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The Rundown: This Week in Legal Technology – 10.28.10

This week, after boring myself to death listening to Lillian McEwen discuss Clarence Thomas’s “activities” on Larry King, I knocked back a couple cans of Four Loko to ease the pain and got right to work on this week’s Rundown.

Lots of free stuff available after the jump, including a free e-book on legal productivity, a newsletter on social media and the law, and a whitepaper on law practice management. There’s also a website that covers the entire history of social media from way back in the day when we had Usernets and BBS, and another article on how dubious discovery could land you in the slammer.

So let’s get on with it. Here is this week’s Rundown…

* Last week, I mentioned this legal practice management article from Stephen Levy and Pamela Woldow. Paul Easton also comments on the article and follows up with a related post focusing on an article by Jennifer Potter, a project manager with Fish & Richardson. Potter goes through the entire life cycle of a project without using too much project management “jargon.”

* If you think I link to a lot of legal technology sources, think again. Rob Robinson of Orange Legal Technologies is a great source of info on anything related to legal technology, and he spreads the link love like no one else. You can find out what every technology vendor is up to in one fell swoop on his “Unfiltered Orange” website.

* Remember the good ol’ days when the internet was made up of Live Journal, ICQ, and BlackPlanet? For those of you who do (or even if you don’t), this piece by Cameron Chapman covers the origins of social media and where it’s headed in the future.

* Speaking of social media, here is the latest edition of MOFO’s Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update newsletter. The topics include California’s criminalization of malicious online impersonation, discovery through social media, and, of course, more Facebook news.

* So what is this cloud computing thing anyway? Here is a nice series of charts summarizing the rise of cloud computing in our lives.

* Ralph Losey has a Halloween blog post on the positives and negatives of clawbacks.

* Geoffrey Vance of McDermott writes a nice summary of the Victor Stanley case and how the crazy conduct of the defendants during the discovery phase may very well land them in jail.

* So, a judge sought to friend witnesses on Facebook in a case he was overseeing and, not so shockingly, the witnesses decided not to friend him back. Terry Baynes of The American Lawyer has a nice discussion of social media discovery issues and the problems all sides litigating are having these days.

* Lastly, Wisconsin law prof, freelance lawyer, and all-around cool person Kimberly Alderman mentions a free e-book on legal productivity from Rocket Matter on her blog Lawyer On!

Gabe Acevedo is an attorney in Washington, D.C. and the publisher of the e-discovery blog, Gabe’s Guide to the e-Discovery Universe. His articles on legal technology and discovery issues appear weekly on Above The Law. He can be reached at

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