Headstart Legal Information Session 2023

Get a HeadStart on articles by attending this informational session presented by The Edmonton Law Libraries Association and the University of Alberta J.A. Weir Law Library. HeadStart will be back this June 2023 to provide a comprehensive, legal research focused training day to get you ready for articling. HeadStart is a legal research workshop for law and library students and new graduates entering the legal workplace. 

In this information session, you will learn about what HeadStart has to offer, as well as what research resources will be available to you at the Courthouse Libraries and the UAlberta Library while you article and after you graduate. You will also have the opportunity to provide your feedback on what topics you’d like covered by HeadStart this year.

This session will be held on Zoom, and registration is free. Register in advance for the session:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

More information on previous HeadStart events is available here.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month, which, as stated on the Canada Heritage website, “gives all the opportunity to engage in open dialogue and a commitment to learning more about the stories black communities in Canada have to tell about their histories, success, sacrifices and triumphs.”

Looking for ways to get involved, connect, or learn in Edmonton this month?

The City of Edmonton has an event calendar for the month which you can access here

Edmonton Public Library, in connection with the Edmonton Short Film Festival, is putting on a Local Heroes Film Festival with Black History Month on Thursday February 23rd – you can read more, and register, here.

The Law Society of Alberta has put up an excellent resource page that may help with your staff and clients learning and engagement.

Know a resource or event that should be added? Send it to us at ellaexec@gmail.com.

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Job posting – Legal Research Specialist

BD&P is looking for a Legal Research Specialist. Please see below.

Purpose of the role:

To undertake and conduct high-quality, in-depth legal and business research to support the Firm’s practice areas and departments using online and print resources. 


Legal Research Specialist

Reports To: 

Director, Business and Enterprise Architecture

Duties and Responsibilities:

In accordance with the policies of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, the Legal Research Specialist has the responsibility to complete the following duties:

  • Conduct in-depth legal and business research to support executive/management, lawyers, students, and administrative staff using paper and electronic resources;
  • Provide oversight of research to ensure quality and consistency of research work product;
  • Provide awareness and monitoring services including legislative and judicial tracking, and client, competitor, and industry developments;
  • Monitor client news and changes in organizational structure to support business development activities;
  • Provide training and guidance in the use of the Library’s collection of resources and technologies including the website, online catalogues, and external databases;
  • Support communication activities that utilize the intranet and other internal communication tools in building firm engagement;
  • Participate in collection development by recommending and evaluating print and electronic resources to be added or withdrawn from the collection;
  • Provide guidance and mentoring, and ensure professional development of Library support staff;
  • Promote and market Library resources and its services to staff to leverage the capabilities and expertise;
  • Participate in the Library and Research Committee to contribute to discussions on legal resources and budgetary issues;
  • Develop and deliver training sessions on legal research for lawyers, law students and other firm staff.

Education & Qualifications:

  • MLIS degree and/or a minimum of 2-3 years of significant research experience in a law library conducting legal and business research;
  • Advanced research skills, with demonstrated proficiency in providing online research services using legal and business databases (i.e., Lexis Advance Quicklaw; WestlawNext; Capital IQ; DisclosureNet, etc.).

Required Skills & Personality Traits for Success:

  • Established Industry Knowledge: Proficiency with legal and business-related resources and technologies used for communication, research and knowledge sharing.
  • Strong Research Analysis and Reporting: Ability to prepare reports, executive summaries, and other correspondence necessary to communicate research results to all levels of management.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy: Demonstrates meticulous, detail-oriented accuracy in completion of work.
  • Excellent Time Management: Effective at planning ahead, organizing, and prioritizing to maintain multiple tasks.
  • Team-oriented: Personable and courteous, with a “can-do” attitude; strives to bolster the effectiveness of the team by providing consistent support.
  • Composure: Performs appropriately and effectively, even while handling multiple tasks.
  • Effective Communicator: Well-developed verbal and written communication skills; readily seeks and provides information; sees value in information exchange; written product is concise and clear.
  • Customer orientation: Provides exceptional customer service in dealings with all clients and stakeholders.
  • Team management and mentorship: Creates and maintains a well-functioning work unit. Skilled at building trust, morale and cooperation among team.

See full posting and apply here.

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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th marks Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Government of Canada describes that “The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

The following resources may help your staff and clients learning and engagement.

Legislative and Legal Resources related to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Further Resources

Know a resource that should be added? Send it to us at ellaexec@gmail.com

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Job Posting – Research Specialist at Dentons

Dentons is looking for a Research Specialist. Reporting to the Director, Information and Research Services, the Research Specialist plays an important role as part of a national team of professionals who provide research and information services to lawyers, students, and staff at Dentons.  The Information and Research Services team is part of the firm’s Practice Support and Optimization (PSO) department.

This position can be located in Edmonton or Calgary.

This role is a full-time, permanent, agile work position, which will include a combination of working in the office and working from home.   


  • Conduct in-depth and value-added legal, business and media/news research, demonstrating knowledge and skill by identifying, analyzing and synthesizing relevant information to support client work.
  • Identify, evaluate, analyze and summarize key information from relevant online and print sources, to provide custom, high-quality research deliverables to lawyers and business services staff. 
  • Actively participate in the planning and delivery of training in research methodology and resources for students and lawyers.
  • Participate in knowledge management (KM) and practice support projects across the firm.
  • Develop and build strong relationships within the firm as well as with key vendors and/ or publishers.
  • Assist with the selection and evaluation of legal, tax, and business research tools and resources, including online platforms, databases, and apps.
  • Ensure the organization and maintenance any physical library space in the office.  
  • Actively participate in professional development associations, learning and development opportunities and other firm events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Please see the full posting here.

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