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Crowdsourcing legal (practice) research with … Facebook?

September 29, 2014

So consider these questions for a minute: I need to request findings of fact for a possible appeal on a confirmation of child-support arrears. Here are my facts: (1) Hearing was last week, the court made a ruling, and I was ordered to draft a judgment. (2) I want to file a motion for new trial (MNT), [...]

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So Instagram has a drug problem. But where are the lawyer ads?

September 27, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I was reading an article discussing Instagram’s drug trade, specifically, the thousands of photo and video posts selling everything from marijuana and prescription pills to ecstasy and other narcotics. If you’re curious, just do a hashtag search — try “#xanax,” for example. You’ll be greeted by a list of hashtags spanning [...]

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Holy crap! We made an Internet thing.

June 12, 2014

Well, it’s a done deal now. Jones McClure Publishing has officially released most of it’s Texas content online in a new platform called “O’Connor’s Online.” After several years of hard work, we’ve finally gotten into the content as a service game. There are so many words I could write about this process and my thoughts [...]

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The Aspen Casebook Controversy: A publisher’s perspective

June 9, 2014

So, last month the shit hit the fan when WoltersKluwer’s Aspen imprint announced a new program for law school casebooks called “Connected Casebook.” Under the program (as announced at the beginning of May), a student would receive: A new, bound version of the casebook, which can be marked-up, highlighted, and kept through the length of [...]

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Copyright infringement & legal briefs: It still ain’t over.

May 1, 2014

Back in October of last year I was reminded of the White & Elan v. West Publishing & Reed Elsevier (S.D. N.Y., No. 12-CV-01340) matter that was hailed as a victory for fair use when Judge Rakoff in early 2013 tossed out the remaining claims asserting Westlaw and Lexis had violated copyright law by selling access to [...]

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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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