Lawyerist’s Most-Popular Posts from 2013

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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:

1. Microsoft Says No Office for iPad

Back in February, Deborah extracted this from a Businessweek interview of Microsoft’s former CEO:

When asked point blank by Bloomberg Businessweek, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a terse answer to the question of when we can expect an iPad version for Office: “I have nothing to say on that topic. … We do have a way for people always to get to Office through the browser, which is very important.”

It went viral, and a lot of people stopped by Lawyerist to read and comment. With over 130 comments, it’s also one of the most-discussed posts on Lawyerist.

2. Best Law Firm Websites, 2013 Edition

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Our annual law-firm websites contest is always popular, and so it was again in 2013, when we had some of the most-impressive law firm websites yet. Next year, we will be moving up the date of our contest and calling for nominations early in January. Keep a lookout for our announcement after the fog of New Year’s Eve wears off.

3. Proper Deposition Objections

Susan Minsberg’s beginner’s guide to objecting at a deposition has been popular since she first posted it, and it is even more popular now that she has revised it, adding details and more information about handling deposition objections.

4. Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Desktop Document Scanner Review

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After several years without a new flagship model, Fujitsu finally released the iX500 at the beginning of 2013, and it was worth the wait. Some might suggest that we talk too much about the ScanSnap around here. Fair enough. It’s just that we really really like it.

If you are in the market for a desktop document scanner, this is the one you should buy. There’s no other scanner I would want sitting on my desk.

5. Law School Do-Over: 7 Things I’d Do Different

Chris Bradley offered 7 recommendations to current law students, and most of them boiled down to this sage advice for life as well as law school: stop taking yourself so seriously! All 7 are worth passing along to the law students in your life.

6. Your Personality Matters to Clients

Does law school rob lawyers of their common sense, or are people who go to law school just less likely to have any? In either case, lawyers seem to need to be reminded of obvious things, now and then.

Whatever the reason, Randall’s very good, commonsense advice on personality (have one) has been a very popular read this year.

7. Switching to Mac isn’t That Hard, Even for a Lifelong Windows User

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Judging from the popularity of this post, a lot of lawyers are tired of Windows. I was, and I was especially turned off by Windows 8, which is why I finally bought a Mac. Turns out it’s not hard to switch, and I definitely don’t regret it.

8. Three Grammar Rules to Forget (Because They’re Wrong)

Forget about these “rules”:

  1. Don’t start a sentence with “and” or “but”
  2. Don’t end a sentence with a preposition
  3. Adverbs must always end with “ly”

Just forget about them.

Why eight popular posts? Why not five or ten? I guess eight just seemed like the right number.

Featured image: “Cool Kid in the Mirror” by Thomas Hawk is licensed CC BY-NC 2.0.

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  • This was a nice recap of the year. Number 8 still gets me though. I just always go back to my early education days with my grammar teachers always insisting that we NEVER start a sentence with “and” or “but”. BUT now I am attempting to let those rules go.