Lisa Needham

Lisa Needham

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


Help the National Archives Update Wikipedia’s Pages for Proposed Constitutional Amendments

The National Archives is hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon tomorrow where people will edit Wikipedia pages relating to proposed Constitutional amendments. You can participate in person or online, and it's a great opportunity to get more familiar with Wikipedia.


Is Skype Safe for Attorney-Client Communication?

Skype, Microsoft's video, audio, and messaging platform, is shifting away from a peer-to-peer network and will run in the cloud. Here's why that might not be a great thing for you and your clients who want to use that app to communicate with you.


First Look: Intake123

Intake 123 is client intake software designed for attorneys. Unfortunately, it is hobbled by some poor design choices that make it very difficult to use.


It Is Time to Mandate Continuances for Parental Leave

The Florida Bar’s Rules of Judicial Administration Committee recently refused to pass a rule that would mandate continuances for parental leave. This is terrible for everyone, but especially for solosmall lawyers.


Time Is Running out for You to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

The deadline for upgrading to Windows 10 for free is July 29. Here are some reasons you might think about doing so.


What if You Could Be Paid to Lose a Case?

Would you consider buying litigation insurance if it would pay you if you lost a case? You have the opportunity to do so now.

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Do Your Implicit Biases Drive Your Behavior in the Workplace?

We have some pretty pernicious implicit biases that drive our behavior. Those can manifest in the workplace in some problematic ways, such as deciding that women need to be perceived as warm in order to be seen as confident. Here are some ways to reduce opportunities for that bias to appear.

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How Much Trial Technology Is Too Much Trial Technology?

A court in Delaware recently disallowed all trial technology costs claimed by the prevailing party's attorney, saying that there was no evidence the tech helped the jury make its decision. This is probably the wrong way to think about trial technology.

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Want a Raise? Take a Vacation.

People who take more of their paid time off are more likely to get raises. Isn't it time you booked a vacation?


How to Say Goodbye to Evernote for Free

Evernote recently instituted a substantial price increase for its paid tiers and drastically reduced the functionality of its free tier. Here are some options if you're looking to leave Evernote.

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The Government Probably Should Not Have Warrantless Access to Your Browser History

The Intelligence Authorization Act currently making its way through Congress contains a provision that would allow federal law enforcement warrantless access to some browser history. Here's why that is an awful idea.

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Successful Decision-Makers Are Slow and Uncertain

Though we often tend to assume that successful businesspeople are able to make speedy and bold decisions, the opposite may be true: people that take a longer time to make decisions and are less confident about those decisions can experience greater business success.


Even Judge Posner Has to Apologize for Careless Words Sometimes

Judge Richard Posner, famous for his outrageous proclamations, finally said something outrageous enough that even he felt he had to apologize ever-so-slightly.


Evidence from the Wayback Machine Is Admissible (at Least in Kansas)

A federal district judge in Kansas allowed a plaintiff to enter evidence from the Wayback Machine, which constantly crawls the internet and archives every version of every page it finds. This is a very good thing for attorneys.

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The Robot Lawyer That Fights Parking Tickets Is Quite Good at It

A 19-year-old coder built a chatbot that helps fight parking tickets, and it's been quite successful. Are we entering the era of the robot lawyer? Not quite yet.