Lisa Needham

Lisa Needham

Lisa Needham teaches legal writing and skills courses at William Mitchell, is the Editor-in-Chief of Bitter Lawyer and Bitter Empire, and still believes in the Oxford comma.

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“Bring Your Child To Co-Work Day” Could Soon Be Here

From the Department of Someone Really Should Have Thought of This Sooner comes the idea of a co-working space with built-in day care: [Portland entrepreneur Glaucia] Martin-Porath says she’s already got a child care provider lined up and is currently on the hunt for 6,000 to 8,000 square feet for the co-working space, plus another […]

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Fountain Pens For The Absolute Beginner

Just because fountain pens are no longer the signifier of success they once were does not mean you should avoid writing with one. Here are some fountain pens to consider if you are just starting out and do not want to find out that you dropped Beyonce-concert-ticket-levels of money on something you don't actually like.

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You Can’t Afford the Future of Law

We hear a lot of talk about “big data” and how it will drive law practice in the future. In theory, someday you will have every bit of relevant practice data at your fingertips and you will be able to use that to predict how a judge will rule on a case, have computers crunch through discovery, […]

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Why You Should Use A Virtual Credit Card Number For Free Trials

While I take many steps to ensure my data safety on the internet, I have always believed that getting your credit card data hacked is, at some level, one of the costs of doing business in the virtual world: it will happen eventually, and hopefully you have maximum safeguards in place to make that as painless […]

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The Secret To Conquering The LSAT Could Be Just To Skip It

Unless you are from another planet, you know that the fortunes of law schools have sunk drastically since the the go-go years of the last decade, where literally every person you ever met decided to go to law school. After watching enrollments plunge 28% from their 2010 peak, law schools are  understandably desperate to put […]

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The Law School Class of 2014 Wasn’t As Dumb As It Looked

Remember the halcyon days of July 2014, when if you were unlucky enough to take the bar exam, you also got to have a bonus anxiety attack when your first-day answers did not upload properly thanks to the ExamSoft software you were required to use? Instead of spending Tuesday night studying, sleeping, staring at the wall, or binge-watching Breaking Bad, […]

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5 Alternatives To Dropbox

No matter what your reason, you can now jump ship and take your data with you. No way we’re looking at the 25+ services listed on Wikipedia, but here are five that you might consider.

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So You Think You Can Teach? How to Prep for Your First Law School Class

Becoming an adjunct professor can be a rewarding experience, professionally if not financially. Here is what you need to consider before teaching your first class of lawyer hopefuls.

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The Best Legal Pad for Legal Work

You use legal pads every day. Rather than scraping by with lackluster legal pads from your office closet, purchase a legal pad that can handle the rough and tumbles of your daily life. It's for your own good.

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Security Issues Galore Await You in the Internet Of Things

Everything will talk to everything in the Internet of Things, and it will be an enormous legal and security nightmare. We wish you the best of luck.

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An Arbitrary And Incomplete History Of Courtroom Fashion

Are you one of those attorneys who frets about what to wear to court? Do you worry about whether your tie matches your shirt or your shoes match your tights? Or are you one of those attorneys who is stupefyingly bored by your court options, because really, how creative can you be with the standard […]

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5 Google Searches That Reveal The Sad Truth About Lawyers

Apparently lawyers are mean, arrogant, miserable, and costly jerks. But hey! At least Google tells use we're important mean, arrogant, miserable, and costly jerks.

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Beware Public Wi-Fi When Accessing Client Information

You are not living up to your ethical obligations to a client if you are exposing their data to public wi-fi.

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Sookasa Provides HIPAA-Compliant, Encrypted Cloud Storage

If you are a solo or small firm that needs to easily manage secure healthcare data while being on the go, Sookasa may be a great solution for your practice.

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Marriott Can No Longer Block You From Using Your Own Wi-Fi Because That Is Ridiculous

It seems that semi-luxurious juggernaut Marriott was not content to charge you exorbitant prices for their wi-fi. They also wanted to make sure you could not use your wi-fi by blocking personal wifi hotspots.