At what point does software become so complex that it really is dispensing legal advice?
Here are the right questions to ask when presented with new software for assisted review, according to technology columnist Jeff Bennion.
Columnist Zach Abramowitz explores the concept of Moneyball for litigation.
* Remember The Spread Love Band? They’re the street band that played near Skadden’s D.C. office. Skadden hated them so much they tried to convince the Secret Service to shoo them. Now they’re playing the Kennedy Center. It’s like the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” except instead of “practice,” the answer is “enrage a bunch of uptight lawyers.” [Washingtonian]
* Important request of the ABA: just say no to your task force on legal education financing, chaired by a member of the Infilaw board. [The Lawyer Bubble]
* What’s the best big city for law school grads? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]
* Aaaand what’s the best small city for law school grads? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]
* Rental car companies tried to deduct collision damage on their taxes. That didn’t work out for them. [Tax Prof Blog]
* Justice Willett discusses social media and the judiciary. [Washington Times]
* Judge tried to interfere in the kitty abusing case against his son. Some real-life Itchy the Mouse stuff. [Law360 (sub. req.)]
* R.I.P. Professor and Associate Dean Christopher M. Fairman. [Ohio State Law]
Today’s decision may have implications for the legal landscape for document reviewers.
* There’s a “small but organized minority of law professors” trying to keep students from getting paid. Go tell the ABA not to listen to them. [Professor Bainbridge]
* Taking the bar exam in New York? Want a pre-ordered lunch? These folks have your back. They’re extending their deadline for ordering. [Custom Gourmet NY]
* Line up to buy your “.law” address! [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]
* Estimating the cost of eDiscovery. In monetary terms, not in the souls of contract attorneys. [Logikcull]
* Kansas Governor Sam Brownback needs money, and he’s apparently not above asking officials with business before his office for cash. [Topeka Capital-Journal]
* Questions not to ask in an interview. Forgot to include, “Does this look infected?” [JD Supra]
* When you want to close a sale, be present in the moment. [Law and More]
* Want to join a college faculty? Here’s where to work. Spread that anti-law-school hate to the next generation. [TaxProf Blog]
* David Lat joins Sam Glover to discuss the future of Biglaw and SmallLaw. [Lawyerist]
Every litigator ruefully nods their heads.
Given how cheap and easy it is to build products and take them to market, many lawyers (maybe even you!) are contemplating building their own products they could market to lawyers.
Home Depot was recently hit with a books-and-records suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Frohman v. Home Depot, which seeks documents relating to the giant retailer’s data security breach last September.
Courts have long grappled with social media in a legal context.
In the past few years, a number of courts have issued standing orders or have issued guidelines or forms to govern the production of electronically stored information (ESI).
* Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced — even she couldn’t stand the thought of him being Batman. Celebrity divorces don’t come cheap, and you know what that must mean: high-powered lawyers and even higher rates for their billable hours! [CNN]
* “[H]ow young would you go…I’d do 5[,] [b]ut 0-12 is hot.” Well, that’s absolutely disgusting. Matthew Gigot, an attorney who does doc review in the D.C. area, was charged in a child pornography case for sexual performance using a minor. [FOX 5 DC]
* The main line of defense as of late in the Dewey trial for the former head honchos of this failed firm is that everyone sends out embarrassing — and potentially incriminating — emails from time to time. We know all abput that here at Above the Law. [WSJ Law Blog]
* “Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.” If you’re hoping to land a job at any federal agency any time in the near future, then you better quit your toking as soon as possible, even if it’s legal in your state. [New York Times]
* Here’s some sad news for women who are interested in taking home their apparently delicious and nutritious placentas to feast upon after their children are born in hospitals: it’s only completely legal in three states — Hawaii, Oregon, and Texas. [The Stir]
What Biglaw firm is in hot water for ordering the destruction of dox?
* With student loan forgiveness earning public approval, the other shoe had to drop. Critics campaigning that any escape is “welfare.” If you were grasping for the proper pejorative it’s “Homecoming Queen.” [Concurring Opinions]
* Hot mic alert! Lawyer broadcasts during recess that prosecutor is “in my pocket.” Only to the extent the prosecutor is now up your ass. [ABA Journal]
* Maybe there’s hope for sentencing reform: 130 former judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials sign a letter advocating for the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015. The key is “former.” I’ll bet while they were running for office harsh sentencing was a-OK. [Sentencing Law and Policy]
* Using the show Serial to teach good brief writing. [Legal Writing Pro]
* Had you considered the marriage equality dimensions of Kerry v. Din? Me neither. But Professor Dorf did. [Verdict]
* Law schools are increasingly hiring deans from within. Just another way of keeping Elie out of that dean’s job he wants so badly. [The Faculty Lounge]
* What to do when hiring a contract attorney? Hm. Look for fear and desperation? Oh… oh, you’re being serious about ethics and stuff. [Daily Report]
* The best description of the conservative argument in King: “the card says ‘Moops.'” [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
As more data gets accumulated, the legal community needs to look at more creative ways to sort and organize it so that it can actually be used, as legal technology columnist Jeff Bennion explains.