Lisa Needham

Lisa Needham

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

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How To (Properly) Redact a PDF

If you are in the type of practice that requires a good deal of document redacting, it is probably best to invest in a dedicated program, even though there will be some sticker shock.

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Briefs: Posner Gets Mad at Legal Jargon, BigLaw Rates Hit $2,000/Hour, Etc.

Judge Posner is at it again, mad as heck at fellow judges for using terms like "abuse of discretion."

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How To Encrypt Microsoft Word Documents

One easy way to ensure a document remains safe is to add a password to it in Microsoft Word. Here's how to do it on a Windows machine and on a Mac.

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Briefs: Non-Lawyer Ownership of Firms, Social Media Discovery Is a Mess, Etc.

Eyewitness Testimony, Statement Tampering, and False Memories We’ve all seen the studies about how eyewitness testimony is often ridiculously unreliable, but new research shows that your own memories can be manipulated by other people, even after you’ve reduced those memories to writing. This is currently a hot topic in the UK, where a very recently published […]

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First Look: WordRake Proofreading Software

We often need help to make our writing leaner and cleaner. Enter WordRake, which hopes to do exactly that.

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Briefs: ROSS Lands Its First Client, Yet Another Jobs Report, Etc.

You Might Need to Start Authenticating Social Media Screenshots A few weeks ago, a Louisiana appellate court issued a decision barring Facebook screenshots for lack of authentication. In a criminal case, the prosecutor sought to introduce Facebook posts of the defendant holding a revolver and making threats. The district court let the evidence in, but […]

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Lawyers Can Be Useful to Startups, Even Non-Legal Ones

A few months ago, we lamented the fact that the cool disruptive legal tech startup field was woefully short on actual lawyers that might provide useful information about how legal tech should work. The comments were, shall we say, spirited, with some folks asserting that good tech is good tech and you do not necessarily […]

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Briefs: Google Wants to Fix Your Eyes, Being a Nice Boss Is Overrated, Etc.

Up Next for Google: Fixing Your Eyesight In news that will either thrill you or make you squirm with discomfort, Google has announced that it has patented a device to correct your vision. The catch? It involves injecting that device directly into your eyeball. The device, Forbes reports, is designed to help the focusing of […]

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Briefs: BarBri Faces ADA Lawsuit, Say Goodbye to Thomas, Etc.

Lawsuit: BarBri Isn’t ADA-Compliant BarBri’s online bar prep is a great idea in that you no longer have to slog to some semi-disused auditorium all summer and sit in the dark, mole-like, for four weeks. Instead, you can sit in the relative comfort of your own home and be terrified that you do not know […]

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Wikipedia: a Guide For Lawyers

By now, Wikipedia is the thing that needs no introduction. But reading Wikipedia and editing it are two different things. Here's what you need to know to make a contribution to Wikipedia.

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Briefs: Bill Your Clients for Interns, 25% of Texas Grads Don’t Have Law Jobs, Etc.

Another iPhone Privacy Case Solved Without Apple’s Help First, we had the big San Bernardino iPhone case end with a whimper rather than a privacy-destroying bang thanks to the FBI figuring out how to break into the thing without Apple’s help. After that, though, the FBI demanded Apple help it in a New York drug case, but […]

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New Lawsuit Says Gov’t Shouldn’t Profit from PACER

There is no question that none of us like paying our PACER fees, particularly given that navigating the site often still feels a lot like you are back using Netscape Navigator. That said, most of us grudgingly agree that using the site (and paying the fees) is quite literally the cost of doing business as […]

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Microsoft Commits $1 Million to LSC for Access to Justice

Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the largest organization that funds legal aid programs, announced yesterday that Microsoft has committed $1 million of funding and resources to build out what LSC is calling “legal portals” – basically, online resources that will direct low-income people to legal providers. As its first step, the LSC’s portal project will create […]

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URL Shorteners Are Attractive, Convenient, and a Security Risk

Those services that automatically shorten unwieldy and lengthy web addresses are great. They allow you to send something that is a few characters long rather than some mess that spans three full lines. Unfortunately, at least some of them can be compromised to reveal personal information. Worse still, they could create an easy pathway to […]

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Briefs: Uninstall QuickTime ASAP, Apple Trolls the DOJ, Etc.

Get Rid of QuickTime Now if You Are a Windows User You probably have not even been paying attention as to whether you still have QuickTime on your Windows machine, because Apple hasn’t issued a major Windows QuickTime release since 2005, which is one million years ago in internet time. In January, Apple stopped supporting QuickTime […]