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First we will steal all the words, then we make something BIG.

December 9, 2014

Over the last six months I’ve given some thought about directions in legal publishing, I think primarily growing out of the Copyright Codex, the sort-of relaunching of Law Genius, and ending with Bloomberg’s recent announcement of it’s digital-only bankruptcy treatise. The one idea that keeps circling back around in my notes is the difficulty legal publishers—however [...]

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What does the “D” word actually mean?

March 24, 2014

And here all along, I thought “d********n” stood for displacement through technology and apps, alternative pricing, and whatever couldn’t be bespoke. But all along it was simply alternative business models and nonlawyers getting a seat at the table, which was merely echoed by His Holiness as well, or is it Moses? I’ve committed myself this week to asking [...]

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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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The future of law librarians

May 6, 2013

I followed the #callacbd2013 tweet stream today, and I had the pleasure of looking over Sarah Glassmeyer’s slidedeck before the session even began. I have to say  I was intrigued by what the community would say about Jean O’Grady and Sarah’s talks today, and I was a bit disappointed. So that means that people were [...]

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Thomson Reuters Law School Publishing Business Sold to Eureka Growth Capital

February 4, 2013

Paul Caron (TaxProf Blog) writes today that Thomson Reuters has apparently completed the sale of the law school publishing business to the private equity firm, Eureka Growth Capital, whose current holdings include college campus television and telecommunication services, floor coverings, digital photography services, home accent and decor products, engineered machined products, forensic toxicology labs, and [...]

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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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Procedure Nerd Alert: Erieblogging

January 11, 2013

This is just fantastic. Prof. Michael Steven Green (William & Mary) is celebrating the 75th birthday of Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins through daily “Erieblogging,” where he tackles un- or under-explored Erie questions. Some of the sample questions include: In Swift v. Tyson, Justice Story said that a federal court could come to its own conclusion [...]

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Embracing non-lawyers as customers

November 25, 2012

I love controversial titles, and today’s CNN post from Gillian Hadfield titled “Lawyers, make room for nonlawyers” was just one of those that has sparked, as of the time of this post, over 300 comments. On a holiday weekend too! From the op-ed: Authorized nonlawyers and organizations could help ease our overburdened courts in many [...]

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