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Archive for June, 2003

Missouri Enacts UETA

Monday, June 16th, 2003

Possibly influenced by the article Chip Fendell and I wrote called “Electronic Signatures In Missouri: Moving To UETA Or Staying With E-SIGN,” published at the end of last year in the St. Louis Bar Journal, Missouri has just joined the vast majority of states that have enacted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act. The ever-excellent BeSpacific.com blog points to a set of PowerPoint slides on UETA and UCITA (the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act) and their role in electronic commerce from Professor Patricia Brumfield Fry, who played an instrumental role in the UETA drafting process.
The slides are a good intro to the laws. I also like our article for basic UETA coverage, but I may be biased on that topic. I’ll note that Chip and I’s July 2001 article on UETA seems to show that we were too far out ahead of the curve, but by stubbornly refusing to drop the topic, we managed to get another publication with a better article and better results – well, at least the article was closer to the actual passage of the act than the first one was.

Solosez.net Debuts

Thursday, June 12th, 2003
Bob Ambrogi breaks the story of the new SOLOSEZ.net web site, which collects many useful ABA materials for solo and small firm lawyers.

Big Firm to Solo – Expect to See Much More

Thursday, June 12th, 2003

MyShingle.com, among others, has recently highlighted the article, “Solo Attorneys Like Their Decision,” which tells the stories of three Washington, DC lawyers who have left big firms.
What this story does not highlight is the growing role that technology, technology costs and, more specifically, technology leasing (both hardware and software) play in the decision process. And I speak from experience. Leasing, in particular, drastically cuts the initial out-of-pocket capital costs of starting a solo practice. The barrier to entry (or, more accurately, the barrier of exit from the “safety” of a big firm) is greatly reduced and the solo option becomes much more financially attractive.
The big firm to solo trend is already on my short list for my 2004 legal tech trends article and I’m planning to write about the technology side of the equation in more detail in an upcoming article. (By the way, if your publication might be interested in such an article, let me know.)
In the meantime, watch for the few drops you may be hearing about this type of lawyer movement turn into a steady stream over the next couple of years.

Power Outage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2003

A big storm that passed through St. Louis knocked out our power for almost a whole day. I had the sense that I was dependent on electricity, but the message came home last night and this morning. Fortunately, our favorite pizza place was not affected last night.

Law Practice Today Gets RSS Feed

Friday, June 6th, 2003

As many of you know, I’m a co-editor of the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s new webzine called Law Practice Today. The webzine covers the four core areas of law practice management: management, marketing, technology and finance. New articles appear on a more or less weekly basis. The multi-talented Fred Faulkner at ABA LPM has just added an RSS feed for the webzine at http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/lptrss.xml. Check it out and add it to your newsreader list.
I’m also lead editor for the marketing section of the webzine – please email me if you are an author with either an existing article or new article on a legal marketing topic, and we’ll see if we can get you published in the webzine.

I Complain and Microsoft Listens, Vows to Take Action

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003

I complained a few days ago in this very blog about Microsoft and the bazillion large and unwieldy updates and patches I’ve had to install lately on various computers. Today, I see the following story. Just good timing by me or another illustration of the power of blogs? I’ll let you decide.
Quote:
FROM: NETFLASH: BREAKING NEWS FROM NETWORK WORLD FUSION
By Jeff Caruso
“Patch management is broken,” Microsoft’s Scott Charney said at
the company’s Tech Ed event yesterday. He could have said “patch
management needs to be patched” – but while that would have been
mildly clever it would also have vastly understated the problem
Microsoft faces. Software patches have been flowing out of
Redmond like a river the last couple of years, and Microsoft
currently has eight different patching tools. Here’s what the
company plans to do about it. See “Microsoft Vows to Clean up its Patch Management Mess.”

ActiveWords Again – It’s Not Just Me

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003

I noticed a very positive review of ActiveWords today in the USA Today. My experiments with the program are winning me over. I miss ActiveWords when I switch to a computer that doesn’t have it installed. It’s interesting to see the benefits that you really feel from a program that allows you to do common tasks just a little more easily.

PatentWork.com

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003

Speaking of friends of mine starting new things. My buddy, Dan Klotzer, is a super-smart physicist and a patent agent. He has his own patent agent business and launched his web page today. One of the things I like about Dan is his desire to put technology to work for the benefit of disabled people, including with inventions of his own.

George Socha, Electronic Discovery Guru, Opens Own Consulting Firm

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003

George Socha is a well-known litigator and legal tech expert in Minneapolis who has given the best presentations on electronic discovery I’ve seen. He’s also the person I’ve sent people to with practical electronic discovery questions over the last few years. He let me know a while back that, like me, he was about to start a solo career.
Well, that’s now officially happened. Check out http://www.sochaconsulting.com/ for more details. George is one of those good guys who is also extremely knowledgeable. If you are a lawyer who is still winging it on electronic discovery issues, or if you are a client with a lawyer who isn’t up to speed on electronic discovery and computer issues, you might want to touch base with George.

Practical Technology Contract Review News, Issue #2

Monday, June 2nd, 2003

Issue #2 of my free email newsletter, Practical Technology Contract Review News, is now available. The newsletter covers practical matters relating to technology contracts and software licenses and includes my checklists, resources and other helpful tips. In this issue, I address the seemingly mundane, but critically important when a dispute arises, issue of how to review and negotiate definitions and what to ask for in the definition sections of your contracts.