I have been honing my indexing skills for the last thirty-five years.
For the first thirty years I emphasized:
- the ability to read (not simply scan) and comprehend large volumes of material quickly;
- the ability to separate the important (substantive) information from the gloss (passing mention) and to recognize the common concepts regardless of the words being used;
- the ability to reduce complex material to plain english;
- the ability to tie together ideas presented in widely separated areas and to connect them to other related ideas;
- the ability to use both thematic and categorial analysis to separate the relevant from the irrelevant;
- the ability to apply both inductive and deductive reasoning to capture the essence of an argument;
- the ability to consistently meet unyielding deadlines;
- the ability to cope with irregular work load and conflicting demands;
During that period I made my living as a trial lawyer, conducting trials and appeals at all levels, including the Supreme Court, in both civil and criminal law.
In 2013 I retired early and completed the Indexing Theory and Practice course at UC Berkely. I have been indexing professionally ever since.
In 2013 I presented a workshop on legal indexing at the San Antonio conference of the American Society of Indexing.
During the 2013-2014 term, I served as Vice-President of the Indexing Society of Canada/ Societe canadienne d’indexation.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the ISC/SCI as a member-at-large.
My undergraduate degree is in Math, Chemistry and Biology with a post B.A. year of special studies in Psychology.
After obtaining my Law degree, I completed seven MBA courses (equivalent to the first year) on a part-time basis.
I was the first Canadian to obtain a Diploma in Advocacy from the Court Practice Institute of Chicago.
I was called to the Bars and admitted to the Law Societies of four Provinces, conducting trials and appeals at all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
I have been a full-time professional indexer since 2013.
I currently live and work on an island in the Pacific Ocean.