Why Lawyers Doubt Technology

There is a decree in almost all of the tech world and it is “failure.” What’s the chief mantra for Silicon Valley and the larger worlds of innovation and entrepreneurship? Some say it’s “Fail Fast, Fail Often.” Others say it’s “Fail ...

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Why Lawyers Should NEVER Use Consumer-Grade Apps

I recently saw a discussion online regarding a lawyer, and his assistant’s, use of cloud storage. I am wanting to start using Gdrive so that I can review and edit my clerk’s letters/ proposed motions before they are filed. My ...

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A Nasty But Effective Negotiation Strategy

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Being an effective negotiator is an incredibly important aspect of being a lawyer. Whether it be a contract ...

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How To Write Interrogatories

So far I’ve covered two aspects of discovery drafting: How to Write (Better) Requests for Admissions How To Write (Better) Requests For Production So let’s round it out with the third prong of written discovery requests, interrogatories. Federal Interrogatory Rule Again, rules ...

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An Open & Shut Case: Whisper v. Yahoo

Encrypted or unencrypted. Distributed or hierarchical. Peer-to-peer or direct download. Open source or closed. These are opposing methods of handling and dealing with data. You likely use all of them in some fashion even if you’re not aware of it. There ...

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How to Conceal Your Digital Wake

In the post on Criminal Activity and Your IP address, I outlined how people use TOR (The Onion Router) in order to conceal their IP address in order to maintain a certain level of anonymity online. But a bare bones use ...

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Leave Your Comfort Zone

I was out of town recently and stopped in at a gym I had never been to before. It’s always an interesting experience to be in a new gym for the first time. Beyond just learning the layout of the ...

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Review: 2016 Comprehensive Survey of Lawyer Incubators

Last month, the ABA issued its first ever report on “lawyer incubators.” What is a lawyer incubator you ask? Lawyer incubators have emerged as models that enable newly-admitted lawyers to acquire the range of skills necessary to launch successful practices ...

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How To Delegate And Manage Staff For New Lawyers

If you’re a new associate at a law firm, more than likely you’ll also have staff. A paralegal or a legal assistant. There might be runners and clerks. As a lawyer, you’re above them in the hierarchy of things, even ...

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Suing The Machine – Algorithmic Litigation

Some gig-economy workers and unions are bringing this question to court. They argue that these companies’ algorithms exert so much control over workers that they are really employees in the eyes of the law and thus owed hourly minimum wages, ...

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