charte. Elle réclame le paiement de dommages-intérêts en faveur du plaignant.

Dans Therrien (Re), (C.S. Can., 2001-06-07), 2001 CSC 35, SOQUIJ AZ-50086978, J.E. 2001-1178, [2001] 2 R.C.S. 3, la Cour suprême a établi que l’article 18.2 de la charte ne s’applique pas conjointement aux articles 10, 16 ou 20 de la charte. De plus, il faut que: 1) un congédiement, un refus d’embauche ou une pénalité quelconque 2) ait été décidé dans le contexte d’un emploi 3) du seul fait qu’une personne ait été déclarée coupable d’une infraction pénale ou criminelle et 4) alors que cette infraction n’a aucun lien avec l’emploi ou la personne en ayant obtenu le pardon. L’interprétation de l’article 18.2 de la charte doit être large et libérale tout en étant compatible avec son libellé et son objet, qui consistent à protéger l’employé contre les stigmates sociaux injustifiés découlant d’une condamnation antérieure. De plus, elle doit être faite à la lumière des dispositions analogues contenues dans les autres lois sur les droits de la personne en vigueur au Canada ainsi que des conventions, déclarations ou pactes internationaux qui garantissent le droit au travail et qui offrent une protection contre la discrimination dans l’emploi.

Quant au stage d’observation et de sensibilisation en milieu policier, non rémunéré et faisant partie d’un cours du programme de techniques policières auquel le plaignant était inscrit, ce stage ne saurait être considéré comme un «emploi» au sens de l’article 18.2 de la charte.

Par ailleurs, la Cour suprême a décidé, dans Montréal (Ville) c. Québec (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse) (C.S. Can., 2008-08-01), 2008 CSC 48, SOQUIJ AZ-50505405, J.E. 2008-1536, D.T.E. 2008T-632, [2008] 2 R.C.S. 698, que le mot «pardon» utilisé à l’article 18.2 de la charte vise autant celui accordé par la prérogative royale en vertu de l’article 748 C.Cr. que la réhabilitation prévue par la Loi sur le casier judiciaire. Le Tribunal est d’avis que la réhabilitation en vertu de la Loi sur les jeunes contrevenants constitue également un pardon au sens de l’article 18.2 de la charte; la portée de la protection offerte par l’article 18.2 de la charte est la même, que le pardon ait été obtenu en vertu de la Loi sur le casier judiciaire ou de la Loi sur les jeunes contrevenants. De plus, la Cour suprême, dans Montréal (Ville), précité, a décidé que l’employeur pouvait, en application de la Loi de police et du Règlement sur les normes d’embauche des agents et cadets de la Sûreté du Québec et des corps de police municipaux, refuser d’embaucher un candidat n’ayant pas de bonnes moeurs. Elle a établi la distinction entre la déclaration de culpabilité, effacée par le pardon et visée par l’article 18.2 de la charte, et les faits ayant entraîné cette déclaration de culpabilité, qui subsistent après le pardon et échappent au champ d’application de cet article. Ainsi, l’article 18.2 de la charte n’impose pas à un employeur d’engager une personne dont les agissements criminels passés révèlent des traits de caractère incompatibles avec l’emploi recherché, même s’il en a obtenu le pardon. Toutefois, ces traits de caractère doivent transparaître des actes commis par cette personne et ne pas lui être simplement imputés sur la base de préjugés ou de stéréotypes découlant de la présence d’un casier judiciaire. Pour respecter l’article 18.2 de la charte, un employeur ne peut inférer qu’un candidat n’a pas de bonnes moeurs de la seule existence d’antécédents judiciaires ayant fait l’objet d’un pardon.

En l’espèce, la démarche menée par le sergent paraît conforme aux enseignements de Montréal (Ville). En effet, il ne se contentait pas de consulter le Centre de renseignements policiers du Québec (CRPQ): il faisait venir et étudiait les rapports d’événement, et il requérait une enquête de réputation pour chaque candidat. Cependant, du seul fait que le nom d’un candidat figure au CRPQ, ce dernier voyait ses chances d’être engagé devenir presque nulles, et ce, quelles que soient les circonstances entourant l’événement rapporté. Ainsi, si le nom d’une personne figurait au CRPQ, celle-ci ne satisfaisait pas au critère de bonnes moeurs. Cette conclusion et cette pratique reposent sur des préjugés et contreviennent à l’article 18.2 de la charte. L’employeur peut écarter une candidature pour ce motif seulement après avoir étudié les faits entourant les événements rapportés. Cependant, même si cette pratique est empreinte de discrimination, le plaignant n’a pas subi de préjudice. Dans son cas, l’employeur avait connaissance d’un ensemble de faits lui permettant de conclure qu’il n’avait pas de bonnes moeurs. L’ensemble de ces considérations factuelles constitue la cause véritable du rejet de sa candidature au poste de cadet policier. Cette conclusion vaut également à l’égard du second rejet de sa candidature. Le sergent se souvenait de ses démarches précédentes et des informations obtenues. En conséquence, le plaignant n’a pas droit aux dommages-intérêts réclamés.

Le texte intégral de la décision est disponible ici

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Summaries Sunday: Supreme Advocacy

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On one Sunday each month we bring you a summary from Supreme Advocacy LLP of recent decisions at the Supreme Court of Canada. Supreme Advocacy LLP offers a weekly electronic newsletter, SupremeAdvocacyLett@r, to which you may subscribe.

Summary of all appeals and leaves to appeal granted (so you know what the S.C.C. will soon be dealing with). (June 12 – July 9, 2014 inclusive).


Aboriginal Law: Title; Duty to Consult
Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44

The S.C.C. held:

  • aboriginal title flows from occupation in the sense of regular and exclusive use of land
  • in this case, aboriginal title is established over the area designated by the trial judge
  • B.C. breached its duty to consult.

Criminal Law: Search & Seizure; Child Porn; IP Addresses
R. v. Spencer, 2014 SCC 43
Four issues, answered as follows: (1) Police obtaining subscriber information matching the IP address from the ISP constitute a search? Yes. (2) Search authorized by law? No. (3) Evidence excluded? No, not excluded. (4) Trial judge err re fault element of “making available” offence? Yes, new trial ordered.

Labour Law In Québec: Business Closures
United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 503 v. WalMart Canada Corp.,2014 SCC 45
The arbitrator’s finding that “resiliation” of all employment contracts constituted a “prohibited unilateral change” is upheld and the matter referred back for disposition.


Civil Procedure: Recusal

Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon no. 23 v. Yukon (Procureure générale),2014 YKCA 4
There is a publication ban in this case, in the context of a recusal motion based on alleged reasonable apprehension of bias.

Family Law: Support Guidelines

Strickland v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 FC 475

Are Federal Child Support Guidelines ultra vires the Divorce Act.

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My Twitter Digest for 07/11/2014

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Open Data Control Legal Hackathon, 12-13 July 2014: Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and online: Links and resources

Legal Informatics Blog - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:50

Open Data Control: Convergence: Legal Hackathon for Data Control, is being held 12-13 July 2014, in Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and online.

The event is hosted by Open Notice, and is collocated with OKFestival 2014.

The Website for the event is at: http://opennotice.legalhackathon.org/

The Twitter hashtags for the event appear to be #convergathon and #convergeathon

The Twitter account for the event is @convergathon

The schedule and speaker list for the event is at: http://datacontrolhack2014.sched.org/

Registration for the event is available at: http://opennotice.legalhackathon.org/signup/

Remote participation is welcome; click here to see the rules for participating remotely.

Click here for the etherpad for the event.

Click here for the Hacker League site for the event, which lists projects, participants, themes, rules, and other resources.

Here is a description of the event, from the event’s Website:

Open Notice is hosting a Data Control Convergence Event in Berlin, mixing different communities and efforts engaged in taking control of personal data. [...]

Speakers/Attendees Include

We aim to bring up some of the ‘elephants in the room ‘ when it comes to data control, notice and consent, and data sharing. To discuss what is emerging next in Big Data, data control and privacy.

And to think big in terms of global data control and enforcement. [...]

Here is a description of the legal hacking activities at the event, from the Hacker League page for the event:

Using the law for control over and access to my data, opening laws (e.g. crowdsourcing), international data transfers and Safe Harbour. Policy education around big data and data mining systems, or helping people apprehend the meaning of policies or legal systems in their understanding of how a system or data revealed might affect them.

This event is part of a series of events called Data Control and Privacy: Convergence Series.

For more details, please see the event’s Website.

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Ferrara et al.: Visualizing criminal networks reconstructed from mobile phone records

Legal Informatics Blog - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:44

Dr. Emilio Ferrara, Dr. Pasquale De Meo, Salvatore Catanese, and Professor Dr. Giacomo Fiumara have posted a paper entitled Visualizing criminal networks reconstructed from mobile phone records, to be presented at Data Wiz 2014: Data Visualization Workshop of Hypertext, to be held 1-4 September 2014 in Santiago, Chile, in conjunction with ACM Hypertext 2014 Conference.

Here is the abstract:

In the fight against the racketeering and terrorism, knowledge about the structure and the organization of criminal networks is of fundamental importance for both the investigations and the development of efficient strategies to prevent and restrain crimes. Intelligence agencies exploit information obtained from the analysis of large amounts of heterogeneous data deriving from various informative sources including the records of phone traffic, the social networks, surveillance data, interview data, experiential police data, and police intelligence files, to acquire knowledge about criminal networks and initiate accurate and destabilizing actions. In this context, visual representation techniques coordinate the exploration of the structure of the network together with the metrics of social network analysis. Nevertheless, the utility of visualization tools may become limited when the dimension and the complexity of the system under analysis grow beyond certain terms. In this paper we show how we employ some interactive visualization techniques to represent criminal and terrorist networks reconstructed from phone traffic data, namely foci, fisheye and geo-mapping network layouts. These methods allow the exploration of the network through animated transitions among visualization models and local enlargement techniques in order to improve the comprehension of interesting areas. By combining the features of the various visualization models it is possible to gain substantial enhancements with respect to classic visualization models, often unreadable in those cases of great complexity of the network.

Click here for a post about the authors’ earlier paper, entitled Detecting criminal organizations in mobile phone networks.

HT @net_science

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July 12: AALL Hackathon: Building the Information Future, San Antonio

Legal Informatics Blog - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:31

American Association of Law Libraries’ (AALL) Hackathon: Building the Information Future, is being held 12 July 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Datasets, project ideas, and discussion regarding the event are available at: Law Librarians Hack the Law.

The Twitter hashtags for the event appear to include #legalhack, #aall14, #AALLHack and #AALL2014

Here is a description from the conference program:

[...]For this workshop, San Antonio programmers and designers will be invited to join with law librarians to use technology to transform a government data set into new resources that will increase the data’s accessibility and discoverability. Teams of librarians and technologists will work collaboratively to plan and implement these projects. The main goals for this hackathon are to create new information sources for patrons and librarians using government information, and to build relationships between the two groups that will go beyond this event and encourage further collaboration in the development of information resources. [...]

Click here for information on other legal hackathons.

HT @JenWondracek

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