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!

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Legal Tech Day today in SF!

TeachNeed to rack up some continuing legal education credits, especially those hard-to-find ethics hours? Concerned about the changes to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct that now mandate that lawyers must be cognizant about legal technology? Want to learn more about how to effectively use trial technology?

Well, if you'll be in the San Francisco Bay Area today (Wednesday, September 19), have we got a program for you! Our sister publication, The Recorder, is sponsoring Legal Tech Day 2012 in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club, located on the second floor of 595 Market Street. (BART/Muni: Montgomery Street station). Walk-ins are welcome!

The half-day workshop is free and offers four CLE credits. It starts at 8 a.m. (breakfast) and runs through 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Focal Point, Thomson Reuters, Kroll Ontrack, and LexisNexis.

At 8:30 a.m., Law Technology News' technology editor, Sean Doherty and I will present the keynote address, entitled "Ripped from the Headlines: Seven Technology Trends Lawyers Must Know." We will walk the audience through LTN's recent cover stories, a veritable crash course about the advantages — and ethics hazards — of using legal technology.

Topics will include insider trading scandals at three global firms; BYOD (bring your own [mobile] devices to work);  the potential pitfalls of cloud computing; surprising e-discovery models; the "sudden" emergence of Big Data; hidden traps in legacy files; legal project management; and alternative fee arrangements. You'll learn how technology can help your organization produce services for both external and internal clients better, faster, and more more cheaply — while you dodge danger. Doherty will provide overviews of current technology options and guidance on how best to stay on top of technology developments. (We're both members of the California bar.)

Then, join us for two more presentations:  Sponsored by The Focal Point, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., will be presented by attorney G. Christopher Ritter, will discuss courtroom technology options. Then, from noon to 1 p.m, Clay Dawson, a Thomson Reuters litigation product specialist, will present "Technology Tools for Litigators," sponsored by TR.

Join us!

Read the full article here.

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