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Small is the new big. That’s what he said.

April 1, 2014

If there was one takeaway for me from this year’s ABA Techshow it’s this: small law is not something to be ignored, and if anything, small law might even be something to be feared. I saw this playing out in a number of presentations and sessions and idle chatter at cocktail parties and in vendor hall, [...]

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Here is your 2014 ABA TechShow Vendor list

March 23, 2014

Every year I go to TechShow it seems I run into a few young associates who’ve been shuttled off to Chicago to gather information on software and service solutions for their respective firms. You see a lot of them wandering around vendor hall, picking up schwag, listening intently to sales pitches and product demos. I’m [...]

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Past Editions: Why are we leaving you behind?

March 19, 2014

I was recently using the new California Legislative Information (“CLI”) website and it reminded me of a couple of things. First was color, namely when information is conceived and born digitally, we as the creators can actually use color in text, and we should use more of it (when appropriate of course). It’s certainly something that’s [...]

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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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An Open Letter to Thomson Reuters’ Susan Taylor Martin: Let’s talk print.

March 3, 2014

Ms. Martin, This isn’t something I would normally do, but I’m just compelled to say something, you know? I have to say that after a couple of decades of being in the publishing business, I’ve really admired your company’s catalog of analytical material. But ever since the release of WestlawNext (WLN)—which was a big step [...]

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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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Well, duh, because paper.

October 28, 2013

From this month’s Scientific American, Ferris Jabr has a nice piece on Why the Brain Prefers Paper. Beyond treating individual letters as physical objects, the human brain may also perceive a text in its entirety as a kind of physical landscape. When we read, we construct a mental representation of the text. The exact nature [...]

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The Promise of Networked Textbooks: Are we there yet?

October 25, 2013

Dan Meyer’s post this month, The Digital Networked Textbook: Is It Any Different? is worth a read. I won’t spoil the ending, but his thoughts coincide with many I’ve had concerning the development in this space. Be sure to read the comments.

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