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The Practice of Law Does Not Need to Be Disrupted

"We know what the next great innovations in legal service delivery are, even if we don’t know exactly how they are going to work or what they are going to look like."

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Do Small Firms Have a Diversity Problem?

Just by asking about diversity, I set myself up as a target for people who either don't want to talk about diversity or don't believe there is a diversity problem in small firms. I felt like I was asking the NFL about concussions.

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The Best Way to Blog

The critical component of a great law blog is, of course, the words on the page — the content. That comes from you, the blogger. But it also matters where you publish that content, and we think we have just the place.

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Lawyerist’s Inaugural Short Fiction Contest

Do you write fiction? We like to read fiction. We would, in fact, like to read your fiction. Submission Guidelines Entries must be original works of fiction of no more than 5,000 words that feature a lawyer as a prominent character. Entries must be submitted by email to email@lawyerist.com no later than May 1, 2014. […]

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Argle-Bargle, Mumbo Jumbo, and Other Legal Gobbledygook

Just what is “argle-bargle,” and why would any appellate justice—much less one of Justice Scalia’s stature—use such a phrase in a momentous judicial opinion?

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Bar Associations are Failing Lawyers

There are 33 mandatory state bar associations and 20 voluntary state bars. Each of them is failing their members.

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Lawyerist’s Most-Popular Posts from 2013

Barring an end-of year viral hit (which, let’s face it, is unlikely), these are the posts from 2013 that you clicked on the most, so fire up Instapaper (the Instapaper iOS app is free for a few more days, FYI) or Pocket and take a few of them home for the holidays for a re-read: […]

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How Laws Are Written So You Ignore the Important Parts

Conveying the meaning of laws to human beings is hard enough when you can use your own words. But sometimes the law itself dictates the exact language — including fonts, capitalization, boldface, and more — that you must use to convey its meaning. The result is to obscure the meaning of laws, whether or not […]

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Blind Faith: Litigating in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

The FISC may very well be a national treasure. It may very well have done an exemplary job. But this contention, like the contention that the FISC is nothing more than a rubber stamp, is beside the point. Litigating in the FISC is like arguing with a brick wall.

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We Can Close the Access-to-Justice Gap, But You’re Not Going to Like It

There is a gap — a pretty big one, in fact — between those who need legal representation and those who can afford it. Many people believe “innovation” will substantially narrow or close this gap. This is a load of hooey. Neither technology nor business models can make competent legal representation cheap enough to close […]

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Astroturfing to Technethics, the New Vocabulary of Ethics

New technology brings new words, and the evolution of legal ethics and social media is no different. Fun terms like "astroturfing" and "technethics" have joined the discussion.

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Can You Disseminate Embarrassing Client Information Online And Get Away With It?

A Virginia lawyer's blog including embarrassing details about clients is protected by the First Amendment -- but not exempt from attorney advertising rules.

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Judges Cannot “Do Over” Even When They Give a Rapist 30 Days Instead of 2 Years

Judges make grievous errors like giving a rapist whose crime mandates a minimum 2-year prison term a sentence of only 30 days, but they cannot simply hit the undo button and try again.

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MyCase Releases Quickbooks Integration; Rocket Matter Revamps Client Portal

We go hands on with the new MyCase Quickbooks integration and Rocket Matter's revamped client portal. We also look at what these changes say about the long term visions of these tow practice management software providers.

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To Boldly Go Where Few Judges Have Gone Before: How the Bench is Using a Pop-Culture Sci-Fi Classic to Explain its Decisions

Star Trek isn’t just one of the best TV shows ever; it’s also influencing our laws. This article, written by John Browning of Lewis Brisbois, was first published in the Texas Bar Journal‘s September 2013 issue.