The Future of Law
Posted on 08-01-2014 by Hans Thielman

In this American Lawyer piece, Susan Beck discusses disruptive innovation, LegalZoom, and IBM's Watson. Read More

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Lexis Advance Case Study: The Story of Moore & Van Allen
Posted on 07-31-2014 by jnewburg14

Moore & Van Allen is a longtime LexisNexis® customer for online legal research. In 2012, the firm’s partnership made the strategic decision to consolidate its spending on legal research by choosing LexisNexis as the sole provider of their... Read More

Tags: How-Tos & Guidance , legal research , Lexis Advance

The 1st U.S. patent issued today. What were some of the original “X-Patents”?
Posted on 07-31-2014 by Travis Burchart

During the spring of 1790, the U.S. government passed the first patent law. It got off to a slow start with only 3 patents granted that year. Things eventually heated up, though, and by 1836, the total had climbed to almost 10,000. With documents piling... Read More

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The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory
Posted on 07-31-2014 by Hans Thielman

Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal writes about the benefits of doodling. Read More

Tags: Upgrading Your Skills

Waiting to Exhale: Employee Firing for Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use
Posted on 07-31-2014 by Robin E. Kobayashi

How will the Colorado Supreme Court decide Coats v. Dish Network ? In a case being closely watched nationwide, the Colorado Supreme Court will address for the first time an important issue for employers and employees in the state: whether an employer... Read More

Tags: Trending News & Topics , Drug Law Evolution & The Workplace , Employment Law

No matter what anyone tells you, guys: Sweatpants are not the new jeans Quartz
Posted on 07-30-2014 by Hans Thielman

This article about sweatpants is by Jenni Avins. There's also a Seinfeld clip. Apparently, some sweatpants can cost up to $800. IMO, what good are sweatpants if they don't have pockets? Read More

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35 habits harnessed by the super-productive - A mindmap [infographic]
Posted on 07-30-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

There is one thing in common between Steve Jobs, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg - they all wear the same thing every day. Barack chooses between two suits every morning - grey or navy, Zuckerberg has a drawer of 20 identical grey t... Read More

Tags: career advancement , infographic , Upgrading Your Skills , time management , productivity

The “Gold” Standard – What Is It & Does Your Firm Make The Cut?
Posted on 07-30-2014 by rheamalhotra

According to the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, female attorneys are making slow but steady gains in leadership roles at big law firms. One key development is that firms can now qualify for a “gold standard” certification, by enforcing the... Read More

Tags: #WomensEqualityDay , change , woman lawyers , career advancement , Upgrading Your Skills , business development

If marijuana is legal, then how can you get fired for buying marijuana? Believe it or not!
Posted on 07-30-2014 by Doug Esten

The day before marijuana sales became legal in the state of Washington, Spokane security guard Michael Kelly Boyer put on his tie-dyed tee, went to the Green Leaf with his sleeping bag, and camped out in front of the store so that he’d be first... Read More

Tags: Trending News & Topics , Drug Law Evolution & The Workplace , trending news

6 ways to write tightly & trim your legal briefs #writinglegally
Posted on 07-30-2014 by Travis Burchart

Lawyers make money being persuasive and concise writing allows you to cover more points than if you must omit some because your primary issue has filled the available pages. So remember, the most effective letter doesn’t bury the point in verbiage... Read More

Tags: content , writinglegally , legal writing , change , career advancement , Upgrading Your Skills , #writinglegally , Law School Faculty , writing

Driving Under the Influence (of Google Glass)
Posted on 07-29-2014 by Ted Zwayer

An interesting article about the potential legal issues confronting users of Google Glass should not be surprising. The now instantly recognizable, compact head-mounted display mounted on a pair of specially designed eyeglass frames, lets its wearers... Read More

Tags: social media , Trending News & Topics , technology , trending news

What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?
Posted on 07-29-2014 by Christina Alge

Lately this quote has been making the rounds, but it may not be the right question to ask. Sure, this makes sense as a mental exercise, but let’s face it – law school (and being a lawyer) is pretty scary for most people. You are in a new environment... Read More

Tags: career setbacks , career advancement , Upgrading Your Skills , career management

Up in Smoke: The Drug Law Evolution & The Workplace. How to Manage These New Risks. [CLE Webinar]
Posted on 07-29-2014 by Vorheean

The National Institute of Drug Abuse puts the cost of substance abuse to our nation at $600 billion in terms of crime, lost work productivity and health care. In the workplace, drug and alcohol testing laws and regulations change constantly, while laws... Read More

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Evaluate Pros, Cons of Gaining Work Experience Before Law School U.S. News and World Report
Posted on 07-28-2014 by Hans Thielman

Shawn P. O'Connor offers some pros and cons as to whether a prospective law student should go to law school directly from college or to get some work experience before enrolling. Read More

Tags: Latst Headlines & Stories , Law school , law students

Blogging with Passion Elevates Cruise Lawyer into Industry Watchdog. How are you making your mark?
Posted on 07-28-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Maritime lawyer Jim Walker is a storyteller whose blog Cruise Law News catapulted him from solo lawyer to maritime watchdog. Wanting to keep an eye on what was going on in the cruise industry, Mr. Walker started his blog in 2009 because he had “accumulated... Read More

Tags: Latst Headlines & Stories , Tell us your story , Be Unprecedented , rainmakers , Lexis Advance Enhancements

Monday Marvel: Demystifying the Cloud for Small Business [Infographic]
Posted on 07-28-2014 by Doug Esten

“The Cloud” has become so commonplace in modern society that people use the term to discuss various apps, websites, servers, and countless other things that are Internet-related. But what does that ambiguous expression even mean? Infographic... Read More

Tags: cell phone , Latst Headlines & Stories , smartphones , cloud storage

Known Knowns and Unknowns: The Future of Securities Class Actions
Posted on 07-28-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Brought to you by the Real Law Editorial Team Donald Rumsfeld is not always popular or easily understood, but he is often quotable. For example, in one of his most famous encounters with the media while serving as U.S. secretary of defense prior to the... Read More

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Thwarting the workplace bully: 5 management tips
Posted on 07-28-2014 by Hans Thielman

Meghan Biro offers some suggestions about how to deal with bullying in the workplace, as well as what management can do to ensure the workplace and digital space does not support a culture of bullying. Her 5 tips include: 1. Collaborate on a mission... Read More

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Should There Be a System for Resolving Small Copyright Claims? Roll Call
Posted on 07-25-2014 by Hans Thielman

This article addresses whether a small claims court system should be should be created for copyright infringement claims. A House of Representatives subcommittee held a hearing on the idea. Read More

Tags: copyright , Trending News & Topics

Lawyer Quits Her Job With Most Creative Departure Memo Ever
Posted on 07-25-2014 by Christina Alge

In our lives, at one time or another, we have all dreamed of quitting our “dreaded” job in a (possibly) somewhat creative manner. The vision of walking out during a meeting with your demanding boss, just not showing up one day or sending a... Read More

Tags: change , career advancement , Upgrading Your Skills