Capitol Affairs: June 2013 in Review
Posted on 06-28-2013 by amanda-alge-bales

Brought to you by the Real Law Editorial Team The uncertainty principle is a fundamental concept in quantum physics. It refers to a dynamic imbalance that occurs when properties of a particle are observed. For example, the more precisely the position... Read More

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Part 1 of 2—The Game of Rules: Why Monitoring Government Regulations Is Essential
Posted on 06-24-2013 by amanda-alge-bales

Brought to you by the Real Law Editorial Team “Regulations cover life, death and everything in between,” the saying goes . That wry outlook is supported by another inescapable reality: virtually every segment of the U.S. economy—from... Read More

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The billable hour: Is this the fly in the legal ointment?
Posted on 06-17-2013 by Travis Burchart

A New York Times op-ed built a case against the billable hour, calling it a “perverse system” comprised of overworked associates, questionable billing and “short-term profit-maximizing behavior.” The author, Steven J. Harper, describes... Read More

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Can BYOD be managed to avoid a work-Chernobyl, or is this a six-figure fantasy?
Posted on 06-11-2013 by Travis Burchart

Jon Hyman recently noted that 56.8% of employees use personal devices at work (with 70% of those employees using their smartphones). In light of these numbers, he says BYOD is no longer your option but your obligation. It sounds benign – Bring... Read More

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Taking a Stand: How Companies and Government Are Pushing Back Against Patent Trolls
Posted on 06-10-2013 by amanda-alge-bales

Brought to you by the Real Law Editorial Team Thomas Edison was an astute businessman. He is repeatedly credited for things he did not actually invent , which by itself attests to his capacity for improving on the impractical or undeveloped ideas... Read More

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Can you define a career risk, but more importantly, can you define it intelligently?
Posted on 06-06-2013 by Travis Burchart

In his blog, Sacrifices to Becoming a Partner in a Large Law Firm , David E. Behrend, Director, Career Planning Services for Lawyers, defines career risk using a simple test. By adding "what" to any career risk you are considering, you can determine... Read More

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Are you committing fraud if you attempt to balance your legal life with your “living” life?
Posted on 06-05-2013 by Travis Burchart

When people tell you that a lawyer’s work-life balance is a fraud and a myth (e.g., ABA President Laurel Bellows ), what they’re telling you is that they’ve opted for the fraud/myth. It’s an option to let your life depreciate while... Read More

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Should ISO be empowered to govern the worldwide standards for e-discovery?
Posted on 06-04-2013 by Travis Burchart

In Catalyst’s E-Discovery Search blog, Bob Ambrogi posed the question, “ Should There Be An International Standard for E-Discovery? ” While he didn’t answer with a resounding “yes” or “no,” he had this to... Read More

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Has the e-discovery curve left social media discovery in the dust?
Posted on 06-04-2013 by Travis Burchart

Is it true that companies are behind in addressing the challenges of social media discovery? It has been questioned as to whether companies have sufficient plans in place to collect and preserve social media should the need arise. This is odd considering... Read More

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Your motion practice need a tune up? Here are some tips for when you put pen to legal paper
Posted on 06-03-2013 by Travis Burchart

There is a need for clarity in both written and oral arguments but also an importance to helping the judge form an initial opinion about the case coming into oral argument. Read More

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Peering into legal's crystal ball: 5 tech futures for your legal practice
Posted on 06-03-2013 by Travis Burchart

Legal professionals will need to adjust to the evolving digital age if they want to establish and maintain a competitive advantage. A number of technological trends are emerging in the legal industry. Read More

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