Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing
An annual award to recognize excellence in legal publishing was established by the CALL Executive in 1998. This award was initiated as a means of acknowledging the work that is done by publishers to provide the legal profession with high quality materials for use in understanding and researching the law. It is hoped that this award serves both as a means to honour publishers who have produced excellent products and to encourage excellence in new publishing endeavours. In 2005, the award was renamed the Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing to honour Dr. Lawford for his contributions to the Canadian law library community.
The award may be given for a wide variety of publishing endeavours – a specific book, series, service, or a particularly innovative publishing venture. All formats are eligible, including print, electronic, and audio-visual. The intent is to recognize excellent products and services, whether published in a traditional format or with new technology. English- and French-language publications will be considered. Although this is an award for publishers, recognition will be given to authors and editors where required.
The selection committee received six nominations for the 2015 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing. The winner will be announced at the CALL/ACBD conference, on Monday evening, May 4, 2015 during the wine and cheese reception in the vendor exhibit hall.
- BC Laws (British Columbia Queen’s Printer)
- CanLII Connects (CanLII)
- Centre de documentation et de ressources informationnelles [CDRI] (Chambre des notaires du Québec)
- Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History book series (University of Toronto Press)
- Quickscribe 2.0 (Quickscribe 2.0 Services Ltd.)
- Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual, 2nd ed.(Law Society of Saskatchewan Library)
BC Laws (British Columbia Queen’s Printer)
In April 2014, the British Columbia Queen’s Printer announced it would be retiring its subscription service QP LegalEze and transitioning all content to the free BC Laws website. BC Laws is now the home for all current and historical legislation. With the launch of the new BC Laws site, the full-text historical Orders-in-Councils since 1872 were published. In support of the British Columbia government's Open Data Policy, the new BC Laws delivers expanded content and open access to the data published on the site. All documents on BC Laws are now published under a permissible license, which allows commercial and non-commercial access to, and use of, the legislative materials. The Queen's Printer of British Columbia is also releasing access to the API (Application Programming Interface) that BC Laws is built on. This creates opportunities for citizen-led technical innovation and allows for richer interaction with the data.
CanLII Connects (CanLII)
CanLII Connects provides a centralized repository for caselaw commentary and digests submitted to the website by lawyers, law librarians, regulated paralegals, legal academics and students in law school. All content is readable by anyone, but the ability to contribute content and to participate and benefit from the social elements as “concurring” (CanLII’s version of “liking”) with and commenting on content is limited to members. CanLII Connects incorporates key features of online legal research services, such as direct links between primary law and the commentary, a recommendations algorithm to provide the researcher with simple access to similar content available on the site, and immediate access to search functionality from any page. There are also links from CanLII decisions to content in CanLII Connects.
Centre de documentation et de ressources informationnelles [CDRI] (Chambre des notaires du Québec)
A subscription to CDRI allows online searching of the legal publications provided by the Chambre des Notaires in support of the notary profession. It is a significant body of commentary, comprised of over 10,000 texts, articles, and legal forms and precedents, that was previously available only to notaries in Quebec. The role of notaries is stipulated in Quebec’s civil law model. It is different from that of notaries public in the other provinces and is unique within Canada. The most common fields of practice for notaries are, in order of importance: real estate law, law of succession, family law and commercial law. CDRI is the main online resource for secondary materials in Quebec notarial law.
Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History book series (University of Toronto Press)
2015 marks the 35th anniversary of the agreement signed by University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society to publish the books in the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History series. Since then the partnership has published 69 titles on the courts, the judiciary, and the legal profession. The books have covered a wide breadth of Canadian legal history including the history of crime and punishment, women and law, law and economy, the legal treatment of ethnic minorities, and famous cases and significant trials in all areas of the law.
Quickscribe 2.0 (Quickscribe 2.0 Services Ltd.)
As an alternative to the British Columbia government’s legislative website, Quickscribe provides up-to-date consolidated legislation, point-in-time legislation, and the current status of bills, regulations and Orders in Council. In the summer of 2014, the company launched Quickscribe 2.0 which allows subscribers to add annotations to British Columbia legislation. Users have the option to keep these annotations private, to limit access to these annotations to the members of their organization, or to make them available to all Quickscribe users. In addition to this, Quickscribe has hand-selected a number of respected legal professionals who provide commentary and legislative insight with links to relevant case law.
Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual, 2nd ed. (Law Society of Saskatchewan Library)
The recently-released second edition of this handbook is a guide to the builders’ lien legislation in Saskatchewan. In an updated design and format, it reflects the changes in legislation, case law, and process since the first edition was published 20 years ago. In partnership with Emond Montgomery, the Law Society of Saskatchewan has also made the title available as an Adobe .pdf ebook.
Chair: Past President, CALL/ACBD
- 4 individuals who will appointed by the President for a two year, non-renewable, term.
Nominations must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for consideration:
- Nominations must include the name of the publisher and the title of the nominated work.
- Eligible works must have been published in the last two years, or in the case of a series, ongoing work, e-resource or website, must have achieved a particular goal, revision, or technological innovation in the last two years.
- Nominations may be made by a member of CALL, a member of the legal community or a publisher. Publishers may nominate their own works.
- All nominations must include the names of two CALL members who support the nomination.
Nomination and Award Process
A call for nominations, emanating from the Chair, will be posted in the early fall (September-October) and again in early Winter (December-January) on the CALL-L listserv and on the CALL website News.
A call for nominations may be published in appropriate legal newsletters and legal blogs (Law Times, Lawyers Weekly, Revue du Barreau).
Publishers will be formally invited to submit book or product titles for consideration. If an electronic product is nominated, the publisher will be asked to provide temporary access to the committee members for review purposes. If no nominations are received in any given year, the Award committee will be responsible for providing a short-list (minimum of three submissions) for consideration.
The committee members will review all nominations for the following:
- excellence and innovation
- quality of editing, including features which enhance useability (table of contents, indices, searchability)
- significant contribution to a body of legal literature
- fills a gap in the literature
The committee will choose an award recipient by April 15.
The decision will be announced by the Chair of the Award Committee at that year's CALL conference. While it is hoped that worthy publications will be nominated each year and an award made, an award need not be made in a particular year if no suitable nominations are received.
The Award will be presented by the Chair of the Award Committee at the annual CALL conference. The Award itself will take the form of a plaque, with space for a number of brass plates on which the name of the publisher and year of the award will be engraved. The plaque will remain the property of the Association. A miniature plaque or parchment certificate will be given to the winning publisher as a permanent memento of the award. Notice of the Award recipient will be published in Canadian Law Library Review and mounted on the CALL Infopages in both official languages.
Previous Award Winners
The following publishers are previous recipients of the Award:
- 2014 — LexisNexis for JurisClasseur Québec
- 2013 — UBC Press for Canadian Yearbook of International Law
- 2012 — Centre d'accès à l'information juridique (CAIJ), for JuriBistroMD UNIK
- 2011 — Not presented
- 2010 — Nova Scotia Barristers' Society-Library & Information Services, for the Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules
- 2009 — Slaw.ca
- 2008 — Not presented
- 2007 — Maritime Law Book
- 2006 — la société québécoise d’information juridique [SOQUIJ], for its AZIMUT database
- 2005 — Canadian Legal Information Institute[CanLII], for its internet-based collection of primary sources of Canadian law
- 2004 — Éditions Yvon Blais, for its Common Law en poche series
- 2003 — Carswell, for its eCarswell platform
- 2002 — Irwin Law, for its Essentials of Canadian Law series
- 2001 — Canada Law Book, for multiple publications and in recognition of its longevity and lasting contribution to the Canadian legal landscape
- 2000 — Quicklaw Inc., for its American caselaw and legislation databases
- 1999 — Insight Press, for its InConference CD-ROM product.