Technology

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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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Introducing Prcttnr: Bringing legal commentary & practice guides to the masses.

October 14, 2013

If you haven’t noticed, this blog has been pretty quiet lately. That’s primarily because I’ve been busy working with a few IP experts, programmers, legal editors and, of course, “the money” in an attempt to bring to fruition an idea that, quite frankly, couldn’t have come about until recently. We are calling it, at least [...]

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Technology will not make old content, poor writing, or awful structure better or more useful.

June 24, 2013

In the very near future, legal publishers’ front lists are going to explode with new digital titles for your consumption. They will grow by the dozens in every product category, enough to make your head spin, and they will never know the feel of paper. Each title will be increasingly granular, like an ALR annotation [...]

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Building a citator through indirect crowdsourcing: Fastcase’s Bad Law Bot

April 25, 2013

Fastcase announced today the impending release of a new algorithm enhancement to their Authority Check system—dubbed Bad Law Bot (BLB)—whose job is to identify other opinions that indicate the case you found has been treated negatively. I won’t go into the particulars (go see Greg Lambert’s post over at 3 Geeks this morning) other than [...]

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