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The Law Society Special Lectures are Back!

The Law Society of Ontario’s upcoming Special Lectures will be held on November 21 -22, 2019. This year’s program’s title is Innovation, Technology, and the Practice of Law. To view the agenda and registration details, see the LSO’s website.

If you’re looking for papers from previous year’s programs, the Great Library’s collection includes all of Special Lectures in print beginning in 1943 with the Special Course of Lectures on Wartime Emergency Orders and Administrative Tribunals. Papers from Special Lectures held from 2006 to 2012 also available online at no charge through AccessCLE, the Law Society’s full-text CPD article database.

And if you are interested in learning about the history of the Special Lectures series, see:


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The Great Library’s Oldest Book

Every once in a while we get tired of writing posts about legal research, new books and websites, and other serious stuff, so we look for something fun to write about. This involves a different kind of research and, even more fun, getting to go down a rabbit hole. Each fact that is uncovered raises a potential new research path and rabbit hole until finally the brain shouts “Enough, stop!” This week’s rabbit hole is about the library’s oldest book.

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When One Door Closes, Another Opens

Being as old as it is, it is no surprise that the Great Library at Osgoode Hall harbours many secrets. As we usher in spring (if it ever comes) with our guided library tours and with the City of Toronto event Doors Open, we hope to prepare all those who venture into the Library for the many mysteries they may encounter—and to open some doors of our own.

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