Monday, November 30, 2015

Announcing: LawMatters Program Coordinator Retirement and New Program Coodinator!

As of January 1, 2016, Shannon McLeod will be the new LawMatters Program Coordinator. Shannon is currently 'learning the ropes' from the current Coordinator, Janet Freeman.

 Janet says goodbye:
"I have had the privilege of developing the LawMatters Program over the last eight years and meeting a great number of wonderful public librarians in the course of my work. I couldn't have done it without the support of my mentors Nancy Hannum, LawMatters Consultant and Johanne Blenkin, CEO of Courthouse Libraries BC. Special mention also goes to Drew Jackson, former Director of Client Services, Courthouse Libraries BC, and also all the staff at Libraries and Literacy who have been such an important support for our training programs. I have enjoyed working with you all, and know that I leave LawMatters in excellent hands!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Janet Freeman

And Shannon says hello:
"I want to wish Janet congratulations on her retirement! It has been a pleasure working with her and learning from her experiences. Certainly big shoes to fill! 
I am excited to be the new coordinator for LawMatters, a wonderful program that provides training in legal reference and helps BC public libraries add legal titles to their collections. Public libraries are an amazing source of information: collections, knowledgeable staff, programming and more all make libraries an integral part of their communities. Empowering librarians to work with legal materials and legal reference are my priorities. I am so pleased to be able to combine my passions and experiences in this role.  
A little about me: I started my library journey shelving books at my local library and I've been hooked ever since! After graduating with my MLIS from UBC, I have worked in both public and special library settings. I joined Courthouse Libraries BC as a Client Services librarian and my interest in legal reference and legal materials grew quickly. It wasn’t long before I took on the responsibility of print collection development at CLBC’s Vancouver location.  I understand the importance of finding reliable materials and having support in order to get your patrons started with their legal research.
I am happy to answer any questions or just say hello!
Read any good books lately? I am currently reading Pot Luck/Pot-Boille by Emile Zola.
I look forward to working with you in the future!"
                                                                                                            - Shannon McLeod

Shannon will be the new editor of the LawMatters Blog; and you can reach her at

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Legal Information Online - November 2015

New on Clicklaw:

Behind the Scenes of Mediation: Videos Mediate BC Society, 2015

Complaints and Inquiries Regarding Insurance Companies Trust Companies and Credit Unions Financial Institutions Commission of BC  [4pp PDF] 2015

Family Law Act Orders Picklist Provincial Court of British Columbia, 2015

How to Start and Manage a Registered Disability Savings Plan in British Columbia BC Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation and Disability Alliance BC, 2015

I want to know what my rights are as a condo/strata owner Clicklaw Common Question November 2015

I’m buying a house Clicklaw Common Question November 2015

New Service Alert: Human Rights Clinic Provides Advocacy & Legal Representation  Clicklaw Blog August 5, 2015.

Thinking of moving in together? [Fact Sheet] Legal Services Society, 2014

What happens if I don’t follow a court order or agreement? [Fact Sheet] Legal Services Society, 2015

Other web resources:

Transgender Rights in Federal Prisons West Coast Prison Justice Society, October [8pp PDF] 2015

Visits: Your Legal Rights West Coast Prison Justice Society, October [8pp PDF] 2015

Blog posts and journal articles:

Asked & Answered: How do I order a Transcript? The Stream Blog, Courthouse Libraries BC, October 2, 2015

Asked & Answered: What is the Family Law Picklist?  The Stream Blog, Courthouse Libraries BC, November 19, 2015

Court of Appeal Releases Important Decisions on Spousal Support JP Boyd on Family Law, September 11, 2015

Do I need a lawyer to file for Bankruptcy?  LawNow, September 3, 2015

SRL Experience “the same” Both Sides of the Border The National Self-Represented Litigants Project Blog, September 8, 2015

Summary Judgments – the backstory that may shock you The National Self-Represented Litigants Project Blog, November 16, 2015

Tax Issues for Older Adults LawNow, November 3, 2015

Update on the Margot Bentley case Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre, July 9, 2015