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Short-Term Rentals: Your Alternative to Hotels

It gets old paying for expensive hotel rooms lacking personality. Short-term rental companies, like Airbnb, offer an alternative with a few caveats.

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Committers of Nothing (2015 Short-Fiction Contest Winner)

Jason Steed’s short-story, “Committers of Nothing,” is the winner of the second annual Lawyerist Short-Fiction Contest.  On our first day in Hinkley my wife, Cory, accused me of sleeping with a woman she’d seen at The Market Place. I was unpacking a box of kitchen appliances. I stood there for a moment, in mute bewilderment. […]

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Stare Decisis (2015 Short-Fiction Contest Runner-Up)

Greg Walklin’s short-story, “Stare Decisis” is the runner-up in the second annual Lawyerist Short-Fiction Contest. The judge had already decided on leniency. The defendant’s attorney, perhaps auditioning for the bench herself, sought the briefest possible sentence, concluding with a history of her client, a stick-thin defendant of fourteen, Miguel Ochoa. Lyman Walters, District Court Judge for Lancaster County, had already […]

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Meetup: Coffee Before the 2015 WSBA #SoloSmallFirm Conference

Please join me at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 9th, at Coeur Coffeehouse in Spokane, WA, to get fueled up for the WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference with some high-test caffeinated beverages. It’s hard to judge coffee excellence from Google Maps, but Coeur Coffeehouse looks like a good bet. It’s about a 15-minute walk […]

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It’s Just Marriage, Now

Here’s the decision on CaseText. Twitter is the place to be if you want the firehose of reactions as everyone reads the 103-page decision as fast as they can. Or just head for the nearest downtown this weekend for what will surely be the most joyful Pride ever.

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Stop Using An Email Signature

Internet denizens, we came so close to getting rid of clunky sign-offs to our written communication. Email was supposed to be deliberately informal and was not going to mimic our culturally-ingrained letter-sending formalities. When e-mail first entered the office in the 1990s, most users wanted to abandon the formalities of letter writing altogether, so they omitted signoffs. […]

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Lawyers Suck At Diversity and We Don’t Want to Talk About It

It’s time for some real talk about how terrible our profession is at ensuring diversity. We talk the talk, with BigLaw firms hiring “diversity coordinators” and law schools attempting to make efforts to recruit students of color, but we’re failing, and we’re failing hard. [A]ccording to Bureau of Labor statistics, law is one of the […]

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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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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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You Have a Meeting and Your Car Won’t Start. Now What?

There is no other feeling quite like the anxiety that arises when a turn of the ignition results in the silence. Here is what you need to do to make sure you get to your appointment on time.

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Box For Lawyers: the User Guide

Box is an online file collaboration system where you can create, edit, and store documents, and it wants lawyers as users. Since 2013, it has courted the legal industry in response to Dropbox. Here is what you need to know to use Box effectively.

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10 Ways Local Bar Associations Can Better Serve Lawyers

Local bar associations must begin to address the rapidly changing needs of members and move into this century.

The Oxford English Dictionary Adds the Non-Gendered Honorific “Mx”

Apparently it is pronounced mux or mix.

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“[T]he opposite of polite doesn’t require being a total fucking dickwad.”

Consider the following comments. The first is an anonymous troll. The second is blogger Dan Hull of What About Paris? a/k/a What About Clients? The subject is a post about civility, written by Jeena Cho, with which both commenters quite obviously disagreed. There is an important and legitimate discussion to have about whether some lawyers […]

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ABA TECHSHOW Has a Keynote Speaker Problem

The last seven keynote speakers at ABA TECHSHOW have been white men who mostly have no real connection to legal tech.