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Commentary: A close look at SaaS Highrise

A few months ago I wrote about cloud computing and the emerging field of software-as-a-service (SaaS). Highrise from 37 Signals is a SaaS offering that can help a busy law office coordinate efforts and communication for ongoing matters. It’s a ...

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2010 rules of evidence

Judge DiMotto on permitting jurors to question witnesses.Link The Federal Evidence Review links to the 2010 rules of evidence.Link

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Sew what?

Ever checked the label on that green (or purple) Brett Favre jersey you probably own? Odds are it says Reebok inside the collar, but the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that challenges the global athletic supply giant’s exclusive ...

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Commentary: Can I really raise my rates?

As the holiday season began, I received an e-mail inquiry from a lawyer asking if I had a standard letter that his firm could use to inform clients that hourly rates would increase on January 1. Since most firms have ...

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50 States (Plus) of Administrative Codes and Registers

Ever find yourself looking for the administrative code or register for another state? The National Association of Secretaries of State, Administrative Codes and Registers section maintains a nice listing. Their “Internet Access to Administrative Rules” page summaries what items (e.g. ...

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Not quite a Hollywood ending

Having sifted through more than a few disciplinary rulings handed down by the state Supreme Court, many contain tales of fraud, deceit or criminal behavior. But the court’s Jan. 7 decision to deny reinstatement to attorney Jimmie G. Davison reads ...

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Commentary: An idea for a new video game

When I was a kid, I used to go to the bowling alley to play a video game called “Wizard of War.” Like most video games of the time, the goal was to navigate mazes and fight monsters of one ...

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Making of America

Making of America is a digital library of historical materials collaboratively developed by the University of Michigan and Cornell University. The collection consists of “primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly ...

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Commentary: I wish you a Happy New Decade

In a few days a new year, indeed a new decade, shall begin. The last decade sure was grand. Or at least the first nine years of it were. Let’s hope the decade to come is even better. In that ...

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Tax Research and Data

As the end of the year approaches, many of us think about taxes. The Tax Foundation offers a variety of information on many areas of taxation. The Tax Foundation is a nonpartisan educational organization and research group. Their website provides ...

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Commentary: Excerpt from the diary of a madman

No reasonable person could possibly dispute that Nikolai Gogol was the greatest writer of his age, in Russian or any other language. Of course, he also wound up stark raving mad. Nevertheless, aware of the risks to my sanity, I ...

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Commentary: Ideological discrimination in law firm hiring?

I am experiencing something very novel for me – internal conflict. The source is an advice column called “The Ethicist” in the New York Times that has the Internet all abuzz. Here’s the reader’s question: “While interviewing law students for ...

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Commentary: Strive for clarity in your legal writing

The days of lawyers providing a service by either creating or interpreting secret “lawyer code” are gone. I think lawyers at one time felt that by creating a secret language that everyone else had a hard time interpreting, they were ...

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Commentary: Limited liability? Not so fast

Most attorneys will recommend that when starting a business, a client should form some sort of entity to limit the personal liability that the business owner may face. Usually, this involves a conversation on the limits of a corporation’s or ...

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Antitrust Information

The Resource page of American Antitrust Institute’s website provides researchers antitrust information. Some is quite basic, while other material is written for the seasoned researcher. The American Antitrust Institute “is an independent Washington-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization. Our ...

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Commentary: Great gifts for the tech-loving lawyer

It’s gift-giving season again, so I’ve been reviewing potential gifts for tech-loving lawyers. Here are three of my favorites that are priced right, will be used often and will make someone’s life in the office a bit better. eOffice 4.7 ...

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Commentary: Impartial justice or partial justices?

When I sat down to read the “Impartial Justice Bill” (signed into law by Governor Jim Doyle on Dec. 1), which provides government financing for Supreme Court campaigns, my intent was to look at it from a legal perspective. I ...

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Knock on Woods

Well, any illusions that Tiger Woods wasn’t human have been destroyed. The world’s most famous golfer has been at the center of the media universe since the early morning after Thanksgiving for what the athlete, husband and father described as ...

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Commentary: Avoiding stereotypes about Generation Y

Just in case you’ve been reading this paper for the last fifteen years and haven’t noticed yet, I’m a total civil procedure dork. As such, I’m invited, from time to time, to talk about civ pro at CLE programs. A ...

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Commentary: Pro bono internships done right

Having written critically about the implications of major law firms offering newly hired associates to fill vacant judiciary clerkships, it seems only fair to cite a more positive trend. In October 2009, the Associated Press reported that a number of ...

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