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Archive for February, 2003


Friday, February 21st, 2003

Call for Participation
IAAIL 2003 Workshop on
Practical Knowledge Systems in Today’s Law Offices
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Saturday, June 28, 2003
Workshop description
Call for papers
Important dates
Workshop program
Program committee
Workshop description
The International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law – the premier international community of scholars, researchers, and practitioners interested in AI as it relates to law – is pleased to announce a workshop on Practical Knowledge Systems in Today’s Law Offices, to be held on Saturday, June 28, 2003. This is scheduled as part of the Ninth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law. (Information about the conference is available at
The aim of this workshop is to foster practical discussion of real-world AI and knowledge management efforts by both researchers and practitioners: those who explore the possible applications of AI in the legal field, those who actually develop AI tools for legal practice, and those who use (or might use) them. The workshop will include presentations of papers, demonstrations of tools, and a panel discussion with audience participation. We expect researchers in the field of AI and law, lawyers, publishers, companies that develop tools for law practice, consultants, and law firm technologists and administrators to contribute and participate.
Call for papers
We invite interested authors to submit papers on topics related to practical knowledge systems, including descriptions of applications, their requirements, legal knowledge management models or tools, and their implications for legal e-business and e-commerce. We’re especially interested in work that is high in both theoretical interest and practical concreteness.
Please note that because the workshop focuses on real-world applications, papers need not be academic or formal in any sense. Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of the workshop, which will likely be published on the Web.
Persons interested in attending or making a presentation without submitting a paper are encouraged to submit a statement of interest.
There will be a small registration fee (reduced for those attending the main ICAIL conference) to defray some costs of the workshop.
Important dates
Deadline for submission of papers and statements of interest: March 12, 2003
Notification of acceptance: April 12, 2003
Final version of paper due (camera-ready): May 13, 2003
Papers should be submitted in a standard format (Word, WordPerfect, RTF, HTML) by e-mail to each member of the program committee.
Workshop program
[When available]
Program Committee
Dennis M. Kennedy, Thompson Coburn LLP (,
St. Louis, Missouri;
Marc Lauritsen, Capstone Practice Systems (,
Harvard, Massachusetts, USA;
Anja Oskamp, Computer/Law Institute, Vrije Universiteit (, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
Ronald Staudt, Chicago-Kent College of Law (,
Chicago, Illinois,
Richard Wright, Chicago-Kent College of Law (,
Chicago, Illinois,
Please contact the Program Committee if you have any questions.

Thursday, February 20th, 2003

Spring can never come too soon for gardeners. My brother Bruce is a certified Master Gardener and inherited my grandmother’s green thumb. He’s a wiz with plants. Unfortunately, he’s also disabled. I’ve talked him into sharing his gardening wisdom and his interest in lunar and astrological gardening in a brand new web site called
Check it out, especially if you are a gardener. I’ve had bad luck with our garden the past few years and am definitely going to give these techniques a try.

ABA Law Practice Today Webzine

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

One of the other cool new projects I’ve gotten involved with is the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s new webzine, which premieres today. “Law Practice Today” is a new web magazine that will offer new articles on the four core areas of law practice management – finance, management, marketing and technology. Expect new content every week, a monthly e-mail newsletter for subscribers and a growing repository of great articles, book excerpts and other law practice management info. I also see an RSS feed in the near future.
Joe Kashi, Fred Faulkner and I are taking on the lead editorial roles with LPT and I think you will see it grow to become the premier Internet resource on law practice management. We will constantly looking for great new (and classic) articles. If you have some, check out the details on submitting them on the site. Hope you enjoy this one – it’s been a long time coming.

Expert Testimony Via Virtual Reality

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

I get the occasional phone call from software vendors looking to sell into the legal market. I always enjoy hearing about what’s new.
The other day, Sunil Kaki of Nomos Tech got in touch about software his company has developed that will allow lawyers to use virtual reality as part of the presentation of an expert, or in other situations. There’s a cool video that was on TechTV illustrating an application that was done for the Courtroom 21 Project at
In the right situation, especially where a walkthrough of a room or multiple perspectives are needed, it could make for compelling testimony. Be the first to try this technique in your courtroom.

On the CD Player – Bright Eyes

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

My friend Jim McKelly was imploring me a while back to take a listen to a fairly new band he had discovered called Bright Eyes. Since, as he reminded me, he rarely insists that I go out and buy something he recommends, I ordered up two CDs, “Fever and Mirrors” and “Lifted, Or the Story is in the Soil.” I’ve spent more time with “Lifted,” which is how I feel when I listen to it. Lots of talent, brilliant lyrics and lots of them, and reminders of Lou Reed, Neil Young, the early Bruce Sprinsteen (think of the second album). Definitely worth checking out.

CaseMap 4

Tuesday, February 18th, 2003

I’ve often said that CaseMap is the only thing that ever made me think about being a litigator. I’ve run into a couple of trial lawyers in the last few months who have said “If you are a litigator who doesn’t use CaseMap, you’re not really a litigator.”
In my continuing quest to get my web site updated, I have now posted my article, CaseMap at 4: The Best Litigation Software Gets Even Better, a general review of the recent release of a new version of Casemap.
CaseMap is a litigation management and strategy tool that remains quite unique among legal software products. I can’t imagine a client with ongoing litigation who would not benefit from pushing its outside law firms into using CaseMap and taking advantage of CaseMap’s reporting tools.

IP Memes Newsletter

Tuesday, February 18th, 2003

One of the cool new projects I’ve gotten involved with is “IP Memes,” a weekly e-mail newsletter from The TechnoLawyer Community. In IP Memes, Kevin Grierson, Gail Standish and I provide links to IP developments, articles and resources, with an eye toward identifying themes that will come into play on the horizon – new technologies, newly-introduced legislation, speeches and articles from important thinkers, and much more.
It’s turned into a very interesting and fun publication. The newsletter itself consists of short summaries with hyperlinks to follow if a summary catches your attention.
The target audience is probably IP lawyers, corporate counsel and business decision-makers, but there are usually interesting stories for any one interested in the future of IP and law.
To subscribe, you simply need to go to and join The Technolawyer Community, which is a great resource on legal technology matters. One of your membership choices will be to choose which newsletters you want to get. Just select IP Memes.

Electronic Signature Law in Missouri

Tuesday, February 18th, 2003

Missouri remains one of the minority of states that has not adopted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (“UETA”). Chip Fendell and I have written an article discussing UETA, the federal E-SIGN act, their interplay, and the implications of Missouri’s non-adoption of UETA.
It’s called Electronic Signatures In Missouri: Moving To UETA Or Staying With E-SIGN and originally appeared in the Winter 2003 issue of the St. Louis Bar Journal.

Partnering and Virtual Law Firm Article on

Monday, February 17th, 2003

A big thank you for my birthday present from Sabrina Pacifici: publishing my new article on inside outside counsel partnering, the Dupont Legal Model and virtual law firms called Outside Counsel Inside Counsel Partnering: Through Technology to the Virtual Law Firm on It’s so great to have back.


Monday, February 17th, 2003

Whenever I talk with people about blogs and blogging, I always end up focusing on RSS feeds rather than blogs. When I first learned about Amphetadesk from a review by Steven Cohen on, I had to try it immediately. It fit my requirements for trying a new technology – simple, simple and simple. What I found was that Amphetadesk and, I assume, the other news aggregators, pointed to the fulfillment of one of my long time Internet wishes. By using Amphetadesk, I can subscribe to any number of feeds from sites (with RSS feeds) that interest me and, here’s the cool part, I can go to a single web page to see all those headlines. That means that in the morning I don’t have to click through a bunch of bookmarks. That means that I know what some of my writer friends are doing on a more regular basis. That means that I don’t need a ton of e-mail newsletters. And it means that I can sample new topics on a regular basis. Tres cool! Are news aggregators a kiler app? Maybe. It’s certainly been one giant leap for me on dealing with information overload.