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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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Some long-overdue dives into the in-box:

Nigel Murray, managing director of Huron Legal continues to raise money for Help for Heroes‚ he has generated more than £15,000 over the last three years via his annual bike ride. This year's ride, in May, covered 375 miles in five days, across the former battlefields of 0d0e13enortheastern France. "No mean feat for a man of a certain age whose posterior is more used to a comfortable seat at a desk, in an aeroplane or in a restaurant, and who can often be found with a beer, a cigarette or both in his hands," says London-based Murray. To find out more about Murray's adventures, email him here.

 LanzaAleida Lanza wants you to know about Pulsepoint, an app developed by Richard price, chief of the San Ramon Valley (Calif.) Fire Department. The free app uses your smart phone to alert you if someone in your vicinity needs CPR, and then geo-tags the nearest AED device. "It is meant to minimize the seconds where someone who needs CPR can get immediate life saving assistance from a nearby Good Samaritan, while the fire department is dispatched," says Lanza,  project manager at Infinite Personal Possiblities. "Essentially it is an app that enables the community to put their CPR training next to people who need it."
 
Users can elect the types of notices you get, and can post photos of fires or car accidents so the fire department has a preview of the scene, she says. "It’s everything a civic application should be. It also protects privacy and doesn’t violate HIPPA. Politicians have no excuse to keep us from helping each other," she says.

CollinsA shout-out to Martha & Tom Collins, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Tom, the founder of Juris (sold to LexisNexis a few years back), is enjoying his retirement writing mystery thrillers. May you write more than Grisham, Patterson, Turow, Hoag, and the rest of the gang!

Images: LinkedIn

June 15, 2012 in Apps, Good Works, People | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Room to Read: 10,000,000 Books & Growing

RoomreadA few years back, I annoyed just about everybody in our newsroom by winning our March Madness annual NCAA pool with my pick of the Florida Gators to take it all. Unlike beisbol, where I can bore anyone to death with my OCD knowledge of the game, I know absolutely nothing about basketball except that I'm pretty sure the Knicks have sucked for several years. My picks were pretty much based on the schools that my brother or I had attended (but the University of California Santa Cruz and its banana slugs were not an option, so my choices were heavily skewed by Minnesota and my brother's Nevada and UCLA adventures).

To say I gloated was an understatement. LTN board member Andy Adkins, then at the University of Florida's Legal Technology Institute, sent me a blue and orange Gator's victory hat, which is proudly displayed among my ridiculously large collection of Yankees post-season and opening day caps.

The bounty was not insignificant -- around $500 -- but as much as I would have liked to use it to buy more Bronx treasures, I figured there was a much better way to spread my good Karma -- and use the entry fees contributed by my peers that constituted the victory purse. Our CEO/president Bill Pollak, who is now chair of Pro Bono Net's Board of Directors, had turned me onto John Wood's 2007 amazing book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, which chronicled the efforts of the ex-Microsoft senior marketer who left Redmond to bring schools and books to youngsters in remote areas, including Nepal and Vietnam. The program especially focuses on educating girls, recognizing that if you educate a girl, you educate a family. Our March Madness money went to Wood's San Francisco-based charity, Room to Read.

Room to Read has just announced that it has reached an amazing milestone: They have distributed 20 million books, with the presentation of the latest in Tiang Giang Province, Vietnam. The program has published 154 children's books in 18 languages, has established 1,900+ libraries, and supported more than 12,000 girls seeking secondary education.

So if you are looking for some worthy recipients for last-minute 2011 charity donations, bring out the checkbook. Timing is everything: two supporters have promised to match all gifts made by Dec. 31 (up to $700,000) which makes your donation even more sweet.

For donation info, click here.

Image: Room to Read

December 9, 2011 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hands Across the Water

Japan John Tredennick, CEO of Catalyst Repositories Systems, is among the many in our community who have been deeply touched by the earthquake and tsunami that has crippled Japan.
 
The events hit close to the heart for Catalyst: It
has offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong and maintains a secure data center in Japan for Asia regional hosting. Catalyst also is a founding member of the E-Discovery Asia alliance, a group of forensic, collections and e-discovery experts covering Japan, Hong Kong, China,  Korea, Singapore and Southeast Asia.

So Catalyst and its Asia and U.S. partners are organizing a relief effort they are calling "Legal Professionals for Japan,"  he says. "Frankly, this disaster makes most of the others we have faced look almost minor."

The idea is to provide a focal point for donations to the Japan Red Cross, he says. "Catalyst and its partners intend to donate — and we want to provide a vehicle to encourage others in the legal community to do so as well. For that reason, we are offering to match individual contributions made through LPJ. Our goal is to raise at least $20,000," Tredennick advises.
 
For more information, visit www.catalystsecure.com/japanaid 

Update 3/21: United Airlines is offering miles if you donate to the American Red Cross to help those affected in Japan: "Donate to the American Red Cross and we'll thank you with up to 500 bonus award miles; 250 miles for donations between $50 USD and $99 USD or 500 miles for donations of $100 USD or more. We are committed to awarding a maximum of 5 million combined Mileage Plus and Continental OnePass miles, so please donate today."

UAL says its MilesPlus members can also donate their miles through its Charity Miles program.

March 14, 2011 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

LegalTech NY as Kingmaker?

Gonzalo-de-Cesare-UN-Speaker-1Everybody at LegalTech New York was abuzz last week as speculation increased that Mohamed ElBaradei will be the next president of Egypt. Why the trending spike? Because the Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke a year ago at LegalTech -- on Feb. 1, 2010 -- about The Rule of Law and the Role of Information in Verifying Compliance in Developing Nations.

So Gonzalo de Cesare, (right) who presented this year's Feb. 1 keynote about the technology used in international war tribunals, received much teasing about what country he will lead in 2012.

De Cesare was this year's LTNY "rock star" with his ALM trifecta: first, with his powerful and moving keynote address; second, with his article, "History Repeats Itself," which appears in the newly redesigned Law Technology News inaugural issue that debuted at the show; and third, he was selected by our independent LTN Awards jury as the 2010 LTN IT Champion of the Year, and received his award immediately following his keynote address.

De Cesare, a native of Peru, has served as information officer for the United Nations, and has been deeply involved with international war crime tribunals, where he has focused on discovery and disclosure issues -- with the goal of establishing "repeatable processes" that can help safeguard the rights of all participants while processing millions of documents.

De Cesare and his team have developed disclosure standards for the trial of Slobodan Milosevic (the late president of the former Yugoslavia and Serbia), and prosecutions in Rwanda and Cambodia, incorporating legal technology such as the ZyLab eDiscovery System, LexisNexis CaseMap, West LiveNote, and IBM Lotus Sametime.

De Cesare is now serving as political advisor at the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Kosovo, the teams are using Google Maps to pinpoint villages and other locations that are relevant to investigations.

So who knows what the future holds for de Cesare? And we'll all anxiously await news of who will be at the LegalTech podium on February 1, 2012!

Check out the LTN Video interview with de Cesare.

 

February 7, 2011 in Good Works, LTNY 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

One Laptop Per Child

1lpc Consultant Anne Kershaw, a co-founder of the e-Discovery Institute, is raising support for "what was once a radical idea for eliminating poverty -- portable education in a box, called One Laptop per Child."

OLPC distributes rugged, internet-connected, educational laptops (that don't need electricity) to kids. (Check out this video.) "Education is key to the elimination of poverty, and providing these laptops to poor children is an ingenuous and effective way to provide education in environments that otherwise have no access to books, research materials, or even classrooms or teachers," says Kershaw. "When children have access to this type of tool, they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create, and collaborate. They become connected to each other, to the world, and to a brighter future."

To learn more or contribute, visit www.laptop.org.

Check out Kershaw's recent article, "Crash or Soar," in LTN, and an LTN Video about the new publication, the "Judges' Guide to Cost-Effective E-Discovery."

January 12, 2011 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thomson Reuters Celebrates TrustLaw

I turn the microphone over to LTN news editor Daniel Howley:

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Thomson Reuters celebrated its new TrustLaw service Tuesday, with a luncheon and a panel

discussion at its New York City headquarters. President and CEO Peter Warwick presided over the program; the panel was moderated by the iconic Arthur Miller, professor at New York University's law school.

The web-based global program is designed to promote and encourage pro bono law efforts, and provide news and information about anti-corruption efforts. It has been running since June, under the leadership of Monique Villa, CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation, the company's charitable arm. The official launch will be early next month, at the International Bar Association Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

The TrustLaw site features TrustLaw Connect, a platform that helps non-government organizations and "social entrepreneurs" who cannot afford normal legal services more easily connect with legal professionals who are willing to assist them. Another goal is to provide opportunities for lawyers to "engage in high impact pro bono work" that they might not encounter in their day-to-day practices.

The panel focused primarily on how pro bono attorneys can better assist NGOs in offering free legal services, and how TrustLaw fits into that equation. Speakers included Villa; attorney Diana Good; Ann Cotton of the Campaign for Female Education; Jill Kickul of the Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship at NYU; and Joan Vermeulen of the New York City Bar's Vance Center for International Justice.


More information on TrustLaw and TrustLaw connect can be found at www.trust.org.
See also, Bob Ambrogi's report.

September 23, 2010 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

SAD NEWS: EUGENE ANDERSON

AndersoneEugene Anderson, of New York-based Anderson Kill & Olick, passed away on July 30,  after complications arising from pneumonia. He is being remembered this week by many in our legal community.

Anderson founded the firm in 1969, and was dubbed by BusinessWeek as  "the dean of policyholder's attorneys," because he pioneered  influential approaches to insurance coverage litigation on behalf of policyholders, says the firm. He was  also was heavily involved in pro bono activities, and mentored "dozens of the nation's leading policyholder's attorneys," says the firm.

Babs Deacon, now director of consulting with Integreon, worked with him for four years. "Gene was an amazing lawyer, a pioneer in Insurance coverage law but also in legal automation. He realized that if his firm was going up against the same insurance firms, case after case, he should gather as much information about them as possible," she recalls. "He started a process, 20 years ago, to index and scan all insurance policies, expert witness testimony, etc." He created a special group at the firm to handle the tasks, and even stored insurance company ads from magazines, she recalls.

She recalls one particular trial:  Anderson Kill represented a company that owned a used tire dump that had burned down, and St. Paul Insurance had refused to pay on the policy. So the team went  into the database and found an advertisement that St. Paul had run -- that featured a tire dump, and extolled the virtues of its great coverage.

"The Anderson Kill team showed the ad to the jury. Victory!"

August 3, 2010 in Good Works, People | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

POLLAK CHAIRS PRO BONO NET

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Congrats to Bill Pollak, ALM president and CEO, who has been elected chair of the Pro Bono Net board of directors.

Pro Bono Net is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that focuses on using technology programs (including web-based programs) to empower legal advocates and help them better serve the underrepresented. It provides assistance directly to the public (via LawHelpInteractive), as well as helps legal organizations manage pro bono activities (Pro Bono Manager). See Pam Weisz' story in the January 2010 issue of LTN.

Executive Director Mark O'Brien cited Pollak's "talents and experience, knowledge of the legal market, and commitment to the cause of access to justice" as strong assets for the leadership post he has assumed.

Pollak joined ALM in 1998, and has served on the PBN board since 2000. He succeeds the organization's founding chair, Michael Cooper, of Sullivan and Cromwell (who remains on the board).

July 2, 2010 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

GREEN GRASS, BLUE SKY

Headed to LegalTech West Coast next week in Los Angeles? You'll face a smorgasbord of choices to help you stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends and products.

Among the highlights, Erick Andersen, of Microsoft's legal team, will present the 6/24 keynote about how legal organizations can effectively use unified communications systems to reduce costs and improve collaboration among colleagues and clients.

Microsoft was just chosen by our colleagues at Corporate Counsel as the 2010 Law Department of the Year. A key factor was how general counsel Brad Smith helped engineer a "personality shift" for the software giant, from contentious to cooperative, in resolving international disputes.

The LegalTech seminars will be packed with expert panels on everything from project management, to social media, to cloud computing, to e-discovery; and the vendors at the exhibit hall will welcome the chance to show you product demonstration.

Golf But just when you feel like your brain may just about explode from too much information, Friday, June 25, presents an opportunity to get outside and network in the famous California sun! ALM's inaugural Lawyer Invitational will be held at Trump National Golf Club, an opportunity for the proverbial "quality time" and networking.

Among the technology companies who are sponsoring the event are LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, Kroll, and First Advantage. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. For more information, visit www.thelawyerinvitational.com.

June 16, 2010 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, Distractions :), Good Works, Social Networking, Travel | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KING

King Today,  we take a day to reflect on the dreams and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.

Here are a few links to frame the day:

• MLK's Nobel Prize biography (and photo, right).
• Wikipedia biography.
The King Center.
• "I Have a Dream" speech (YouTube).
• James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light" and the lyrics.

Have a restful and inspiring day, and let's all find the opportunity to do one unexpected act of kindness on today.

Fiat lux.

January 18, 2010 in Diversity, Good Works, People | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

FIAT LUX

Goldsmith The Power of One: In late June, my boss Aric Press and I were comparing notes about what Yankee games we planned to attend, and he mentioned that he would be going to the stadium on July 4, with his college friend Michael Goldsmith. Aric is the polar opposite of me, as low-keyed and understated as I can be, well, "excitable." He mentioned that his friend had ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and that they were planning to enjoy the game together, that it probably would be Michael's last, and that they were going to participate in a program about ALS.

I had a scheduling conflict that kept me at home on July 4. If I had realized what Aric was up to, I would have cancelled my plans and headed to the Bronx. Instead, I was half-watching it on TV, when all of a sudden, I hear Aric's voice — and I look up and there he is on the Jumbotron being interviewed about Goldsmith.

Last November, Goldsmith wrote a guest column in Newsweek, calling on Major League Baseball to do more about ALS. They did — and on the 70th anniversary of Gehrig's famous "I am the luckiest man in the world" speech, 15 stadiums held fundraising events called "4◆ ALS Awareness."  In New York, the Yankees donated $25,000, and portions of the Gerhig speech were recited by Yankee leaders, who wore a #4 patch (Gerhig's long-retired number). Goldsmith, a law professor based in Utah, stood at home plate with his son, and threw out the first pitch of the game to Mark Teixeira.

Son Austen Goldsmith was quoted in The New York Times:  "Being on the field with my father was the single greatest moment of my life. I think he was holding on for that."

Goldsmith told Times that he "exhorted law students to take a proactive 'can do' approach to the law and life in general," and tried to practice what he preached. "The success of this effort demonstrates yet again how 'the power of one' can make a difference."

Goldsmith lost his battle yesterday. He was 58. Indeed, he proved the power of one man.

Peace be with you, Michael Goldsmith. 

Photo: The New York Times.

November 2, 2009 in Good Works, People | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

LOVE RIDE


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For the third year in a row, Judi Flournoy -- CIO of Loeb & Loeb,  and a member of LTN's Editorial Advisory Board --  is participating in the Harley Davidson of Glendale, Calif. "Love Ride," which raises money for 12 different charities, ranging from Special Olympics to Glendale Community College to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, she will be one of "15,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will embark on a motorcycle ride from Harley-Davidson/Buell of Glendale, located at 3717 San Fernando Rd. Glendale, to the Pomona Fairplex (1101 West McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA. 91768) for a Concert and Trade Show."

To contribute, visit Judi's donation page here.

10/9 Update from Judi: "I was just informed that the ride was cancelled due to the weak economy.The donations collected thus far will still go to the various organizations."

September 27, 2009 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

PROBONO.NET CELEBRATION

Celebrate Congrats to ProBono.Net, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sept. 15, with lovely dinner at New York City's W Hotel. The charismatic Mark O'Brien, co-founder and exec director, launched the dinner (great salmon, btw) before turning the mic over to Sullivan & Cromwell's of counsel, Michael Cooper; Phyllis Holmen, exec dir of Georgia Legal Services Program; NY deputy chief administrative judge Fern Fisher; Atlantic Philanthropies' Gara LaMarche (introduced by PBN's other co-founder, Michael Hertz, who flew in from London for the fete); and Allison McDermott, the group's deputy director.

Our CEO, BIll Pollak, is on the group's board of directors of PBN, whose goal, according to Hertz, is "increasing access to justice one app at a time." The organization has worked to create and promote technology tools -- such as its namesake probono.net network -- that help law firms and other organizations swiftly and efficiently provide individuals and resources to help give legal services to the under-represented.

Among its activities are LawHelp.org; LawHelp Interactive; Immigration Advocates Network; and Pro Bono Manager.

Miriam Buhl, of Weil Gotshal, who has been very active with the organization, was the recipient of LTN's 2008 Award for "Most innovative use of Technology for a Pro Bono Project." 

September 16, 2009 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

LABOR DAZE

Lake Just want to take a moment to say
thank you
to everyone in the legal technology community, as we approach Labor Day. I've always viewed this American holiday as the unofficial New Year's Day, probably because I'm way overeducated and can't shake off my internal academic calendar.

We all certainly have had a challenging year, with so many folks facing layoffs, restructurings, cut-backs, vendor collapses, etc., but it does help to remember that even the horrible wildfires of life, so frightening and disastrous when in progress, ultimately prepare the ground for new growth. That's another way of expressing my mantra -- "crisis is danger and opportunity" -- but I think it helps us stay focused on the positive.

How blessed we all are to have such a wonderful community, which was so evidenced this year at LegalTech shows and at August's International Legal Technology Association mashup.
It is always such a joy to see all of you, and your vibrant ideas and interesting lives. What a journey we travel together!

Thanks also to my colleagues at Incisive, especially the LTN, Law.com and LegalTech teams, and of course, our pals at the Legal Talk Network. How lucky I am to work with such amazing, smart and creative people. Hmmm ... this is turning into a Thanksgiving column.

I wish you glorious weather over the next three days -- our thoughts are with our friends facing fire and heat in SoCal -- but at least here in the Northeast we can FINALLY tell Noah to stop working on another Ark.

Enjoy!

September 4, 2009 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

USF LEGAL EMPLOYMENT SYMPOSIUM

Resume My alum, the University of San Francisco School of Law, is offering a symposium on 9/17 to help law students and lawyers negotiate the changing legal landscape. It will include four panel discussions, featuring legal commentators, practitioners, and folks (like me) who have pursued non-traditional legal careers.

The program will focus on:

* The business of running a successful law practice.

* Nuts and bolts of going solo/small firm. 

* Alternative careers for lawyers who don't practice law. 

* Possible law firm models for the future.

For more info, click here.  Panelists here.

July 22, 2009 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, Good Works, Law Firm Management | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

PRO BONO NET GOLDEN VENTURE FUNDRAISER

I turn the mic over to Pro Bono Net's Pam Weisz:

"We've teamed up with the director of Golden Venture, an acclaimed documentary about the struggles of the 286 passengers of the infamous immigrant smuggling ship that ran aground near New York City in 1993. Pro Bono Net's co-founders met working on pro bono asylum cases stemming from the incident.

Gv The DVD can now be purchased (here) -- with half the proceeds going to Pro Bono Net, to support our mission of ensuring the availability of high-quality, low-cost legal services for those in need. The film, narrated by Tim Robbins, follows four of the Golden Venture passengers through detention and what follows for each of them. 

It was an Official Selection of the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2006 Amnesty International Film Festival. It's an eye-opening look at U.S. immigration policy - and deeply compelling."

Note: Bill Pollak, Incisive Media's North America CEO, serves on Pro Bono Net's board of directors.

July 22, 2009 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #090629

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Catchin' up w/ the in-box:

* Ipro Tech had to write a big check ($246,470) to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe, Microsoft, and Symantec software, but CEO Jim King says his organization takes the full blame.

"As part of the settlement agreement, IPRO Tech Inc. agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software on its computers, purchase any licenses necessary to become compliant, and commit to implementing stronger software asset management practices," reported the Business Software Alliance.

 "IPRO continued to use subscription software after the license term expired," said King. "The good news, this was not intentional. We fully supported the audit process and we support the goals of the BSA. Upon discovery of our licensing oversights we worked with the BSA to immediately correct the deficiencies." 

* Keith Rowand has started a company, Rowand Software -- and is offering document comparison and near de-duplication software. He's also offering computer programming. 411 here.

* Kelvin Chin checks in to report that he's packing up his L.A. bags and heading east again -- to Raleigh, N.C., where he has been named sales director  at Womble Carlyle. (That's the firm with the bulldog mascot).

* Also changing business cards: Mark Goldin is the new chief tech officers at Los Angeles-based American LegalNet. He joins from Elite.

* David Cowen says his 2Q09 survey on lit support work shows hours have spiked. Check it out here.

* Deborah Novachick of Strategic Automation Consulting as returned from Nigeria, where she taught classes in operations management at Pan-African University Lagos School of Business, which hosted a “Management Development  Program for Legal Practitioners.” The project was started by Joy Harrison-Abiola, who  is a legal administrator in Nigeria, and a member of  the Association of Legal Administrators. "Four of the faculty members of the ALA's Essential Competencies for Legal Administrators programs went over to Nigeria," she says. "We and the others on the faculty have donated months of our time." E-mail her here for more info.

June 29, 2009 in Good Works, Marketing, People, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

#LTWC: NETWORKING OLD & NEW

We did some old-fashioned networking -- the kind where you actually talk in person -- at our "Green Your Career" breakfast at LegalTech West Coast -- where we had a packed house full of job seekers, vendors, and law firm folks. I'm already hearing from some attendees that the event may have linked at least one person with a new gig!

Huge, huge thanks to the generosity of the vendors who provided so many gift cards that we were able to give every job seeker at least two! Thank you!

And thanks to our speakers -- Brad Blickstein, Tom Collins, Babs Deacon, John Lipsey, Mary Mack, Mark Reichenbach, John Tredennick, and  J. Craig Williams for such terrific outreach and discussions.

Good luck to the folks who are looking for work, and thanks for joining us!

NetworkingLater Thursday, we put the spotlight on another kind of networking, with our Twitter panel. Matt Homann (@matthomann), of LexThink, started off the discussion, with his excellent job of "framing" the discusssion, and was followed by LexBlog's Kevin O'Keefe (@kevinokeefe), who always makes you want to run right out and try the sites and tips he offers.

Practicing lawyers Denise Howell (solo, @dhowell) and Nina Goldberg (associate at Baker Hostetler, @ninakat) discussed how they use Twitter in their law practice. Howell was stellar as always, and Goldberg -- in her first podium gig -- proved to be a natural born speaker, as she focused on how as a relatively new lawyer she finds Twitter both useful -- and entertaining.

Thanks to all for a fascinating panel!

Our colleague Sean Doherty was unable to attend the show, but that didn't stop him from providing an overview of some of the new products that were launched at the event, including the revamp of CompuLaw's Deadlines on Demand website, and a new service called Litovation, from IKON.  Check it out here.

June 29, 2009 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, Good Works, Tech Turbulence (Economy) , Webinars, Podcasts, Programs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

#LTWC: DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1 of LegalTech West Coast was terrific, major kudos to Henry Dicker and his indefatigueable team. As for me, I'm totally fatigue'  (Sorry, can't figure out how to add that french accent on typepad.)

Huge thank yous to George Rudoy, Tom Ranalli, and James McKenna for an amazing panel on "Leadership in Times of Turbulence."  Even bearing in mind my admitted bias as moderator, I have to agree with my colleague Russ Curtis' observation that "The panelists were hittin' it on all cylinders."

The dudes did cover an amazing amount of advice on how IT directors can help their firms, their careers, and push green agendas -- in an hour and 15 minutes. And McKenna was especially hysterical, with lines like "I'm responsible for everything that consumes electricity other than refrigerators, lights, and copiers," and "I'm ODAD Certified: Other-Duties-As-Described."

Also thanks to Chere Estrin and the gang at the Paralegal Technology Institute for inviting me to present again, an update on the current career opportunities, and how things have changed due to the aforementioned economic turmoil.

And it was fantastic to see so very many of our vendor, lit support, and lawyer friends on the very active show floor.

Rooster Hope you'll be able to come by tomorrow morning (Thursday June 25) for day 2. We're kicking it off at 7:45 a.m. with our "Green Your Career" breakfast for job seekers, vendors and law firms (co-sponsored by LA Cty Bar Assn.)  Please come by -- we'll be in room 503, and all are welcome for an hour of fellowship and inspiration! We'll be raffling off a dinner (potentially at Yankee Stadium) with moi to participating vendors, and raffling gift cards for our colleagues who are job hunting. Plus everybody who attends gets a trial sub to lawjobs.com -- and can also go to the keynote and exhibit hall for free!

Hope to see you in the morning!!!

June 25, 2009 in Good Works, Tech Turbulence (Economy) , Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #061209

Mailbox I'm just about ready to head out to Charlie Haas' 7:30 p.m. book reading at the Barnes & Noble in the Village (396 6th @ 8th) for his new book, The Enthusiast... but before I dash out the door, need to catch up on some incoming!

Attorney Paul Levine  also has a new novel out -- Illegal -- and he introduces a new "trouble-prone hero," Jimmy (Royal) Payne. It's a tale set in the California desert that tells the plight of a 12-year-old boy whose mom disappears during a border crossing. It was inspired by real events, says Levine. "A thriller with a social conscience, the book combines the moral decay of Chinatown with the sudden violence of No Country for Old Men," he says.

ARUBIN • Audrey Rubin checks in to announce the launch of her new website, Rubin Solutions. (Sigh, will they never learn -- but at least it rhymes!) (Audrey: NO SOLUTIONS!!!!!! It's the most abused word in the English language.) Chicago-based Rubin (right) served as COO for seven years at Wildman Harrold Allen and Dixon, and at Butler Rubin Saltarelli and Boyd.

• Clifford Chance's Sally King chimes in with a request to spread the word about a petition to help pass legislation that would protect women from "drive thru" mastectomies. Check it out here. This is really important -- and doesn't impact just women. Men, sign it too! Your mothers, wives, daughters and friends will appreciate your support.

• Frederick Hertz, my pal from SFO, also has a new book, which debuts in July  from NOLO, with Emily Doskow: Making it Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Parnterships & Civil Unions. Here's an interview with Hertz: Part 1 and Part 2.  (The book's not showing up on the Nolo site). 

• And we are not done with new books: Perry Binder says Unlocking Your Rubber Room will motivate you to achieve professional satisfaction, and is based on his courtroom and classroom experiences. (He's now a legal studies professor at Georgia State Univ. 

• Mais Oui! The Association of Legal Administrators has launched a French version of its website, available here.  It features French language introductions to key ino, special resources, and links to the English language section of ALA's main website.

• Perry Segal wants you to know about his blog, E-Discovery Insights, which covers EDD from a California lawyer's perspective.

• Adobe's Rick Borstein found this post from Matthew Buchanan about virtual letterhead to be a very green idea, (with a hat tip to Stephen Nipper). 

OK, all for now... I'm off to hear about Henry Bay!

June 12, 2009 in Books, EDD: E-Discovery, Good Works, Green Law, People, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #050109

Email Catchin' up with the inbox:

• Andy Adkins, of the Univ. of Florida (Gainsville) found this amazing update of Captain Sully's seaplane adventure: Download Hudson. It's even better than the ones I previously posted.

• Barkley Court Reporters check in to tell us  that -- as of March -- it has planted 10,000 trees on behalf of clients, as part of its "Green" program that encourages litigators to put transcripts in online repositories include of printing them on paper. Pat Barkley wrote about the program in LTN's Green Law column in July, 2007. 

• Brooke Keyser of RainMaker also checks in with a progress report, about the "Pay it Forward" challenge issued by James Hammond. (We wrote about it last month.) To date, RainMaker has awarded $127,850 in economic assistance funds, of the $1 million it has pledged, she says, and saw a 273% increase in traffic to its website. More than 1,000 firms expressed interest in the program, she says. The first firm to participate is Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, says RainMaker. 

• Angelique Schaffer of Thomson Reuters reminds me to post this video from the WestBlog produced at this winter's LegalTech New York, (#LTNY) with yours truly pontificating on all things legal tech.

Blogosphere Updates:

• John Grisely reports that that he is building up the resource section of his blog, Mesothelioma Questions. 

• Andreana Pentaris wants you to konw about a new website, LawFirms.com. It devotes articles and resources to a vareity of legal topics, running from criminal defense to bankruptcy, and also has a blog, Legal Research Guides.

• Danielle Walker reports that  E-Lessoned Learned ( eLLblog) has been revamped.

• A.J. Levy -- who  writes the Out of the Box Lawyering blog forwards this post about some creative uses for Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software. He also alerts us to a new blog targeting lawyers who use iPhones.

May 1, 2009 in Diversity, EDD: E-Discovery, Good Works, Green Law, LTNY09, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

GREEN YOUR CAREER: A NETWORKING BREAKFAST

FiredThis erratic economy has been tough on everybody, but none more so than the members of our legal technology community who have lost their jobs. It's difficult, scary, and challenging for even the most self-confident professionals.

Our Incisive gang wants to help -- so we decided to team up at LegalTech West Coast and offer a simple, heartfelt gesture: On day 2 (Thursday June 25) we will host a very informal, free "Green Your Career" networking breakfast, from 7:45--8:45 a.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

It will be co-hosted by Law Technology News and law.jobs, with the support of the LegalTech crew, and has a straightforward format:  We're inviting job seekers -- as well as vendors and law firm leaders (even if you do not currently have an available opening).

For the first half-hour, we'll just schmooze together, and enjoy coffee, tea, danish, etc. — i.e., a chance to "work the room."  Then we'll gather at round tables, where at each table a leader of our community will talk about how he or she survived/thrived thru a career transition. Among the scheduled speakers are:

• John Tredennick, who was a litigator partner at Holland & Hart when he spun off Catalyst Respository Systems.
• Tom Collins, former owner of Juris Inc., who survived cancer and now is a murder mystery novelist!
• J. Craig Williams, who shuttered his small firm and joined Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold.
• Mary Mack, renowned counsel at Fios Inc.
• Brad Blickstein, who opened his own consultancy to help businesses serve corporate legal departments, after working in magazine publishing.
• Babs Deacon, who was one of the SPi folks who lost jobs last winter, who is the new director of consulting at Integreon, based in New York.
• Mark Reichenbach, who just joined Capital Legal Solutions after losing his gig at i365.
• John Lipsey, who left law practice to work for legal technology vendors, and now works for Martindale Hubbell Connected. 

The event is FREE -- and all attendees will be invited to stick around and visit our exhibit hall and the Day 2 Keynote Address (immediately following the breakfast) on us.

Job seekers will be encouraged to post their resumes on lawjobs.com, and all firms/vendors who attend will get free access to lawjobs.com (for a limited period, of course).

Again, just a simple concept:  let's provide an hour of inspiration, nurturing, contacts, and networking. 

Please come, whether you need a job, or just want to offer encouragement. And if you are coming to show support, please bring along a gift card (you can pick them up at most supermarkets or drug stores), so we can give a day brightener "party favor" to each job seeker. It can be just a few dollars (or more if you can tithe a bit more generously) -- to a national "chain" such as Starbucks, Target, Macy's, Chevron, Von's, movies, SuperCuts -- you get the picture. Something practical and upbeat that will lift spirits!

(If you can't attend and want to send a gift card, mail them to us c/o Law Technology News, 120 Broadway, 5th floor, NYC 10271.)

Job seekers: Come for warmth, support and new contacts! If you e-mail us at [email protected], we'll have a badge ready for you (and that will help us make sure we have enough coffee and danish). But you can also just show up.

Firms/vendors: If you do have a spot open, what a better place to find great talent? And even if you don't, you might tomorrow -- so bring lots of business cards.

And as an added incentive for technology vendors: We will raffle off a wonderful lunch or dinner with moi (you can even use the word "solution" and I will promise to try not to cringe) where you can tell me about your company's plans, products and services and get a great meal on LTN!

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!  Visit www.legaltechshow for details, or e-mail LTN at [email protected]

LAST but not least: Please help spread the word!  Twitter this! Blog this! Reprint this post freely! Let's get viral! The permalink is http://tinyurl.com/LTWCbkf. Twitter hash: #LTWC.

Update: Great news! The Los Angeles County Bar Association (which offers career resources on its website, has joined us as a co-sponsor of the breakfast!!

April 14, 2009 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, Darwin Watch, Diversity, EDD: E-Discovery, Good Works, People, Social Networking, Tech Turbulence (Economy) , Webinars, Podcasts, Programs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

OBAMA SIGNS GENDER PAY BILL

Genderpay A step in the right direction: President Obama has signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, re gender pay, the first piece of legislation he has signed as president. AP  story here, from MS/NBC. (It includes a video of Obama talking about equal pay during his campaign)

See Mon's rant in November LTN ("Just Equal") about this issue within the legal industry  here.

I continue my challenge to every law firm managing partner, every vendor CEO and every law dept. GC to check their own shops and fix the dismal inequities within our profession. It's a disgrace that we are in such sorry shape, when we should stand tall and be a leader in this obvious and important cause.

Photo courtesy of NBC/AP. (Obama is pictured with Lilly Ledbetter)

January 29, 2009 in Diversity, Good Works, Law Firm Management | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

10 SECONDS TO HELP

Kittens I turn the mic over to my friend Marianne Cohen:

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet its quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.  It takes about 10 seconds to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals' for free.

This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.   So please visit the website and tell your friends about it:  http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com.

January 26, 2009 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBOX #090119

Mail As the snow falls in NYC, catchin' up on the incoming: 

* Adobe's Rick Borstein checks in to let us know that he's been working with Evermap.com, "to get a special plug-in for Acrobat so that users can write directly on PDFs. This helps firms to save time and avoid printing.There’s an article on my blog and a video demo," here.  This is for users of Tablet PCs.

* Shawnna Childress of Women in EDiscovery have an option for those of you who can't attend the sold-out LTN Awards Dinner on Feb 2 (Monday) during LTNY: They are presenting a reception, along with the National Association of Women Lawyers, to support the Susan G Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer. It will be held at the New York Hilton, in Concourse A, from 6 pm to 8 p.m. Drinks, appetizers and entertainment will be provided, and they are asking for a minimum donation of  $25. Check out details here -- or e-mail here  with your RSVP.

* John Hochfelder wants you to know that he has launched a new blog, New York Injury Cases Blog, that offers news and analysis of pain-and-suffering verdicts and settlements. A good complement to Eric Turkewitz' New York Personal Injury Lawyer Blog.

* Nigel Murray of  Trilantic is participating a "Band of Brothers Bike Ride," to be held in May, which will ride the 340-mile route of the Allies' liberation of France in 1945. It will raise money for Help for Heroes, which supports young men and women who have lost limbs during combat. You can help him reach his goal of raising 2,000 pounds -- details here.

* United Airlines is expected to announce the availability of broadband wi-fi on its transcontinental "P.S." flights from  NY to California. Check out Chicago Trib story here.  Hat tip to mom for seeing it first. Whoopeee (altho this will cut into my movie-watching time.)

January 19, 2009 in Good Works, Green Law, Technology, Travel, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

POST A COMMENT, FEED A FAMILY

Tyson

Tyson's using social networking
to promote its HungerRelief program. For every post it gets it will donate  food to feed Eastern Mass. families. Check it out!

Update: There were problems with the previous link (not sure if they are continuing the SN program). However, I have updated the link to the company's HungerRelief website (3/30/09). Main site is www.tyson.com.

December 10, 2008 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (17) | TrackBack

NEW YORK LAWHELP IN RUNNING FOR PRIZE

CollaborationPam Weisz of ProBono.Net checks in to share the good news that The New York LawHelp Consortium has been chosen as a semi-finalist for The Colllaboration Prize -- a new $250,000 award designed to recognize and encourage non-profits. the Consortion developed and runs LawHelp/NY, an online resource that offers detailed, statewide legal aid referrals, "know your rights" information, and other self-help tools for New Yorkers who face legal problems.

The prize was launched this year by The Lodestar Foundation, in association with the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan Alliance.

The winner will be announced on March 6, 2009. Here is the list of semi-finalists.

December 1, 2008 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

WIN A WINE EXPERIENCE

NatureThe team at eSentio has extended the deadline to bid on a wonderful "once in a lifetime" wine experience, with proceeds benefiting The Nature Conservatory, a non-profit that works to preserve natural habitats and wildlife worldwide.

Destination Cellars has donated a "luxury customized wine experience for two" -- in the Napa Valley, plus a  signed bottle of 2003 Paul Hobbs Stagecoach Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.

The deadline is WEDNESDAY - Dec. 3.  411
Opening bid is $300 for the package, which is valued at more than $6,000.

December 1, 2008 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #081028

Mailbag12 Checkin' the in-box:

• Andrea Tecce of Navigant Consulting checks in to say that the recent inaugural meeting of the Women's Leadership & Mentoring Alliance, held in NYC, was a big hit, drawing about 50 folks for cocktails and conversation.
The group plans to host quarterly events on the East Coast, between D.C. and NYC, and will collaborate with Chicago and LA chapters.  For details, e-mail her here.

• Kevin Iredell,
our ace marketing director, asks  me to remind everybody that nominations are now open for the 2008 LTN Awards, which honor the IT Champion of the Year, IT Director of the Year, and the best innovations in trials, law firms, corporate law departments and pro bono programs. More 411 here: Download LTN-08-345_LF_NomForm_save.pdf. And don't forget to vote for your favorite vendors, here.

• Aviva Schick says non-profits and schools are using GoodSearch.com to raise money, and GoodShop, an online shopping mall where retailers direct a percentage of every sale to charity.

October 29, 2008 in Awards & Accolades, Diversity, Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #080929

Mail2Fast times indeed.... Yes, I will be filing the 2008 Final Report, which I traditionally post the morning after the Yankee' annual collapse, but I'm still processing everything after the 12-hour-plus marathon yesterday. (If it wasn't actually a full-day it sure felt like it). I'm heading back to NYC after a long weekend/mini-vacation, so it will probably be tomorrow sometime.

Meanwhile, let's play catch (up) with the incoming e-mail:

* Mike Arkfeld
of Arkfeld & Associates checks in with this interesting report from the United Nations that suggests that the push for "green" could also generate new jobs. But it also contains warnings about potential job perils caused by global warming.

I suspect those are also premises of Thomas Friedman's new book, Hot, Flat & Crowded: Why we need a green revolution and how it can save America"  which is sitting in my computer bag and I plan to dive into on my next flight.

* Amy Juers of Edge Legal Marketing tips us off that David Cowen of The Cowen Group, a New-York based headhunting firm, has just announced that it is expanding its base to serve the legal technology community. Read about it here on Cowen's blog, Opportunity Knocks.

* Catherine McDonagh will be walking on Oct. 11, to honor the memory of her sister, Lynn, who the family lost to suicide. The "Out of Darkness" campaign is organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 411 here.

September 29, 2008 in Good Works, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #082909

21568850 This year is just flying by... I'm realllllly happy to see the first hints of fall, as the humidity drops in NYC and it becomes wonderful again.

Here are a few items from the inbox:

• David Horrigan -- who manages to find some of the most interesting litigation (steady readers will recall his detailed coverage of the woes of Mr. Softee) -- wrote this recent article for The National Law Journal about a lawsuit filed in California by a disabled fan who argued that he is entitled to unobstructed views at NASCAR events. The appellate court agreed. The story was picked up by the gang over at the legal blogging team at The Wall Street Journal here.

• The American Bar Assn held its annual meeting here in NYC last month, and among the events was a session of the Scribes, a legal writers organization, who honored U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Here's West's blog about it, with video.

Brand • Kudos to my alma mater: Also during the ABA meeting, the University of San Francisco Law School had a reception for its alum, where Dean Jeffrey Brand gave a very moving presentation about the school's continuing efforts to create a truly diverse student body -- with pretty breathtaking results. The 2007 entering class of 250 had 40% students of color -- 10% African American, 10% Hispanic, 16% Asian American, 4% other. Those are staggeringly high figures, and as a 1982 alumn, I am very proud of my law school.

Other stats tell of the challenges: Full time tuition next year will be $17,900. Nonetheless, there were 3,584 applications for 190 fulltime and 60 part time spots for the 2008 entering class. More info here.

• Henry Dicker and his team are already gearing up for LegalTech New York early next year, and are especially excited about a new feature that will launch -- the LegalTech Town Hall.
It will be lead by Patrick Oot -- Verizon's director of e-discovery and senior counsel. The idea is that LTNY attendees will be able to submit specific questions for the panel via video blog.
Patrick (a frequent speaker on LTN webinars and a member of LTN's edit board)  The session will be sponsored by Guidance Software and held Monday Feb 2 at 12:45, open to all attendees. More details will be coming soon -- you can check in at www.legaltechshow.com for updates.

Meanwhile, we're also planning a General Counsel Technology SuperSession -- produced by  Counsel Connect's editor Anthony Paonita and moi -- which we expect to record for my Law Technology Now podcasts -- after our huge success with the LegalTech West Coast FutureTech podcasts. Details TK here and on the LTNY site.

• Speaking of Anthony,
he dropped by to tell me about a terrific website, www.flytecomm.com -- which tracks actual flight status. When his family was returning from Italy, and a bunch o' flights were delayed because of nasty thunderstorms, the website had more accurate arrival info than the airline staff. (Why am I not surprised?) FlyteTrax II combines graphics, maps and flight information to show enroute flights, weather and flight listings in one product. Individual flights can be tracked for free here.

• On the third anniversary of Katrina, my thoughts are not straying far from New Orleans today. I'm worried about my pals -- including Connie Nichols, Janine & Bruce Sylvas, Nancy Claypool, Tom O'Connor, Ernie Svenson, and Eric Barefield, the Brown family, et al. — please stay safe and on high ground until Gustav fades. Let's hope Mother Nature is kind this week.

August 29, 2008 in Awards & Accolades, Diversity, Good Works, People | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #073008

Here we go!Mailbox

• Microsoft Corp. has announced a new Law Firm Diversity Program, aimed at increasing the number of women and minority attorneys within its outside counsel. It's putting money where its mouth is -- by changing its legal fee structure so that each of the company's 17 "Premier Preferred Provider" firms is now eligible for a 2% quarterly or annual bonus, based on whether it achieves "concrete diversity results." GC Brad Smith conceived the plan. "Microsoft is a global company and cannot be effective if it cannot understand and appreciate the interests and needs of the incredibly diverse array of individuals who make up its stakeholder groups," the company asserted in its announcement.

Despite "good intentions," the legal profession has a disappointing track record on attracting and keeping women and minorities, acknowledges Smith. Only 18% of partners at large firm are women, and only 5.4% are minorities, he says.

Internally, Microsoft says it is also holding senior execs accountable for the success of the program, tying 5% of Smith's  (and other legal/corp affairs execs) bonus to diversity improvements of the PPP participants. It also pledged to increase fees to diversity firms by .5%, increase representation of women at more senior levels within its legal/corp affairs ranks by 1% and increase minorities in U.S. posts by .5%. It will also continue to host programs promoting diversity in the profession.

Pardon my cynicism, but those goals seem pretty tiny. I would have liked to have seen the goals be higher than .5% and 1%. But then, given Microsoft's scope and influence, hopefully the pressure will help. It really is shameful that in 2008, our profession has done so poorly in attracting and retaining women and minorities. But it's also not a simplistic issue, and it is loaded with subtleties (many women argue that they do not WANT BigFirmHaveNoLife jobs). But sexism and racism is alive and thriving in the real world, so even if the goals are modest, kudos to Brad Smith Redmond for spotlighting such an important cause. Let's hope his goals are exceeded by double digits!

 

• The delightful Tom Collins reports that his first mystery book, Mark Rollins' New Career & the Women's Health Club, is now available on Amazon.

Lemme give him the mic:

    After selling Juris to Lexis/Nexis and turning over the reins of the blog MorePartnerIncome.com to others, I ventured into a new career as a mystery writer. [The book] is the first of what I expect to be a series of mysteries featuring Mark Rollins as an ex-software entrepreneur turned amateur sleuth.Image003 

    We are not talking about the great American novel. This is the kind of book you buy for airports and travel. It is a fast read that pokes a little fun here and there, but the mystery is a serious one. I enjoyed writing it and believe you will find reading it equally enjoyable.

As for next adventure of Mark Rollins, I had started a second book involving attempts on the life of the rainmaker of a fictional law firm when the project was interrupted by a return of my colon cancer. I had surgery in May and will be dealing with radiation and chemo for the remainder of the year. In spite of this temporary setback, Mark Rollins and the Rainmaker should be on internet bookshelves by 2009.

Here's to Tom, with our warmest wishes and thoughts for a SPEEDY recovery and many, many, many more adventures of Mr. Collins & Mr. Rollins.

• Michael Goldblatt checks in to let us know that his Computer Newsletter's August edition contains links to Chevron GC Charles James' keynote address at this summer's LegalTech West Coast. The newsletter targets Louisiana legal professionals, and includes product reviews, mobility tools, trial practice tips, marketing resources, and more. For more info, visit www.lawyerscomputergroup.com.

• Lana Schell, who is active in the Women in E-Discovery Philadelphia chapter,  is participating in a Breast Cancer 3 Day event benefiting the Susan G. Koman for the Cure program. She'll walk 60 miles and would appreciate donations to help her exceed her $2,200 goal. 411 here.

 

August 7, 2008 in Distractions :), Diversity, Good Works, Law Firm Management, People | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

LOVE RIDE

MotorcycleGet your motor running, as the song sez: LTN board member Judi Flournoy, CIO of Loeb & Loeb and past president of ILTA, is also raising money for good causes ... in this case, the 25th anniversary of the "Harley Davidson of Glendale Love Ride" which raises money for Los Angeles area charities. On Oct. 26, more than 15,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will ride in the event. Details here.

July 30, 2008 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

ONE MORE DAY

I turn the mic over to Fios' Mary Mack:  (original post here)

Hungry I have a request and a challenge for our blackberry enabled, tiny living room we call the ediscovery community.

We have the fastest grapevine in the world.  Will you help me use our grapevine to feed our hungry neighbors and collectively achieve a huge goal?

Sometimes in the electronic discovery world, we get so stressed out by how much we have to do that we forget about people who have no work, or very poorly paid work.

I have been honored to work with a group of leaders to give back.  The BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) we chose back two months ago when we started with our group of 17, was to reduce hunger for 500K people, locally, nationally and globally by July 31. July 31 of this year.  Our formal group has expanded to 42 (you’re invited) and the countdown is here.  We wanted to do it without raising funds.

We are, at this writing $7,000 from our goal. Yes, we are raising funds.  But just for about 36 hours.  Donate here.

We can quantify meals for over 100,000 people.  We generated a lot of publicity and outreach (one student leader generated hundreds of emails to organizations on the ground) for the Summer Food program.  There is an abysmal 20% participation rate in this no paperwork, federal fully funded, locally administered lunch program. Children hungry for no reason except their school lunch location changed.

We worked with the Food Bank.  We encouraged buying Whole Food Feed Bags as gifts, like the ones I gave Monica Bay, and co-chairs Tamara Bigford (Goldberg Segalla) and Susan Ippoliti (Function 5 Forensics) at the National Federation of Paralegal Association’s Technical Conference last week.  (Monica’s convention coverage, here.  Thanks for the kind words, Monica.)

A local restaurant, Burgerville, created a special product and donated 20% of the gross for delicious strawberry shortcake.

Some of the things we did have longer term impact or were too speculative to quantify.

So last week, we took a deep breath and scoured for the right organization to leverage dollars for

the final 400,000.

Second Harvest moves 20 lbs of food for every dollar donated.  At a half pound per meal*, that is 2.5 cents per meal.  They supply the food banks and hunger programs like your own local food bank, or the banks in New Orleans and Iowa.  (In contrast, Feed Bags are .30 per meal)  That’s the leverage we need for this project, and leverage when the economic news feeds a feeling of hopelessness.

If you’d like to be part of this audacious collective community achievement, donate to Second Harvest via this link before Thursday. (Donate early and often, and to be counted here, donate Wednesday!)

If you’d like to be part of the team and see our trial and error, complete with national hunger resources, join our ning group.

If you just want to do your own thing tomorrow to reduce hunger and contribute without being part of the team, report whatever you’d like in here.

If you are so inclined, pass this on as your contribution to the ediscovery grapevine.  Many thanks.

*the USDA estimates 1.28 pounds per meal and that sounded high–half pound sounded right to us, but you are welcome to help us stretch to reach the USDA metric.

July 30, 2008 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

SOS FOR IOWA LAWYERS

Flood I turn the mic over to Tom O'Connor, and his TechnoGumbo blog:

Ernie Svenson has a post on his blog today with pointers to the Linn County Bar Association which includes Cedar Rapids, a city hard hit by the recent flooding and location of the Linn County District Court.

Despite the flooding, the Linn County Bar is still planning to proceed with its annual meeting this coming Thursday, June 26 and several members of the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA, led by Jim Calloway of the Oklahoma Bar,  J.R. Phelps of the Florida Bar, Catherine Sanders Reach of the ABA LTRC and myself, are planning to participate via video conference.

I was also asked to do a short article on recovery efforts in New Orleans immediately after the hurricanes here three years ago and as part of that article I had a conversation with Helena Henderson, Executive Director of the New Orleans Bar Association. Helena was a mainstay of relief effrots in the New Orleans legal community after Katiranas she on the phone with the ABA organizing relief efforts on Aug 30, one day after the storm, had the NOBA web site back on line immediately and was back in town herself in October, relentelssly working to get the legal community, including the local court system, back in place.

Her advice for the immediate aftermath of a large disaster was basic: “get a single point of contact and send money.”  Her experience showed that the fastest immediate relief could be provided by a single agency (in her case, the NO Bar in associaiton with the ABA) coodridnating to contact local attorneys and provide them with immediate monetary assistance to get shelter, food and medical care if needed.

So contact the Linn County Bar . They have a resource page for Flood Information, as well as a ‘Displaced Attorney Contact‘ page.  The ABA also has information numbers on their Disaster Recovery site as well as articles on disaster recovery including several written by J.R. Phelps. I’ll post more here as the week progresses including more of my interview with Helena Henderson and others in the New Orleans local legal community.

June 21, 2008 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

JUST A TOOTHBRUSH.....

ToothbrushJill Nawrocki, who left ALM to join the Peace Corps, where she is working with young people in Africa, is a treasure. She is an absolute delight, smart, perky (in a good way), indefatigueable, warm, with a joyous personality and outlook.

Her experiences are so humbling, and just reading her missives makes we want to cry for the things we take for granted, and what a huge difference in people's lives can be generated by just small change. Like just giving a toothbrush and toothpaste to a child.

It makes me cringe to think of how much money I fritter away on Diet Cokes. Anyway, let me turn the mic over to Jill (with the request that you e-mail this to your dentist, and ask her or him to forward it to others in the dental community).

Dear Friends and Family:

As many of you know, I've been serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia since last November. I'm living in a small town of about 5,000 people where access to basic health care needs—like doctors and dentists — is extremely limited.

My primary assignment is in health education and outreach. This includes the development of a girls' club, an after school sports program, life skills training for area youth, community workshops, leadership camps and HIV/AIDS awareness. One of my new projects is developing a preventative dental care curriculum for primary school learners.

And I'm asking you for your help.

Two dentist serve the entire Kunene Region—the second largest in all of Namibia. Scheduling an appointment can be difficult—and at times, even impossible. While most people in America see a dentist twice each year, children in Khorixas are lucky to see one twice in a lifetime.

Prevention is essential, which is why my workshops will focus onteaching some 2,000 kids in Khorixas and the Khorixas District about proper oral care, daily brushing and regular flossing. I'd like to provide each learner with the necessary tools: floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush, as part of this.

Which is why I need your help with funding.

Just $3 (about N$23) can provide one learner with everything he or she needs to get started with proper oral care. The money spent on sending one flat rate box overseas could buy about 35 toothbrushes or 50 tubes of toothpaste.

I am serving in a developing country, and because of this, the logistics of this project are less than ideal. Money cannot be sent here directly, since envelopes are usually searched and checks can be cashed without a signature. But if my Peace Corps experience has taught me one thing so far, it's to use whatever you've got in whatever way you can.

With that in mind, my mom (THE Brenda Nawrocki) has agreed to collect donations stateside and deposit them into an account I have access to here in Namibia. If you provide her with your email address she will contact you upon receipt. I will also let you know once your purchases have been made and which schools they are going to help. In addition, pictures and stories from the workshops will be posted on my blog.

[Note from Mon: I don't want to publish Jill's mom's address on the web, so e-mail me and I'll provide it to you. Jill's also looking into a PayPal acct.]


Sure, the arrangement may be less than ideal. But this is your opportunity to help children in a place where help is rarely found.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Jill Nawrocki
PCV, Namibia


For more information on this program and my community go to:

http://jillnawrocki.blogspot.com/2008/03/healthy-teeth-for-healthy-kids.html

June 1, 2008 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

MAIL BAG #060108

Mail2On the road again..... catchin' up with the
in-box:

* Upcoming Webinars:

-- TutorPro Ltd. is offering TutorAuthor NG, designed to help law firms create online educational programs. There are six sessions scheduled this summer.

-- Guille Rayala of Workshare is inviting you to a Workshare/Microsoft webcast on automating enterprise contract management. It will be held June 10, at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. East coast time.

* Congrats to Jonathan Ezor and the gang at the Touro Law Center's Institute of Business, Law & Technology. They are celebrating their 5th year anniversary with a bash on June 18 at the Long Island facility. Details here: _invitation.pdf

* Also celebrating a year 5 milestone is "Excited Utterances," a newsletter created by editors Joy London and Sean Hockings. It covers KM, tech, publishing, blogging, open source, and web 2.0 topics, all aimed specifically at the legal community. Check out the current issue here, which has subscription info: Download llneu_149_23_may_2008.pdf

* The San Jose Mercury News is going digital, check it out here.

* United Airlines' Red Carpet Club now offers free wi-fi -- it's still from T-Mobile but you no longer have to be a subscriber, you can simply use your RCC membership number to access it. UAL is also following suit of other airline clubs, and now you can purchase a 1-day pass online for $50 -- that can come in handy as gifts or if you have extra guests with you.

* Deborah Novachick checks in with a report about her efforts to raise money for the Tall Ships Education project.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. By the last report we raised $1,800. So wonderful, wonderful. This has been a great experience for me.  It is a lot of work to get it all organized, but then you get to e-mail everyone, and hear from so many people.  Very much a community experience.  I am big on community.

Stayed in roughly the same geographic area all my life, went to college and lived among a very dedicated community of educators, stayed in the same career and industry all my life, and got involved in a lot of community activities. Started in kindergarten when a neighbor who was an elementary school teacher rounded up all the little neighborhood girls to start a Blue Birds group. We all stayed together from Blue Birds, to Campfire Girls, to Jr. High Campfire Girls. Then we went on to sports, cheerleading, student office, peer counseling, and, not surprisingly, many of us ended up in professions like counseling, consulting, lawyering, teaching, real estate, and nursing.

For a bunch of little girls we had some amazing adventures (at 11 I broke my foot when tobogganing with two of the most adventurous girls in Lake Tahoe -- between a Propane tank and a telephone pole – don’t try this at home -- and then I messed around on my cast so much that I had to wear assorted casts for SIX MONTHS – became known, affectionately, as “the gimp” at school, but hey, for 6 months I got out of classes early and had someone carrying my books!) 

We kept widening our circle of friends, helping each other, and adding new mentors until we grew up.  Then we continued to seek out mentors.  And eventually we found ourselves mentoring others.  I can’t imagine what my life would be like without learning firsthand (experiential education) how warm and generous people can be.  And what we can accomplish as a team, a community. 

I realize now that we were pretty poor as kids.  But I had no idea at the time.  We seemed to be surrounded by people who had so much to share. 

I hope the girls at the Tall Ship Education come away with that feeling that so many things are possible.  I have been prepping for a speech on generational differences in October, so I understand better now that outlooks can be very different depending on the times one grows up in.

But the answer seems to be diversity and communication.  And that was exactly what my integrated public schools, the teachers, and mentors showed us when we were kids. And it is what the “Experiential Education” approach behind TSEA’s programs teaches. TSEA creates an environment where a highly diverse community is intent on a very important goal that benefit to the community (i.e., not to sink the ship and all one’s shipmates And then the magic happens.

June 1, 2008 in Good Works, Law Firm Management, People, Technology, Travel, Webinars, Podcasts, Programs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

TOM O'CONNOR HONORED

Oconnor Tom O'Connor, a long-time member of LTN's Editorial Advisory Board, and director of the Electronic Documents Institute, was among those honored for his tireless work on behalf of the Gulf Coast legal community, at the International Litigation Support Leaders Conference, May 15-16, sponsored by Litigation Support Today magazine. The awards, named for the late Betsy Reynolds (also a member of LTN's board), spotlighted excellence in lit support.

O'Connor took the "industry consultant," honors. Other winners included Beth Kellermann, lit e-discovery manager at Apple Inc.; Florinda Baldridge, director of practice support at Fulbright & Jaworski; and Carl Kikuchi, branch chief, office of lit support, U.S. DOJ-Civil.

Congrats to all, and Betsy, we all think of you often.

May 20, 2008 in Awards & Accolades, Good Works | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

REACHING TALL

21561618Deborah Novachick, president of San Francisco's Strategic Automation Consulting, is celebrating her company's 15 year anniversary — and her 50th birthday — by participating in the Tall Ship Women's Challenge, to support the work of the Tall Ship Education. She's asking for your help.

"The Women’s Challenge fundraiser is put on by the Tall Ship Education Academy , a not-for-profit affiliated with the innovative experiential-education group at San Francisco State University. ...Girls Semester at Sea [is] an incubator for women community builders.  It transforms young, high-school age women by helping them explore their limits and by connecting them for a lifetime to a large, educational, and inspiring community."

411 here.

January 28, 2008 in Good Works, People, Technology, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

HIGH TECH HOLIDAZE

36659798 Call it green, call it inexpensive, call it creative, but I just LOVE getting (and sending) holiday e-cards. And it's a hoot to see how the technology is getting so sophisticated that you can even personalize the cards.

I just sent a batch out from Hallmark.com (inspired by Ross Kodner's hysterical Thanksgiving card, which is no longer on the website -- an ode to mashed potatoes), and I've long been a fan of www.pacprod.com's goofy options, that allow you to construct cards with various elements including music.

Several firms, including MoFo, are using e-cards to announce not just holiday wishes but charitable donations, including Loeb & Loeb, and Sonnenschein.   Most (Arnold & Porter) even permit individual notes within the card itself, or as an intro or end-note!

My law school, the University of San Francisco, really went all out with a slide show with music that made me a bit homesick, its exact intent.

Even beisbol gets in on it. The Yankees sent out an absolutely wonderful one a year or two ago, with NYY "snowflakes" covering Yankee Stadium's field. Here's this year's version (be sure to disable your pop-up blocker).  Almost as nice is the lyrical message from the Orioles.

Send/get a favorite? Send me the link and I'll post 'em.

I'm heading out.... back to Kauai (Hey, I need 9,000 miles to stay in Premier Exec!),  so Melekalikimaka to you! Stay warm, stay healthy, enjoy companionship and solitude, noise and quiet, and don't forget to eat some peppermint ice cream.

P.S. I can't leave you without sharing this "ad" for Stanford University. (Hat tip to brother Bill).

Update: Everybody's ga ga about Office Max's Elf Yourself, including the gang at Legal Talk Network and the Three Musketeers (aka, Bruce Dorner, Dan Coolidge & Ross Kodner. United's Mileage Plus offers an elegant ad card, here.  Here's eSentio Technologies' card.


 

December 17, 2007 in Baseball / Yankees, Good Works, Green Law, Technology | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

LTN AWARDS: AND THE WINNERS ARE....

20984462_3 The jury's in.... with wonderful results, for our fifth annual LTN Law Firm & Law Department Awards. The lucite will be presented at our gala LTN Awards Dinner, Tuesday February 5, during LegalTech New York at the Hilton N.Y. See post directly below for info on how you can join us!

Here are the 2007 winners:

IT Director of the Year
John Sroka - Duane Morris

Champion of Technology
George Rudoy - Shearman & Sterling

Most Innovative use of Technology by a Law Firm
Goodwin Procter (iStaff)

Most Innovative use of Technology by an In-house Legal Department
Gene Stavrou - Kraft Foods

Most Innovative use of Technology during a Trial

Ropes & Gray Graphics and Litigation Technology Support team

Most Innovative use of Technology for a Pro Bono Project

Wills for Heroes Foundation 

CONGRATULATIONS to all!

Special thanks to our independent jury, Andrew Adkins III, of the University of Florida's Legal Technology Institute; Fredric Lederer, of the William & Mary School of Law; and David Whelan, of the Law Society of Upper Canada — all members of LTN's Editorial Advisory Board.

December 11, 2007 in Good Works, Law Firm Management, People, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #120107

20856404Mark Osborn, of LexisNexis, checks in with the news that his company has created an Environment and Climate Change center on lexis.com. It's designed to help companies and their law firms better understand the relevant law, prepare for changes, and respond to litigation. Check it out here.  Press release: Download LN1201.doc

•  Survey Says: Osborn also reports that LN has surveyed corporate counsel about the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and found that 44% say their companies were not prepared when the amendents went into effect but made progress during 2007: Download ACC-LNSurvey.doc.

The ABA Journal has declared its Blawg 100, in an article by Molly McDonough and Sarah Randag, and is asking folks to vote now for their favorite. I'm still smarting that neither this blog, nor our new EDD Update blog, made the list, but congrats to those who did, including:

* Our colleagues at Legal Times for The BLT (one of my favorite blog names around, the acroynm stands for The Blog of the Legal Times). 

        * Lu Ann Reeb and the gang at Legal Talk Network, home of both Lawyer2Lawyer (Bob Ambrogi & J. Craig Williams) and the brand new, launching this week, Legal Technology Now (avec moi) -- as well as both Bob's and Craig's blogs (  Robert Ambrogi's LawSites and May It Please the Court)

*Blawg Review (a member of our Law.com network)

* Ernie the Attorney (Ernie Svenson) and Adam Smith, Esq. (Bruce MacEwen), Larry Bodine's LawMarketing Blog (all of LTN's edit board)

•  Russ Curtis, LTN's photo editor, was part of the San Francisco team that helped rescue oil-drenched birds after the oil spill in the SF Bay last month. Check out his insta-blog, here.

December 3, 2007 in Good Works, Green Law, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

LAPTOPS FOR KIDS

22176126 Sheila Mackay, of Daegis, and Colleen Clark, of Bingham McCutchen, are involved with a terrific project to help youngsters in Otavalo, Ecuador. They will travel to the country next month,  on a volunteer mission with an organization called People Helping People.  The Azama Project has helped the community of approximately 3,000 people to build a primary school and a medical/dental clinic.

One of their agendas is to incorporate the goals of One Laptop Per Child, a worldwide program that has been working to provide children in developing nations with affordable access to a computer, into The Azama Project, and they are asking our legal tech community to help, by making  a tax deductible donation to People Helping People, targeted to The Azama Project's new laptop project.

Our deadline to bring these laptops with us for the holidays is the end of November.  Please send a check to:

People Helping People
13 East 30th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Or follow this link to donate online or e-mail Mackay here.   

 

November 20, 2007 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

WOMEN IN E-DISCOVERY CHARITY DRIVE

15427069 Lana Schell checks in to let us know about a project underway by the new group, Women in E-Discovery (affectionately nicknamed, "Skirts in EDD"). WiE has adopted the Susan G. Komen Foundation as its national charity, and is establishing teams in each of the cities where the annual three day, 60-mile walk is held. Currently there are teams forming in Philly, D.C., and they expect more. "Our goal is to raise $300,000" she says.

The new organization already boasts 700 members. The gimmick: because WiE doesn't charge membership fees, they are asking participants who are benefiting from the group and its meetings and networking opptys to "pay it forward" and donate what they would expect to pay in membership fees to the Komen group. Details here.

November 7, 2007 in Good Works, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

DEADLINE: OCT 31 TO NOMINATE FOR LTN AWARDS

20691198Campers: It's that time again -- the deadline to nominate a firm or law dept for our 2008 LTN Awards is pumpkin day! Don't get spooked by seeing your biggest competitor heading to the podium to accept that beautiful star award. Don't be a ghost fading from the spotlight! Get the credit that's due to you and your organization!  And btw: you aren't limited to nominating your own organization (Vendors! Take note!).

Our goal is to find the very best projects and people in law firms and law depts -- and to give them a deserved acknowledgement from our legal community!

It's a simple process: just download this form to nominate your organization in these six categories:

• I.T. Director   
• Champion of Technology   
• Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm
• Most Innovative Use of Technology by an In-House Legal Department 
• Most Innovative Use of Technology During a Trial 
• Most Innovative Use of Technology For a Pro Bono Project (including Green Law projects).

The candidates will be evaluated by an independent team of three experts, all members of the LTN Editorial Advisory Board.

Remember: it's like the lottery: you can't win, if you aren't nominated!

More 411 here. Or call Kevin Iredell, at 800 888 8300. (PS: He can also help you if you are trying to vote on the online Vendor Awards ballot and don't have your Sub ID). Email him at kiredell AT alm.com.)

October 15, 2007 in Good Works, Green Law, Law Firm Management, People, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAAAAALOX MON

Off_3 I'm a bundle of nerves, with no voice, after last night's wonderful Yankees win. All these Cs loom before us: Cleveland tonight; CC Wednesday if we can get past tonight with Chien-Ming's help; then, you know it will be Colorado. They are sizzling sharper than the '03 Marlins.

S3_2 Who, who, who, woulda thought BUGS --- GNATS -- would humble Joba, the Warrior. But no worries, I've got my OFF and the lucky Squirrel hat.

Let me turn to the in-box for a little distraction:

• Fred Lederer reports that The Center for Legal and Court Technology has joined forces with the American Foundation for the Blind Consulting Group, to help eliminate the barriers between people with disabilities and the nation's state and federal courts. They have launched the Accessible Courts Initiative, a partnership "aimed at getting government agencies, law firms, law schools, judges, lawyers and other members of the legal profession to make use of appropriate access technology in the courts, in addition to making their websites and other services available to people with disabilities." 411 here.

• Don Hutchenson wants you to know about The Complete Lawyer's Weblog Directory, "an annotated listing of weblogs whose mission or content corresponds to TCL's editorial scope." TCL covers professionalism, quality of life, and career topics.

• Rick Wolf, of Lexakos, tips us off to a very interesting article in CondeNast's Portfolio.com, "Nobody Loves a Lawyer."  He's quoted in the article, which delves into billing issues, among other topics.

O.K., I'm off to the Cathedral. Do it for Joe, boys!

October 8, 2007 in Baseball / Yankees, Good Works, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

CATCHING UP #083107

19888651After a week in Florida, I have now have been wasting a whole lot of time visiting Delta's lost baggage website every couple hours, speaking to way-too-cheerful people with thick Indian accents who keep apologizing, and then listening to "Happy Days are Hear Again" when they put me on hold (bad choice for a soundtrack, Delta) only to come back on the line with more apologies.

Never mind that this is the fifth consecutive trip to Orlando where my luggage has been "delayed." (Yes, yes, I should NOT have checked it but UAL bumped me to DL, so I knew I was going to go through "secondary screening" -- so I thought it would be easier than having the TSA folks dig thru my dirty laundry.) No good deed goes unpunished.

ANYWAY, please say a prayer to the karma godz or St. Anthony for me, eh? It's now a full week later and NO sign of my bag. Sigh.

Moving right along -- it's time to play a bit o' catchup:

• Sneak preview: Marketing guru Larry Bodine and his pals (Barry Schneider, principal, and Michael Cummings, managing director, of Sage PDI Inc.)  have launched a new monthly online newsletter, Originate, designed to help firms become more proficient at business development. The site officially launches Monday, but you get a sneak peek. The group will also offer webinars, and the site has a list of other resources, including white papers for download. Check out Larry's article, "The Moveable Object: Generating Leads by Finding Buyers in Trouble," here.

• Charlie Rogers, of LexisNexis has taken on a new role, and now is managing the practice management independent consultants. He's also organizing efforts for an October 200-mile "Ride without Limits" bike trip in North Carolina that will benefit the United Cerebral Palsy organization:

Riders commit to ride 100 miles on two consecutive days and raise a minimum of $500 for UCP. We currently have 11 riders and continue to raise our fundraising goal.  We have people from all walks of life on the team, both internal to Lexis and external, including Wells Anderson,  an attorney and president of Minnesota's Active Practice. We also have Kevin Stilwell, co-founder of Time Matters, who is now the head of software development for all LexisNexis Practice Management products.

For details, visit this link. 

• We hear that Arnold & Porter is looking for a CIO. For the 411, e-mail Beverly Lieberman, of Halbrecht Lieberman Associates, here.


• Neil Squillante of TechnoLawyer checks in with a fun post for Labor Day weekend.

• Jason Velasco's
got a new gig, as veep of client services at Merrill Corp. "I will be responsible for managing Merrill's consulting organization, project managers, and data collection/forensics group."  New e-mail  here.

• Our colleague John Bringardner found these two links discussing some competition for West and Lexis case reporting. The New York Times (requires registration) and Tim O'Reilly.

• More good works: Daphne Eviatar, a senior reporter with The American Lawyer, will also be exercising for charity in October, in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in NYC.

In just the past year, two of my closest friends, both under 40, were hit with breast cancer.  At the time I had no idea how prevalent it was, but I've since learned that every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with the disease.  Almost all of you probably know someone who's had breast cancer, and the horrible ordeal so many women have to go through. Because of that, I'm writing to ask for your help in fighting it.

Check out her website.

• Finally, Ross Todd, of The American Lawyer, did a terrific and clever spin on a tech story, detailing how "I spent the day with five doomed hard drives and a batch of condemned CDs" that were being sent to the high tech slaughterhouse. Read it here.

August 31, 2007 in Good Works, Law Firm Management, People, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

ANOTHER GOOD CAUSE

Yvonne_dornic_03 Yvonne Dornic, head of eSentio Technologies, creates what my friend Russ Curtis calls "a blueprint for living an engaged life."

Every year at ILTA, she hosts a party to thank her clients and colleagues. But it's not just a generic convention soiree. Dornic manages to orchestrate a memorable evening that includes entertainment that educates (the Orlando School of Cultural Dance); a silent auction to benefit a good cause relevant to our tech community  (The Youth for Technology Foundation that assists African youngsters); and a showcase for a local chef (Russell Scott). And she always manages to find a very elegant and unusual venue (Isleworth Country Club. Home club of Tiger Woods.)

Esentio_party_ilta07_10 Dornic carries that aforementioned textured blueprint into her daily life, not just the eSentio annual party. She runs not only the technology consultancy, but one of the very best restaurants in Baltimore - Ze Mean Bean Cafe. Of course, it's not just a terrific restaurant, it also presents nurtures culinary talent -- in typical Dornic style.

Congrats to Yvonne and the entire eSentio team for yet another unique and fabulous evening. She is a true inspiration.

Photos by Russ.

 

August 23, 2007 in Good Works, Technology, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

GOOD WORKS, GOOD DEEDS

21418670_2 Allison Walsh, of LexisNexis up in Seattle, is in training once again for her 100 mile bike trip in September that will raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her team hopes  to raise more than $120,000 for this great cause. 1,900 people are diagnosed every week with lymphoma in the U.S., and 1,555 die each week. Fortunately, Alli's brother Brian is a colon cancer survivor, after a harrowing experience, which motivates her involvement.

"My greatest wish is that everyone who has a loved one with blood cancers can celebrate life the way my family recently did."

Check out her website where you can donate to the cause.

* Anthony Colleluori, a Woodbury, N.Y., attorney, invites you to attend the Nov. 29 National Scleroderma Foundation Gala, at NYC's Grand Hyatt hotel on Park Ave.  He's been serving on the foundation's board of directors since 2001, and will step down in December. Over his tenure, says Anthony,

"I have seen many of my initiatives brought into lay and we have enriched the lives of our patients through the funding I have helped provide, through our walk-a-thons, the National Dinner and soon (I hope) through a National Research Endowment drive."

The disease has hit home for Anthony, whose wife MaryRose Colleluori has been dealing with the ravages of the auto-immune rheumatic disease that turns its victims "into stone," as he puts it. (Hardening of the skin is one of the most visibile manifestations of the disease, according to the foundation's website.) For more info about the gala or the disease, e-mail Anthony here.

August 9, 2007 in Good Works | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBOX #070807

21590793 Post-vacation clogged in-box, let's start clearin' it out!

* Neil Squillante and his gang at Technolawyer have released BlawgWorld 2007, its annual downloadable PDF printable "e-book" of the best posts over the last year. Here's the press release about it.

They were kind enough to include one of my Katrina-related posts from New Orleans. You can download the book --  which has a user-friendly index of participating blogs to make it easy to find posts --  here.  And here's Bob Ambrogi's  analysis  and resulting comments, on Law.com's Blog Watch.

*The ABA Annual Meeting is gathering this week in San Francisco (alas, I can't attend), and there are two events of particular interest to our tech community. On Saturday, from 11-4 at the San Francisco Fire Dept's training facility at 2310 Folsom, volunteer attorneys will be providing free wills to firefighters, as part of the Wills for Heroes program that was launched by South Carolina lawyer Anthony Hayes.

Holly Michael and the gang at LexisNexis have also been involved, and LN provides its Hot Docs software, which helps the volunteer lawyers create templated wills. (You don't need to be an estates practitioner to participate).

We'll be writing more about this terrific program in an upcoming issue of LTN, I'll come back and put in a link here when it goes live. For info about the SF event, call Holly (937-602-0908) or Anthony (803-447-5002).

Another good works project is being shepherded by the ABA's Rachael Patrick -- a joint effort of the ABA's Council on Racial & Ethnic Justice; Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession; and ABA Center on Children and the Law; and the Commission on Youth at Risk.

It's a free CLE program, "From Foster Care to the Pipeline," that will be held Friday (Aug. 10) from 2-3 pm, at Moscone West, room 3108. The discussion will cover how at-risk youth can be helped to transition out of foster care, into law school or other careers in the justice system. For 411 or a reservation e-mail here or call 312 988-5408.

*Two of my colleagues have news:

Andrea Lazarow of our ALM Events division wants to be sure you know about the upcoming Sept. 17 program, "Managing the Discovery Process: The Role of Paralegals and Litigation Support Professionals," which will be held at the Harvard Club of New York. The session is designed to help litigation professionals effectively manage e-discovery; faciliate communication between outside counsel and in-house personnel, manage EDD vendors, and prepare for Rule 36(f) conferences. I've been asked to keynote the event, and I'm very much looking forward to the exciting program, which is co-chaired by Sherry Harris, of Hunton & Williams, and Mark Reichenbach, of MetaLincs. Here's a download with the 411: Download paralegal_sept07.pdf

Jessica Morales, of ALM's Law Journal Press, reports that our online store now has its own blog: Check out www.LawCataBlog.com. Morales says the site includes practice tips from top attorneys, special discounts on ALM pubs, and other goodies. 

August 8, 2007 in Good Works, Law Firm Management, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

 
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