The ABA has announced it is offering free memberships to law students at ABA-approved schools, effectively immediately, according to an ABA press release. Students who join will have access to the ABA Job Board, free career advice webinars, complimentary continuing legal education seminars and member discounts. They will also receive four digital and print issues of Student Lawyer magazine, plus a digital subscription to the monthly ABA Journal, according to the press release.
David Whelan, the former director of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, has published a free e-book that provides an overview of the basic technology needed for a law practice. Called Law Practice Technology: An Introduction for Law Students, the book is, as the name says, intended for law students about to embark on a law practice. But I would say that any lawyer about to start his or her own practice would benefit from reading it.
One of the more frustrating things to contend with as a teacher is a student who makes the same mistakes over and over again. No amount of carefully thought-out comments in the margins of that student’s papers seem to make any difference; the extra help you offer after class doesn’t help, either. It’s a sad fact: Some students just seem resistant to our teaching. But while it may be a pipe dream to think we can reach all of them, there are steps we can take to help students get over these seemingly insurmountable hurdles.
For years, the largest, and most successful, companies in the United States have relied on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions to promote efficiency and increase profitability while law firms have been forced to utilize a hodge podge of applications to haphazardly manage their practices. Meet Zola, the only ERP designed specifically for attorneys to increase efficiency, strengthen collaboration, foster growth and maximize profitability.
Should a university teach a course on Excel? I have heard this question a lot. But while doing research for my Ph.D. thesis at Delft University of Technology, I noticed the whole world is run by Excel. A manager at a big Dutch bank once told me, “If email goes down, that will be uncomfortable, but if Excel stops working, we’ll all go home.” Excel is so omnipresent in business, yet, we at the university do not help students become proficient in the application.
I have an assortment of tables, graphs, and charts that I have been collecting related to leadership and problem solving. Here are a few that I have found particularly useful.
Back in 2012, while cutting through a familiar alley in Seattle, I noticed a box of hardback novels sat beside a dumpster. I took one look at them and thought, “Why are these being thrown away? I can use them for something”. Three years later, here I am. I have experimented with a countless amount of novels found in alleys and thrift stores. I have spent sleepless nights curled over my desk with glue up to my elbows, fingers cut from my clumsiness with an art knife (and clumsiness in general), and all of it fueled by my love for bringing something discarded back to life.
This past weekend, at a little after 5 P.M. on Saturday night, John Hansen started musing about realistic YA characters. Frustrated with homework, he was wondering how YA characters out saving the world manage to even find the time. After suggesting his followers start tweeting out their own #VeryRealisticYA characters and stories, things quickly took off.
Lou Andreozzi, the former chairman of Bloomberg Law and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, has been appointed as CEO to lead the new .law generic top-level domain (gTLD). Andreozzi will head a new division within the Santa Monica, Calif., company Minds + Machines, which has been granted an exclusive license to operate the .law gTLD by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).