Opinion

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First we will steal all the words, then we make something BIG.

December 9, 2014

Over the last six months I’ve given some thought about directions in legal publishing, I think primarily growing out of the Copyright Codex, the sort-of relaunching of Law Genius, and ending with Bloomberg’s recent announcement of it’s digital-only bankruptcy treatise. The one idea that keeps circling back around in my notes is the difficulty legal publishers—however [...]

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Two Sisters

November 15, 2014

By Jason Wilson Authors Note (2014): I received an email recently that reminded me of this post. I went back and re-read it. Still made me laugh. So I made a couple of tweaks, but still left it very much 2010. Author’s Note (2010): For whatever reason, the scene that follows kept running through my [...]

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The Power of One Tweet

May 7, 2014

As I watch (and participate in) the Twitterfall of the #SingforNicole campaign to get One Direction to dedicate a single song at a single concert in honor of a truly devoted fan who lost her life to a disease whose original name predates the band members’ birthdays, I can’t help but think about the power [...]

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“Indie” Lawyers. Da’ fuck?

March 18, 2014

Lawyers have had a long and comfortable relationship with bullshit and bullshitting generally. And yet knowing that did not stop me from head desking over this tweet from last Saturday’s Reinvent Law Workshop on Entrepreneurial Lawyering: Indie? As in low-budget, do-it-yourself kind of lawyer? I was confused because this was the first time I’d heard [...]

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Be the sixth monkey

March 13, 2014

By Jason Wilson [I'm republishing this piece from Spring 2012 because somehow, after today, it seems really relevant.] I try to stay away from writing anything that reads like a self-help or an advice column, but every now and then I come across a piece that’s such a great metaphor for something important that I [...]

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Make it stop. Make all the words stop.

March 12, 2014

Holy hell. All this in a matter of two weeks? The Practice of Law Does Not Need to Be Disrupted, The Lawyerist (Mar. 11, 2014) Gartner Legal IT Scenario, 2010 – Smart Machines and LPO Radically Disrupt Legal Profession, Computational Legal Studies (Mar. 2, 2014) Adapt to Law’s Digital Disruption or Die by Snooze, Leadership [...]

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Future lawyer: a mediator between machine and client.

March 10, 2014

Refrains I keep hearing: • Experiential education. • Technology labs. • Design thinking. • Reduction of practice to code. • Legal hackathons. • Apps. In the rush to disassemble the legal profession, we are tumbling headlong into a profession that no longer understands it’s purpose (or the law), but is merely a technology mediator that is slowly degrading to [...]

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The Marble & The Sculptor: A book review of sorts.

November 17, 2013

So a couple of weeks before I get a copy of this new book by Keith Lee (of Associate’s Mind), The Marble and the Sculptor, I’m given a pitch by an attorney that’s been practicing for nearly 20 years for this book that tackles cradle-to-grave type stuff, you know from choosing to go to law [...]

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