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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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The most terrifying thing on the Internet today.

June 26, 2013

Today was a wacky fucking day. It first started in the pre-dawn hours with our very own Sen. Wendy Davis and the hours-long filibuster on the ridiculous Texas anti-abortion bill (story here), continued with SCOTUS’ much anticipated opinion in Windsor striking down DOMA (recap here), while Wimbledon injury-madness and upsets ensued (story here), only to be [...]

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Legal research should be hard, shouldn’t it?

April 7, 2013

Last week I had the good fortune of being a guest of Thomson Reuters for the excellent Keynote speech given by the very entertaining David Pogue at ABA’s TechShow in Chicago. As I sat in the front row with several other fellow bloggers, the screens on either side of the dias showed videos of WestlawNext [...]

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Lawyers, If you’re not on Vine now, it may already be too late.

February 1, 2013

This is not a joke. Lawyers, you MUST be on Vine now. If you aren’t producing 6 second looping videos about your practice, associates and their hipster attire, speaking engagements, ghost-written blog and marketing content, or the office cat, then you may already be too late. Wait any longer, and you’ll be behind the most [...]

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