Featured Title – Viner’s Abridgment

April 23, 2018

For World Book Day we are featuring what is one on the oldest books in the Law Library’s Collection.  A General Abridgment of Law and Equity, Alphabetically Digested Under Proper Titles; with Notes and References to the Whole by Charles Viner.

Charles Viner spent 50 years summarizing cases from previously published case law reporters.  The case digests (in 23 volumes) are organized alphabetically by subject  covering all aspects of the law as it was at the time of publication. Although its accuracy and utility have been questioned, (see e.g. J. G. Marvin’s summary of comments on the Abridgment in Legal Bibliography, Or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Booksnevertheless it is still a very useful starting point for legal historians.

The library has a complete set on reserve and although the binding is fragile, despite its age (the imprint date on the first volume is 1741), the paper is sturdy and the text is readable.

Viner’s legacy also lives on in the Vinerian Professorship of English Law at Oxford University which he endowed on his death in 1755.  The first Vinerian Professor was Sir William Blackstone.

Electronic versions of this abridgment can be found on Google Books.

 

 


Featured Title – Annotated Aboriginal Law

April 10, 2018

Annotated Aboriginal Law: The Constitution, Legislation and Treaties and Supreme Court of Canada Case Summaries 2018 by Shin Imai.

This is an annual publication which provides the text of, and annotates, each section of the Indian Act,  and various other statutes and regulations, with summaries of cases that have considered each section. It also includes summaries of selected Supreme Court of Canada Cases relating to Aboriginal law and Indigenous peoples from 1995 onwards.


Recent Tables of Contents – March 2018

April 9, 2018

New Books in the Library – March

April 3, 2018

Every month the library adds relevant and interesting texts to our print collection.  For a full list, check our our March Acquisitions list.

K2287.5 .M43 2018
Title: Meaning and power in the language of law / edited by Janny HC Leung (University of Hong Kong), Alan Durant (Middlesex University, London).
Publication info: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Subject: Forensic linguistics.
K3240 .S662 2018
Title: Social work of narrative : human rights and the cultural imaginary / Gareth Griffiths, Philip Mead (eds.)
Publication info: Stuttgart, Germany : Ibidem-Verlag, 2018.
Subject: Human rights.
Subject: Social service.
Subject: Indigenous peoples–Civil rights.
Series: Studies in world literature ; v. 4.
PN147 Y68 2018
Title: Elements of Indigenous style : a guide for writing by and about Indigenous peoples / Gregory Younging.
Publication info: Edmonton, Alberta : Brush Education, [2018]
Subject: Authorship–Style manuals.
Subject: Authorship–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Subject: Indigenous authors–Canada.
Location: Reserves

Important information about the Library and the exam period

April 2, 2018

As exams approach, here is a reminder about the increased Library hours and additional services the Law Library is offering.

 Extended Library Hours: Begin on Monday, March 26 and continue to Sunday, April 22. During this time, the Bora Laskin Law Library will close later as follows:

  •         Monday through Friday: 8:45 am until midnight
  •         Saturday and Sunday: 10 am until 10 pm

The Robarts library offers 24 hour access Sunday night to Friday night. Details here:  http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/extended-hours . Hours for all campus libraries can be found here: http://resource.library.utoronto.ca/hours/?source=icon

During the extended hours period Torys Hall and the study areas on the main floor of the Library will be open ONLY to UofT law students.  We will post signs to this effect and we will enforce this policy.  However, we need your help to make sure the Library remains a quiet and serene space throughout exams.  Although we do periodic walk-arounds, we cannot see everything that goes on.  So, if you are being disturbed, please report this to the Circulation Desk!  We will do all we can to resolve the situation in an effective and low-key manner.

***All Night Law Library Opening on the Eve of the Deadline for Written Work***: The Law Library will remain open all night on Sunday, April 22, so that students have access to library resources, computers and printers ahead of the deadline for written work on Monday, April 23 at 10 am. We will send out more details closer to the date.

The Library will close at 5 pm on April 23rd  as we commence summer hours.

Library Security: It is important to remember that the law school building, including the Library, is open to the public. As such, please keep your valuables with you or ask a friend to watch them if you need to leave your study area even for a minute. Thefts have occurred in campus libraries and the weeks leading up to exams sometimes see a spike of activity across campus. Please report any incidents to the Campus Police at 416-978-2222.

Research Help:  As deadlines for papers approach, remember that the reference librarians are available to advise you on research strategy, databases and citation style. Please feel free to contact John Bolan, Sooin Kim, or Susan Barker. You now also have online access to the McGill Guide on WestlawNext Canada

Study Rooms: The Law Library has 11 bookable group study rooms. Details are here: http://library.law.utoronto.ca/book-study-room.  If you have experienced trouble logging into the online booking system please e-mail your UTORid to gian.medves@utoronto.ca to be added to the database. In addition, the UofT Library has a list of bookable and non-bookable study rooms available at libraries across campus: http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/group-study-rooms

Exam Preparation – Past Exams: The past five years of exams are available on e.Legal: https://www.law.utoronto.ca/e-legal/library-resources/past-exam-database. You will need to enter your e.Legal password to access PDFs of the exams.

 


Featured Title – The First Women Lawyers

March 9, 2018

The First Women Lawyers: A Comparative Study of Gender, Law and the Legal Professions by Mary Jane Mossman

We are highlighting this 2006 text in honour of International Women’s Day.  This book brings the lives and work of  pioneering and trailblazing women lawyers in the United States, Canada, Britain, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and western Europe to the light.  As Jane Bailey & Katharine Neufeld,  note in their review of this text, (“Gender, Identity and Professionalism: 
A Review of The First Women Lawyers by Mary Jane Mossman”, 86 Canadian Bar Review 355, 2007)  “Mossman provides detailed and often infuriating accounts of the sometimes monumental efforts of women to overcome sexist and racist barriers in order to gain access to legal education and to the legal profession. (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2279614).


New Books in the Library – February 2018

March 8, 2018

Another new batch of interesting and useful books has arrived in the library.  For a full list, check our our February acquisitions list

 

K487 .A57 C655 2017
Title: Comparative law and anthropology / edited by James A.R. Nafziger, Thomas B. Stoel Professor of Law and director of international programs, Willamette University College of Law, USA.
Publication info: Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing, [2017]
Subject: Law and anthropology.
Subject: Comparative law.
Series: Research handbooks in comparative law.
K2100 .A975 2018
Title: Arcs of global justice : essays in honour of William A. Schabas / edited by Margaret M. deGuzman and Diane Marie Amann.
Publication info: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Subject: Justice, Administration of.
Subject: Human rights.
Subject: Capital punishment.
K5305 .B57 2017
Title: Blasphemy and freedom of expression : comparative, theoretical and historical reflections after the Charlie Hebdo massacre / edited by Jeroen Temperman, Erasmus University Rotterdam ; András Koltay, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest.
Publication info: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Subject: Blasphemy–Law and legislation.
Subject: Freedom of expression.
KE3404 .M35 2018
Title: Health care and the Charter : legal mobilization and policy change in Canada / Christopher P. Manfredi and Antonia Maioni.
Publication info: Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, 2018.
Subject: Medical care–Law and legislation–Canada.
Subject: Medical policy–Canada.
Series: Law and society series (Vancouver, B.C.)
PN56 .L33 L36 2018
Title: Law and literature / edited by Kieran Dolin.
Publication info: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Subject: Law and literature.
Subject: Law in literature.

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