Who Owns the Law? Technology reignites the war over just how public documents should be. (ABA Journal, June 1, 2014).
Business of Law: Front-of-the-book department in the ABA Journal magazine that focuses on a wide variety of topics, including: legal technology, practice management, lateral partner movement, legal education, work-life balance, and law firm business (2017-present).
NOMINATED (RESULT PENDING): 2023 ASBPE Azbee Awards of Excellence, National and Regional (Regular Department).
WINNER: 2022 ASBPE Azbee Awards of Excellence, National (Bronze, Regular Department) and Regional (Silver, Regular Department).
Legal Rebels. An annual look at lawyers and legal professionals that are changing the industry. (2018-present).
Digital Dangers. A special year-long look at cybersecurity and how attorneys can better guard their confidential data (2018). WINNER: 2019 ASBPE Azbee Awards of Excellence, National (GOLD, Print – Feature Series) and Upper Midwest Region (GOLD, Print – Feature Series).
State of the Legal Profession: A data-driven look inside the legal profession (2019-present).
2022 Package: Slow Going: Despite diversity gains, some law firm leaders bemoan lack of progress. NOMINATED (RESULT PENDING): 2023 ASBPE Azbee Awards of Excellence, Regional (All Content – Case History and All Content – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion).
2021 Package: View from the Top: Confounding gloomy predictions, Big Law proved to be most resilient to COVID-19. WINNER: 2022 ASBPE Azbee Awards of Excellence, National (Silver, State of the Industry) and Regional (Gold, State of the Industry).
Mind Your Business: Contributed columns providing practical advice for attorneys on how to run their practices, insight into the latest in legal technology and thoughtful strategies for building a successful legal business (2020-present).
Practical Tips for Lawyers: A compendium of crowdsourced suggestions, life hacks, nuggets of wisdom and other bits of interesting information that lawyers might find helpful (2020-present).
Legal Chatbots: What Can and Can’t They Do? Legal Rebel alum Tom Martin talks about the potential of legal chatbots to bridge the access to justice gap and dispels some myths about whether or not they can become sentient.
How 2 Texas Lawyers are Marketing Their Practice Through Song. Texas lawyers Will Hutson and Chris Harris combined their love of music and knowledge of the law to create songs educating people about the law. This program contains a live musical performance, which is something I’ve long wanted to do on a podcast.
How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Way Lawyers Practice Law. Artificial intelligence has long been a tool for lawyers to perform their tasks more efficiently. However, the technology has advanced to the point where computers can now perform many of the tasks that were once the exclusive domain of humans. (Legal Talk Network, March 2016).
Legal Rebels Podcast: The ABA Journal Legal Rebels Podcast features people who are remaking the legal profession, changing the way law is practiced and setting the standards that will guide the profession into the future.
Law Technology News
Duane Morris Creates Litigation Analytics Tool. The Am Law firm has created a litigation analytics tool, called DNA, designed to control and predict the firm’s litigation costs. (Law Technology News, November 19, 2013) (subscription required).
Oakland Approves Funds for High Tech Surveillance. High-tech surveillance center will use video cameras, license plate readers, gunshot detection microphones and Twitter to address crime and terrorist activity. (Law Technology News, August 6, 2013).
Judge Refuses to Disqualify EDD Vendor for Playing Both Sides. Kaleida Health isn’t taking a decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio lying down. Foscho refused to disqualify e-discovery vendor D4 Discovery and now the matter goes before the district judge. (Law Technology News, July 16, 2013) (subscription required).
Am Law 200 Overview. “Betting on Bulk.” Second Hundred firms are on a hiring binge. What’s not certain is when—or whether—it’ll pay off. (American Lawyer Magazine, June 2013).
Canada Market Report. “If You Build It, They Will Come.” Preparing for the 2015 Pan American Games, Toronto is relying on a distinctively Canadian deal form: the public-private partnership. (American Lawyer Magazine, November 2012)
“Romney’s Lawyer.” Ropes & Gray chairman R. Bradford Malt and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have a two-decades-long friendship that has benefited both men. (American Lawyer Magazine, June 2012)
Lateral Report Overview. “This Time It’s Personal.” Lateral partner movement was up significantly in 2011, but it wasn’t because of a thriving economy. Instead, law firms got desperate. (American Lawyer Magazine, February 2012).
Midlevel Associates Feature. “Under Pressure.” It’s good news and bad news for midlevel associates. There’s more work, but hiring is still slow. At least wages are going up again. (American Lawyer Magazine, September 2011).
Intellectual Property Report: “Open for Business.” Some smaller specialty shops have closed their doors in recent years, but others are very much alive. (American Lawyer Magazine IP Supplement, September 2010).
“Romney, Ropes, and Bain and the Ties that Bind.”Mitt Romney’s ties to Bain Capital may have cost him the South Carolina primary. And it put an unwanted spotlight on his tax situation, which is managed by Ropes & Gray chairman Brad Malt. (Am Law Daily, January 2012).
“Judge Tells Concert Promoter to Take a (Moon)Walk.” A federal district court judge in Manhattan said “Beat It” to most counts in a $300 million suit filed against Michael Jackson’s estate, Jackson’s supposed ex-manager, and Anshutz Entertainment Group over promotional rights to the comeback tour the King of Pop was planning prior to his death last summer. (Litigation Daily, November 2011).
“Mixed Reviews for Zubulake II.”Two judges differ on how to penalize flawed e-discovery efforts. (American Lawyer Magazine Litigation Supplement, September 2010).
I came up with lots of ideas for graphics, charts, and charticles for the front-of-the-book section. Here are some of my favorites. (NOTE: I did NOT do the artwork – only the written parts).
Starting at the Top: In March, Paul Weiss partner Roberta Kaplan made her U.S. Supreme Court debut when she argued on behalf of an octogenarian widow challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan joins the ranks of other Am Law lawyers who have made their maiden arguments before the high court on landmark cases. (The American Lawyer, May 2013).
Ex Post Facto: In late January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia invalidated President Barack Obama’s controversial recess appointments in 2012 which filled three vacancies on the National labor relations Board. The court defined “recess” narrowly – to the point that most recess appointments made in modern times would have failed the test. Here are notable recess appointments featuring Am Law lawyers. (The American Lawyer, April 2013).
Tour de Force: A selection of quotes from Lance Armstrong’s lawyers defending the biker, over the years, from doping allegations. (The American Lawyer, March 2013).
Golden Parachute: Am Law firms have been a nice landing spot for defeated Presidential and Vice-Presidential nominees. (The American Lawyer, October 2012).
Rogue’s Gallery: Chadbourne & Parke partner Abbe Lowell has represented a “who’s who” of Washington’s elite. (The American Lawyer, May 2012).
… And in This Corner: A lawyer and his nemesis jump back in the ring. A look at the ongoing war of words between WWE’s top outside counsel Jerry McDevitt of K&L Gates and journalist Irv Muchnick. (The American Lawyer, February 2011).
“Hit the Boss Button.” Ever wanted to watch the Final Four or the World Cup at your office computer without getting in trouble with your boss? Never fear because the “boss button” is here! (April 28, 2010)
“Leaning Left? The AMA at a Crossroads.”The American Medical Association has helped kill several health care reform efforts over the past 80 years. That changed with ObamaCare. Has this bastion of conservatism moved to the left? (January 13, 2010)