The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!

MAILBOX #20100808

Email * Jim Hammond, president of RainMaker Software, has launched his self-named blog, addressing "the intersection of law firm technology and the real world." His most recent post addresses specialty billing methods.

* James Erik Abels, who worked with our team as a reporter on Law Firm Inc. a few years back,and then did a stint at Forbes, has debuted "Three Minute Media,"  It is a web video news network, he explains. 

* Jonathan Nystrom, executive v.p. of Cataphora, checks in to invite us to check out "The Digital You" software that the company is giving away. "Digital Mirror is a software app that allows you to examine your online interactions and relationships. Are they what you want and expect, or do you want to do something to improve them?" he asks. 

August 8, 2010 in Web/Tech, Webinars, Podcasts, Programs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



LegalTech once again is offering a full conference complimentary pass to non-vendor bloggers.

For more information about the show you can go to www.legaltechshow.com. To facilitate effective blogging and tweeting, the front rows in all the meeting rooms will be reserved for bloggers and will have electricity available. (Sorry, but you will need to provide your own w-ifi connection.)

Please also join us for our traditional Bloggers’ Breakfast on Tuesday morning (Feb. 2) at 9:00 am in the Petite Triannon room. It's free, everyone's welcome and we will do our traditional circle-of-intros! It immediately follows our Editors' Breakfast, so you can expect a lot of PR folks will be anxious to make your acquaintance. a conference pass to send an email to my colleague, Tom Kiley at tjkiley@alm.com. We need a link to your blog and full contact information including a physical mailing address. Tom will take care of the rest.

LTNY starts Monday, Feb. 1 and runs through Wednesday Feb 3, at the midtown Hilton New York. See you there!

January 27, 2010 in LTNY 2010, Social Networking, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



Our former ALM colleagues, Edward Adams and Molly McDonough, have just completed a two-week road trip -- one component of the ABA Journal's "Legal Rebels: Remaking the Profession" project. Adams is now the editor and publisher of the ABAJ; McDonough is the online assistant managing editor. They were joined on the tour by reporter Rachel Zahorsky and video dude John McQuiston.

The idea of the project was to identify lawyers who have changed the practice of law, and to report using just about every conceivable type of media: video, audio podcasts, wikis, photo slideshows, flicker, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. They even offered a "song of the day" during transit.

Taking full advantage of sponsor product placement (Hertz provided the SUV, Sprint the phones and Starwood the crashpads), the journey started in Boston and ended up in Washington, D.C.

They conducted daily interviews with a wide range of lawyers, including "Free Talker" Frank Aquila, and "Gossip at Law" David Lat (who was profiled, and then conducted a very strange interview of Steven Brill, the founder of American Lawyer Media).

Hats off to the ABAJ team for an ambitious adventure that demonstrates the strengths (and some of the weaknesses) of the exciting and sometimes overwhelming new technologies we are all grappling to understand and use.

October 1, 2009 in People, Social Networking, Technology, Travel, Web/Tech, Webinars, Podcasts, Programs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack


Ed97 "Ed Post" — the esteemed editor of Blawg Review -- launched his "Blawg Review Bucket List Tour" this week (no, he's not ill -- no need to start writing obits). Perhaps another name for it should be the Magical Mystery Tour, because "Ed" is keeping everyone in suspense as to his itinerary. (You'll hafta folo it on his blog.)

We had a great visit, which started with a wonderful sunny! lunch at Rhinebeck's Beekman Tavern (allegedly the oldest pub in the nation). Then yesterday, we spent all day at the Stadium for two rounds with the Rays. (In tribute to "Ed" 's tradition of "anonymous" photos (above left), here's a shot of me (below) at the make-up Game 2 of the doubleheader, in my "upgraded" #33 shirt. )

-Media Card-BlackBerry-pictures-IMG01478-20090907-2143The weather was fantastic, the company splendid, and the boys were on fire. The first game was a taut pitchers' duel between A.J. Burnett and Garza, with the Yanks exploding in the 8th. (I appreciate pitchers' duels, kinda like the way I appreciate Dixieland Jazz, but find both boring. OK, OK, I admit it: chicks do love the long ball.)

Between the two games, despite being unable to get reservations, the incredible staff at NYY Steak managed to work us in and get us a table. While waiting, we met WCBS broadcaster John Sterling (who is a friend of my pal Jane Heller) and we had a wonderful chat singing the praises of Jane (and deciding that the best thing that happened to Jane was that the Yankees' media czar/moat protector Jason Zillo never granted her press privileges —  which at the time seemed near-disasterous, but ultimately provided the main plot line of her terrific book, Confessions of a SheFan). Zillo, btw, is the brains behind the Yankees' brilliant HOPE project this summer, and from all reports is a very nice dude.

Nyysteak And if that wasn't enough, when we were seated, who should be sitting opposite us but one of my heroes, Brian Cashman (No, I did NOT pounce) — along with a posse of Yankees' front office top guns, including prez Randy Levine, and (I think) asst. GM Jean Afterman -- a fellow Univ. of San Fran law school alum. Too kewl. To the credit of Yankees fans, NOBODY bothered them! 

If you have not tried NYY Steak, I can't sing its praises enough. The atmosphere's perfect, the design and architecture is subtle and sublime, and the food is out of this world --  and very reasonably priced. I absolutely love this 125-seat facility, and have been three times already. It's the ideal restaurant for a business meeting, because it's comfortable -- and you can hear conversations without straining (important for Baby Boomers like me who wrecked our hearing with too much rock and roll!) Definitely go for the asparagus, it's the best I have ever had! (Caveat: do get reservations; we chatted with general manager Jacques Lamour -- who told us they are turning away 150 people a day!)

After our brushes with celebrity, it was time for game 2. I had bought separate tickets for #2 (it was not in my 20-pack) and couldn't believe it when we ended up in the same row in section 233b that I had the week before with my friend Ron Stevens for the Chicago series -- right in the middle of the greatest group of folks who all have a half plan (41 games) and have, shall we say, "bonded" over the years. They have now officially adopted me! 

Game 2 was as loose as game 1 was taut, and an NYY blowout. Joe pulled almost the entire team by about the 7th inning and brought in all the Sept. call up kids (Shelley Duncan et al) and it was like Spring Training in Tampa. Youngster Michael Dunn was such a newbie that he started the 8th inning with a 28 ERA and closed the 9th with a 10.80 ERA -- with every batter we were hootin' and hollerin' about his dropping stats, cheering him to the close with "Get it Dunn!"

From sublime to silly, it doesn't get any better -- I thoroughly enjoyed Labor Day and my 10 hours with  Mr. Blawg Review in the Bronx! 

P.S. Richard George: Welcome to Yankees Universe! We're happy to have you aboard. 


September 8, 2009 in Baseball / Yankees, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #090730

Email Rummaging through the in-box:

Monty Lunn has answered the siren call of New Orleans, and moved back. He most recently was a director at Huron Consulting Group. We'll letcha know when he gets settled in with new contact info.

* Connie Moser,
formerly of Elite, has joined another Elite-ite, Mark Goldin at American LegalNet. Goldin's the new CTO, Moser's the new marketing director She'll be at ILTA so you can reconnect with her there, or reach her here.

*Angelique Schaffer checks in from Thomson Reuters to advise us that Legal Current has replaced Westblog. Check it out!

* Herbert Roitblat of Oratec forwards  this encouraging article chastizing local governments for their version of "solution-speak." Note the list of 200 no-no words, including "beaconicity," "holistic governance," and "incentivising."

* Better late than never: This slipped thru my inbox cracks, so it's a bit old now, but still interesting: Katherine Petusek, of the National Association of Women Lawyers and its foundation, are conducting a fourth annual survey on retention and promotion of women in the largest 200 U.S. firms. Contact Cheryl Oblander here for an update. Copies of past surveys can be viewed here.

*Finally, a treat courtesy of SheFanJane (Jane Heller). A fun YouTube that you can embedding where appropriate. (BTW, she just featured an excerpt of my book review of her terrific new book, Confessions of a She-Fan)  on her book's website (scroll down below "advanced praise.")  Full review here. And I've also started posting my book reviews on Amazon (username Monica Bay. We'll use it to close out this edition of TCS: 

July 30, 2009 in Baseball / Yankees, Books, Law Firm Management, Marketing, People, Surveys, Tech Turbulence (Economy) , Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Bye Bye Dome.... The 7th annual Twins/Yanks fest was, as always, Big Fun -- a chance to connect with the terrific Twins Cities tech community and say goodbye to the Metrodome... (well, unless we meet again in October!)

Jssasmall As always, it was a jam-packed three days of vendor meetings and beisbol! We started off the trip with our annual visit to Thomson Reuters, with huge thanks to John Shaughnessy (far left), Gretchen DeSutter (below)  and Scott Augustin (left) for setting up a day of helpful briefings. We had a chance to say a quick hello to Allison Guidette, who has returned to Eagan as vp of litigation (she was headed to the airport for a trip west); then visited with Preston McKenzie, vp of  Hubbard One (which includes ContactNet, Hubbard One and Monitor Suite). Then we got a fascinating update from Rob Sargeson, senior vp & CIO, about the company's expansion plans for its massive data centers.

Gretchsmall Over a yummy evil midwest lunch, (TR's commissary is just too tempting!)  Mike Abbott and Stephanie Krause updated us on pro bono projects designed to help displaced legal professionals. It's always great to see vp Laurie Zenner and the corporate communications team, which also includes Kevin Hunt and Michele Endgahl in addition to the aforementioned folks.

Then Denis Hauptly (vp strategic development), who has just returned from a long stint in Switzerland, offered his mighty wisdom about uber search and other trends on the horizon. Here's a link to his new book, Something Really New, which I will be reading shortly!

Next on the agenda was a briefing on the Westlaw Business' global outreach, with marketing vp Gus Thompson)  and sr. director Rob Kirchstein (with Gretchen, above).  The day wrapped up with sr. director Brian Knudsen mktg mgr John Vonhor offering me a tour of the company's PeopleMap public information software that helps everybody from litigators to skip tracers track down 411 on folks.

Jrzgrlsmall Before I headed to the Dome with Teri "Jersey Girl" McCarron and Teddy Lindgren for game 1 of the Twins/Yanks series, Incisive's Michael Medwig and Marnie Maroney (below left in white shirt, with Paul Godlewski from Thomson Reuters) and I  visited 3M -- with mktg communications mgr Joan Olseen and Erik Johnson for an update on the company's popular RFID system that helps law firms and companies track their paper files.(BTW, apparently Teri is not the only "JG" in Mpls -- check out the license plate I saw at Thomson Reuter parking lot!)

Day 2 began with an update from NightOwl, which offers document management services. Scott Sterkel, director of sales and mktg, told us how the company is growing with its e-discovery offerings.

Cbsmall Then it was off to Eden Praire to meet up with the Kroll Ontrack gang, including Christian Betancourt and Megan Kubacki, (left). Kaitlin Shinkle regaled us with reports on her June wedding at the St. Paul hotel (Congrats! plus a shout out to Michelle Lange, who is on maternity leave!)

Finally, we had a very interesting meeting with Avantstar's Matt Knudson about the company's content management system, and how they are getting increasing traction within the e-discovery community.

Sg Then it was to the Dome for the Twins/Yanks fest. Thanks to everybody who joined us, including LTN edit board members George Socha and Tom Gelbmann (right); consultants LaVerne Pritchard and Linda Ulbrich. As usual, the gangs from Thomson  Reuters and Kroll. 

DorseysmallThe Dorsey & Whitney crew included partner Melissa Krasnow, left in red -- who with colleague Nick Ackerman, was the star of our May Law Technology Now podcast. Next to Krasnow is her friend, General Mills counsel Cam Hoang. Also from Dorsey was Patrick Courtemanche (in light blue shirt) who has joined the firm's marketing department, with Dorsey marketing colleague Bob Kleiber (in royal blue shirt).

CurtseansmallWe were also thrilled that LTN's former associate editor Katie Montgomery could come north from Iowa to be with us! Incisive's Rob Hafiz of LegalTech also joined in the fun, as did Curt Meltzer of Meltzer Consulting, and Sean Solberg, of Faegre & Benson (far right).

BTW, we send our best wishes to Linda Will, who's on the DL, for a speedy recovery, and a shout-out to Amy Juers, who missed her first Twins/Fest because she was in California (good excuse!). 

Huge thanks to Luis Breazeale of the Twins for all his help getting us such great seats (behind home plate!) It was a great, tight game, a nailbiter all the way to the end, when Mariano faced Mauer, and for only the third time in our seven year Twins/Yanks fest history, the Yanks actually won. (Sorry, Minnesota fans :) On top of the good game, one of our rows was selected as the Hormel Hot Dog Row of the Game  -- so everybody in the middle of our group got a free hot dog! What a hoot!!

Marniesmall Day 3 started with a few "issues" with my Garmin Nuvi 200 -- actually, it wasn't the tech's fault, it was my fault for not updating the maps. The Twins City is undergoing a massive amount of construction (Three people told me the same joke: "Minnesota has two seasons: winter and road construction") and the whole area is completely chewed up (especially downtown) rivaling Boston's Big Dig. Trying to get to Roseville to meet up with the Merrill gang, I could not find an open on-ramp to 35W North -- and ended up almost at Bloomington trying to get north. I am soooo updating my maps before my next adventure!

But because I'm paranoid and always leave extra time to find new places, even with Garmin's 90% reliable "Jill," I pulled into the parking lot just at the meeting time. Thanks to Leonard Lee and the Merrill team for a terrific conversation about social networking, e-discovery and all the challenges they present. We enjoyed meeting with marketers Scott Snyder, Diana Lepper, and Dawn Edwards!

Lz Finally, before heading back home, I had a chance to visit with Jon Bream, my colleague from my days at the Minnesota Daily, who is the veteran music critic at the Star Tribune. (His latest "coffee table" book is Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin). We headed to Wasabi, which I highly recommend as a terrific Japanese restaurant right about halfway between the  Guthrie theater and the Dome. 

We noticed a lovely new restaurant in the same complex, Sanctuary, and took the opportunity to get a quick tour from Michael Kutscheid, owner and GM. The charming bistro also has a sweet outdoor garden -- and I definitely plan to visit it on my next trip to Minnesota, hopefully in October! 

And if not for post-season, we'll look forward to returning next year for OUTDOOR baseball at the new Target Field (we'll bring our down coats). 

More photos here.

July 12, 2009 in Baseball / Yankees, EDD: E-Discovery, Journalism, Law Firm Management, Marketing, Social Networking, Technology, Travel, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | 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


Bad news, better news:

1. 800 law firm jobs were lost yesterday (maybe they did it yesterday rather than today to avoid Jason's wrath?) http://tinyurl.com/ltn213 (The Recorder).

2. Horrible news from Buffalo, Continental commuter plane down, all lost -- stunning  photos  on The New York Times' website. Adding to the misery, the flight originated in Newark, N.J., second plane incident from our area in a few weeks, and sadly this one with no miracle ending. 50 dead, including someone in the house that the plane hit.

On a MUCH happier note:
1. Terrific article by @pogue (David Pogue) in the New York Times about Twitter http://tinyurl.com/tcs213 (image courtesy of the NYT.)

2. Yesterday was not just Honest Abe's birthday, but the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of my idols (No, not Joe Torre - but I did just buy his audiobook and plan to listen to it over the long weekend) - but Darwin.

3. My colleague Jill Windwer found this hysterical "tech" rant by George Carlin. Love the jargon!

4. Another colleague, Anthony Paonita, editor-in-chief of  Corporate Counsel magazine, will discuss its new  Technology Survey via webinar
on 2/19 at 1 EST: Registration info here.

Update: Mark  Reichenbach checks in, to advise me to "Forget Friday the 13th. Forget Valentines Day. Today is soooo much more: Using UNIX or POSIX time, at 6:31:30 seconds EST PM today, it will be 1234567890. Numerologists and Unix freaks will be having parties all around the world." He blogged about it here.

Hearts And I did forget about Valentines Day.. so a shout-out to all of us who don't have sweeties to celebrate with, including my mom... it's her first VD without Daddyo. May past and future joys buffer the bittersweet day. As an old friend once said, "You never know, when you wake up in the morning, what will happen that day."

May tomorrow bring us all  new possibilities for unexpected delights.

February 13, 2009 in News & Analysis, People, Social Networking, Travel, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | 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

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

MO MAILBAG #080806

Mailbag5Still more incoming:

• Kevin Hunt
checked in from July's American Association of Law Libraries Portland (Ore) meeting to let us know that West posted a "Westcast" with Leonard Lee, about how the "Google generation" is approaching legal research. Check it out here.

And on the Westblog, Bob Azman, vp of West's "customer experience operations," invites you to contact him directly about your experiences and needs — echoing a theme of our July LTN cover story by Alvin Podboy, who dares legal librarians to start talking to legal publishing vendors. For more info, you can reach Hunt here.

• Update on the laptop seizures
controversy: The Association of Corporate Travel Executives' exec director Susan Gurley testified before Congress about the ongoing controversy over seizures of business travelers' laptops. Details here.

• LTN's Safia Maharaj
found this tech/beisbol/charity item, "Text Me Out to the Ballgame" -- about a pilot project between the Washington Nationals and MLB.com (major league baseball's website) to raise money for the Children's National Medical Center's proposed Diabetes Care Complex. During the day game on 7/13, fans were invited to text "NATS" to 90999 to donate $5 -- a tactic also used during the All Star Game at Yankee Stadium to raise money to fight breast cancer. Clever and painless -- and less expensive than a soda at the Stadium. Let's see more of these! Check out the Mobile Giving Foundation here.

• Last call! The deadline's been extended until tomorrow (Friday) to nominate your company for the 2009 LTN Vendor Awards, which will presented at LegalTech New York in February. Check it out here.  It's quick and easy, and as they say re: the New York Lottery, if you don't enter, you can't win.

August 7, 2008 in Awards & Accolades, Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, Technology, Travel, Webinars, Podcasts, Programs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


21320666_3We've been  putting the final touches on the upcoming, first-time ever  Law Technology News Presents FutureTech  at LegalTech West Coast.

We're calling it "The Trifecta" inside ALM, because it's the first time  we've conceived an effort that includes a live presentation, podcasts, and an LTN report.

And I'm updating this post today (June 4) with exciting news: FutureTech will be sponsored by BlueArc, a San Jose-based company that provides "high performance unified network storage systems to enterprise markets, as well as data intensive markets, such as electronic discovery, entertainment, federal government, higher education, internet services, oil and gas and life sciences."

Bluearc_4 BlueArc supports "both network attached storage, or NAS, and storage area network, or SAN, services on a converged network storage platform." We're thrilled to have them as our sponsor of FutureTech!

Here's the 411:

1. Live: Day-long FutureTech track presentation at LegalTech West Coast (L.A.) on Friday, June 27.

2. Podcasts: Podcast package of six standalone presentations, for our Law Technology Now   podcasts (created in partnership with Law.com and Legal Talk Network).

3. Law Technology News (print/digital/website): We'll run a “FutureTech" story, in the August 2008 edition, based on the topics in the track.

FutureTech Live Program at LegalTech West Coast

Panel description: The legal profession is undergoing a dramatic change as firms face a future where clients expect “better, faster, cheaper” legal services, demand use of technology, and require accountability. No longer can law firms be run behind closed doors, managed like private clubs. Today’s firms must compete to win — and retain — business, and are expected to demonstrate the same priorities as their clients: for quality work, diversity, cost management, and responsiveness. This track will explore how firms and clients are responding to these challenges. 

Law Technology News’ editor-in-chief Monica Bay  will moderate all panels

1. Sell Your Tech 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
It’s no longer enough for firms to win business based on legal skills alone. Today’s savvy firms realize that they must offer top-line technology to win and keep clients. Our panelist will share how their firms have integrated technology tools, such as extranets and wikis, to increase collaboration and better serve their clients’ expectations.

Doug Caddell  —  CIO, Foley & Lardner.
Rob Kahn — Director, Business Development, Fenwick & West
Robin Solomon – Firmwide Knowledge Manager, Heller Ehrman

Green Law 1:30-3 pm
It’s Not Easy Going Green.... Or is It? Using technology tools to create a “green” workplace will not only lower your energy consumption, it will increase productivity, morale, profits, improve lifestyles and health, cut costs, and help you get, and keep, new clients. How your organization can establish a program, from leadership needed to concrete programs that work.

Alvidas Jasin, Director of Business Development, Thompson Hine
Bruce Lymburn, Partner, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean
Tony Hoke, Global Technology Purchasing/Asset Manager, Morrison & Foerster

TomorrowLand  3:30-5 pm

Where is legal community headed, and what challenges does it face, as technology becomes embedded in every facet of our lives? From delivering the best possible legal services to our clients; to providing opportunities to excel in the workplace and at home; to confronting the challenges of competing interests in a global economy; it’s a heady challenge to move forward. Named for the iconic futuristic venue at Disneyland, this panel will showcase six legal technology leaders who will forecast what lies ahead — and where opportunities may abound.
J. Craig Williams – Partner, The Williams Lindberg Law Firm  (Tech & Law in Multi-jurisdictional Practices)
Craig Ball – Consultant/Attorney (Crystal Ball: Future of E-Discovery)
Douglas Caddell — CIO, Foley & Lardner (Next Generation – Systems & People)
Peter Hsiao — Head, Land Use & Environmental law Group, Morrison & Foerster (CleanTech)
Tom Baldwin — Chief Knowledge Officer, Reed Smith (Relationship Capital) 
Judith Flournoy – CIO, Loeb & Loeb  (Leadership)

I got the idea for the TomorrowLand sessions from TED (Technology Entertainment Design) -- the Silicon Valley think tank that produces amazing conferences where speakers are allowed exactly 18 minutes to talk. That's it. 18 minutes.

I loved the concept, so I'm trying this format (15 minutes) for the third session of the track -- AND -- we are going to tape them to create "Almost Live from LegalTech West Coast" -- six standalone podcasts for my Law Technology Now series (a joint project between Law.com & Legal Talk Network -- you can even subscribe on iTunes!

Finally, the LTN component: We'll produce at least one article in the August LTN, which will be available in print, digital and website versions.

We are tremendously excited about this first-ever Live/Podcast/Print/Digital/Website effort, and we hope you will join us at LegalTech West Coast, on June 27. And listen, and read! About the only media we're NOT doing (yet) is TV -- but don't rule that out for the future. Let me know what you think!

June 4, 2008 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, EDD: E-Discovery, Green Law, Law Firm Management, People, Technology, Webinars, Podcasts, Programs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Let's turn the mic over  to Carolyn Elefant of  Legal Blog Watch:

Law Firms Still Not Relating to Client Relations Management Software

Incredibly, many law firms simply can't relate to the importance of client relations management (CRM) software, according to this  article by Andrew Burger, one of today's top stories at CRM Buyer.  As Burger puts it:

The legal profession is all about relationships, so CRM systems would seem a natural fit in a law-firm setting, right? Sure, but many don't bother implementing CRM systems because they would require a significant change in the way firms are run.

153362361Most CRM vendors can't understand why law firms haven't implemented CRM as effectively as other businesses -- particularly given that most firms already assiduously track data about clients and their matters for conflicts checking and billing.  One CRM vendor quoted in the article expressed some frustration that "a continuous stream of potentially valuable CRM information flows through the typical law firm on a daily basis, yet lawyers and their firms typically are not able to leverage it."

Burger identifies at least two reasons for law firms' ineffective CRM systems.  First, in other businesses, CRM is typically used for generating sales leads, whereas for law firms, the value of CRM is to help build and enhance relationships.  Thus, some CRM programs require tweaks to make them more compatible with law firms' needs.

But the larger barrier to integration of CRM is institutional: Most lawyers simply aren't willing to take the time (or sacrifice the billable hours) to input critical data.  Then, when CRM fails due to lack of lawyer commitment, lawyers blame the software and subsequently grow even more resistant to CRM efforts.There's only one measure that I can think of that would force lawyers to implement CRM, and that is for clients to demand it.  And clients may do just that -- after all, many corporate clients probably use CRM systems themselves.  Moreover, CRM can help lawyers serve clients more efficiently and effectively by providing a central database of contact information and a history of client communications. 

Lawyers may not realize that CRM can help them generate more clients and more business.  Fair enough.  But when lawyers begin to lose clients because they reinvent the wheel or commit some gaffe in a situation where CRM would have prevented them from doing so, they'll have no choice but to get with the program.  

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 24, 2008 at 11:20 AM


Carolyn -

The big impediment to CRM is that it does not add enough value to the individual lawyer themselves. I think at a firm level, everyone agrees with the concept and theory of CRM for a law firm. But the software tends to be clunky and not user friendly.

CRM adds only marginal value to the lawyer in their day to day routine. That margin is not big enough to instigate a change in behavior and is not big enough to motivate a lawyer to learn how to use a new tool.

I do not see CRM being demanded by clients. Yes, clients want more efficiency in how their work is handled, but I do not see CRM helping that.

Posted by: Doug Cornelius | Apr 25, 2008 5:04:06 AM

April 25, 2008 in Marketing, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


Beniraqphoto_4 Benjamin Hallman, a reporter at our sister publication, The American Lawyer, spent almost two weeks this month embedded with the U.S. Army in Baghdad.

“As far as I know, this is a first for the company,” says our CEO William Pollak. “We’re not usually in the business of sending journalists into a war zone. But the development of a court system and introduction of the rule of law in Iraq is an important story which happens to involve quite a few American lawyers.”

As part of his assignment, Hallman blogged every day for Law.com and americanlawyer.com.

Hallman's Rule of Law: Dispatches From Iraq blog posts are compelling, sometimes funny, and always increased my anxiety level about having one of our own in harm’s way.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I had read about the outsourcing of functions once handled by the Army (from cooking to convoy security), but I never appreciated to what extent the military is reliant on independent contractors until I got here. KBR, in particular, seems like a fifth branch of the armed services. KBR workers are everywhere, and they make far more (in some cases) than their military counterparts. A convoy driver, I’m told, is paid between $6,000 and $8,000 a month.

“[A Navy Seals] officer told me the Seals had to dramatically boost their reenlistment bonus to staunch defections to the private side. At the other end of the spectrum, a Peruvian guard, also employed by KBR, told me he makes about $1,200 a month. The guard told me he is leaving soon, after two years in Baghdad.

“Baghdad, too much muerte,” he told me, pantomiming a rocket flying into the Green Zone. Iraqi army soldiers are also paid far less than senior KBR and U.S. military personnel. My conclusion: There is an inverse relationship here between a guard/soldier’s exposure to danger and his salary.

On my last afternoon in Baghdad, another reporter and I tried to get into the monument to the fallen soldier. Two lonely Iraqi army soldiers at the gate apologized and said it was closed. Then they asked for water. I told the Navy Seal about this and he said Iraqi soldiers are issued one bottle a day, never mind that it was easily 95 degrees. (Our escort, a
National Guard soldier from the media unit, bought the two Iraqis some water.)”

Watch for Hallman’s story in The American Lawyer. I’m glad he’s safely home.                 — M.B.

April 18, 2008 in Journalism, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


I turn the mic over to Bob Ambrogi:

And the Webby Nominees Are ...

Voting is underway for the 12th annual  Webby Awards, honoring excellence in Web sites in more than 100 categories -- among them, law. Called by The New York Times the "Oscars of the Internet," the awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member group that includes Internet innovator Vinton Cerf, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and media mogul Harvey Weinstein. Through its People's Voice Awards, the Webbys also allow voting by the Web community at large.

Which is where you come in. In the law category, five sites are nominated. You can vote for your favorite by filling out the ballot at the People's Voice site. (You will need to register.) The nominees for best law site are:

While you're there, check out and vote for your favorite sites in other categories. At least one other law-related site you will find nominated, in the category Charitable Organizations, is the  Innocence Project.

His original post on this is  here.


April 14, 2008 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Joe Howie reports that the latest edition of the Association of Litigation Support Professionals' ALSP Update newsletter is available here. It includes an overview of ARMA Int'l (records/info mgmt), and an advisory about new North Carolina regulations for forensics folks (e.g., licensing requires that you've been a licensed PI for 3 years). The group is also developing an EDD checklist.

* Seattle's Kevin O'Keefe has released his "State of the AmLaw 200 Blogosphere Report," which notes significant growth in blogging. Last year, says O'Keefe, only 39 firms were blogging. Today, he sez,  more than 25% have jumped on the bandwagon, and 10% have multiple blogs. Special thanks, also, to KOK, for including moi in his series of Q&As, by Rob La Gatta.

* Maureen Richmond, of NorthLich,  wants to be sure you know about the Diversity "Call to Action" Summit that will be held April 24-23 in Scottsdale. It will bring together about 100 managing partners, GC and chief legal officers to address this challenge. Among the speakers is  Supreme Ct. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. 411 here.

* Aloha: Ed Jorcyzk, global director of tech for Morrison & Foerster, has hung up his hat... opting for the lure of balmy waves. He's debating a new lifestyle in either Hawaii or Ft. Lauderdale, so we'll letcha know when he next checks in. In the meantime, CIO Jo Haraf has stalled her pending departure for a few months. Never a dull moment at MoFo.

* Only in NoLa: Tom O'Connor brings us news of the "Stella-Yella-Thon," that was part of the annual Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. Toooooo kewl. I'm headed to NoLa shortly to join Tom and the Crescent City gang for the Louisiana Bar's Solo and Small Firm Conference. May 8-9. Can't wait.

* JoAnna Forshee, of Envision Agency, reports that Legal Marketing News has been retired, and replaced with www.InsideLegal.com newsletter. It covers U.S. and U.K. legal events, marketing tips, PR practices, etc.

* Stephanie Peck Hall, of CompuLaw, is raising money to fight pancreatic cancer -- which also took the life of our ALM colleague Jim Giordano last year. To help her reach her goal, visit her website here.

* Bruce Marcus checks in with a reminder that his latest "Bruce Marcus Letter on Professional Services" is available here. The current issue includes a downloadable white paper, "Productivity: A Primer for the Competitive Firm."

* Kraft Kennedy's Michael Kraft spotted this BBC video about a car that runs on air. Now that's going green! 

* And speaking of green, Carrie Brown offers info about the Green Event Summit, scheduled for (of course) San Francisco, June 12-13.

* David Lat notes that it's not a good idea to try to board a plane with bomb-making materials. (Hat tip to "Ed Post" of Blawg Review.)

* Speaking of Ed, he wants you to know about BlawgReview #152 (TechnoLawyer!) Check it out here.

* Annie Martel, webmaster of Templateswise invites you to visit her site which offers free templates for Microsoft Corp. PowerPoint presentations.

* Chicago's Ron Stevens forwards this lament on behalf of all Cubs fans: Download cubs-futility-20080323.doc 

April 7, 2008 in Green Law, Marketing, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


I won't even begin to bore you about how difficult it was to fly on Thursday. Two words: Spring Break (for every child in America.) Two more words: Easter weekend. Two more words: Winds & LaGuardia. One word: Delays. Two words: Tight connections. Opps. You're bored. Moving right along!

Rick08_2Friday night was perfect beisbol weather, and it was fun to defrost in Tampa on a balmy warm night -- with a Yankees 2-run 8th inning rally to breakup a scoreless encounter with a very impressive Tampa Bay Rays team. This may be the year the Rays aren't in the cellar all season!

But a cold front came in Saturday morning, and with it some insistent drizzle -- Rick Georges and I were disappointed when the Toronto/ Yanks game was called in the second inning, so we moved to drier quarters to continue our conversation over lunch. Rick, a St. Petersburg solo, is the author of the FutureLawyer blog, which he is extremely devoted to -- in fact, he posts several times a day (something that is breathtaking in and of itself). A morning person, he gets up around 5:30 a.m., before his family is awake, and spends about three hours scouting out the latest gadgets, tools, commentaries, etc., he told me.

His blog, which is featured on the Law.com Blog Network, is always unpredictable: in the last few days he has written about a Microsoft Vista Service Pack 1, Palm Addicts Phone Favs, How to Stay Happily Married, the dangers of BigFirm lifestyles, and about Novell fighting Microsoft over WordPerfect. He even wrote a post about how his Bluetooth headset survived being chewed on by his dog.

Georges' blog has been featured as Typepad's Featured Blog, and he just co-authored the cover story on The ABA Journal, taking the PC side of a Mac v. PC shootout. He's a true character, as anyone would guess from perusing his blog. It was a great afternoon.

Click on the photo to enlarge.

March 22, 2008 in Baseball / Yankees, People, Technology, Travel, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


California Speaking of live blogging, plans are underway for LegalTech West Coast, in Los Angeles, June 25-26 to repeat our popular  "Almost-Live from New York" blog-o-rama.

We'll once again have live reporting on Legal Blog Watch, which will again serve as a central clearinghouse for other posts from other bloggers covering the show.

All non-vendor bloggers who plan to do live blogging will be provided with a free full conference pass (e-mail legalblogwatch@alm.com to register), we're going to have a welcome breakfast on June 25 open to all bloggers.

We're planning to designate the first two rows of every conference program for bloggers and provide electrical outlet strips, and looking into other ways to facilitate blogging at our West Coast show!

I'll keep you posted!

March 15, 2008 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, Technology, Travel, Webinars, Podcasts, Programs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


Stpday_2Just arrived at ABA TechShow late Friday.... I'm presenting Saturday morning (i.e., today) on one of two "Green" panels... Do stop by if you're in the 'hood (Chicago Hilton):

Abatechsow_001_2 * Lara Pearson and Arthur Harrington (left) will present "Meeting the ABA EPA Law Office Climate Challenge, from 8:30 am - 9:30 a.m., then I will join them for the 9:45 panel, "Small Footprint - Big Impact:" Improving Client Services with Sustainable Practices. (Northwest 3).

* After our panel, stick around for the ABA TechShow's signature panel, "60 Sites in 60 Minutes," which closes out the event, and features Craig Ball (LTN's EDD columnist), TechShow chair Tom Mighell, and D.C.'s own Reid Trautz  in the Grand Ballroom.

Can't attend? No prob: Check out the blog reports:

* The aforementioned Tom Mighell.

* Robert Ambrogi on Law.com's  LegalBlogWatch offers links.

* Larry Bodine is blogging (and also on assignment for LTN, scoping out the latest social media issues -- keep an eye out for his report in the April Law Technology News).

Kevinokeefe * Kevin O'Keefe's (right) team is also live-blogging, with a very interesting concept -- Rob La Gatta is interviewing some of the tech community's leaders, including Jim Calloway, of the Oklahoma bar;  Aviva  Cuyler, who just launched JD Supra; and Ed Poll, of LawBiz, among many others.

O'Keefe's LexBlog and The ABA Journal (Ed Adams & Molly McDonough) co-sponsored a Beer for Blawgers get together Friday, which was a lot of fun, and O'Keefe even used his live blogging feature to alert folks that the venue had to move to a different lobby bar, due to overcrowding with green-bedecked revelers gathering at the original site (Kitty O'Shea's) to kick off the St. Patrick's Day Chicago celebrations. Chicago LOVES St. Patrick's Day -- and its annual huge parade will take place Sunday.

Other live bloggers:

* ABA TechShow Buzz * Dennis Kennedy


March 15, 2008 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, Green Law, People, Travel, Webinars, Podcasts, Programs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


Rob Robinson is shuttering his Information Governance blog. Check it out here.

March 7, 2008 in People, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #030308

MailRick  Georges is on a roll... First his eccentric and always interesting FutureLawyer blog was featured on Typepad as its Featured Blog on Feb. 13. (Where DOES he find all that stuff?)

Abajmarch_3Now, Rick is featured on the March cover of The ABA Journal  -- he debates fellow lawyer Ben Stevens over Mac v. PC. (Rick is advocating for PCs.)

* Speaking of WAY kewl, check out this amazing animation by Alan Becker that Michael Kraft (Kraft Kennedy) found. It's bound to make you smile!

* New blog: John deCastro reports that Innotas has launched PPM Perspective. (Oh boy, another TLA (three letter acronym). This one  stands for Project and Portfolio Management. Eight folks at the organization are listed as authors.

* My colleagues over at ALM Research have published the 2007 Billing Rates and Practices Survey. It covers solos to mid-sized firms across all 50 states, with about 5,000 respondents. Author: Margaret Daisley.

* Larry Bodine checks in to let us know that JD Supra has launched:

It is an online platform for lawyers in any practice to post court documents, filings, articles, client alerts and other content freely accessible to anyone doing legal research.

Houston * Not too late to be early! Houston's the place to be Thursday and Friday... Many of the "usual suspects," including moi, will be on hand for Chere Estrin's Litigation Support Leaders SuperConference, at the Crowne Plaza. The who's who includes keynote speakers Mike Arkfeld and George Socha, along with LTN edit board members Brett Burney and Tom O'Connor. We'd love to see you.

It's a great crowd, with top firms and corporate legal departments, including Exxon, Shell, Chevron, Bingham McCutchen, Howrey, Thompson Hine, Ropes & Gray, et al. Come join us! The fun starts at noon Thursday!

Chere has kindly offered a FOF (friend o' faculty) discount of 10% -- so just tell them you saw it in The Common Scold to claim your not-really-early-bird discount. Pop her an e-mail at for details or visit the website.

March 3, 2008 in Distractions :), Law Firm Management, Marketing, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


A little late because I've been just a bit pre-occupied by post-LegalTech New York stuff, but this is too much fun not to revisit:

21258506 • Sizzing hot: The powers-that-be over at Skadden ain't too thrilled about the latest non-billable-hours activities at Skadden Insider, a blog written by two anonymous Skadden-ites. Not when they decided to poll readers to find out who is the "hottest young woman lawyer" at the firm. Check out Brian Baxter's story in The American Lawyer here.
Not surprisingly, the scheduled competition for the "hottest male associate" has been, um, er, "suspended."
BTW, I'm sure the firm isn't too thrilled that the blog was named a 2007 Honoree in the American Bar Association's ABA Journal Blawg 100.

February 18, 2008 in Law Firm Management, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


David Snow
Executive Editor

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

February 1, 2008 in Conventions, Meetings, Live Programs, Webinars, Podcasts, Programs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #080122

21803632Just sent February LTN to bed, now dealin' with the flurry of activity before LegalTech New York, but want to play catch-up with da ol' in-box:

• Kudos to Susman Godfrey, one of four law firms selected by The National Law Journal for its 2008 Pro Bono Awards. "The firm represented, to the tune of $2M in billable hours, the Texas Cities for Clean Air Coalition in its successful efforts to block 10 new coal-burning power plants that would contribute to global climate change."

• More kudos,
to The Blawg Review, for its Blawg Review of the Year, won by Colin Samuels for the third year in a row. Runners up: Eric Turkewitz' very clever riff on the NY Marathon, and in third place, Deliberations, by Anne Reed.

• Peggy Weshler of ILTA wants you to know about the upcoming Insight 2008 program that will be held April 15, at the Hilton London Bridge Hotel.  Vendors: the deadline to sign up as a sponsor is Friday 1/25.

• Alvidas Jasin, who will join the podium with me at the "It's Not Easy Being Green... Or Is It?" panel at the CIO Forum during LTNY, was elated to learn that Thompson Hine's marketing dept. came in 5th in the "MLF 50" roster, from ALM's Marketing the Law Firm newsletter. Jasin is the head of bizdev at the firm, based in Cleveland. Proskauer Rose took first place.   

• Ross Kodner was impressed with this InfoWorld article "Why XP Must Be Saved." (Note, you have to scroll down on the link to Ross' blog to find the post).

Ernest Paul, director of ClueSystems Internet Consulting, checks in to let us know about his E Legal Secure blog, covering legal industry outsourcing.

• eWeek has an hilarious way to kill time at airports, etc., with 10 games. Check them out here.

• Were you as surprised as I was to learn that CompUSA is going under? They sure got a lot of my disposable income over the years.

• Almost last but not least .... the holidays may be well over but this holiday card is just too funny to wait until next year. From my pal Mary Kay Lawless, click here.

• Bright Lights: This has nothing to do with tech, but after SI columnist (boy do we miss him) Rick Reilly kept raving about Friday Night Lights, I finally checked out the NBC drama. Even if you hate football (which I do), it's flat-out awesome. Amazing writing, subtle and nuanced, it is really, really good television. I actually watched my first football game a couple weeks ago, hoping the NY Giants would smash those Pats. I might actually WATCH my first SuperBowl this year, but I still hate football. I don't enjoy a sport that involves paralysis, too much testosterone, and shoving. (Yeah, yeah, rocket fuel. I get it. Baseball's not perfect.)

Go Giants (but try not to break any bones while you are at it.)

How many days til P&C report????

January 23, 2008 in Green Law, Law Firm Management, Marketing, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



Warm thanks to the wonderful audiences last week in San Francisco, where I spoke to the Women in eDiscovery's new Bay Area chapter, (left, hosted by Bingham McCutchen) and at the Estrin Paralegal SuperConference.

One of the themes I'm particularly fixated on right now is the impact of EDD costs on litigants. I was blown away by my colleague Julie Triedman's article, "Buried Alive,"  in The American Lawyer's special Litigation 2007 issue, focusing on Corporate Fraud. (Free, but reg req'd).

I think everybody's been so exhilarated by all the potential EDD revenues, that they haven't thought about who exactly pays for all these explorations -- and who's paying the price. it's a chilling article.

Triedman Hopefully, as EDD settles in, and the FRCP rules get oiled through real life use, and Sedona and EDRM models/guidelines get nuanced, there will emerge some realistic standards. If not, the resolution of cases may too often be determined by ability-to-pay, not justice. We should know by now that is not a formula that ends up with good results.

Photo above by Russ Curtis.

December 3, 2007 in Law Firm Management, Marketing, People, Technology, Travel, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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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


Golf The fabulous Tom Collins, formerly top dog at Juris Inc., is handing over the reins of his very popular blog, More Partner Income, so that he can spend more time enjoying golf... and he's threatening to write a novel. Let me turn over the mic to him:

Blogs like law firms require a life of their own if they are to continue to serve the community. I want to let you know that I will be reducing my role as the host of morepartnerincome in the weeks and months ahead.  It is time give up my 5:00 a.m. ritual of posting and deleting spam and porn trackbacks so that I can spend more time on my next venture -- retirement. 

I don’t plan on disappearing.  I will still be one of the authors for morepartnerincome, at lease for some time, but the job of making sure that morepartnerincome is serving its mission is being handed off to Brian Ritchey: an attorney, a prolific writer and an experienced advisor to law firms. Brian will also take over as the editor in chief of the Managing Partner Advocate, a bi-monthly publication focused on issues affecting law firm managers.

Brian, previously a Regional Vice President of Juris, Inc., became part of the Practice Management Division of LexisNexis upon the purchase of Juris by LexisNexis in July 2007.  He actively practiced law for 7 years in a firm in Birmingham Alabama and made a career stop with a leading case management company prior to joining the Juris team where he used his knowledge of law firm dynamics to help partners, directors, shareholders and legal administrators manage their firms’ practice through the utilization of technology, strategy and process. 

Brian obtained his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law after attending the University of Alabama for his undergraduate degree in English.  He was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1997, is licensed and in good standing with the Alabama Bar,  the U.S. District Courts of Alabama for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts as well as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

 Ritchey will transition into his new role over the next six weeks. The blogs mission continues to be providing information to law firm leaders that will enhance partner income. That objective is achieved by doing the right things right. When you do everyone wins including clients and non-partner members of the firm.

As for me, in addition to more golf (once I recover from recent knee surgery), I have my sights set on at least one (and maybe more) novels.  How about a bored, retired entrepreneur turned detective—think that will work?

November 29, 2007 in Law Firm Management, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #112007

21147622 We open the inbox and find a variety of items:

The ever-prolific Mark Reichenbach
blogs in On the Mark about the Georgetown eDiscovery Institute sessions. A highlight of the meetings, he says, was the closing roundtable:

Moderated by John Rosenthal, (an expert in e-discovery and a litigation partner at Howrey, LLP) , the event closed with a roundtable composed of judicial heavy hitters in the field, including Judge Lee Rosenthal (former chairperson of the Federal Rules Advisory Committee), Judge Shira Scheindlin (former member of the Federal Rules Advisory Committee), Judge Kent Jordon (3rd Cir.), Judge Francis (S.D.N.Y.), Judge Facciola (D.D.C.) and Judge David Waxe (D. Kan).

Reichenbach, veep of client and industry development, also wants you to know that his company, MetaLincs, has upgraded its namesake software. 411 here.

Stanford students are switching the tables — and issuing report cards on would-be employers, grading them on their diversity performance. Matthew Schwieger, online media coordinator for Stanford's Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession offers a link to recent media coverage in The New York Times.

Eric_3 Never underestimate the creativity of bloggers. Eric Turkewitz, of The Turkewitz Law Firm, writes The New York Personal Injury Blog, and his Blawg Review #134 is an hysterical spin on the ING New York City  Marathon. If you look really carefully, towards the end of the race, you just might spot the Scold, with exceptional seats from which to watch the event.

eWeek always comes up with a clever slideshow, and here's a post-Halloween treat: The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007.

Yup, the holiday shopping blitz has started: Reid Trautz offers his third annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers, available on Reid My Blog (that title always makes me giggle.)

2007cover233pwAnd Chadbourne & Parke counsel Lawrence Savell has released his annual LawTunes parodies, this year's Live at BlackAcre, which leads off with "(She's an) Electronic Discovery." You can hear a sample at the website, but a caveat, Clapton it ain't. :)

November 20, 2007 in Etc., Marketing, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


14stats1xlarge1_3 Craig Ball, Law Technology News' award-winning e-discovery columnist ("Ball in Your Court")  is featured in today's edition of The New York Times, in its "Fresh Starts' column by Barbara Whitaker (page 19 of the Sunday Business section for those of you with hard copies). "On the Trail of Digital Secrets" details his forensics work, discussing how this area has opened up as a new job market. Congrats, Craig!!!

Realllly kewl photo by Benjamin Sklar, for The New York Times. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

October 14, 2007 in People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


21017444 Right as ALM sent out a wonderful press release heralding our new EDD Update blog, we momumentally crashed. Murphy's Law, of course (but personally I'd rather blame it on those Lake Erie gremlin Canadian soldiers).

The good news: We're back up! So please stop by, visit, comment, and give us feedback at eddupdate@alm.com!


October 11, 2007 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Campers: We're experiencing some technical difficulties with our new EDD Update blog -- we'll be back up as soon as they can be resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience!!

-- Mon, Sean, Claire & the gang

October 10, 2007 in Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


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


20445362_2 One of my favorite denizens of the blawgosphere — the continually-anonymous Editor-n-Chef of the never-dull Blawg Review —  has come up with yet another brilliant viral marketing scheme.

He's created "Simply the Best" -- a "meme" (I didn't know what that was until this morning). The idea is a variation of those chain letters that promise that your ring finger will fall off if you don't mail the letter to 57 of your closest friends within 10 minutes. But this one is MUCH more fun. He "tags" 10 blawgs as his favorites, and then asks each author to do the same on his or her blog, and so on, and so forth.  Of course, it NEVER hurts to appeal to all of our egos, as this sort of effort clearly does :)

I was absolutely thrilled when one of my favorite bloggers, J. Craig Williams, cited da Scold on his wonderful list . Thank you!

The danger, of course, is how do you only pick 10 when there are so many terrific blawgs out there????? Well, first, I automatically apologize to anyone I left out. Second, I'm going to do this a la` Malcolm Gladwell's Blink, i.e., I'm just going to DO it on first instincts.
So here goes (in no particular order):

• Robert Ambrogi's LawSites (Nobody knows Web 3.0/4.0/5.0 better than Bob).
May It Please the Court (J. Craig Williams' always amazing site.)
Where's Travis McGee (Bradley Parker, who is posting fascinating and poignant dispatches from Afghanistan about his JAG work).
• Anything John Tredennick writes, including the ABA's Law Technology Today (OK, technically not a blog, so sue me.)
• K&L Gates' Electronic Discovery Law  (One of the first EDD blogs and terrific)
Al Nye the Lawyer Guy (soooo New England)
Overlawyered (Never disappoints.)
Larry Bodine (is there anyone he doesn't know?)
Ernie the Attorney (the soul of New Orleans)
Sports Law Blog (Did you have any doubt about that one?)

Runners up: Patent Baristas, BLT, CalLaw's Legal Pad, Greatest American Lawyer, , Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog, and of course, our own brand new blog, EDD Update.

October 4, 2007 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack


Liftoff Ladies & Gentlemen: We have lift-off for our new blog on all things e-discovery: EDD Update.

We invite your comments, suggestions, etc! E-mail us at eddupdate@alm.com.

September 28, 2007 in Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAIL BAG #092507

Mail2_2 We've put the October issue of LTN to bed, so it's time to catch up on da in box:

* Ron Friedman, formerly of Prism Legal Consulting Inc., has joined Integreon, as senior vice president, marketing. The company provides "knowledge support and complex business processing outsourcing." (Perhaps the first thing Ron can do is create a better tag line -- what on earth is "knowledge support?"  --- Ahhh... i see way down on the press release that it includes "research and analytics, document processing, electronic discovery, and offshore document review.")

Ron previously was CIO at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC, and practice support manager at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale). He will continue to write his "Strategic Legal Technology" blog.

*My colleague Leigh Jones, of The National Law Journal, recently appeared at a Santa Clara University panel discussion on "Blogging, Scholarship & the Bench and Bar," which was hosted by the Santa Clara Law's High Tech Law Institute and Center for Social Justice and Public Service. They also conducted a live video feed. Too kewl!

*The ever-vigilant Jobst Elster, of The Envision Agency, forwards this Yahoo News article to give everybody that it's about time to re-register your phone numbers for the National Do Not Call roster. If you registered in '03 when it launched, it will expire in '08. It just takes a moment to re-register.

*Rick McIver checks in to let us know that Tippit Inc.'s InsideCRM blog has posted about "Top 10 Ways to Fire the Client From Hell." Check it out here. Among the tips, to get rid of the bargain shoppers who nickle-and-dime you: "This one's simple: raise your rates, if only for this particular client."  They also tackle clients who can't make deadlines, and the ones who are never satisfied, and more.

*David Frankel, an econ prof at Iowa State University, and chief economist of Cambridge Economics Group (West Des Moines) has launched www.medmalreports.com -- which "produces custom reports that show the predicted range of settlements and judgments in medical malpractice cases. They are based on my research on the National Practitioners Data Bank, which includes data on all malpractice payments made in the U.S.," says Frankel.

September 25, 2007 in Marketing, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Lovell_4 Just a very quick post, as I dash off to the Women in E-Discovery meeting, but just wanted to let everybody know that International Legal Technology Association's annual August Sauna/Convention is up and running -- and as always, crowds, crowds, crowds. Record setting crowds -- Randi Mayes, exec director, said the conference drew about 2,700 attendees here in Orlando at the JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton complex (including members, vendors and media). And 500 were first-time attendees, she noted.

A few teasers (I'll have more later):

  * The keynote -- probably the best I have ever heard -- featured astronaut Jim Lovell, above, who spoke on "A Successful Failure." His inspiring presentation focused on the lessons he learned as captain of the Apollo 13 mission -- and how they can be applied to all of our work in legal technology. He spoke the five words that have become emblazoned into the American lexicon, "Houston, we have a problem."

LDucttape_2ovell's main theme was to trust your team and your training, and your knowledge; expect the unexpected; pay meticulous attention to detail; be creative; do not give up; and above all, never, ever, travel anywhere without duct tape.

More on Lovell: From Space.com; Wikipedia, NASA.

* CT Summation has gobbled up DocuLex's Discovery Cracker suite of e-discovery processing software. The company reports that the acqusition will complement CT Summation's transcript management product.  Here's the 411.

CT's other EDD products include iBlaze, WebBlaze Enterprise, and CaseVault, as well as CT TyMetrix and TyMetrix360.

*Speaking of launches: My colleague over at Law.com, Sean Doherty, has inaugurated his new blog, "Legal Technology: Law.com's Legal Technology Blog."  Check out his reports from ILTA!

August 21, 2007 in Law Firm Management, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


7416011One of my all-time favorite people is Lindsay Thompson, who recently retired from his Seattle law practice and moved upstate to the gorgeous Port Angeles area. A former member of the Washington State Bar's board of governors, he's a terrific writer -- in fact, he's launched a new publication -- in print, no less -- called "Thompson's Monthly - A Journal of the World, From One of the Edges." You can subscribe (and I highly recommend it) for $40, and if you register by 8/25, you get six extra issues. Here's the 411: Download tm_sub_letter.doc.

* Our former colleague David Horrigan, now director of legislative and regulatory policy for the Magazine Publishers of America, checks in with news about MPA's efforts to push for a federal shield law, to protect reporters' confidential sources. Here's the update on H.R. 2101, the Free Flow of Information Act. Keep up the good work, David! It's appreciated!

* Lee Johnson, founder of Syngence and DocID, pops a note about his new company, Mind Talent, that is designed to help people read more, better and faster. He says he got the idea for it after his experience in e-discovery, where he realized that"

 "no matter how good the search engine, no matter how good the database, someone still has to read the information for context and relevancy in order to use and benefit from the information."

The company has developed a series of products, including HeadCram Legal, designed to help users read EDD documents to ID and tage/file docs.

* Sheryl Schelin wants you to know that she has launched Blawg In a Box, the new website for her consulting business, Inspired Consulting. Schelin is offering copywriting and blog services, designed for solos and small firms. Says Schelin:

"Through three different turnkey packages, I can work with [lawyers] directly to create, optimize, post, market and maintain the ... blawg. Yow ...own the URL, the blog, and all of its content. No licenses, no questions. It's yours, period. I just work for you to ensure your blawg stays timely, updated, current, professional, and perfectly formatted."

Schelin, is a solo attorney based in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  Before launching her new consulting practice, she spent nine years with Horry County as a staff attorney, focusing on airport law.


August 9, 2007 in People, Technology, Weblogs | 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


199426561_2 The rumor mill proved right, again: Juris Inc. has been snapped up by LexisNexis. I've always been impressed by Juris, which is featured in the President's Corner of the June issue of Law Technology News.

Tom Collins, who lead the family-run company for years, is one of the smartest, most savvy people in the legal tech community. And nobody, flat out nobody, is funnier and nicer than Lee Ann Herron, of its sales staff.

Thumb1_2 Collins, left, recently handed the helm over to his son, Stephen, and last month, the company introduced its Juris Active Information Suite, which consists of three programs: Reporting, Business Intelligence, and Budgeting & Forecasting. "With the newly-released Reporting module, users can integrate dashboards, images, and charts into their reporting models," we reported in LTN. "The Business Intelligence component, slated for release in July, includes a dashboard designer, business metrics library, and a link to the Juris Insight benchmarking tool. The third module, Budgeting & Forecasting, incorporates complex budgets into the reporting system, and is scheduled for an October launch."

Tom now focuses much of his attention on his superb blog, "More Partner Income."  The tag line says it all: "Dedicated to ideas and techniques for the financial management of the law firm with the objective of increasing the income of equity partners." (Here's his post on the sale.)

I hope he thrives in this next chapter of his life, and enjoys the rewards of his very hard work. He's one of the most refreshing, irreverant, and interesting people in our community -- who makes legal technology fascinating to observe and understand.

Congrats to all involved.

July 10, 2007 in People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #070619

21568850_2 Headin' west in a couple hours, for LegalTech West Coast (in L.A.), but before I get aloft, want to catch up on incoming e-mail:

* Kudos to several LTN insiders who were named to the 2007 roster of CIO Magazine's 2007 CIO 100, for its technology leadership.

Image1 Bryan Cave: The firm was cited for its "client-facing" web-tools and infrastructure, as well as business intelligence tools. John Alber, the firm's technology partner, was profiled in the May issue of LTN, and wrote an article, "Targeted Resources," in the February issue about the firm's efforts.  Of course, LTN has to brag that we gave him awards first -- He won the first LTN "Champion of Technology" Award in 2003.

Foley & Lardner (CIO Douglas Caddell, LTN board member and author of our June cover story, "Sell Your Tech.") Caddell was LTN's 2004 IT Director of the Year.

King & Spalding, whose IT director, Thomas Gaines, is featured in the June issue of LTN here.

•  K&L  Gates,  whose David Bowerman is a member of our edit board and frequent contributor.

They will all be honored on August 21 at the magazine's annual CIO 200 Symposium and Awards ceremony. Congrats!

*22122454 Scott Marrs, partner at Houston's Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, checks in to alert us to a cover story in the August Black Belt magazine with the headline, "Are You a Deadly Weapon? Two Lawyers Weigh In," written by Scott and associate Andy McGill. The two-part article on "How the law really views the hands and feet of a martial artist" discusses liability issues that can be faced by martial art practitioners. (I couldn't find a link to the story on the magazine cite, but I'll add it if I can find it.)

*Nicole Black is hosting a poll over at Legal Antics, her new blog devoted to law-related humor. She's trying to ID the Top 10 funniest law blogs, and needs your help.

* My former editor Scott Graham, of San Francisco's The Recorder, dropped a note about a new product created by one of his friends. Check out Crime-IQ.

* Quest upgrade: My colleague Jill Windwer advises that the beta testing of ALM's new über search tool, Quest, (See May LTN, page 5) is going well. The team has added a downloadable widget, which you can get here. For any questions, contact Jill here. The team has also added a directory of all the sites being crawled, which can be accessed from the navigation box on the link. She welcomes suggestions, so fire away!

June 19, 2007 in Law Firm Management, Marketing, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #070525

21383962Been a bit crazed, so time to play catch-up:

*Our latest Law.com EDD (electronic data discovery) webinar is now available for your enjoyment. Check out Forms of Production here. It was a great discussion, thanks to LTN edit board members Craig Ball (LTN's EDD columnist and an Austin-based consultant/litigator) and George Socha (Socha Consulting) and Thomas Allman, senior counsel of Mayer Brown Rowe and Maw (who will keynote LegalTech West Coast in L.A. next month). Special thanks to our sponsor, Zantaz.

*Green Law: I'm so thrilled to be moderating our first-ever "Green Law" panel, an offshoot of LTN's wildly popular Green Law column that we launched in February. (I've been flooded with pitches for the new column, thank you to everybody.)

Anyway, Fios Inc. just signed up to sponsor the panel, "Green Law: A Leadership Challenge," which will be held June 20 at 12:15-1:25 p.m. and I know that Debbie Caldwell and her enthusiastic crew, headed up by Kate Kockler, are figuring out some wonderful surprises for the box lunches.

I'm so excited about the panelists. Each of their firms has been featured on LTN's Green Law column this spring:  Alvidas Jasin, of Thompson Hine (March issue LTN); Ed Jorczyk, Morrison & Foerster (April issue); Bruce Lymburn, Wendel Rosen (May issue); and Matthew Heartney, Arnold & Porter (June issue). We'll be talking about how to get a Green program going at YOUR law firm or company, to help it save money, create a better worksite, and reduce carbon "footprints."

One caveat: our room holds ONLY 40 people -- so be sure to get there early because it will be first-come, first-served.

* Thom Singer's new mini-book, written with Leslie Morris, is now available. The ABC's of Networking, from Danville, Calif.'s New Year Publishing, offers insights on everything from A (Attitude) to XYZ ("There is no end to networking.") There's also some bonus material at the end. (e.g., tips on throwing parties -- including which days of the week are best.) Much of the book's advice won't surprise you, but like batting practice, reading it is good for the muscle memory, and it's perfect for newbies in their marketing posts.

* Should law schools be more like B-schools? I'd certain voice a rousing yes. Check out a post on the TaxProf blog where Robert Rhee argues they'd be a lot more relevant to real life and the business-side of running firms. Let's turn the mic over for a minute:

Legal education is in need of reform. ... I suggest that law schools can learn a good deal from their academic cousins, business schools. Each discipline is different, and thus a comparison has limits. That said, both are professional schools with a mission to teach a set of skills required by overlapping markets. Based on my experiences as a student in law school and business school, and now a law school professor, I wish to highlight two differences: a tight and focused program, ... [and] more diverse teaching methods.

* CIO Joan Barrow checks in with news that she's looking for someone to fill a new IT spot at Dickstein Shapiro in D.C.: 

I am looking to hire a very experienced network person to be my Sr. Director of IT Infrastructure.  I am looking for someone with solid operations experience who can stabilize and run the operations side of things so that I can focus on strategy, BPR, and litigation support.  Any referrals will be more than welcome.  We are not looking for law firm experience, so if you know anyone from your non-legal professional networks, I'd love to talk to them. ...If you know a good headhunter for this type of position, that would be great information too.  The job is based in DC, and we are open to relos.

* From Chicago: McGuireWoods' Kenneth Dort has been re-elected to the board of the  non-profit International Technology Law Association. Dort is a partner in the firm’s technology and business department, and is one of 11 Americans who sit on the 30-member board.

* Welcome to the blawg-o-sphere:  Robert Price, former CEO of Control Data Corp. and author of Eye for Innovation (Yale University Press, 2005), has launched a new blog, named after his book. Check it out here.

* Change Yer Outlook: Darby & Darby is moving over the weekend to to 7 World Trade Center in NYC, reports managing principal; Andrew Baum. 411 here.

* Rainmaking Conference:  The Rainmaker Institute, a marketing firm that targets legal professionals, has scheduled a two-day Rainmaker Retreat on June 15-16 in Las Vegas.  411 here.

May 25, 2007 in Green Law, Marketing, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #050707

19852385 Several launches (besides Rocket Man :)

Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold off-shoot Xerdict Group has debuted a new website. Xerdict's Kenneth Jones says the e-discovery site includes with opinions, case law, articles, etc. "The project was done in conjunction with the creation of a new e-discovery practice group, related to the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for our parent firm."
He sez it uses collaboration technology to construct an educational/biz dev site, rather than a traditional lit support/deal room. The team includes lawyers, marketing staff, and content management folks. Check it out here.

• Another blog launch:
W. Lawrence Wescott II,  a solo based in Towson, Md., has debuted his Electronic Discovery Blog and invites you to check it out.

• Christine Parizo checks in to let us know about her new site, A Paralegal's Blog. She covers "news, views and information," and even tackles grammar! Check out today's post about no comma in nonrestrictive relative clauses. (A nonrestrictive clause does not restrict any words in the sentence but merely adds to it. I didn't know either.)

Parizo works for a solo practitioner in Western Massachusetts, where she focuses on estate administration and planning in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. Christine serves as NFPA Primary and Technology Coordinator for the Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association.

• Break out the vodka: Bob Ambrogi, LTN's Web Watch columnist, is headed to Russia. I'll turn the mic over to him to explain:

Bobpic_smI am thrilled to announce that I will be visiting Russia May 12-19 as part of a five-person delegation to discuss the relationship between the news media and the courts. We will be visiting the Siberian city of Tomsk, some 2,200 miles east of Moscow, where we will meet with Russian judges, lawyers, journalists and law students. Through a series of meetings and presentations, we will share perspectives on libel and defamation law, media access to judges and court proceedings, media coverage of court proceedings and other issues of common interest.

The trip is under the auspices of the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium, an organization that promotes partnerships between legal communities in the United States and Russia. Massachusetts has had such a partnership with Tomsk since 2001.

Details on the trip I am part of can be found here.

• Trisha Winter and the gang at Compuware have released two interesting surveys, both addressing problem resolution at law firms. You can download them here:

Download it_problem_resolution_in_law_firms_survey_results.pdf

Download firm_view_of_it_problem_resolution_survey_results.pdf

• Professor Kingsfield subbed in at the last minute for Professor Bainbridge, on Blawg Review #107, so won't you please take a minute and go visit and show him some love.

May 7, 2007 in Baseball / Yankees, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #070411

Mailbox_2Playing catch (up):

* LaVern Pritchard says the Twins Cities community was not completely surprised to hear the news that Mpls. law firm Rider Bennett announced that it will close its doors on May 31. What was a bit unusual was the firm's blunt admission from managing partner Steve Plunkett that "the firm's breakup was caused by 'today's increasingly challenging legal marketplace.' He said the loss of several attorneys who took their clients with them also hurt the firm," wrote the Strib.

Mpls07yanks_037_2 * It wasn't just the ballgame that was keeping everybody at the Dome entertained yesterday. "The Amazing Hondo" kept the spirits up in the first two rows, distracting Twinkie fans with card tricks while the Yankees were blasting homeruns against the Dome walls. Even Yankees fan Teri "Jersey Girl" McCarron was mesmerized.

* Jon Bream passes along a chart from ticketmaster that lists the top 10 most requested sporting events in Q1 2007: #2 -- the New York Yankees. #1: Monster Jam (I have NO idea what that is)... #3 WWE World Wrestling.

*Change your Outlook: Marifran Manzo-Ritchie and Paige Miller have decided to go their separate ways with their PR company. I'll turn the microphone over to the two women:

[We have] divided the company into two separate marketing companies. While Paige has retained the name and brand of MultiPlanet Marketing, Marifran is now the president of Manzo Ritchie Communications, Inc. ... We've opted to form two companies to allow each of us to pursue the opportunities and growth paths that appeal to us individually. Both of our companies will offer marketing and public relations services, and you'll still see us working together on National Association of Women Business Owner committees and projects. Yes, we will occasionally compete against each other, but as partners for the past seven years, we know that "no one wins 'em all" and that enough business exists to keep both our companies busy. 

* New Website, Book & Blog: Vince Thomson checks in to let you know that he has created a new website and blog and book, Ignited, Managers Light Up Your Company and Career, For More Power, More Purpose and More Success.


April 11, 2007 in Baseball / Yankees, Law Firm Management, Marketing, People, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Tonysoprano In honor of The Soprano's final season debut last night (which I missed and will watch when I get home on HBO On Demand) here's Larry Bodine's funny and pragmatic guide to why law firms should pay attention to Tony's marketing protocols.

April 9, 2007 in Law Firm Management, Marketing, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


BallparkI'm always amazed at the never-ending creativity of blawgers who compose each edition of Blawg Review, and this week is no exception, as Jonathan Frieden's E-Commerce Law blog, hits a grand slam with Blawg Review #103, the BaseBlawg Review.

Frieden_2Jonathan is a principal at Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, in Washington, D.C. celebrates the opening week of beisbol, with his review that is structured on key elements of the game. He opens with "A (very) brief history of baseball," then picks blawgs using the subheads "The Ceremonial First Pitch," "The Umpire," "The Designated Hitter," "The Black Sox Scandal," etc.

VERY clever, with very good picks for each category. For example, he explains his choices for the "Infield Fly" rule here:

When there are fewer than two outs and there is a force play at third, the batter who hits a fair fly ball that, in the umpire’s judgment may be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, is out. Rule 6.05e, commonly referred to as the "infield fly rule," is among the most commonly misunderstood rules in baseball. This portion of the BaseBlawg Review is devoted to laws which have proven to be inscrutable, ill-conceived, or simply odd.

Among his blawg citations for that topic is a list of quirky Connecticut laws listed in the Walking the Berkshires blog, and Eric Goldman's technology and marketing blog's discussion of recent Utah ban on keyword advertising.

April 9, 2007 in Baseball / Yankees, Law Firm Management, Marketing, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


BuckinghamSometimes it's fun to go to a concert that's so bad it's good.... Check out Jon Bream's astute blog report about Lindsey Buckingham's concert Saturday at Mpls.' Pantages (a super venue, btw).

Buckingham's on tour plugging his new CD, "Under the Skin." Maybe I'm just tooooo jaded as a Northern California ex-pat, but Buckingham (also of Fleetwood Mac) struck me as just another 50-something self-indulgent Los Angeles whiner trying to cash in on past fame, while having a very-public midlife crisis. I began to count the number of times he used the word "visionary" in his songs. Oh please.

Yes, he's a good guitarist, but he should leave the lyrics to somebody else. I found particularly grating "Every Day Now," about getting married and having kids late in life. Hey, go stand in line. This guy is NOT Spalding Gray, or Eric Clapton ... by a mile. By many many miles.

But in all fairness, at least half of the crowd was drinking the Kool-Aid. Chacun son gout.

(The photo's from Buckingham's website, (and not from last night's gig).)

Palomino_2  After our ears recovered from the decible assault, Jon and I had a superb time comparing notes at Palomino's -- I highly recommend the salmon and the goofy, wonderful garbanzo fries! Great food, great service, and very resonably priced! Add it to your list.

April 8, 2007 in Travel, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MAILBAG #032707


Amy Juers, president of Edge Legal Marketing, has released this tech survey, which was conducted at January's LegalTech New York: Download legaltech_new_york_2007_survey_results.pdf

Among the results, they found that 67% if respondents report that their law firm/law dept tech budget is growing; and 43% said they checked out data storage hardware during the show. As the main reason for attending, 44% cited the programs and educational tracks; 57% said it was the oppty to network. Sixty percent scoped out EDD software (no surprise there) and 45% cited lit support. 

* John Tredennick, of Catalyst Repository Systems Inc., checks in with this interesting whitepaper from analysts IDC (sponsored by EMC), "The Expanding Digital Universe." You can download it here: Download Expanding_Digital_Universe_IDC_WhitePaper_022507.pdf

*The ever-fascinating Editor 'n' Chef of Blawg Review says Diana Skaggs, of Divorce Law Journal, had the unenviable challenge of following his massive Ode to Blawg Review (#100) and  hits a home run with Blawg Review #101. (I'm not sure the Permalink worked, it's her March 26 post).

* The National Law Journal spotlights electronically stored information (ESI) in this article by attorney Conor Crowley, "Knowing What ESI Stands for Isn't Enough."

* Gerald Block, who was at USF Law School just ahead of me (he graduated in '80), reports that he is now in Newport Beach, with The General Counsel firm. "You might be interested in [our] business model, which discards the billable hour in favor of chargning corporate clients (revenues between $10M and $100M) a per-day ratea for part-time and interim general counsel services," says Block. "We get out of the ivory tower and actually work in our clients' offices."  Block blogs, of course. Check it out here.

*Another reminder: You can still listen to our Law.com webinar, about EDD search tools, by visiting this site. It's a terrific hour (and NY and CA lawyers can get CLE credit) featuring Craig Ball, LTN's EDD columnist and Austin-based lawyer/technologist; Patrick Oot of Verizon; Jason Baron of the Office of the General Counsel, National Archives and Records Admin; and last but never least, the quiet and shy George Rudoy, of Shearman & Sterling.

Jason has also provide this list of URLs from the program: Download Baron.doc

March 27, 2007 in Law Firm Management, People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Blawg100_2All I can say is "Wow."
The elusive, still-anonymous "Editor 'n'  Chef" of Blawg Review really pulled out the stops for Blawg Review #100 -- which chronicles the first two years of the quirky and always-fascinating blawg "carnival."

I can only imagine how many hours it took Ed to put this all together. 

March 19, 2007 in People, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Blt It's a l(a)unch! Legal Times' new BLT blog, is up and running. Congrats to editor-in-chief James Oliphant and the gang at D.C.

I'll turn the mic over to James:

Hey look, it's a blog! Not exactly revolutionary at this point is it? So why would Legal Times do it?

The reason is the opportunity this medium affords us, one that despite the wretched excess of blogs polluting the net remains very real, particularly in the areas this publication watches.

Here at Legal Times, we like to think that we've got a decent little franchise that sits at heart of the power structure in Washington, which is another way of saying that we have our own kiosk at the crossroads of the world. This blog becomes another way for us to offer more, particularly where law, business, and politics intersect.

We hope to translate the smaller bits of information that comes across our transom in a given week into something interesting and entertaining on a daily basis. And if possible, perhaps break a little news, too.

Our other hope is that with these posts, you might get to know the people who make up this publication in a way that will never come through in print. Even better, it's possible this could become the best of journalistic endeavors, an interactive community where our readers can contribute as much as our writers.

So we invite you to check us out on a daily basis and to contribute with your comments.

February 20, 2007 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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