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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!


Courtroom Tech

CourtroomSittin' in the courtroom hot seat? Check out two stories from this week's Law Technology News website that can help you effectively run courtroom technology, from "the Johns" (our affectionate name for two of our regular reviewers):  

> "Quick Take: Capitalizing on Wi-Fi in Courtrooms," by John Edwards,  with helpful information about how you can use projectors, presentation controllers, and televisions with wi-fi. 

> "HD Videoconferencing Adds Wrinkle to Courts," by John K. Waters, addresses the maturation of video in trials. (From our current issue of LTN magazine.) 

Illustration: Daniel Hertzberg

June 29, 2012 in From the current issue of LTN, Products & Services, Trial Technology, videos | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Litera Goes on a Shopping Spree

Scott_sean128The latest CIO to catch the very contagious "time to move" bug is Sean Scott (left), who Monday will join Litera (based in McLeansville, N.C.) from Womble, Carlyle, (Greensboro, N.C.) Same commute time, different direction! Litera also added three other execs, and announced plans to launch three new products.

Read the story here.

June 29, 2012 in People, Products & Services | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Second Act: Graham Smith & William Bice

LTN12-4In LTN's April cover story, we profile two entrepreneurs who accomplished the dream of 99% of legal technology vendors: to create a product and/or company that caught the eye of one of the industry giants, and to see it for a lot of money. In most cases, the principals cash the check and head for exotic locations.

But at LegalTech 2012, two men who hit the jackpot decided they weren't done with our community. William Bice, founder of ProLaw practices management software, and Graham Smith, founder of LiveNote litigation support software, came back for "act two" after selling to Thomson Reuters' [prior entities]. Both launched new web-based products that compete with their original offerings -- Bice's LiquidPractice (and a second product, Exemplify, that is a document creation and comparison tool for transaction lawyers), and Smith's Opus Magnum, with integrates with other EDD software and helps uses develop their cases after they have processed their data collections.

Will they triumph twice? Check it out here.

April 11, 2012 in Commentary & Analysis, Darwin Watch, EDD: E-Discovery, From the current issue of LTN, LegalTech, People, Products & Services | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

ALM Upgrades Smart Litigator

Smart_litigator_128My colleague, Sean Doherty, reviews Smart Litigator 2, ALM's latest version of its legal research and case preparation software for New Yok and New Jersey litigators.  Check it out here. 

(ALM is the parent company of Law Technology News and this blog).

April 5, 2012 in Products & Services, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

 
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