Law Blog Week in Review: Judges Reading on Tablets, the Death of the Homepage, and Ethics in the Cloud

This holiday weekend law blog roundup is just a quickie.

The Drawbacks of Reading On a Screen

We read differently when we read something on a screen. The Legal Skills Prof Blog calls those differences drawbacks, but I’m not sure that’s right. Regardless, here’s what one study of K-12 students found: “people seem to reflexively skim the surface of texts in search of specific information, rather than dive in deeply in order to draw inferences, construct complex arguments, or make connections to their own experiences.”

Replace people with judges and you might think about changing the way you write for the court. After all, tablets are becoming more and more common in chambers for reading briefs — even at the Supreme Court. [Legal Skills Prof Blog]

The Death of the Homepage

One of the most striking things in the New York Times’s innovation report was its acknowledgement that its homepage is diminishing in value. Increasingly, people go straight to an article from a link shared via Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn. Kevin O’Keefe says law firm websites: “it will be more important to work on your social media presence than to work on your website.” [Real Lawyers Have Blogs]

A List of State Ethics Opinions on the Cloud

This week Bob Ambrogi put together a list of all (he thinks) of the state ethics opinions concerning lawyers’ use of the cloud. [LawSites Blog]

Work Hard, Stay Small

Carolyn Elefant takes on Seth Godin, observing that doing hard work may not be the solo’s path to prosperity. The problem is that doing hard work takes really good lawyers — which aren’t growing on trees. Choosing to do the difficult work may still be worthwhile, but if you want to get big, pick something you can build an assembly line around. [MyShingle]

Featured image: “Young boy watching Holiday parade” from Shutterstock.

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  • I think the LSP blog article really makes me rethink how I write, primarily because of the last sentence: “And many of the multimedia elements, animations, and interactive features found in e-books appear to function primarily as amusing distractions.”

    And then there’s this sentence, “As a result, some observers fear that mobile devices, especially digital tablets as they are now being used in the classroom, are not supporting the kinds of extended, rich interactions with text…”

    Seems to me that’s a pretty good argument against adding embedded links or other multimedia. I think writers will need to follow traditional rules and improve their text with multimedia.