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!



Lovell_4 Just a very quick post, as I dash off to the Women in E-Discovery meeting, but just wanted to let everybody know that International Legal Technology Association's annual August Sauna/Convention is up and running -- and as always, crowds, crowds, crowds. Record setting crowds -- Randi Mayes, exec director, said the conference drew about 2,700 attendees here in Orlando at the JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton complex (including members, vendors and media). And 500 were first-time attendees, she noted.

A few teasers (I'll have more later):

  * The keynote -- probably the best I have ever heard -- featured astronaut Jim Lovell, above, who spoke on "A Successful Failure." His inspiring presentation focused on the lessons he learned as captain of the Apollo 13 mission -- and how they can be applied to all of our work in legal technology. He spoke the five words that have become emblazoned into the American lexicon, "Houston, we have a problem."

LDucttape_2ovell's main theme was to trust your team and your training, and your knowledge; expect the unexpected; pay meticulous attention to detail; be creative; do not give up; and above all, never, ever, travel anywhere without duct tape.

More on Lovell: From Space.com; Wikipedia, NASA.

* CT Summation has gobbled up DocuLex's Discovery Cracker suite of e-discovery processing software. The company reports that the acqusition will complement CT Summation's transcript management product.  Here's the 411.

CT's other EDD products include iBlaze, WebBlaze Enterprise, and CaseVault, as well as CT TyMetrix and TyMetrix360.

*Speaking of launches: My colleague over at Law.com, Sean Doherty, has inaugurated his new blog, "Legal Technology: Law.com's Legal Technology Blog."  Check out his reports from ILTA!

August 21, 2007 in Law Firm Management, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink


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