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!



20855545_2 We're excited to announce that Law.com, in cooperation with Law Technology News magazine, will be offering a special platform for those of you who will be blogging from next week's LegalTech New York event.

We'll devote Law.com's Legal Blog Watch Web page  and newsletter to LTNY coverage from Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 5-7, offering a central clearinghouse for LTNY-related blog coverage. By showcasing links to your posts, we hope to generate interest in and traffic to YOUR blog.

Here's the plan. If you're planning to attend LTNY and blog about it, please drop us a line now at legalblogwatch@alm.com with the name of the blog and the bloggers. That way we'll know who to expect to hear from next week, and we'll be able to post a note about our blogger-participants.

After you post on your blog, send us the URL (permalink) with an intro sentence about the post to legalblogwatch@alm.com. Our Legal Blog Watch editor will post them — in a style similar to that of the EDD Update Blog.  Be sure to include your name, the blog name, your phone number and email address in case we need to contact you.

We’ll highlight this LTNY Special Edition of Legal Blog Watch on Law.com, the Law Technology News website, Law.com Legal Technology  and our associated blogs: EDD Update, Sean Doherty's Law.com Legal Technology and Monica Bay's The Common Scold.

Bloggers who are journalists, consultants, or analysts should let us know if they need free press credentials. (Vendor bloggers are welcome to participate, but we can’t offer them press credentials.) Please email requests for credentials to LegalBlogWatch@alm.com by noon on Monday, Feb. 4, and pick up your credentials at LegalTech registration during the show. When you email your request, be sure to include your name, address, blog name, email address and phone number.

All bloggers are welcome to join us Wednesday, from 9-10 a.m., for an informal bloggers gathering at the Pettite Trianon Room, on the 3rd floor of the Hilton. We'll even provide lousy coffee and mediocre Danish.

And bloggers -- in case you are wondering, the Hilton offers free wireless in its lobby.

If you have any questions, please email us at (David) or (Monica).


David Snow
Executive Editor

Monica Bay
Editor-in-Chief Law Technology News
The Common Scold

February 1, 2008 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, Webinars, Podcasts, Programs, Weblogs | Permalink


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Monica -

Will the session rooms have power extensions? (My laptop battery will only last so long.)

Is there good WiFi coverage at the Hilton?

Is the WiFi free or do we have to jump through some hoops to get a connection?

Monica replies: Here's what I know -- the Hilton sez it has both wired and wireless in the guest rooms, and that the lobby area has free wireless. Based on my experience, I wouldn't count on great wireless -- because a lot of time it is affected by the # of users.

My recommendation: you might consider getting one of those cell phone modem PCMCIA cards. I have a Verizon one -- it's great -- high speed, and I can connect just about anywhere (although don't we all get nightmares about those stupid stalking advertisements :)
I also have a T-Mobile acct, because I'm always in the UAL Red Carpet Room at airports and United has a deal with T-Mobile. I think T-Mobile also works at Starbucks, but I'm a Peet's fan so no expert on that.

As for electricity --- usually hotel conference rooms have some electrical outlets on walls, often toward the back of the room. I try to get to rooms early so I can grab a seat by the outlet -- but it can be difficult. And I always worry about people tripping over the wires. (It's kind like trying to find the 1 power outlet at the airport gate)

I'll forward your suggestions to the LegalTech team, and suggest that for future shows we look into whether or not the hotel can provide outlets at some of the conference room tables. I know there have been a lot of requests for full wireless thruout the show -- and that our team is looking into it. In some venues, however, it's prohibitably expensive -- but we ARE exploring options so we can best serve attendees. Feel free to send your suggestions to LegalBlogWatch@alm.com and we'll forward them on to the LegalTech team.


Posted by: Doug Cornelius | Feb 1, 2008 8:12:49 AM

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