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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!


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A GRAND NIGHT

Star_5 Our third annual Law Technology News Awards fete was wonderful indeed, last night at the Hilton in New York, with great warmth and fellowship.

We were thrilled to announce the winners of both our vendor awards -- selected by subscribers of LTN -- and our five juried awards.

I'll post some photos once our ace photo editor Russ Curtis has a chance to catch his breath, but here's the list of our winners:

Janine_ltn_awards001_1  * IT Director of the Year: Janine Sylvas, (left, with moi) of Stone Pigman Walter Wittman.
Honorable mentions: Kenneth Orgeron, of Jones Walker; James Zeller, of Chaffee McCall.

*IT Champion of the Year: Rodney Satterwhite, McGuire & Woods.

* Most Innovative Use of Technology During a Trial: Robert Krupka, Marc Cohen, Will Thomas, of Kirkland & Ellis; Stanley Gibson, Jeffer Mangels, Butler & Marmaro (Michelson v. Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc.)

* Most Innovative Use of Technology by an In-House Legal Department: Libby Toughton, Home Depot.

* Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm: Matt Kesner, Fenwick & West.

  VENDOR AWARDS

Case/Px Management 50+ attys: Time Matters by LexisNexis

Case/Px Management - <50 attys - Time Matters by LexisNexis

Timekeeping/Billing - 50+ attys: Elite, by Thomson Elite

Ltn_awards06_grp_3Timekeeping/Billing <50 attys: Tabs3 by Software Technology Inc.

Docketing/Calendar: Vision, by CompuLaw

Lit Support Software: iBlaze, Summation Technologies

Document Management System: Worldox - World Software Corp.

EDD: Prevail, by Fios

Knowledge Management: CaseMap by CaseSoft

Lit Support Service/Consultant: Rosen Technology Resource

Product of the Year: FYI 2.0 by Dataflight Software Inc.

CONGRATS TO ALL and thanks for a wonderful evening!

January 31, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

MAIL BAG

Mail_5 We're in the throes of the 25th annual LegalTech show, so postings will be a bit truncated for the next couple days. It's an absolute joy to see so many of you -- and I hope those of you here at the NY Hilton are enjoying the exhibits, seminars, and many opportunities for amusement and education in NYC.

A few quick items from the mailbag before I regale you with a recap of our wonderful LTN Awards Dinner last night:

1. Tom O'Connor -- a member of the LTN board and of the ABA's Katrina Task force, sends a fascinating link, from PBS' Nova, that allows you to "map" the New Orleans flooding over your own city, to see how your local environment would have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

2. The Editor 'n' Chef of Blawg Review checks in after my post about Ellen Pall's new and innovative DebbiesIdea site (where readers can suggest where to start reading a particular writer's works). Ed suggests that da literati check out Bookslut as well.

3. Debbie Caldwell of Fios is thrilled that Judge Shira Scheidlin, of Zubulake v. UBS Warburg fame, (broadly considered one of the key judicial architects of electronic data discovery protocols) has agreed to be on a webinar addressing the proposed new rules of civil procedure.

Here's the 411:

Wednesday, 08 February 2006, 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern (Webcast Length: 1 hour) Free, but pre-registration is required. More information on the webcasts, topics being discussed, newly added sessions, and how to register is available on Fios’ website .

Note: this is a one-shot opportunity, as Judge Scheidlin is not permitting the seminar to be saved or reproduced -- so view it, or lose it!

January 31, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

SWEET DREAMS, SWEET TWIN

Wasserstein Yesterday, Wendy Wasserstein left us.  Just 55, she had quietly battled lymphoma, and quiet is a word rarely used to describe the vibrant, radiant Wendy Wasserstein.

I did not know Wendy Wasserstein in person -- we had never met -- but she touched me like few other women on the planet. I was new to NYC, and on Valentine's Day, 1999, feeling just a bit lonely in a big new city, I decided to overcome my VD blues and treat myself to a film course run by Richard Brown. (There are three days that are very difficult for single, unattached women: New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day and our birthdays).

Anyway, Richard Brown "class" involved showing an about-to-be-released movie, and then interviewing someone involved with the movie (the producer, director, star, etc). Occasionally, he brought in a guest who had nothing to do with the movie being shown, and one of those guests was Wendy Wasserstein.

She all but skipped down the aisle, personality jumping outta her skin, and I was hooked with her first sentence. Of course, as a card-carrying feminist I knew of her trademark plays: The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles was all but required reading for female baby boomers. But that hadn't prepared me for the sheer exuberance and exhilaration of listening to Wendy Wasserstein talk for an hour.

She regaled the audience with tales of her career, and her challenges -- everything from her passion to introducing children to Broadway theater, the ups and downs of her love life, her struggles and joys of her relationship with her mother, and her difficulties with weight and living in a non-model-thin body. I was stunned and overjoyed. Someone else was facing the exact same issues as I was dealing with. I wanted to run to the stage, give her a huge hug, and tell her how grateful I was to find my long-lost twin sister.

Ah, Wendy. You gave us all hope, in such a challenging world. Your laugh, your spirit, your indefeatable wit, your optimism on the darkest days. You are a salve on our quiet wounds; encouragement that we, too, are not alone; that we, too, can find the joy and passion as imperfect human beings in this wild and wonderful world.

Ah Wendy. I never had the pleasure of sharing an illicit peppermint ice cream with you, or a 3 a.m. cry, or sharing the joy of a success. I didn't have a chance to listen to you glow about your young daughter. But you are truly part of my being, my spirit, and I will sorely, sorely, miss you.

Yesterday, the lights of Broadway dimmed in your memory, but your light will remain fierce in our hearts.

Go sweetly, sweetly, into the night, dear Wendy.

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Gail Collin's appreciation here. Reuters here. Bibliography here.

(Photo:AP)

January 31, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

K-BLOG

Dc2 David Bowerman, of Preston Gates & Ellis checks in to let us know that the firm (one of pioneers in firm-launched blogs with the e-discovery site) has sent up another effort, Government Contracts Litigation.

"The two attorneys who run it are ecstatic about the medium and are quickly becoming full-fledged bloggers," reports Bowerman, a member of the Law Technology News editorial advisory board. Those two dudes are Richard (Dick) Hanson, and Mark Jackson. Here's the firm's press release.

January 26, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

THE TRUTH & NUTTIN' BUT...

Cellphonerage Here's the latest on the Cellphone Do Not Call Registry continuing controversy.

David Giacalone forwards this link to a press release from the Federal Trade Commission that hopefully clarifies all the confusion. Among its proclamations, the FTC asserts that:

* Cellphone numbers are NOT being released to telemarketers, and you will NOT soon be getting telemarketing calls on your cell phone.

*There is NO deadline by which you must register your cell phone number on the Registry.

*Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

*The national associations representing telemarketers have stated that their clients do not intend to start calling consumers’ cell phones.

*There is only ONE DNC Registry. There is no separate registry for cell phones. The DNC Registry accepts registrations from both cell phones and land lines. You must call from the phone number that you want to register. If you register online, you must respond to a confirmation e-mail.

*While the telecommunications industry has been discussing the possibility of creating a wireless 411 directory, according to the FCC, even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to cell phones would still be illegal, regardless of whether the number is listed on the federal government’s National Do Not Call Registry.

    January 26, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

    SHINING LIGHT....

    Lightbulb My friend Ellen Pall has just launched DebbiesIdea.com -- with the freshest concept I've seen in ages.

    I'll turn the mic to her to explain:

    "DebbiesIdea.com is intended to serve as “A Reader’s Guide to Unfamiliar Literature”—a resource to help an interested reader decide which book to try first of an author she or he has never read. The idea for the site came from my late, lifelong, beloved friend Debbie Sankey, who pointed out that if you start with a weak or atypical work by even the most marvelous author, you will probably never read that author again. Yet there’s no reference book to suggest where to begin. In fact, such a reference book could scarcely exist, since the “right” place to start is almost always a matter of opinion. ....My hope is that DebbiesIdea.com will grow to be a thriving (if narrowly focused) forum, a useful compendium of considered opinions."

    The site's in its infancy, but Pall is urging folks to stop by (you need to register first) and help "put a few leaves on this skeletal tree, perhaps by recommending one or another work by a writer you especially like."

    WHAT a great idea.  Note: you won't be able to find this via Google yet, it's too brand new. So use da link above.

    January 26, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    SUN BIRDING

    Phx Now I'm beginning to understand why people are in love with Arizona. I'm sitting here, at 5:15 p.m., and it's absolutely glorious weather. A gentle breeze, I can be outside without a jacket, and it's just comfortable. (Something I haven't been able to say about NY or New England lately). And I can drive on the streets without white knuckles: the only hazards you have to watch out for are the geezer drivers -- not the treacherous black ice of the Berkshires.

    Main_photo_tucson_1 From my folks' home in Phoenix, it was a very easy and comfortable drive to Tucson Monday. The Loews Ventana Canyon resort -- where ACLEA (The Association for Continuing Legal Education) was having its mid-winter meeting -- is simply gorgeous. It's been voted one of the top 25 resorts by Conde Nast Traveler and you understand why when you arrive. It's stunning. (photo courtesy of the hotel)

    Mark Rosch and the ACLEA team invited me to present a keynote speech, and it was an absolute delight to reconnect with many of my pals from my days in San Francisco where I covered California's conversion to a mandatory CLE program. It was especially nice to see Pamela Wilson, of the California State Bar, one of my all-time favorite bar execs!

    Mark and his wife Carole Levitt run Internet for Lawyers based in L.A., and are  both very active on the State Bar of California's Law Practice Management & Technology section. Warm thanks to everybody, and especially to whoever picked that venue. I was  blown away by how lovely the Tucson area is, and the facility was first rate from top to bottom. It was especially nice because I was able to bring my mom along -- and give her an overnight respite from caregiving (my dad's quite ill) -- and she thoroughly enjoyed the quiet, serene venue.

    Bodine_2  I also had a chance to spend time with Larry Bodine, and his delightful wife, Dorian Dvorak. We tried out Miguels, which had tasty California-style Mexican food -- beautifully presented. Dorian and mom patiently endured our (no doubt seemingly endless) shop talk, and it was a refreshing evening on all fronts.

    For the second year, Larry and Dorian have decamped from icy Chicago to spend a few months in Tucson. After this trip, do I ever understand their decision!

    Bodine, a former editor of the ABA Journal, is best known now for his marketing leadership -- and is a member of the LTN edit board. He's with the PM Forum and has a terrific blogs, here and here.

    Watch for the February issue of LTN with his incisive article about Evershed's marketing technology programs. Among Bodine's  clients is the legendary marketer David Maister, who, btw, has launched a new podcast program. Details here.

    ANYWAY... I'm headed back to NYC tomorrow, as we all gear up for LegalTech New York!  (It's not too late to get tickets for our LTN dinner! just click on the lovely star across the aisle on my right nav bar for ticket order forms).

    January 24, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    FOUR STEPS TO DIVERSITY

    Our sister publication, The National Law Journal, has published an article by Edgardo Ramos and Lynn Anne Baronas, called "Four Steps to Diversity." Diversity2_2Check it out on Law.com here.

    Ramos is a partner in the New York office of Day, Berry & Howard and is chair of the firm's diversity and sensitivity committee. Lynn Anne Baronas, based in the firm's Hartford, Conn., office, is the firm's director of professional development and diversity.

    January 20, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    MAIL BAG

    CellSeveral folks have queried me about the cell phone "do not call" list, including Rob O'Rielly, of Thelen Reid:

    "...Despite what you said, I think it really is an urban legend, to some extent. (the notion that telemarketers can access the cellular 411 directory). I am sure at some point you've heard of snopes.com, an urban legend debunker of some repute.  Here's their take on the whole issue. I tend to put a lot of faith in these guys, though it may be misguided, so I just wanted to pass it along FYI."

    O'Rielly may be right that there's a lot of misinformation floating around. Here's a recent report from WCBS. And another here.

    2. My favorite Editor 'n' Chef nags me today about my tardy postings lately, and suggests that Blawg Review has yet another winner with Anita Campbell's focus on small business concerns in Blawg Review #40 here. Time flies, doesn't it!

    And many thanks to Ms. C for her kind citation of one of my anti-jargon rants, here. 

    Skype 3. The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas has generated some interesting coverage -- here's a report on the Microsoft site, by Sally Slack, about five kewl new office tools.

    And here are her notes about new home goodies, including a new Skype phone.  And the Loc8tor that can help you find lost objects at home.

    Treo700w 4. Tempt me Redmond: Check out the latest Treo 700w. With Windows Mobile. I'm lusting, but not ready to give away my 650.

    5. An update on my post about the Lawyers in Love matching site has been added here.  I got a very interesting comment suggesting that the site wasn't up to snuff, and I checked it out and agreed. Founder Elena Albamonte offers a thoughtful response to the criticism.

    275x235_jeter_postseason_1 6. Ahhh... one day closer to April 3. Season tickets went on sale today at 10 am, and the Yanks are now completely high tech, combining two former partial ticket plans into a new 20-game plan that your order and process completely online.

    I won't say it's flawless (I had several false starts, and the seat selection process is very very clunky) but I've got my 2006 tix order done.

    January 18, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    REASONS NOT TO BLOG

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    I've been meaning to post this, from Sonny Cohen, chief marketing officer of DuoConsulting. (With his permission, of course).

    "My name is Sonny Cohen. I sell blogs and know a lot about them.  Which ... makes it completely inappropriate for me to comment on their worthiness. But I've joined a 12 step program. So maybe I can start by asking forgiveness. Then I'll tell you why blogs are a stupid idea for law firms and should be avoided -- perhaps prohibited by management.  There is management in law firms, right? Sometimes that's not clear.

    Top Ten Reasons Blogs are a Bad Idea:

    10. They might fail.  Goodness knows you don't want to try something that isn't 100% guaranteed to work.

    9. Those in marketing can't control it. Its those renegades over in the IP practice area.  The ones who it is rumored keep Macintoshes in their homes.  And I think some of them are just associates.  So what do they know?

    8. Somebody might call you an early adopter. You know pioneers are the ones with the arrows in their backs. Turtles who stick their heads out of their shells, well, whack!  Mom said, "Don't grow up to be an early adopter - be a lawyer."

    7. IT doesn't approve let alone know much about them.

    6. Somebody might take issue with something stated in the blog and, well, everyone knows that controversy is disastrous not to mention newsworthy, viral and eye-catching.

    5. There's no good source for pre-chewed and digested blog content like professional services firms purchase for their regionally protected newsletter which they pass off as their own knowledge.

    4. Marketing is sure that, after about 63 blogging days, the buck lands on their desk and they'll be <shudder> ghost writing content.

    3. On some marketers scale, it doesn't make the top 5 list, which I gather is the maximum number of marketing initiatives a law firm can handle at any one time.

    2. Those who are rumored to be succeeding are selfishly posting content to their blog and not extolling the virtues of blogging to ... listserv[s].

    1. And the number one reason blogs are a bad idea is that, although a new blog is created every 2 seconds, that search engines are favoring blog content with algorithmically driven prominence, and blogs are really nothing more than a website with a simple content management system, the only people who seem to understand them are two guys named Larry and Kevin.

    And here's a link to DuoConsulting's blog with a list of Website Resolutions....

    January 11, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

    HIGH TECH HELP?

    Techlove Lisa Solomon, of The Billable Hour Co., drops a note suggesting that lovelorn lawyers might turn to a bit of technology for help: Lawyers in Love - an online dating service just for us. (Solomon's company is a sponsor of the site, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary)...

    MarryHmmmm.... and if you need to do some research before you post your profile, she suggests the book, Should You Marry a Lawyer? which, she notes, is actually sold by the American Bar Association.

    Hmmm. Think of it this way: it's one less item about Alito you have to read. :)

    Update 1/18: Got an interesting comment from "Nikkos" challenging my post:

    "Did you bother to check out the site, Lawyers in Love? It is populated by "women" from the Ukraine. No lawyers to speak of, at least females."

    Fair enough! While I had briefly checked it out, based on Lisa's recommendation, I didn't really try a search. So I created a most definintely fake profile, and did a hugely broad search -- basically looking for any breathing male within 100 miles of NYC. Got ONE profile. So not impressed.

    Lisa gave me the contact info for the site's founder, Elena Albamonte, so I asked her about the complaints. Here's her response: (click on continue reading)

    Dear Ms. Bay:

    I appreciate your questions regarding the size and content of LawyersinLove.com. Our site actively recruits lawyers, law students, and legal professionals. Our recent press release, which was the first publicity released about LawyersinLove.com, was posted widely on internet press release sites. It was sent out to legal journalists around the country, to law student newspapers, and to more than 40 state bar publications.

    We also have link exchange agreements with many online businesses, and expect to acquire more links in the new year. In addition, we advertise monthly in Washingtonian magazine, and last year sponsored holes and provided prizes for the DC Bar Golf Tournament and the George Mason Law School Alumni Golf Tournament.

    More publicity plans are in the works, including a possible interview on the Washington, DC Fox Morning News station.

    I understand and agree with your concern that some participants on the site may not be lawyers. However, the site is currently free and is open to individuals interested in meeting lawyers, as well as to lawyers, law students, and legal professionals.

    Unfortunately, there is no way at present to verify member claims, nor do any other online dating sites have this ability. In fact, when I was on Match.com I met an attorney from Annapolis, Maryland who had posted a photograph that was at least 30 years old, if not more. It was a shock!

    In the case of our site, I personally review all profiles for profanity and inappropriate content, as well as for inappropriate or misleading photographs. If a person is obviously misrepresenting themselves, they are immediately deleted. I'm sure you are aware that the fact that a person is from a different country or the fact that a person is a particularly attractive or sexy woman is not necessarily determinative of whether or not they are an attorney, nor is a provocative pose necessarily determinative of an imposter.

    Despite general stereotypes, lawyers and law students come in all shapes, sizes, and egos! We have lawyers and law students from England and Australia, as well as many other countries. We have individuals of many different ages.

    As an immigration lawyer, I know from experience that many highly educated people may not appear that way on paper or in a photograph, and particularly when writing in a non-native language. Moreover, many foreign countries do not have the same educational requirements for lawyer training.

    Accordingly, I hesitate to blatantly discriminate at this juncture by deleting individuals from certain countries based on ! such bias. But believe me, I understand your concern and have wondered how to verify profiles without appearing rude or invasive.

    However, as our one year anniversary approaches we will be deleting inactive members and the individuals you speak of ultimately may be deleted during that process.

    In regard to your concerns about the number of members on the site, I just wanted to note that this is a recent venture and at present we have fewer than 1000 members worldwide. Thanks to our recent publicity, however, we have acquired 130 new members in the past two weeks, and almost all of those new members have stated that they are attorneys. The more publicity we receive, the more members we will acquire, exponentially.

    I believe LawyersinLove.com is and will be a beneficial site for lawyers, law students, and legal professionals. I believe that lawyers are different, by virtue of education, personalities, and schedules, and that there is a need for this type of site.

    Thanks for your interest and your questions. I would be happy to chat with you about LawyersinLove.com at any time.

    -- Elena Albamonte

    January 11, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

    GUILTY!

    O.K. I admit it! I flunked this: Guilty

    Can you name all the U.S. Supreme Court justices?

    Kyle Christensen of Thomson says its FindLaw division did a survey last month that found that only 43 percent of American adults can name at least one justice currently sitting on the nation's high court.

    Sandra Day O'Connor had top recognition, with 27% knowing her name.

    Well, I got six -- not awful, but certainly embarrassing for a legal journalist. (And I froze briefly on Ruth Ginsburg's last name). I forgot Souter, Breyer and Stevens. At least I have good company -- those three are the least known, with 5%, 3% and 3% respectively. And, says Findlaw, the percentage of Americans who can name eight or more of the nine current judges "statistically rounds to zero."

    And at least I didn't -- as did many -- list William Rehnquist or Thurgood Marshall (both decidedly dead) or GW Bush, Hillary Clinton, or Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Hat tip to LTN's news editor John Bringardner for catchin' this release.

    January 10, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    DON'T CALL ME ....

    CellangryThe ever-charming Christy Burke checks in to remind us that there are just a few days left before Jan. 17, when cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketing companies... and you know what that means!

    To prevent these annoying calls (that eat up your minutes) you can call the National Do Not Call list -- at 888-382-1222. This is real, it ain't an urban legend. (I did it as soon as I got Christy's note).

    January 10, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    MONEY, HONEY

    Money_1 San Francisco-based
    The Recorder, (my old stomping ground) broke the news today that first-year associates' salaries have spiked again.

    Writes Kellie Schmitt: "O'Melveny & Myers has lifted associate salaries to match Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, raising first-year base pay $10,000 and all other years by $5,000, according to a knowledgeable source within the firm." The announcement as made via voicemail messages to associates yesterday, she says.

    First-year base pay at O'Melveny and Gibson is now $135,000. Fourth years earn $170,000 and seventh years $210,000. O'Melveny's salary structure applies to all U.S.-based lawyers, while Gibson’s applies to U.S. lawyers outside New York, she says. 

    January 10, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    BETTER & BETTER

    Blogger_1Blawg Review just gets better and better. I've got to hand it to Evan Schaeffer, of The Legal Underground -- he managed to figure out a way to create a very fresh, very useful and very thought-provoking column on Jan. 2 -- for a week where many, many of us were hibernating. Check out Blawg Review #38 here.

    He framed it as "Ten Resolutions" for bloggers, but it's a phenomenal guide to blogging. He gives his 10 tips, and then uses other blogs as examples of how to follow thru. For example, he cautions against using cliches, and cites Ron Coleman's Likelihood of Confusion as an example of a blog that avoids them, with style.

    Mulch_1  And #38 appeared tonight, by LTN edit board member Bruce MacEwen, a.k.a. Adam Smith Esq., who covers all sorts of ground, including the Alito hearings, eavesdropping and New York City's unique Ceremony of the Mulching of the Christmas Trees. Bruce is sooooooooooooooooo erudite!  Enjoy!

    January 9, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    A NECESSARY AUDIOBOOK

    DowdEverybody knows that I really hate politics and avoid political debates like I shy away from polyester. So while I knew that Maureen Dowd wrote a column for The New York Times, I never read it and was clueless about her reputation, etc.

    Dowd2 But I saw a piece about her on 60 Minutes, and was intrigued, and I'm addicted to audio books and sometimes the pickings are slim, so I bought Are Men Necessary -- read by the author. It's an absolutely fascinating look at the gender wars and I highly recommend it. Her observations are provocative, witty, insightful, exasperating, depressing, exhilarating -- the whole gamut. What a good "listen." (I may actually read her column now, even if it is about politics.)

    She reminds me a lot of another one of my favorite writers, Malcolm Gladwell, he of The Tipping Point and Blink. 

    As I've said before, there is very little more luxurious in life than to have someone read you a story -- and one of my absolute joys is audiobooks read by the author. Sometimes, when it's not icy, I'll just get in the car and drive around the Berkshires for an hour or two, and just drink in the physical beauty of the rolling pastoral hills as someone tells me a story. Life is good.

    Photo courtesy of The New York Times.

    Update 1/10: The NYT"Inside the Times" e-letter reports that an Oct. 30 Dowd column that included an excerpt from the book was the #1 most-read article of 2005. Somehow, I find that very encouraging!

    January 9, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

    I'M BACK......

    Sorry for the silence... I've been preoccupied with my dad's hospitalization after he fell and broke his hip right before Christmas. Thankfully, despite the NY transit strike, I was able to get to Phoenix (thanks Mileage Plus) to spend some time with him and my mom. We're optimistic but realistic as dad tackles numerous complications. I've so appreciated your kind notes and encouragement.

    Ltnjan06p01On a much happier note, we are so excited about the Law Technology News redesign. Shane DeLeers, our incredible design director has done an amazing job! We launched the redesign with our electronic data discovery (EDD) showcase, with articles from some of our regular writers (Craig Ball, Michael Arkfeld, Tom O'Connor, George Socha) as well as some new voices, including George Rudoy of Sherman & Sterling, Todd Nunn, of Preston Gates & Ellis, and Christopher DeGroff of Seyfarth Shaw, as well as Mark Waite and Andrew McGill of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons.

    And we're VERY excited about the upcoming LTN Awards dinner, Monday Jan. 30 during LegalTech New York. Here's the latest 411: Download LTNawardscard.pdf

    Ashby_1Playing Catchup: Overdue congrats to former colleague (and baseball mentor) Ashby Jones, who has joined The Wall Street Journal's online division to help launch a new law section. (It's available only to WSJ subscribers and they have a deal with LexisNexis). There's also a blog, here. Among his duties, Ashby will be writing a regular column, called The Flaw, which will focus on some of the idiosyncracies of law firm management.

    Wsj_1From the press release:

    "The Online Journal hired two journalists with strong legal backgrounds for this new initiative. Ashby Jones, 35, legal editor, was a reporter at The Deal and American Lawyer Media. Mr. Jones, a former litigator and clerk to a federal judge, is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Michigan Law School.

    The primary writer for the law blog is Peter Lattman, 35. Mr. Lattman joined the Online Journal from Forbes Magazine. Before becoming a journalist, Mr. Lattman was a litigator at a law firm and also worked at Goldman Sachs and a hedge fund. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Fordham University Law School." 

    Who Needs Desperate Housewives II :  Silvia Coulter, one of my favorite marketers, has a delicious tidbit on her blog, The Legal Compass. It seems law offices are indeed prime turf for romance:

    Has anybody noticed: There is a trend occurring in today's law firms?  No, not the fact they are hiring sales people--that's old news.  The trend, it seems, is for marketing people to be so engaged with the firm's activities, that they are marrying, yes marrying, partners.  And there's even a micro trend that many managing partners and marketing directors have gotten hitched.  WedNow that's the ultimate relationship-building I say!  While some would urge me to provide examples, I'd like to keep the posting short and not bore anyone with the details.  Suffice it to say, this is probably not the relationship-building most of us in sales coaching and training are talking about. But it certainly parallels the process!  Stay tuned.....not everyone in these firms will agree the trend benefits the firm.  And about being that next in line marketing director--what a tough act to follow!

    Welcome to the Blawgosphere: Several folks have launched new blogs or blog-related endeavors over the last few weeks, including:

    *Joe Bookman and his pals at PinHawk (a spin-off of Osmosys) have launched a terrific Law Blog Newz Digest.

    Macewen  * Blogger and LTN edit board member Bruce MacEwen (Adam Smith Esq.) checks in to hype his wife Janet Stanton's latest venture. "Cheekily named "Flog your Blog, its goal is to develop media kits and presentations for mainstream advertisers. Check it out here.. And Here's what she developed for Bruce's blog.

    And speaking of MacEwen, he's interviewed by the ever-mysteriously anonymous Editor 'n Chef of Blawg Review, here.

    * Phil Franckel's Lawyer Advertising Blog.

    * Candy McGregor reports the launch of poweredtemplates.com to help users create effective presentations.

    * J. Matthew Buchanan (blog: Promote the Progress)has joined forces with Dunlap, Codding & Rogers. The firm has offices in Oklahoma City and D.C., "and is establishing a new midwest office with my addition." 

    Change your Outlook: Dunlap, Codding & Rogers, P.C., P.O. Box 948, Perrysburg, OH 43552-0948. Toll-free: (800) 235-5925.

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