The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!



Star_2 Here's the third of my posts about the winners of the recent LTN Law Firm Awards -- this one about the winner for "Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm."

The judges selected Hogan & Hartson, specifically citing its CIO, William Gregory. The judges report that the information management group of Hogan & Hartson, under the guidance of William Gregory, conceived, designed, and developed a suite of programs that successfully integrates the firm’s new business intake process (a workflow system first implemented in December 2003 using Metastorm Inc.’s e-Work product) with Blackberry devices used by the firm’s lawyers. (About 900 Blackberry units are in use.)

Gregory and his staff launched this effort based on an in-depth knowledge of the business intake process (and its central component, conflicts checking and clearing) and its understanding of how attorneys in the firm prefer to operate - remotely, wirelessly, and as close to an "in office" mode as possible, the firm reports.

"The team had to overcome several potential hurdles, including the fact that it had never developed software for the RIM BlackBerry devices. To do so required the team to write Java code to be installed on the RIM devices, using the RIM API set. The team also developed server-side application software to manage the interface between Metastorm and the Blackberry units)," the firm says.

Gregory "took a risk, tried something new, overcame some hurdles, and created a new type of capability for the firm, where no commercial [option] exists."


P.S. Hey! H&H: How about listing William Gregory on your website! I wanted to put a link but he's not listed as one of your "professionals." (See "Low Visiblity" on the right nav bar.)

February 21, 2005 | Permalink


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