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Will the Bestlaw plugin expose user data WestlawNext keeps hidden?

December 18, 2014

I stumbled upon Bestlaw the other day, which apparently is a browser plugin that allows you do manipulate WestlawNext data in the following ways: Copy a perfect Bluebook citation with one click Clean, readable view Automatically-generated table of contents Highlight hard-to-see page numbers Quick link to jump to footnotes One-click copying for citations, titles, and full [...]

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Ebooks still suck for research

October 11, 2014

I’ve raised this point many times, but it bears repeating: ebooks are terrible for actual research. From Baldur Bjarnason yesterday in his post Ebooks suck for learning: It is the ebook reading app’s responsibility to expose the book’s marked up information architecture in the UI in a way that helps readers build a cognitive map [...]

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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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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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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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