Briefs: Cheaters, Virtual Pomodoro, $19 Million Copying Charge, Etc.


Ever wonder how American lawyers stack up politically? A new paper “places [every lawyer] who has made a campaign contribution reported to the FEC in the last 35 years on an ideological spectrum.” [Harvard Kennedy School]

Morrison Foerster has a cheatsheet for known cheaters:


Image by Erato / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Image by Erato / CC BY-SA 3.0.

If you’re unfamiliar, the pomodoro technique (named for tomato kitchen timers) is a really effective way to be productive. Decide what you are going to do for 20 minutes, set a timer, and then do it. Anyone can focus for 20 minutes. Reward yourself with a break, then do another. It can be nice to do it in groups, but if you work alone, you might want to try a virtual pomodoro group. Lisa Needham and I are actually virtually group pomodoro-ing as I write this. [Lifehacker]

Court records sure are expensive in Alabama:


Finally, what would lawyers do besides practice law? 17% have no idea. 6% can’t imagine doing anything else. And the rest …

Source: Robert Half

Source: Robert Half

[Canadian Lawyer]

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  • legalofficeguru

    Having used Alabama’s Alacourt system for several years, I can tell you that it’s (a) moderately glitchy and (b) expensive for non-lawyers. Their “public access to court records” website lists these prices for records:

    Name Search: $9.99 (One case detail included. $9.99 per case thereafter).
    Case Number search: $9.99 (One case detail included).
    Images: $5.00 for the first 20 pages; $0.50 per page thereafter
    Case Monitoring for the lifetime of the Case. District Case $19.99. Circuit Case $29.99.

    … which tells me there was a MAJOR surcharge for labor. Hey, we have to fill in that tax collections shortfall somehow.