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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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STEER INTO THE SKID

Skid Legal trade shows can intimidate even the most veteran attendee. So, with the International Legal Technology Association's annual meeting fast approaching, we interviewed James McKenna, senior manager of practice technology at Morrison & Foerster, to get his advice on how to best navigate convention floors.

"Maximizing LegalTech" was shot during June's LegalTech West Coast, where McKenna, a member of Law Technology News' Editorial Advisory Board, was speaking on a panel about cloud computing. He encourages first-time attendees to study the program guide and sketch out a rough game plan -- before you arrive.

But don't lock yourself into too rigid a regimen, he cautions. It's great to attend seminars and hear about successful projects, but your best education may come during networking, where you can learn about the "black ice" and "potholes" your peers encountered. That intelligence can help you prevent spin outs on your next project!

July 15, 2010 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, videos | Permalink

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