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LLRX October 2019 New articles and columns

Articles and Columns for October 2019

  • Blockchain: What Information Professionals Need to KnowAnna Irvin, Ph.D. and Janice E. Henderson, Esq. presented this comprehensive 64 page guide at the LLAGNY Education Committee Program on October 15, 2019. The guide is an multidisciplinary resource that includes: articles from law, business and finance journals, CLE programs/materials, smart contracts, Westlaw and Practical Law citations, sources on the impact of blockchain on the U.S. government and the international regulatory landscape, as well as all states with blockchain and cybersecurity laws (introduced, pending and failed).
  • The How and the Why of Law Blogs – Legal technology evangelist, author and blogger Nicole L. Black recommends that a legal blog is one of the best ways to create a memorable and search-engine-friendly online presence. Simply put, blogs are a great way for lawyers to showcase legal expertise while increasing their firms’ search engine optimization—all while helping them to stay on top of changes in their areas of practice by writing about them on their firm’s blog.
  • Leaping Into Your Future with the Real-Life Mr. SpockBill Jensen’s fascinating interview with Prof. Sohail Inayatullah, UNESCO Chair in Future Studies at UNESCO and USIM, focuses on the future of work, leadership and the significance of the Key Performance Indicator [KPI].
  • How women’s life-long experiences of being judged by their appearance affect how they feel in open-plan officesDr. Rachel Morrison identifies and discusses research respective to open-plan workspaces. Her conclusion is that female and male employees differ in their perceptions of being observed and this fact should be acknowledged and incorporated into office design.
  • New Survey on Technology Use by Law Firms: How Does Your Firm Compare?Nicole L. Black recommends firm conduct a technology audit to review the need for software updates, to identify and replace outdated technology and applications, and to plan and implement migrating operations such as document management and time and billing systems to cloud computing.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 26, 2019Four highlights from this week: Equifax Allegedly Made It Super Easy to Hack Customer Data; New App Helps Prevent Fraud at the Gas Pump; The Wayback Machine’s Save Page Now is New and Improved; and Trading in your phone may pose a risk to your data, one expert warns.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 19, 2019Four highlights from this week: Preparing for Evolving Cybersecurity Threats Facing the U.S. Electric Grid; US, UK agencies issue joint VPN security alert; New Report: “The Market of Disinformation”; and Plan for the Future. Manage the Present. Open or access your my Social Security account today.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 12, 2019Four highlights from this week: Americans and Digital Knowledge; 10 Tips to Avoid Leaving Tracks Around the Internet; Proving You’re You: How Federal Agencies Can Improve Online Verification; and New Report: “World’s First Deepfake Audit Counts Videos and Tools on the Open Web”.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 5, 2019Four highlights from this week: EU can force Facebook and social media platforms to remove content globally; How to Set Your Google Data to Self-Destruct; The whistleblowing process, explained; and ABA Tech Report 2019.

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Being a Law Firm Partner Was Once a Job for Life. That Culture Is All but Dead

WSJ.com [paywall]: “At the modern law firm, not all partners are created equal, and data and billings rule – “Four hundred of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s top lawyers gathered in May at an oceanfront resort in Southern California to toast another banner year. Kirkland was the highest-grossing law firm in the world for the second… Continue Reading

How Trump Reshaped the Presidency in Over 11,000 Tweets

The New York Times: “When Donald Trump entered office, Twitter was a political tool that had helped get him elected and a digital howitzer that he relished firing. The Times examined how, in the years since, he has fully integrated the social media platform into the very fabric of his administration…Early on, top aides wanted… Continue Reading

Think Like a Client – Understanding what clients want and expect from their lawyers is imperative

Logan Cornett, Inst. for the Advancement of the Am. Legal Sys., Univ. of Denver, Think Like a Client (October 2019 – 32 page PDF), https://iaals.du.edu/sites/default/files/documents/publications/think_like_a_client.pdf “Understanding what clients want and expect from their lawyers is imperative for the provision of high-quality legal services, as well as for lawyers’ success in the legal profession. Furthermore, there exists a… Continue Reading

D.C. Nonlawyer Partner Rule Spurs Interest as States Mull Change

Via Mary Whisner – Sam Skolnik, D.C. Nonlawyer Partner Rule Spurs Interest as States Mull Change, Bloomberg Law News: “Some law firms in the nation’s capital have incorporated non-legal experts as co-owners, capitalizing on a unique District of Columbia Bar rule modification that could be instructive as changes to the same rule are considered elsewhere.… Continue Reading

New Survey on Technology Use by Law Firms: How Does Your Firm Compare?

Via LLRX – New Survey on Technology Use by Law Firms: How Does Your Firm Compare? – Nicole L. Black recommends firm conduct a technology audit to review the need for software updates, to identify and replace outdated technology and applications, and to plan and implement migrating operations such as document management and time and… Continue Reading

Crawl data analysis of 2 billion links from 90 million domains offer glimpse into today’s web

SearcEngineLand: Data analysis reveals the distribution of PageRank is highly right-skewed meaning the majority of hosts have very low PageRank – “The web is not only essential for people working in digital marketing, but for everyone. We professionals in this field need to understand the big picture of how the web functions for our daily… Continue Reading

New Survey on Technology Use by Law Firms: How Does Your Firm Compare?

Nicole Black – MyCase: “Is your firm due for a software upgrade? If you’re not sure, why not conduct a technology audit? Technology, including legal software, plays a big part in ensuring that your firm runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. The right tools can make all the difference, and outdated technology can lead to… Continue Reading

College Students Just Want Normal Libraries

The Atlantic – Schools have been on a mission to reinvent campus libraries—even though students just want the basics – “So far, the internet has not killed libraries either. But the percentage of higher-education budgets dedicated to libraries has been dwindling since the 1980s, and at many institutions there’s been a corresponding drop in reported… Continue Reading